100+ Animal Farm Quotes by George Orwell to Help You Learn the Lessons

100+ Animal Farm Quotes by George Orwell to Help You Learn the Lessons
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Tripboba.com - Animal Farm, by George Orwell, is a fable novel published in 1945 by Penguin Books publisher that had attracted the attention of people around the world at that time with its "animalism" as the analogy to represent the Stalinist era of The Soviet Union.

This novel, undoubtedly, has a good story with lots of moral values you can learn. So, no surprise that Animal Farm was adapted into two versions of movies, the animation (1954) and the live action (1999) ones.

Here, inside this article provided by Tripboba, there are some Animal Farm quotes by some of the characters you can read to help you learn the lessons from this remarkable story.

George Orwell Quotes Animal Farm

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Let's check some Animal Farm quotes you might be recognized from the novel.

  • "Now, comrades, what is the nature of this life of ours? Let us face it: our lives are miserable, laborious, and short. We are born, we are given just so much food as will keep the breath in our bodies, and those of us who are capable of it are forced to work to the last atom of our strength; and the very instant that our usefulness has come to an end we are slaughtered with hideous cruelty. 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." - Old Major

  • "... Why then do we continue in this miserable condition? Because nearly the whole of the produce of our labour is stolen from us by human beings. There, comrades, is the answer to all our problems. It is summed up in a single word--Man. 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." - Old Major

  • “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. 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. He sets them to work, he gives back to them the bare minimum that will prevent them from starving, and the rest he keeps for himself.”- Old Major

  • "Is it not crystal clear, then, comrades, that all the evils of this life of ours spring from the tyranny of human beings? Only get rid of Man, and the produce of our labour would be our own." - Old Major

  • "Rebellion! I do not know when that Rebellion will come, it might be in a week or in a hundred years, but I know, as surely as I see this straw beneath my feet, that sooner or later justice will be done." - Old Major

  • "... And among us animals let there be perfect unity, perfect comradeship in the struggle." - Old Major

  • "Weak or strong, clever or simple, we are all brothers." - Old Major

  • "Can you not understand that liberty is worth more than ribbons?" - Snowball

  • "I will work harder!" - Boxer

  • "In Sugarcandy Mountain it was Sunday seven days a week, clover was in season all the year round, and lump sugar and linseed cake grew on the hedges." - Moses

  • "War is war. The only good human being is a dead one." - Snowball

  • "Ribbons," he said, "should be considered as clothes, which are the mark of a human being. All animals should go naked." - Snowball

  • "Four legs good, two legs bad." - Snowball

  • "A bird's wing, comrades," he said, "is an organ of propulsion and not of manipulation. It should therefore be regarded as a leg. The distinguishing mark of man is the HAND, the instrument with which he does all his mischief." - Snowball

  • "I do not understand it. I would not have believed that such things could happen on our farm. It must be due to some fault in ourselves. The solution, as I see it, is to work harder. From now onwards I shall get up a full hour earlier in the mornings." - Boxer

  • "Whatever goes upon two legs is an enemy." - First Commandments

  • "Whatever goes upon four legs, or has wings, is a friend." - Second Commandments

  • "No animal shall wear clothes." - Third Commandments

  • "No animal shall sleep in a bed." - Forth Commandments

  • "No animal shall drink alcohol." - Fifth Commandments

  • "No animal shall kill any other animal." - Sixth Commandments

  • "All animals are equal." - Seventh Commandments

  • "What victory?" - Boxer

  • "The whole thing would be over in a fortnight." - Frederick and Pilkington

  • "I have no wish to take life, not even human life." - Boxer

  • "I do not believe that," he said. "Snowball fought bravely at the Battle of the Cowshed. I saw him myself. Did we not give him 'Animal Hero, first Class,' immediately afterwards?" - Boxer

  • "If Comrade Napoleon says it, it must be right." - Boxer

  • "Long live Humanity!" - Snowball

  • "Up there, comrades, up there, just on the other side of that dark cloud that you can see--there it lies, Sugarcandy Mountain, that happy country where we poor animals shall rest for ever from our labours!" - Moses

  • "It is my lung," said Boxer in a weak voice. "It does not matter. I think you will be able to finish the windmill without me. There is a pretty good store of stone accumulated. I had only another month to go in any case. To tell you the truth, I had been looking forward to my retirement. And perhaps, as Benjamin is growing old too, they will let him retire at the same time and be a companion to me." - Boxer

  • "Then we have won back what we had before." - Boxer.

