I recently revisited George Orwell’s classic novel, “Animal Farm,” for the second time, and I must say, my appreciation for this masterpiece has only grown deeper. As many of you know, “Animal Farm” is a brilliant allegory that uses a group of farm animals to expose the ugly truths of power, corruption, and the human condition. Each reading of this timeless work has allowed me to uncover new layers of meaning and draw fresh connections to the world around us.
In this blog post, I am excited to share with you some of my favorite quotes from “Animal Farm.” These memorable lines have not only made a profound impact on my understanding of the novel but also provided me with valuable lessons about society, politics, and the importance of staying vigilant against tyranny and injustice.
Through my readings, I have come to appreciate the relevance of Orwell’s insights, even in our modern world. His incisive commentary on the human propensity for greed, manipulation, and betrayal remains a powerful reminder of the need for constant vigilance and critical thinking.
As you explore these quotes, I hope you’ll be inspired to reflect on their deeper meanings and consider the lessons they hold for our contemporary society. Whether you’re a first-time reader or a long-time fan of “Animal Farm,” I believe these thought-provoking lines will resonate with you, just as they have with me.
So, let’s embark on this literary journey together and delve into the brilliant mind of George Orwell, as we revisit the unforgettable world of “Animal Farm.” For a review of the novel, check out my post entitled Animal Farm summary where I discussed the main themes of the novel, its characters, and book club questions.
Animal Farm Quotes
1.“All animals are equal, but some animals are more equal than others.” ― George Orwell, Animal Farm
2. “Four legs good, two legs bad”
3. “The seven commandments:
1. Whatever goes upon two legs is an enemy.
2. Whatever goes upon four legs, or has wings, is a friend.
3. No animal shall wear clothes.
4. No animal shall sleep in a bed.
5. No animal shall drink alcohol.
6. No animal shall kill any other animal.
7. All animals are equal.” ― George Orwell, Animal Farm
4. “The animals were happy as they had never conceived it possible to be. Every mouthful of food was an acute positive pleasure, now that it was truly their own food, produced by themselves and for themselves, not doled out to them by a grudging master.”― George Orwell, Animal Farm
5. “At any given moment there is an orthodoxy, a body of ideas which it is assumed that all right-thinking people will accept without question.”― George Orwell, Animal Farm
6. “It was given out that the animals there practiced cannibalism, tortured one another with red-hot horseshoes, and had their females in common. This was what came of rebelling against the laws of Nature, Frederick and Pilkington said.”― George Orwell, Animal Farm
7. “Donkeys live a long time. None of you has ever seen a dead donkey.”― George Orwell, Animal Farm
8. “Man serves the interests of no creature except himself.” ― George Orwell, Animal Farm
9. “Some of the animals remembered — or thought they remembered — that the Sixth Commandment decreed, ‘No animal shall kill any other animal.’ And though no one cared to mention it in the hearing of the pigs or the dogs, it was felt that the killings which had taken place did not square with this.” ― George Orwell, Animal Farm
10. “One does not say that a book ‘ought not to have been published’ merely because it is a bad book. After all, acres of rubbish are printed daily and no one bothers.” ― George Orwell, Animal Farm
11. “And remember also that in fighting against man we must not come to resemble him. Even when you have conquered him, do not adopt his vices.” ― George Orwell, Animal Farm
12. “Is it not crystal clear, then, comrades, that all the evils of this life of ours spring from the tyranny of human beings?” ― George Orwell, Animal Farm
13.“The only good human being is a dead one.” ― George Orwell, Animal Farm
14. “All the habits of Man are evil.” ― George Orwell, Animal Farm
15. “There, comrades, is the answer to all our problems. It is summed up in a single word– Man” ― George Orwell, Animal Farm
16. “Several of them would have protested if they could have found the right arguments.” ― George Orwell, Animal Farm
17. “The truest happiness, he said, lay in working hard and living frugally.” ― George Orwell, Animal Farm
18. “Let’s face it: our lives are miserable, laborious, and short.” ― George Orwell, Animal Farm
19. “Weak or strong, clever or simple, we are all brothers.” ― George Orwell, Animal Farm
20. “Between pigs and human beings there was not and there need not be any clash of interest whatsoever.” ― George Orwell, Animal Farm
21. “The result of preaching totalitarian doctrines is to weaken the instinct by means of which free peoples know what is or is not dangerous.” ― George Orwell, Animal Farm