60 Best 1984 Quotes by George Orwell

1984 also known as Nineteen Eighty-Four, is a popular dystopian social science fiction novel written by George Orwell.

It was published in 1949 and serves as a warning against totalitarianism.

The book depicts a man’s struggle to oppose a repressive regime in a bureaucratic environment.


This book is acknowledged as one of the twentieth century’s most significant books.

Let’s read some of the best quotes from 1984 by George Orwell.

1984 Quotes by George Orwell

“If you want to keep a secret, you must also hide it from yourself.” ~ George Orwell (1984).

“Perhaps a lunatic was simply a minority of one.” ~ George Orwell (1984).

“Stupidity was as necessary as intelligence, and as difficult to attain.” ~ George Orwell (1984).

“Until they become conscious they will never rebel, and until after they have rebelled they cannot become conscious.” ~ George Orwell (1984).

“If you want a picture of the future, imagine a boot stamping on a human face—for ever.” ~ George Orwell (1984).

“Doublethink means the power of holding two contradictory beliefs in one’s mind simultaneously, and accepting both of them.” ~ George Orwell (1984).

“Freedom is the freedom to say that two plus two make four. If that is granted, all else follows.” ~ George Orwell (1984).

“Sanity is not statistical.” ~ George Orwell (1984).

“The masses never revolt of their own accord, and they never revolt merely because they are oppressed. Indeed, so long as they are not permitted to have standards of comparison, they never even become aware that they are oppressed.” ~ George Orwell (1984).

“If both the past and the external world exist only in the mind, and if the mind itself is controllable – what then?” ~ George Orwell (1984).

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Best 1984 Quotes by George Orwell

“He felt as though he were wandering in the forests of the sea bottom, lost in a monstrous world where he himself was the monster. He was alone. The past was dead, the future was unimaginable.” ~ George Orwell (1984).

“He was a lonely ghost uttering a truth that nobody would ever hear.” ~ George Orwell (1984).

“To die hating them, that was freedom.” ~ George Orwell (1984).

“But if thought corrupts language, language can also corrupt thought.” ~ George Orwell (1984).

“If there is hope, it lies in the proles.” ~ George Orwell (1984).

“But the thought of being a lunatic did not greatly trouble him; the horror was that he might also be wrong.” ~ George Orwell (1984).

“In the face of pain there are no heroes.” ~ George Orwell (1984).

“We shall meet in the place where there is no darkness.” ~ George Orwell (1984).

“The Party told you to reject the evidence of your eyes and ears. It was their final, most essential command.” ~ George Orwell (1984).

Quotes from 1984 by George Orwell

“Power is not a means; it is an end.” ~ George Orwell (1984).

“The best books… are those that tell you what you know already.” ~ George Orwell (1984).

“Freedom is the freedom to say that two plus two make four.” ~ George Orwell (1984).

“It’s a beautiful thing, the destruction of words.” ~ George Orwell (1984).

“But it was alright, everything was alright, the struggle was finished. He had won the victory over himself. He loved Big Brother.” ~ George Orwell (1984).

“Power is in tearing human minds to pieces and putting them together again in new shapes of your own choosing.” ~ George Orwell (1984).

“It was a bright cold day in April, and the clocks were striking thirteen.” ~ George Orwell (1984).

“The Ministry of Peace concerns itself with war, the Ministry of Truth with lies, the Ministry of Love with torture and the Ministry of Plenty with starvation. These contradictions are not accidental, nor do they result from from ordinary hypocrisy: they are deliberate exercises in doublethink.” ~ George Orwell (1984).

“It was not by making yourself heard but by staying sane that you carried on the human heritage.” ~ George Orwell (1984).

“What can you do, thought Winston, 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 (1984).

“Nothing was your own except the few cubic centimetres inside your skull.” ~ George Orwell (1984).

“The consequences of every act are included in the act itself.” ~ George Orwell (1984).

“War is peace.
Freedom is slavery.
Ignorance is strength.” ~ George Orwell (1984).

Famous 1984 Quotes by George Orwell

“Confession is not betrayal. What you say or do doesn’t matter; only feelings matter. If they could make me stop loving you-that would be the real betrayal.” ~ George Orwell (1984).

“Who controls the past controls the future. Who controls the present controls the past.” ~ George Orwell (1984).

“The past was alterable. The past never had been altered. Oceania was at war with Eastasia. Oceania had always been at war with Eastasia.” ~ George Orwell (1984).

“The choice for mankind lies between freedom and happiness and for the great bulk of mankind, happiness is better.” ~ George Orwell (1984).

“The Revolution will be complete when the language is perfect.” ~ George Orwell (1984).

“If you loved someone, you loved him, and when you had nothing else to give, you still gave him love.” ~ George Orwell (1984).

“Perhaps one did not want to be loved so much as to be understood.” ~ George Orwell (1984).

“In philosophy, or religion, or ethics, or politics, two and two might make five, but when one was designing a gun or an aeroplane they had to make four.” ~ George Orwell (1984).

“The smell of her hair, the taste of her mouth, the feeling of her skin seemed to have got inside him, or into the air all round him. She had become a physical necessity.” ~ George Orwell (1984).

“Your worst enemy, he reflected, was your own nervous system. At any moment the tension inside you was liable to translate itself into some visible symptom.” ~ George Orwell (1984).

“You will be hollow. We shall squeeze you empty, and then we shall fill you with ourselves.” ~ George Orwell (1984).

“One does not establish a dictatorship in order to safeguard a revolution; one makes the revolution in order to establish the dictatorship.” ~ George Orwell (1984).

“Big Brother is Watching You.” ~ George Orwell (1984).

“We know that no one ever seizes power with the intention of relinquishing it.” ~ George Orwell (1984).

“Those who control the present, control the past and those who control the past control the future.” ~ George Orwell (1984).

“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 (1984).

“If you kept the small rules, you could break the big ones.” ~ George Orwell (1984).

“I enjoy talking to you. Your mind appeals to me. It resembles my own mind except that you happen to be insane.” ~ George Orwell (1984).

“Reality exists in the human mind, and nowhere else.” ~ George Orwell (1984).

“We are the dead. Our only true life is in the future.” ~ George Orwell (1984).

“If you can feel that staying human is worth while, even when it can’t have any result whatever, you’ve beaten them.” ~ George Orwell (1984).

Greatest 1984 Quotes by George Orwell

“The object of terrorism is terrorism. The object of oppression is oppression. The object of torture is torture. The object of murder is murder. The object of power is power. Now do you begin to understand me?” ~ George Orwell (1984).

“Being in a minority, even in a minority of one, did not make you mad. There was truth and there was untruth, and if you clung to the truth even against the whole world, you were not mad.” ~ George Orwell (1984).

“Orthodoxy means not thinking–not needing to think. Orthodoxy is unconsciousness.” ~ George Orwell (1984).

“You will see me, where there is no darkness.” ~ George Orwell (1984).

“You must try harder. It is not easy to become sane.” ~ George Orwell (1984).

“There was truth and there was untruth, and if you clung to the truth even against the whole world, you were not mad.” ~ George Orwell (1984).

“We do not merely destroy our enemies; we change them.” ~ George Orwell (1984).


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