Animal Farm: Key Quotations

Chapter 1: Mr. Jones

too drunk to remember to shut the pop-holes

Chapter 1: Mr. Jones

drew himself a last glass of beer

Chapter 1: Old Major

so highly regarded on the farm that everyone was quite ready to lose an hour's sleep in order to hear what he had to say

Chapter 1: Old Major

majestic-looking pig, with a wise and benevolent appearance

Chapter 1: Boxer

as strong as any two ordinary horses put together

Chapter 1: Boxer

universally respected for his steadiness of character and tremendous powers of work

Chapter 1: Benjamin

seldom talked, and when he did it was usually to make some cynical remark

Chapter 1: Boxer

stupid appearance

Chapter 1: Mollie

Mollie ... came mincing daintily in, chewing at a lump of sugar

Chapter 1: Old Major

No animal in England is free.

Chapter 1: Old Major

The soil of England is fertile ... beyond our imagining. Why then do we continue in this miserable condition?

Chapter 1: Old Major

Man is the only real enemy we have.

Chapter 1: Old Major

Man is the only creature that consumes without producing.

Chapter 1: Old Major

You Boxer, the very day that those great muscles of yours lose their power, Jones will sell you to the knacker, who will cut your throat and boil you down for the fox-hounds.

Chapter 1: Old Major

Only get rid of Man, and the produce of our labour would be our own.

Chapter 1:Old Major

That is my message to you, comrades: Rebellion!

Chapter 1: Old Major

And among us animals let there be perfect unity, perfect comradeship in the struggle.

Chapter 1: Old Major

All men are enemies. All animals are comrades.

Chapter 1: Old Major

Whatever does upon two legs, is an enemy. Whatever does upon four legs, or has wings, is a friend.

Chapter 1: Old Major

do not adopt his vices

Chapter 1: Old Major

All animals are equal.

Chapter 1: Old Major...

Beasts of England, beasts of Ireland, / Beasts of every land and clime

Chapter 2: The Pigs

The work of teaching and organising the others fell naturally upon the pigs, who were generally recognised as the cleverest of the animals

Chapter 2: Napoleon

Napoleon was a large, rather fierce-looking Berkshire boar

Chapter 2: Napoleon

reputation for getting his own way

Chapter 2: Snowball

Snowball was a more vivacious pig ... quicker in speech and more inventive

Chapter 2: Squealer

Squealer ... was a brilliant talker

Chapter 2: Squealer

skipping from side to side and whisking his tail which was somehow very persuasive.

Chapter 2: Squealer

he could turn black into white

Chapter 2: Animalism

complete system of thought ... Animalism

Chapter 2: Snowball

those ribbons that you are so devoted to are the badge of slavery

Chapter 2: Snowball

Can you not understand that liberty is worth more than ribbons?

Chapter 2: Moses

Moses, who was Mr Jones' especial pet, was a spy and a tale-bearer, but he was also a clever talker

Chapter 2: Moses

Sugarcandy Mountain

Chapter 2: The Rebellion

At last they could stand it no longer.

Chapter 2: Rebellion

With one accord ... they flung themselves upon their tormentors

Chapter 2: Rebellion

The Rebellion had been successfully carried through: Jones was expelled and the Manor Farm was theirs

Chapter 2: Rebellion

the bits, the nose-rings, the dog-chains, the cruel knives ... were all flung down the well

Chapter 2: Animalism

All animals should go naked.

Chapter 2: Rebellion

they could hardly believe that it was all their own

Chapter 2: Farmhouse

All were agreed that no animal must ever live there

Chapter 2: Literacy

The pigs now revealed that during the past three months they had taught themselves to read and write

Chapter 2: Animalism/Seven Commandments

the pigs had succeeded in reducing the principles of Animalism to Seven Commandments

Chapter 2: Seven Commandments

No animal shall wear clothes.

Chapter 2: Seven Commandments

No animal shall sleep in a bed.

Chapter 2: Seven Commandments

No animal shall kill any other animal.

Chapter 2: Naploleon

'Never mind the milk, comrades,' cried Napoleon, placing himself in front of the buckets.

Chapter 2: Napoleon

it was noticed that the milk had disappeared

Chapter 3: The Pigs

The pigs did not actually work, but directed and supervised the others.

Chapter 3: The Pigs

With their superior knowledge it was natural that they assume the leadership.

Chapter 3: Boxer

entire work of the farm seemed to rest upon his mighty shoulders

Chapter 3: Boxer's first motto

I will work harder!

Chapter 3: Benjamin

Old Benjamin, the donkey, seemed quite unchanged since the Rebellion.

Chapter 3: Snowball & Napoleon

Snowball and Napoleon .... were never in agreement

Chapter 3: Snowball

instituting classes in reading and writing

Chapter 3: Literacy/Snowball

The reading and writing classes, however, were a great success

Chapter 3: Benjamin

Benjamin could read as well as any pig, but never exercised his faculty

Chapter 3: Corruption

be reduced to a single maxim, namely: "Four legs good, two legs bad.

Chapter 3: The Sheep

the sheep ... would all start bleating 'Four legs good, two legs bad!'

