50 George Orwell Quotes That Will Motivate You

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1. “In general, the greater the understanding, the greater the delusion; the more intelligent, the less sane.” – George Orwell

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2. “In the face of pain there are no heroes.” – George Orwell

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3. “It is not possible for any thinking person to live in such a society as our own without wanting to change it.” – George Orwell

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4. “Man is the only creature that consumes without producing” – George Orwell

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5. “Men can only be happy when they do not assume that the object of life is happiness.” – George Orwell

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6. “On the whole human beings want to be good, but not too good, and not quite all the time.” – George Orwell

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7. “People can foresee the future only when it coincides with their own wishes, and most grossly obvious facts can be ignored when they are unwelcome.” – George Orwell

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8. “People sleep peaceably in their beds at night only because rough men stand ready to do violence on their behalf.” – George Orwell

9. “Perhaps one did not want to be loved so much as to be understood.” – George Orwell

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10. “The distinguishing mark of a man is the hand, the instrument with which he does all his mischief.” – George Orwell

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11. “The essence of being human is that one does not seek perfection.” – George Orwell

12. “The existing social order is a swindle and its cherished beliefs mostly delusions.” – George Orwell

13. “The nation is bound together by an invisible chain.” – George Orwell

14. “To see what is in front of one’s nose needs a constant struggle.” – George Orwell

15. “We have now sunk to a depth at which the restatement of the obvious is the first duty of intelligent men.” – George Orwell

16. “In a time of deceit telling the truth is a revolutionary act.” – George Orwell

17. “In England such concepts as justice, liberty and objective truth are still believed in. They may be illusions, but they are very powerful illusions.” – George Orwell

18. “Intellectual honesty is a crime in any totalitarian country; but even in England it is not exactly profitable to speak and write the truth.” – George Orwell

19. “Reality exists in the human mind, and nowhere else.“- George Orwell

20. “Freedom is the freedom to say that two plus two make four.” – George Orwell

21. “Freedom of speech is real.” – George Orwell

22. “He is a slave with a semblance of liberty which is worse than the most cruel slavery.” – George Orwell

23. “If liberty means anything at all, it means the right to tell people what they do not want to hear.” – George Orwell

24. “In every one of those little stucco boxes, there”s some poor bastard who”s never free except when he”s fast asleep and dreaming” – George Orwell

25. “Looking at the whole world as a whole, the drift for many decades has been not towards anarchy but towards the reimposition of slavery.” – George Orwell

26. “No one can get up much enthusiasm for a Government which puts you in jail if you open your mouth” – George Orwell

27. “The choice for mankind lies between freedom and happiness and for the great bulk of mankind, happiness is better.” – George Orwell

28. “The fallacy is to believe that under a dictatorial government you can be free inside.” – George Orwell

29. “The imagination, like certain wild animals, will not breed in captivity.” – George Orwell

30. “There was a belief in the revolution and the future, a feeling of having suddenly emerged into an era of equality and freedom.” – George Orwell

31. “What is needed is the right to print what one believes to be true, without having to fear bullying or blackmail from any side.” – George Orwell

32. “Will the man in the street ever feel that freedom of the mind is as important and as much in need of being defended as his daily bread?” – George Orwell

33. “You are free to be a drunkard, an idler, a coward, a backbiter, a fornicator; but you are not free to think for yourself.” – George Orwell

34. “You just got to say to yourself, “I”m a free man in here” – he tapped his forehead – “and you”re all right”.” – George Orwell

35. “A people that elect corrupt politicians, imposters, thieves and traitors are not victims, but accomplices.” – George Orwell

36. “Doublethink means the power of holding two contradictory beliefs in one’s mind simultaneously, and accepting both of them.” – George Orwell

37. “If you want a picture of the future, imagine a boot stamping on a human face – forever.” – George Orwell

38. “It appears to me that one defeats the fanatic precisely by not being a fanatic oneself, but on the contrary by using one”s intelligence.” – George Orwell

39. “Political language has to consist largely of euphemism, question begging and sheer cloudy vagueness.” – George Orwell

40. “Power is in tearing human minds to pieces and putting them together again in new shapes of your own choosing.” – George Orwell

41. “Power is not a means; it is an end. One does not establish a dictatorship in order to safeguard a revolution, one makes the revolution in order to establish the dictatorship.” – George Orwell

42. “The most effective way to destroy people is to deny and obliterate their own understanding of their history.” – George Orwell

43. “The object of persecution is persecution. The object of torture is torture. The object of power is power.” – George Orwell

44. “There is something wrong with a regime that requires a pyramid of corpses every few years.” – George Orwell

45. “We know that no one ever seizes power with the intention of relinquishing it.” – George Orwell

46. “Who controls the past controls the future. Who controls the present controls the past.” – George Orwell

47. “Each generation imagines itself to be more intelligent than the one that went before it, and wiser than the one that comes after it. This is an illusion.” – George Orwell

48. “If you want to keep a secret, you must also hide it from yourself.” – George Orwell

49. “The end was contained in the beginning.” – George Orwell

50. “To accept civilization as it is practically means accepting decay.” – George Orwell

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