George Orwell Sayings and Quotes

Below you will find our collection of inspirational, wise, and humorous old George Orwell quotes, George Orwell sayings, and George Orwell proverbs, collected over the years from a variety of sources.


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

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He who controls the present, controls the past. He who controls the past, controls the future.

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People sleep peaceably in their beds at night only because rough men stand ready to do violence on their behalf.

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In a time of deceit telling the truth is a revolutionary act.     

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Serious sport has nothing to do with fair play. It is bound up with hatred, jealousy, boastfulness, disregard of all rules and sadistic pleasure in witnessing violence. In other words, it is war minus the shooting.

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Freedom is the right to tell people what they do not want to hear.

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Men are only as good as their technical development allows them to be.     

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Men can only be happy when they do not assume that the object of life is happiness.     

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No advance in wealth, no softening of manners, no reform or revolution has ever brought human equality a millimeter nearer.

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If liberty means anything at all, it means the right to tell people what they do not want to hear.

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The essence of being human is that one does not seek perfection.     

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Freedom is the right to tell people what they do not want to hear.

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Progress is not an illusion, it happens, but it is slow and invariably disappointing.     

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To survive it is often necessary to fight and to fight you have to dirty yourself.

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But if thought corrupts language, language can also corrupt thought.

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Take away freedom of speech, and the creative faculties dry up.     

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If liberty means anything at all, it means the right to tell people what they do not want to hear.

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Enlightened people seldom or never possess a sense of responsibility.     

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The quickest way of ending a war is to lose it.     

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If liberty means anything at all, it means the right to tell people what they do not want to hear.

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People sleep peaceably in their beds at night only because rough men stand ready to do violence on their behalf.

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All animals are equal but some are more equal than others.

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Four legs good, two legs bad.

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During times of universal deceit, telling the truth becomes a revolutionary act     

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In a time of universal deceit - telling the truth is a revolutionary act.     

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If large numbers of people believe in freedom of speech, there will be freedom of speech, even if the law forbids it. But if public opinion is sluggish, inconvenient minorities will be persecuted, even if laws exist to protect them.     

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Who controls the past controls the future: who controls the present controls the past.

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People sleep peaceably in their beds at night only because rough men stand ready to do violence on their behalf.

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Day is over, night has come. today is gone, what’s done is done. embrace your dreams, through the night, tomorrow comes with a whole new light.

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People sleep peaceably in their beds at night only because rough men stand ready to do violence on their behalf.

George Orwell