George Orwell quotes
If liberty means anything at all, it means the right to tell people what they do not want to hear.
Who controls the past controls the future. Who controls the present controls the past.
Being in a minority, even in a minority of one, did not make you mad. There was truth and there was untruth, and if you clung to the truth even against the whole world, you were not mad.
The most effective way to destroy people is to deny and obliterate their own understanding of their history.
All George Orwell quotes ⇑
The choice for mankind lies between freedom and happiness and for the great bulk of mankind, happiness is better.
People sleep peaceably in their beds at night only because rough men stand ready to do violence on their behalf.
On the whole, human beings want to be good, but not too good, and not quite all the time.
Man serves the interests of no creature except himself.
Freedom is the freedom to say that two plus two make four. If that is granted, all else follows.
The creatures outside looked from pig to man, and from man to pig, and from pig to man again; but already it was impossible to say which was which.
Until they become conscious they will never rebel, and until after they have rebelled they cannot become conscious.
Orthodoxy means not thinking--not needing to think. Orthodoxy is unconsciousness.
I enjoy talking to you. Your mind appeals to me. It resembles my own mind except that you happen to be insane.
Of pain you could wish only one thing: that it should stop. Nothing in the world was so bad as physical pain. In the face of pain there are no heroes.
One does not establish a dictatorship in order to safeguard a revolution; one makes the revolution in order to establish the dictatorship.
This work was strictly voluntary, but any animal who absented himself from it would have his rations reduced by half.
Confession is not betrayal. What you say or do doesn't matter; only feelings matter. If they could make me stop loving you-that would be the real betrayal.
Your worst enemy, he reflected, was your own nervous system. At any moment the tension inside you was liable to translate itself into some visible symptom.
If you can feel that staying human is worth while, even when it can't have any result whatever, you've beaten them.
Four legs good, two legs bad.
Winston Smith: Does Big Brother exist? O'Brien: Of course he exists. Winston Smith: Does he exist like you or me? O'Brien: You do not exist.