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.


If you loved someone, you loved him, and when you had nothing else to give, you still gave him love.     

George Orwell

That rifle on the wall of the labourer's cottage or working class flat is the symbol of democracy. It is our job to see that it stays there.     

George Orwell

Serious sport is war minus the shooting.     

George Orwell

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

George Orwell

A fat man is never so happy as when he is describing himself as "robust".     

George Orwell

I'm fat, but I'm thin inside... there's a thin man inside every fat man.     

George Orwell

If you want to keep a secret, you must also hide it from yourself. You must know all the while that it is there, but until it is needed you must never let it emerge into your consciousness in any shape that can be given a name.     

George Orwell

At 50, everyone has the face he deserves.     

George Orwell

For a creative writer possession of the truth is less important than emotional sincerity.     

George Orwell

The atmosphere of orthodoxy is always damaging to prose, and above all it is completely ruinous to the novel, the most anarchical of all forms of literature.     

George Orwell

They say that time heals all things, they say you can always forget; but the smiles and the tears across the years they twist my heart strings yet!     

George Orwell

The planting of a tree, especially one of the long-living hardwood trees, is a gift which you can make to posterity at almost no cost and with almost no trouble, and if the tree takes root it will far outlive the visible effect of any of your other actions, good or evil.     

George Orwell

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.     

George Orwell

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

George Orwell

If you want to keep a secret, you must also hide it from yourself.     

George Orwell

One of the most horrible features of war is that all the war-propaganda, all the screaming and lies and hatred, comes invariably from people who are not fighting.     

George Orwell

The most effective way to destroy people is to deny and obliterate their own understanding of their history.     

George Orwell

All propaganda is lies, even when one is telling the truth.     

George Orwell

The secret of a successful restaurant is sharp knives.     

George Orwell

Sanity was statistical. It was merely a question of learning to think as they thought.     

George Orwell

The nationalist not only does not disapprove of atrocities committed by his own side, but he has a remarkable capacity for not even hearing about them.     

George Orwell

A humanitarian is always a hypocrite.     

George Orwell

A liberal is a power worshipper without the power.     

George Orwell

Donkeys live a long time. None of you has ever seen a dead donkey.     

George Orwell

The hospital is the antechamber to the tomb.     

George Orwell

All tyrannies rule through fraud and force, but once the fraud is exposed they must rely exclusively on force.     

George Orwell

Each generation imagines itself to be more intelligent than the one that went before it, and wiser than the one that comes after it.     

George Orwell

A generation of the unteachable is hanging upon us like a necklace of corpses.     

George Orwell

The most effective way to destroy people is to deny and obliterate their own understanding of their history.     

George Orwell

Nationalism is not to be confused with patriotism.     

George Orwell