  • "Fools! Fools!" - Benjamin

  • "Boxer! Get out! Get out quickly! They're taking you to your death!" - Clover

  • "Comrades, comrades!" they shouted. "Don't take your own brother to his death!" - The Animals

  • "A horse's lungs do not last for ever." - Clover

  • "I was at his bedside at the very last. And at the end, almost too weak to speak, he whispered in my ear that his sole sorrow was to have passed on before the windmill was finished. 'Forward, comrades!' he whispered. 'Forward in the name of the Rebellion. Long live Animal Farm! Long live Comrade Napoleon! Napoleon is always right.' Those were his very last words, comrades." - Squealer

  • "Four legs good, two legs BETTER! Four legs good, two legs BETTER! Four legs good, two legs BETTER!" - The Sheeps

  • "My sight is failing," she said finally. "Even when I was young I could not have read what was written there. But it appears to me that that wall looks different. Are the Seven Commandments the same as they used to be, Benjamin?" - Clover

  • "He would end his remarks, he said, by emphasising once again the friendly feelings that subsisted, and ought to subsist, between Animal Farm and its neighbours. Between pigs and human beings there was not, and there need not be, any clash of interests whatever. Their struggles and their difficulties were one. Was not the labour problem the same everywhere? Here it became apparent that Mr. Pilkington was about to spring some carefully prepared witticism on the company, but for a moment he was too overcome by amusement to be able to utter it." - Mr. Pilkington

  • "If you have your lower animals to contend with," he said, "we have our lower classes!" - Mr. Pilkington

Quotes from Animal Farm

Quotes from Animal Farm
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Here are some Animal Farm quotes are taken from the movie.

  • "To the world we all know, which may or may not be the best world possible, once again Springtime had come."

  • "And so, almost before they realised it, the animals had fought and won! They had casualties to mourn, and those who died left children to be cared for. But Manor Farm was theirs and they lost no time in destroying everything that reminded them of hateful Mr. Jones."

  • "Tending the farm by themselves posed problems for the animals, but the pigs could figure a way round every difficulty."

  • "And the farm work was done like magic. The success of their efforts delighted everyone."

  • "With the harvest safely home, the animals had time to think of the future."

  • "In certain quarters the rebellious behaviour of a lot of dumb animals caused indignation and much conversation. But nothing was done about it for the drunken Mr. Jones and his cronies did not know what to do."

  • "But Snowball continued his thinking for the future. And in such thoughts he was not alone!"

  • "A vote for my plan is a vote for the life beautiful." - Snowball

  • "Superintended by the pigs all the animals worked long shifts which lasted from dawn till dusk. Rations were shortened for the workers but the pigs, by virtue of their brain work, were plentifully provided for."

  • "A new generation of pigs grew up endowed with what were considered arts and graces very flattering to Animal Farm and its presiding genius!"

  • "Those ungrateful beasts of yours!" - Drunk Farmer

  • "Comrades! Our leader, as wise as he is beloved, has decided to trade with the outside world. Not for gain, of course, that would be unworthy of our noble principles. You hens are to have the honour of making the first contribution. All your eggs. I know how proud you are of this privilege." - Squealer

  • "The innocent suffered with the guilty."

  • "I was with him right to the end. His last words were forward comrades! Long live Napoleon! As for the wicked rumour that Boxer was sold to a glue factory... our beloved leader would never do that. Long live Napoleon. Long live Napoleon!" - Squealer

  • "And that night, the pigs drank to Boxer's memory and the whiskey they had bought with Boxer's life."

  • "The completed windmill stood as a monument to its builders' faith and sacrifice. But the animals' revolution was only dimly remembered. Outwardly Animal Farm appeared prosperous, but the animals themselves were no better off, with the exception of the pigs, and their supreme leader, Napoleon."

  • "When reports of this great change reached them, other animals everywhere were incredulous. Dismayed and indignant, they headed towards Animal Farm from all directions, instinctively uniting, once again, in common cause."

  • "To the animals, it now seemed that their world, which may or may not someday become a happy place to live in, was worse than ever for ordinary creatures, and another moment had come when they must do something about it."

Napoleon Quotes Animal Farm

Napoleon Quotes Animal Farm
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Find down here Animal Farm quotes by Napoleon the Berkshire Boar.

  • "Long live Animal Farm!"

  • "No more delays, comrades!"

  • "Never mind the milk, comrades!" cried Napoleon, placing himself in front of the buckets. "That will be attended to. The harvest is more important. Comrade Snowball will lead the way. I shall follow in a few minutes. Forward, comrades! The hay is waiting."

  • "Death to Humanity!"

  • "From now onwards Animal Farm would engage in trade with the neighbouring farms: not, of course, for any commercial purpose, but simply in order to obtain certain materials which were urgently necessary. The needs of the windmill must override everything else, he said. He was therefore making arrangements to sell a stack of hay and part of the current year's wheat crop, and later on, if more money were needed, it would have to be made up by the sale of eggs, for which there was always a market in Willingdon. The hens, said Napoleon, should welcome this sacrifice as their own special contribution towards the building of the windmill."

  • "Snowball's would come to nothing, and seemed to be biding his time."

  • "Gentlemen," concluded Napoleon, "I will give you the same toast as before, but in a different form. Fill your glasses to the brim. Gentlemen, here is my toast: To the prosperity of The Manor Farm!"

  • "Now, let's have no more of these useless meetings. From now on, I'll protect your interests... and I'll make your decisions."

  • "The windmill was nonsense."

  • "We must save Animal Farm from the hateful enemy. At all costs we animals must unite. Now is the time to fight - to die for Animal Farm. Let us show them all that Animal Farm is strong."

