Twenty Quotes from Orwell's Animal Farm

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Twenty Quotes from Orwell's Animal Farm

“No animal in England knows the meaning of happiness or leisure after he is a year old. No animal in England is free. The life of an animal is misery and slavery: that is the plain truth.”


“Four legs good, two legs better!”


“'Comrade,' said Snowball, 'those ribbons that you are so devoted to are the badge of slavery. Can you not understand that liberty is worth more than ribbons?'”


“All animals are equal, but some animals are more equal than others.”


“Comrades, do you know who is responsible for this? Do you know the enemy who has come in the night and overthrown our windmill? SNOWBALL!”


“The creatures outside looked from pig to man, and from man to pig, and from pig to man again; but already it was impossible to say which was which.”


“Do not imagine, comrades, that leadership is a pleasure. On the contrary, it is a deep and heavy responsibility.”


“War is war. The only good human being is a dead one.”


“Man is the only real enemy we have. Remove Man from the scene, and the root cause of hunger and overwork is abolished for ever.”


“Why, work night and day, body and soul, for the overthrow of the human race! That is my message to you, comrades: Rebellion!”


“Never listen when they tell you that Man and the animals have a common interest, that the prosperity of the one is the prosperity of the others. It is all lies.”


“There, comrades, is the answer to all our problems. It is summed up in a single word--Man.”


“Man is the only creature that consumes without producing. He does not give milk, he does not lay eggs, he is too weak to pull the plough, he cannot run fast enough to catch rabbits. Yet he is lord of all the animals.”


“All the habits of Man are evil. And, above all, no animal must ever tyrannise over his own kind.”


“Whatever goes upon two legs is an enemy. Whatever goes upon four legs, or has wings, is a friend.”


“The importance of keeping the pigs in good health was all too obvious. So it was agreed without further argument that the milk and the windfall apples (and also the main crop of apples when they ripened) should be reserved for the pigs alone.”


“Weak or strong, clever or simple, we are all brothers.”


“When asked whether he was not happier now that Jones was gone, he would say only "Donkeys live a long time. None of you has ever seen a dead donkey," and the others had to be content with this cryptic answer.”


“Day and night we are watching over your welfare. It is for YOUR sake that we drink that milk and eat those apples.”


“Instead--she did not know why--they had come to a time when no one dared speak his mind, when fierce, growling dogs roamed everywhere, and when you had to watch your comrades torn to pieces after confessing to shocking crimes.”