George Orwell

Quotations

Inequality was the price of civilization.

Freedom is the freedom to say that two plus two make four.

In accordance with the principles of doubthink it does not matter if the war is not real, or when it is, victory is not possible. The war is not meant to be won, it is meant to be continuous. The essential act of modern warfare is the destruction of the produce of human labour. A hierarchical society is only possible and the basis of poverty and ignorance. In principle, the war effort is always planned to keep society of the brink of starvation. The war is waged by the ruling group against its own subjects. And its object is not victory over Eurasia or Eastasia, but to keep the very structure of society intact.

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 could be given a name.

Four legs good, two legs bad.

Animal Farm (1945)

At 50, everyone has the face he deserves.

last words in his notebook, 17 April 1949

You had to live–did live, from habit that became instinct–in the assumption that every sound you made was overheard, and, except in darkness, every movement scrutinized.

It was a bright, cold day in April, and the clocks were striking thirteen.

If you want to imagine the future, imagine a boot stamping on a human face forever.