  • "The revolution is now complete. We have no more use for that song. Singing it is now forbidden, under penalty of death!"

  • "Dreams, dreams."

  • "Now began the heartbreaking job of rebuilding."

  • "The education of the young was more important than anything that could be done for those who were already grown up."

  • "Snowball has done this thing! In sheer malignity, thinking to set back our plans and avenge himself for his ignominious expulsion, this traitor has crept here under cover of night and destroyed our work of nearly a year. Comrades, here and now I pronounce the death sentence upon Snowball. 'Animal Hero, Second Class,' and half a bushel of apples to any animal who brings him to justice. A full bushel to anyone who captures him alive!"

  • Napoleon called the animals together immediately and in a terrible voice pronounced the death sentence upon Frederick. When captured, he said, Frederick should be boiled alive.

  • It had not been possible, he said, to bring back their lamented comrade's remains for interment on the farm, but he had ordered a large wreath to be made from the laurels in the farmhouse garden and sent down to be placed on Boxer's grave. And in a few days' time, the pigs intended to hold a memorial banquet in Boxer's honour. Napoleon ended his speech with a reminder of Boxer's two favourite maxims, "I will work harder" and "Comrade Napoleon is always right"--maxims, he said, which every animal would do well to adopt as his own.

  • The truest happiness, he said, lay in working hard and living frugally.

  • "Hitherto the animals on the farm had had a rather foolish custom of addressing one another as "Comrade."

  • "I will give you the same toast as before, but in a different form. Fill your glasses to the brim. Gentlemen, here is my toast: To the prosperity of The Manor Farm!"

Squealer Quotes Animal Farm

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Let's check some Animal Farm quotes by Squealer, the Orator for Napoleon.

  • "Our Leader, Comrade Napoleon," - Squealer

  • "You do not appreciate, comrade, the mighty thing that we have done. The enemy was in occupation of this very ground that we stand upon. And now--thanks to the leadership of Comrade Napoleon--we have won every inch of it back again!" - Squealer

  • "Do not imagine, comrades, that leadership is a pleasure! On the contrary, it is a deep and heavy responsibility." - Squealer

  • "Bravery is not enough. Loyalty and obedience are more important." - Squealer

  • "One false step, and our enemies would be upon us." - Squealer

  • "Tactics, comrades, tactics!" - Squealer

  • "You would not rob us of our repose, would you, comrades? You would not have us too tired to carry out our duties?" - Squealer

  • "That was part of the arrangement!" - Squealer.

  • "It was absolutely necessary, he said, that the pigs, who were the brains of the farm, should have a quiet place to work in. It was also more suited to the dignity of the Leader (for of late he had taken to speaking of Napoleon under the title of "Leader") to live in a house than in a mere sty."

  • "That is the true spirit, comrade!" - Squealer

  • "'Beasts of England' was the song of the Rebellion. But the Rebellion is now completed. The execution of the traitors this afternoon was the final act. The enemy both external and internal has been defeated. In 'Beasts of England' we expressed our longing for a better society in days to come. But that society has now been established. Clearly this song has no longer any purpose." - Squealer

  • "That is our victory." - Squealer

  • "Comrades, our first five months' plan is a farm-wide triumph. And the time has come to spread the glorious news, so that our downtrodden comrades on other farms will break their chains and join the Animal Revolution. Go! Tell the wonders of Animal Farm to the world." - Snowball

  • "Napoleon had never in reality been opposed to the windmill. On the contrary, it was he who had advocated it in the beginning, and the plan which Snowball had drawn on the floor of the incubator shed had actually been stolen from among Napoleon's papers. The windmill was, in fact, Napoleon's own creation. Why, then, asked somebody, had he spoken so strongly against it?"

Animal Farm Benjamin Quotes

Animal Farm Benjamin Quotes
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Here are some of Animal Farm quotes by Benjamin the Donkey, the oldest animal on the farm.

  • He never laughed. If asked why, he would say that he saw nothing to laugh at.

  • “Donkeys live a long time. None of you has ever seen a dead donkey,”

  • "There was nothing worth reading."

  • Windmill or no windmill, he said, life would go on as it had always gone on – that is, badly.

  • He would say that God had given him a tail to keep the flies off, but that he would sooner have had no tail and no flies.

  • "Quick, quick!" he shouted. "Come at once! They're taking Boxer away!" - Benjamin

  • "I thought so," he said. "Do you not see what they are doing? In another moment they are going to pack blasting powder into that hole."

  • Hunger, hardship, and disappointment being, so he said, the unalterable law of life.

  • "'Alfred Simmonds, Horse Slaughterer and Glue Boiler, Willingdon. Dealer in Hides and Bone-Meal. Kennels Supplied.' Do you not understand what that means? They are taking Boxer to the knacker's!"


That is all Animal Farm quotes from the book and movies. From all these quotes, one thing you can learn for sure is that greed and corruption are the switch to the destruction, personally or generally, small or big community, such as a country.


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