Animal Farm was the first book in which I tried, with full consciousness of what I was doing, to fuse political purpose and artistic purpose into one whole. – George Orwell (Why I Write)
Animal Farm is an allegorical and satirical novel written by George Orwell and published in 1945 in England. It presents a fantastic satire about revolution, power, and corruption. According to Orwell, novel reflects the events during and after the Russian Revolution as well as Stalin’s rule of the Soviet Union.
Animal Farm has picked up several major awards (Retrospective Hugo Award in 1996) and found a place on several prestigious lists (100 best English-language novels (1923 to 2005) by Time magazine and Modern Library List of Best 20th-Century Novels).
Animal Farm has been twice adapted for film, 1954 as an animated feature and 1999 as a TV live action version.
Below are the most important quotes from this amazing novel.
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.Chapter 1
Man is the only creature that consumes without producing.Chapter 1
Man serves the interests of no creature except himself.Chapter 1
All men are enemies. All animals are comrades.Chapter 1
Can you not understand that liberty is worth more than ribbons? Chapter 2
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.
I will work harder! Chapter 3
Four legs good, two legs bad. Chapter 3
The only good human being is a dead one. Chapter 4
Windmill or no windmill, he said, life would go on as it had always gone on – that is, badly. Chapter 5
Several of them would have protested if they could have found the right arguments. Chapter 5
If Comrade Napoleon says it, it must be right. Chapter 5
Work was strictly voluntary, but any animal who absented himself from it would have his rations reduced by half. Chapter 6
No animal shall sleep in a bed with sheets. Chapter 6
They were always cold, and usually hungry as well. Chapter 7
No animal shall kill any other animal without cause. Chapter 8
No animal shall drink alcohol to excess. Chapter 8
Besides, in those days they had been slaves and now they were free, and that made all the difference. Chapter 9
Somehow it seemed as though the farm had grown richer without making the animals themselves any richer – except, of course, for the pigs and the dogs. Chapter 10
Four legs good, two legs better! Chapter 10
ALL ANIMALS ARE EQUAL BUT SOME ANIMALS ARE MORE EQUAL THAN OTHERS.Chapter 10
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.Chapter 10