1984 Quotes By George Orwell That Are Becoming Non-Fiction

Do you think the world is becoming more like the novel 1984?

These 1984 quotes by George Orwell are more significant than ever. They either describe where we’re headed or warn us from going down the wrong road. 

Does George Orwell warn about the power of politicians, political parties, big government, social media, big corporations, big pharma, or central planners? 

With 1984 in mind, will you value freedom over perceived safety? Why?

 

A drawing of an eye on a red background, Headline 1984 with a 2020 shadow, "Quotes That Are Becoming Non-fiction, If we let Them"

I’ll include 1984 Quotes with page numbers where possible.

Deep 1984 Quotes

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

 

“Outside, even through the shut window pane, the world looked cold.”

~ George Orwell, 1984, P.2

 

“We shall meet in the place where there is no darkness.”
~ 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

 

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

 

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

 

“The best books… are those that tell you what you know already.”
~ 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

 

“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

 

“For, after all, how do we know that two and two make four? Or that the force of gravity works? Or that the past is unchangeable? 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

 

“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

 

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

 

“Sanity is not statistical.”
~ 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

 

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

 

1984 Quotes About Propaganda 

“War is peace.
Freedom is slavery.
Ignorance is strength.”
~ George Orwell, 1984 P.4

 

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

 

“You are a slow learner, Winston.”
“How can I help it? How can I help but see what is in front of my eyes? Two and two are four.”
“Sometimes, Winston. Sometimes they are five. Sometimes they are three. Sometimes they are all of them at once. 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

Are the government and the mainstream media pushing truth or propaganda about the pandemic? Are they allowing open debate or are they sticking with one narrative?

How many times have you heard “safe and effective”?

 

1984 Quotes About Individuality

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

 

“If you want to keep a secret, you must also hide it from yourself.”
~ 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

 

“Until they become conscious they will never rebel, and until after they have rebelled they cannot become conscious.”
~ 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

 

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

 

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

 

“In a way, the world−view of the Party imposed itself most successfully on people incapable of understanding it. They could be made to accept the most flagrant violations of reality, because they never fully grasped the enormity of what was demanded of them, and were not sufficiently interested in public events to notice what was happening. By lack of understanding they remained sane. They simply swallowed everything, and what they swallowed did them no harm, because it left no residue behind, just as a grain of corn will pass undigested through the body of a bird.”

~ George Orwell, 1984

1984 Quotes About Power

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

 

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

 

“Now I will tell you the answer to my question. It is this. The Party seeks power entirely for its own sake. We are not interested in the good of others; we are interested solely in power, pure power. What pure power means you will understand presently. We are different from the oligarchies of the past in that we know what we are doing. All the others, even those who resembled ourselves, were cowards and hypocrites. The German Nazis and the Russian Communists came very close to us in their methods, but they never had the courage to recognize their own motives. They pretended, perhaps they even believed, that they had seized power unwillingly and for a limited time, and that just around the corner there lay a paradise where human beings would be free and equal. We are not like that. We know that no one ever seizes power with the intention of relinquishing it. 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. The object of persecution is persecution. The object of torture is torture. The object of power is power. Now you begin to understand me.”
~ George Orwell, 1984

 

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

 

“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

 

“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

 

“The essential act of war is destruction, not necessarily of human lives, but of the products of human labour. War is a way of shattering to pieces, or pouring into the stratosphere, or sinking in the depths of the sea, materials which might otherwise be used to make the masses too comfortable, and hence, in the long run, too intelligent.”

~ George Orwell, 1984

 

“It was curious to think that the sky was the same for everybody, in Eurasia or Eastasia as well as here. And the people under the sky were also very much the same–everywhere, all over the world, hundreds or thousands of millions of people just like this, people ignorant of one another’s existence, held apart by walls of hatred and lies, and yet almost exactly the same–people who had never learned to think but were storing up in their hearts and bellies and muscles the power that would one day overturn the world.”

~ George Orwell, 1984

Government attracts the worst kinds of people, those who crave power. They use that power to gain more power through executive orders, mandates, wars, and emergency powers. 

Governments almost never surrender the power you give them, even emergency powers. Always ask yourself, how could the government leverage this power against me or my family in the future?

Even if you support the current administration, what happens when they’re no longer in control. By giving up power to the government today, you are giving a blank check to a potential dictatorship in the future.

 

1984 Quotes About Servailance (Big Brother)

“Big Brother is Watching You.”
~ George Orwell, 1984 P.2

 

“The telescreen received and transmitted simultaneously. Any sound that Winston made, above the level of a very low whisper, would be picked up by it; moreover, so long as he remained within the field of vision which the metal plaque commanded, he could be seen as well as heard.”

~ George Orwell, 1984, P.3

 

“There was of course no way of knowing whether you were being watched at any given moment. How often, or on what system, the Thought Police plugged in on any individual wire was guess work. It was conceivable that they watched everybody all the time. But at any rate they could plug in your wire whenever they wanted to. 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 was scrutinized.” 

~ George Orwell, 1984, P.3

 

“By sitting in the alcove, and keeping well back, Winston was able to remain outside the range of the telescreen, so far as sight went. He could be heard, of course, but so long as he stayed in his present position he could not be seen.”

~ George Orwell, 1984 P.6

 

“The thing that he was about to do was to open a diary. This was not illegal (nothing was illegal, since there were no longer any laws), but if detected it was reasonably certain that it would be punished by death, or at least twenty-five years in a forced-labor camp.”

~ George Orwell, 1984 P.6

We are being watched more than we’d like to admit.

  • online tracking
  • cell phone tracking
  • face recognition 
  • Alexa, Siri, and the internet of things

 Governments always use the excuse of fighting terrorism, but they become addicted to the power. 

 

1984 Quotes About Censorship

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

 

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

 

“Every record has been destroyed or falsified, every book rewritten, every picture has been repainted, every statue and street building has been renamed, every date has been altered. And the process is continuing day by day and minute by minute. History has stopped. Nothing exists except an endless present in which the Party is always right.”
~ 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

 

Are social media companies allowing free speech? Do they allow open debate about the issues or do they censor one side? Who has been on the right side of history, those who censor one side of an argument, or those who support free speech?

How does the cancel culture play a role in free speech, public debate, and idea generation?

Does banning a person or an idea make it go away? Or does it grow in the darkness of ignorance?

 

1984 Animated Book Summary

Lessons from 1984 By George Orwell

The novel 1984 by George Orwell describes a dystopian world of war, surveillance, and propaganda, and censorship.  The elites and the ruling party lived like kings and the people lived miserable meaningless lives.   

What does freedom have to do with health and wealth? 

The freer and society, the greater the wealth, health, and life expectancy of the population. 

But how can we survive in a world of out-of-control corporations and government overreach?

  • Stop supporting big government on the left or the right.
  • Watch what politicians and the elites do, not what they say. 
  • Turn of the mainstream media
  • Ask how this power could be used against us in the future

 

Further Reading:

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