The 80 best phrases of George Orwell
Jul 15, 2021
Yes there are a character who is characterized by creating credible dystopian universes based on social criticism, that's the great George Orwell. With fantastic and memorable works such as '1984' and 'Rebellion on the farm', this writer bases his stories in social conflicts, exploring them to the point where they can become part of the reality.
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Great quotes and reflections from George Orwell
This cryptic writer, whose real name is Eric Arthur Blair, left us a legacy of thoughts that leads us to question life and society itself. For this reason, we have brought a compilation with the best phrases of George Orwell that will make you reflect.
1. In times of universal deception, telling the truth becomes a revolutionary act.
The truth can become a threat.
2. Awake or asleep, working or eating, at home or on the street, in the bathroom or in bed, there was no escape.
A scene from his famous novel '1984'.
3. Seeing what is in front of our eyes requires constant effort.
We cannot always observe what is around.
4. Is it not then crystal clear, comrades, that all the evils of animals come from the tyranny of human beings?
Without a doubt, the human being is the worst enemy of the animals.
5. The important thing is not so much the morale of the masses, whose attitude is irrelevant as long as they keep working, but the morale of the Party itself.
A government can cover its corruption in need of progress.
6. Freedom of speech is saying what people don't want to hear.
Contradictions are also necessary.
7. The party wants to have power for the sake of power itself.
A critique of populist governments.
8. Forget everything that was necessary to forget and, nevertheless, resort to it, bring it back to memory in how much it will take and then forget it again, and, above all, apply the same process to the procedure same.
Forget, that's everyone's obligation within the world of 1984.
9. To control a people you have to know its fear and it is clear that the first fear is to be in mortal danger.
There are governments that exercise their power through fear.
10. All the war propaganda, all the screaming and lies and hatred, invariably comes from people who are not fighting.
People don't fight for no reason.
11. The important thing is not to stay alive but to stay human.
We must never lose our humanity.
12. Big Brother watches you.
A conception for his book 1984, about a possible tool of governments.
13. Thought corrupts language and language can also corrupt thought.
In 1984, even thoughts were controlled.
14. Nothing was the individual's other than a few cubic inches inside his skull.
When thoughts are no longer private.
15. Advertising is nothing more than the sound of a stick hitting a cauldron.
Advertising can do great harm.
16. Every war, when it occurs or before it occurs, is represented not as a war, but as an act of self-defense against a homicidal maniac.
Do wars have a purpose?
17. Perhaps one did not want to be loved as much as to be understood.
Part of loving a person is understanding them.
18. All animals are the same, but some are more equal than others.
A metaphor to refer to fashions.
19. Technological progress is allowed only when its products can be applied in some way to diminish human freedom.
Technology as the new enslaver.
20. I think that at fifty, everyone has the face they deserve.
It all depends on our works until then.
21. Confession is not a betrayal. What you say or do doesn't matter; only feelings matter. If they could make me stop loving you, that would be true betrayal.
Love does not force itself.
22. In other words, defending democracy implies destroying independence of thought.
A very peculiar idea about democracy.
23. They can force you to say anything, but there is no way they will make you believe it. Inside you they can never enter.
No one should impose any kind of belief on us.
24. If the leader says of such an event this did not happen, it did not happen. If he says that two and two are five, then two and two are five. This prospect worries me far more than bombs.
The power to control the past, is the main theme in 1984.
25. Doublethinking means the power to hold two contradictory beliefs in mind simultaneously, and to accept both.
Another concept created for 1984.
26. I would not want to see the USSR destroyed and I think that it must be defended if necessary. But I want people to be disappointed in her and understand that she must build her own socialist movement without Russian interference.
Reflections on the former Soviet Union.
27. In general, human beings want to be good, but not too good, and not all the time.
Sometimes evil also gains territory within us.
28. You had to live - and in this the habit became an instinct - with the assurance that any sound emitted by you it would be recorded and heard by someone and that, except in the dark, all your movements would be observed.
Permanent surveillance in 1984.
29. The essence of the human being is that he does not seek perfection.
Perfection is according to each person perceives it.
30. Once the human being becomes a slave to his fear, it is easy to believe that Daddy will be there to help him.
Fear can bend us.
31. When you loved someone, you loved him for himself, and if there was nothing else to give him, you could always give him love.
When he loves himself, the best gift to give and receive is to love.
32. The characteristic of today's life is not insecurity and cruelty, but restlessness and poverty.
Features that still remain.
33. For a creative writer, possession of "truth" is less important than emotional sincerity.
Talking about what it means to him to be a writer.
34. Nobody establishes a dictatorship to safeguard a revolution, but the revolution is made to establish a dictatorship.
There are revolutions that only bring more misfortunes.
35. We have fallen so low that reformulating the obvious is the first obligation of an intelligent man.
Basic morale is being lost.
36. War is war. The only good human being is the one who has died.
There is never anything positive about wars.
37. Myths that are believed tend to become true.
When you believe in something vehemently it is difficult to change your mind.
38. In principle, the aim of war is to keep society on the brink of famine.
In wars, civilians are the ones who go through the worst things.
39. War is peace. Freedom is Slavery. The ignorance is the force.
A phrase that the Party always repeats in the novel 1984.
