Inspirational George Orwell Quotes on Power, Truth, & Government

George Orwell’s quotes are full of inspiration. That’s why you read this post completely because in this post we have brought you some quotes of George Orwell. George Orwell was an English writer and public preacher. Although he completed his education and spent most of his time in England. But, he was born in the Motihari district of Bihar state, India.  His original name was ‘Eric Arthur Blair’. His father was an officer of the Indian Civil Service of the British Raj. Orwell’s mother had taken him to England only a year after his birth. His father also left after retirement. His family was financially weak but very ambitious. George immigrated to Asia when he was 21 and became a policeman in Burma. George was very political. He had written very few books on it, yet he had a lot of understanding of literature and politics.

He was a socialist and believed that democratic socialism was the way to a good future. But, he never believed in any ideology. The book was written by him in 1984 and Animal Farm is quite famous.

George Orwell has made wonderful use of the power of imagination in his books.  Concepts like ‘Big Brother is watching you’ in his novel ‘Animal Farm’, really exist in this world surrounded by technology and gadgets. It seems that someone sitting in 1948 has written a prediction of this time.

He died in January 1950 at the age of only 47. George Orwell was a literary figure with a visionary eye on society and system. That is why we have come here with some of his quotes. These George Orwell quotes will not only inspire you to move forward in life but will also teach you the real meaning of living life.

George Orwell Quotes on Power, Truth, and Government

All animals are equal, but some animals are more equal than others. – George Orwell

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

War is peace. Freedom is slavery. Ignorance is strength. – George Orwell

Whatever is funny is subversive, every joke is ultimately a custard pie… a dirty joke is a sort of mental rebellion. – 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

Most people get a fair amount of fun out of their lives, but on balance, life is suffering, and only the very young or the very foolish imagine otherwise. – George Orwell

A war against a foreign country only happens when the moneyed classes think they are going to profit from it. – George Orwell

But if thought corrupts language, language can also corrupt thought. – George Orwell

Big Brother is watching you. – George Orwell

It is also true that one can write nothing readable unless one constantly struggles to efface one’s own personality. Good prose is like a windowpane. – George Orwell

The very concept of objective truth is fading out of the world. Lies will pass into history. – George Orwell


For a creative writer possession of the ‘truth’ is less important than emotional sincerity. – George Orwell



Not to expose your true feelings to an adult seems to be instinctive from the age of seven or eight onwards. – George Orwell



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

Saints should always be judged guilty until they are proved innocent. – George Orwell

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

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

In our time political speech and writing are largely the defense of the indefensible. – George Orwell

Four legs good, two legs bad. – George Orwell

So much of left-wing thought is a kind of playing with fire by people who don’t even know that fire is hot. – George Orwell

Language ought to be the joint creation of poets and manual workers. – George Orwell

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Society has always to demand a little more from human beings than it will get in practice. – George Orwell



War is war. The only good human being is a dead one. – George Orwell



One cannot really be a Catholic and grown up. – George Orwell

He was an embittered atheist, the sort of atheist who does not so much disbelieve in God as personally dislike Him. – George Orwell

Happiness can exist only in acceptance. – George Orwell

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

All the war propaganda, all the screaming and lies, and hatred, comes invariably from people who are not fighting. – George Orwell

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

Patriotism is usually stronger than class hatred, and always stronger than internationalism. – George Orwell

Political chaos is connected with the decay of language… one can probably bring about some improvement by starting at the verbal end. – George Orwell

Dickens is one of those authors who are well worth stealing. – George Orwell

What can you do against the lunatic who is more intelligent than yourself, who gives your arguments a fair hearing and then simply persists in his lunacy? – George Orwell


Myths which are believed in tend to become true. – George Orwell



We may find in the long run that tinned food is a deadlier weapon than the machine-gun. – George Orwell



Sometimes the first duty of intelligent men is the restatement of the obvious. – George Orwell

Nationalism is power-hunger tempered by self-deception. – George Orwell

A family with the wrong members in control; that, perhaps, is as near as one can come to describing England in a phrase. – George Orwell

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

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

Enlightened people seldom or never possess a sense of responsibility. – George Orwell

Mankind is not likely to salvage civilization unless he can evolve a system of good and evil that is independent of heaven and hell. – George Orwell

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

At fifty everyone has the face he deserves. – George Orwell

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If you want a vision of the future, imagine a boot stamping on a human face – forever. – George Orwell



Probably the battle of Waterloo was won on the playing-fields of Eton, but the opening battles of all subsequent wars have been lost there. – George Orwell

The best books… are those that tell you what you know already. – George Orwell

Advertising is the rattling of a stick inside a swill bucket. – George Orwell

I sometimes think that the price of liberty is not so much eternal vigilance as eternal dirt. – George Orwell

No one can look back on his schooldays and say with truth that they were altogether unhappy. – George Orwell

Who controls the past controls the future. Who controls the present controls the past. – George Orwell

Freedom is the freedom to say that two plus two make four. If that is granted, all else follows. – George Orwell

One can love a child, perhaps, more deeply than one can love another adult, but it is rash to assume that the child feels any love in return. – George Orwell

I doubt whether classical education ever has been or can be successfully carried out without corporal punishment. – 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

Liberal: a power worshipper without power. – George Orwell

The essential act of war is destruction, not necessarily of human lives, but of the products of human labor. – 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

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

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

War is evil, but it is often the lesser evil. – George Orwell


Early in life I had noticed that no event is ever correctly reported in a newspaper. – 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



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

Good writing is like a windowpane. – George Orwell

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

Those who ‘abjure’ violence can do so only because others are committing violence on their behalf. – George Orwell

One does not establish a dictatorship in order to safeguard a revolution; one makes a revolution in order to establish a dictatorship. – George Orwell

I’m fat, but I’m thin inside… there’s a thin man inside every fat man. – George Orwell

As with the Christian religion, the worst advertisement for Socialism is its adherents. – George Orwell

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

Oceania was at war with Eurasia; therefore Oceania had always been at war with Eurasia. – George Orwell

The Catholic and the Communist are alike in assuming that an opponent cannot be both honest and intelligent. – George Orwell

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


As I write, highly civilized human beings are flying overhead, trying to kill me. – George Orwell



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


George’s quotes not only inspire a student to achieve success in life but also to maintain peace in the world, to have a mutual love for each other, and tell the true meaning of life. By which any person can be happy in any circumstances and knowing the true meaning of your life can always be satisfied. In this way, his quotes give the inspiration to live a good life. So if you like it then also share it on your social media account so that everyone can read his quotes and know the true meaning of life and can be happy always.

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