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.


Nationalism is power hunger tempered by self-deception.     

George Orwell

A human being is primarily a bag for putting food into.     

George Orwell

There are some ideas so wrong that only a very intelligent person could believe in them.     

George Orwell

Whoever is winning at the moment will always seem to be invincible.     

George Orwell

All the papers that matter live off their advertisements, and the advertisers exercise an indirect censorship over news.     

George Orwell

News is something somebody doesn't want printed; all else is advertising.     

George Orwell

Myths which are believed in tend to become true.     

George Orwell

To an ordinary human being, love means nothing if it does not mean loving some people more than others.     

George Orwell

There are some ideas so wrong that only a very intelligent person could believe in them.     

George Orwell

It is fatal to look hungry. It makes people want to kick you.     

George Orwell

A tragic situation exists precisely when virtue does not triumph but when it is still felt that man is nobler than the forces which destroy him.     

George Orwell

Writing a novel is agony.     

George Orwell

Good novel are written by people who are not frightened.     

George Orwell

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

George Orwell

We sleep safe in our beds because rough men stand ready in the night to visit violence on those who would do us harm.     

George Orwell

The intellectual is different from the ordinary man, but only in certain sections of his personality, and even then not all the time.     

George Orwell

Pacifism is objectively pro-Fascist.     

George Orwell

Pacifism is objectively pro-fascist. This is elementary common sense. If you hamper the war effort of one side, you automatically help out that of the other. Nor is there any real way of remaining outside such a war as the present one. In practice, 'he that is not with me is against me'.     

George Orwell

Why should be fruit be held inferior to the flower?     

George Orwell

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

George Orwell

It is curious how people take it for granted that they have a right to preach at you and pray over you as soon as your income falls below a certain level.     

George Orwell

Man is the only creature that consumes without producing. He does not give milk, he does not lay eggs, he is too weak to pull the plough, he cannot run fast enough to catch rabbits. Yet he is lord of all the animals.      

George Orwell

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

George Orwell

The aim of a joke is not to degrade the human being, but to remind him that he is already degraded.     

George Orwell

The great enemy of clear language is insincerity.     

George Orwell

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

George Orwell

The belly comes before the soul.     

George Orwell

An earthquake is such fun when it is over.     

George Orwell

The people will believe what the media tells them they believe.     

George Orwell

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

George Orwell