40. Nationalism is a thirst for power mitigated by self-deception.
His opinion on nationalism.
41. Man is the only creature that he consumes without producing. He doesn't give milk, he doesn't lay eggs, he's too weak to pull the plow, he can't run fast enough to catch rabbits. And yet he is lord of all animals.
Talking about how consumerism consumes us.
42. Hey, the more men you've had, the more I love you. Do you understand?
The past does not matter, but the present.
43. The fastest way to end a war is to lose it.
How do wars end?
44. For an ordinary human being, love means nothing if it does not mean loving some people more than others.
Love is the most special feeling we have.
45. True happiness, he said, lies in working hard and living frugally.
What do you think is true happiness?
46. Nothing would change as long as power remained in the hands of a privileged minority.
It is those minorities who profit from the devastation.
47. If who controls the past, controls the future, who controls the present, controls the past?
A question that was asked all the time in 1984.
48. If you want a glimpse of the future, imagine a boot stamping on a human face - forever.
A terrible future.
49. The war is waged by the ruling group against its own subjects and its objective is not victory, but to keep its own social structure intact.
Wars often have personal ends.
50. He thought that tragedy belonged to ancient times and could only be conceived in a time when there was still intimacy — life, private, love and friendship - and in which the members of a family stayed together without needing a special reason to it.
Sometimes we think the worst is over. When in fact something more terrible can still happen.
51. Soccer is war without shooting.
Another form of war.
52. Man does not serve the interests of any being except his own.
About arrogance and self-profit.
53. Every nationalist is capable of the most flagrant dishonesty, but, being aware that is at the service of something greater than himself, he also has the unshakable certainty of being in the certain.
A harsh criticism of nationalism.
54. The language must be the joint creation of poets and manual workers.
Reflections on language.
55. He understood that if you want to keep a secret you must also keep it from yourself.
No one is safe inside the 1984 novel.
56. In our society, those who know best what is happening are also those who are furthest from seeing the world as it really is.
There are those who sin to remain in a constant bubble.
57. If we continue to feel that it is worth remaining human, even if it is of no use, we will have defeated them.
It is always important to remain human.
58. When you think of the people who support or have supported fascism, you are amazed at their diversity.
On the political interests of the people.
59. In the long run, a hierarchical society would only be possible based on poverty and ignorance.
In order for those in power to remain there.
60. Until they are aware of their strength, they will not rebel, and until after they have revealed themselves, they will not be aware. That's the problem.
The people must trust their power to change things.
61. In our age there is no such thing as 'staying out of politics'. All questions are political questions, and politics itself is a mass of lies, evasions, nonsense, hatred, and schizophrenia.
Politics affects us all.
62. It is evident that the Spanish Church will return (the saying goes that the Jesuits are like false money).
Criticism of the Spanish church.
63. Not only does the nationalist not disapprove of atrocities committed by his own side, but he has an extraordinary ability not to even hear about them.
Nationalism takes advantage of the ignorance of others.
64. Man is the only real enemy we have.
A real and regrettable fact.
65. As for the masses, the extraordinary changes of opinion that occur every moment, the emotions that can be turned on and off like a tap, they are the result of the hypnosis to which they are subjected to the newspapers and radio.
Talking about the influence of the media on our personal opinion.
66. Power is not a means, but an end in itself.
Power is the only thing that those who rule over all desire.
67. One may love a child, perhaps, more deeply than he can love another adult, but it is rash to assume that the child feels some love in return.
Children do not understand love in the same way that an adult does.
68. A spicy joke is a kind of mental rebellion.
Humor is a form of liberation.
69. The result of preaching totalitarian doctrines is to weaken the instinct by which free peoples know what is or is not dangerous.
Totalitarianism is a form of repression.
70. Men can only be happy when they do not assume that the goal of life is happiness.
An interesting reflection.
71. Humanity is unlikely to be able to safeguard civilization unless it can evolve into a system of good and evil that is independent of heaven and hell.
An interesting take on true moral progress.
72. Patriotism is normally stronger than class hatred and always stronger than internationalism.
Patriotism can also be used for the convenience of some.
73. Knowing and not knowing, being aware of what is really true while carefully telling lies to hold two opinions simultaneously knowing that they are contradictory and yet believe in both; employ logic against logic.
We must always seek the truth by our means.
74. There's only one way to make money writing: marry your publisher's daughter.
A peculiar vision on the success of the writers.
75. Political language is designed to make lies sound reliable and murder respectable; and to give the appearance of solidity to mere wind.
There are crimes that politics knows how to hide.
76. We are all comrades. But some are more comrades than others.
There are those who are in favor of something just to get benefits from them.
77. Nationalism is inseparable from the desire for power; the constant purpose of every nationalist is to obtain more power and more prestige, not for himself, but for the nation or entity that he has chosen to dilute in it his own individuality.
Power is the ambition of every nationalist.
78. It is impossible to found a civilization on fear, hatred and cruelty. It would not last.
Nobody wants to live permanently in fear.
79. The main reason for detachment is the desire to escape from the pain of life and, above all, from love, which, sexual or not, is hard work.
Love can be complicated, but it's worth it.
80. In the context of an important matter, there are always aspects that nobody wants to discuss.
As who says, there are things that are hidden under the table.