Chapter 3: Napoleon/puppies

puppies ... he would make himself responsible for their education

Chapter 3: Squealer/milk and apples

Milk and apples (this has been proved by Science, comrades) contain substances absolutely necessary to the well-being of a pig.

Chapter 3: Squealer/brain-workers

We pigs are brain-workers.

Chapter 3: Squealer/surely...?

Surely there is no one among you who wants to see Jones come back?

Chapter 4: Snowball/Julius Caesar

Snowball, who had studied an old book of Julius Caesar's campaigns

Chapter 4: Snowball

Snowball at the head of them

Chapter 4: Snowball

He himself dashed straight for Jones

Chapter 4: Snowball

Without halting for an instant Snowball flung his fifteen stone against Jones's legs

Chapter 4: Military decoration 1

Animal Hero, First Class

Chapter 4: Name of first battle

the Battle of the Cowshed

Chapter 4: Firing of the gun

fire it twice a year - once on October the twelfth, the anniversary of the Battle of the Cowshed, and once on Midsummer Day, the anniversary of the Rebellion.

Chapter 5: Snowball and Napoleon constantly disagree

These two disagreed at every point where disagreement was possible.

Chapter 5: Sheep interrupt Snowball

[the sheep] were especially liable to break into 'Four legs good, two legs bad' at crucial moments in Snowball's speeches.

Chapter 5: Napoleon (the Windmill)

then suddenly he lifted his leg, urinated over the plans, and walked out without uttering a word.

Chapter 5: Napoleon's focus instead of windmill

increase food production

Chapter 5: Snowball's slogan

Vote for Snowball and the three-day week

Chapter 5: Napoleon's slogan

Vote for Napoleon and the full manger

Chapter 5: Factions

the animals formed themselves into two factions

Chapter 5: Benjamin avoids factions

Benjamin was the only animal who did not side with either faction.

Chapter 5: Animals easily convinced by arguments

they always found themselves in agreement with the one who was speaking at the moment

Chapter 5: Promises for the windmill

every stall with its own electric light, hot and cold water, and an electric heater

Chapter 5: Dogs attack Snowball

They dashed straight for Snowball

Chapter 5: Animals are frightened

Silent and terrified, the animals crept back into the barn

Chapter 5: Dogs act like Napoleon is Mr Jones

It was noticed that they wagged their tails to him in the same way as the other dogs had been used to do to Mr. Jones.

Chapter 5: Napoleon abolishes the Meetings

Sunday morning Meetings would come to an end

Chapter 5: Napoleon institutes committee of pigs

special committee of pigs, presided over by himself.

Chapter 5: Pigs are stopped from protesting by dogs

But suddenly the dogs sitting round Napoleon let out deep, menacing growls and the pigs fell silent and sat down again.

Chapter 5: Sheep stop discussion after abolishment of Sunday Meetings

tremendous bleating of 'Four legs good, two legs bad!' ... put an end to any chance of discussion.

Chapter 5: Squealer talks about Napoleon's leadership

Do not imagine, comrade, that leadership is a pleasure! On the contrary, it is a deep and heavy responsibility.

Chapter 5: Squealer's use of rhetoric

Surely comrades, you do not want Jones back?

Chapter 5: Boxer's second motto

Napoleon is always right

Chapter 5: Separate seating/segregation

they did not all sit together as they had done in the past

Chapter 5: Napoleon claims that he wanted the windmill

the plan which Snowball had drawn on the floor of the incubator shed had actually been stolen from among Napoleon's papers.

Chapter 5: Squealer and dogs force belief

Squealer spoke so persuasively and the three dogs who happened to be with him growled so threateningly, that they accepted his explanation without further questions.

Chapter 6: Work and punishment

This work was strictly voluntary, but any animal who absented himself from it would have his rations reduced by half.

Chapter 6: Boxer's strength

Nothing could've been achieved without Boxer, whose strength seemed to equal to that of all the rest of the animals put together.

Chapter 6: Boxer and his support for Animal Farm

His two slogans ... seemed to him a sufficient answer to all problems.

Chapter 6: Napoleon announces trade with humans

From now onwards Animal Farm would engage in trade with the neighbouring farms: not, of course, for any commercial purpose...

Chapter 6: Hens may have to sell eggs (Squealer)

sale of eggs ... The hens ... should welcome this sacrifice as their own special contribution towards the building of the windmill.

Chapter 6: Animals doubt that trade is in accordance with principles of Animalism

Never to have any dealings with human beings ... - had not these been among the earliest resolutions passed (after Jones' expulsion)...?

Chapter 6: Memory fails them (dealings with human beings/trade)

or at least they thought they remembered it

Chapter 6: Napoleon called Leader

(for of late he had taken to speaking of Napoleon under the title of 'Leader')

Chapter 6: Changing of 'bed' commandment

No animal shall sleep in a bed with sheets

Chapter 6: Napoleon blames Snowball for windmill's destruction

'Comrades,' he said quietly, 'do you know who is responsible for this? Do you know the enemy who has come in the night and overthrown our windmill? Snowball!

Chapter 7: Boxer's motto inspires the other animals

the other animals found more inspiration in Boxer's strength and his never-failing cry of 'I will work harder!'

Chapter 7: Guarding of the farmhouse

farmhouse, which was guarded at each door by fierce-looking dogs

Chapter 7: Hens' rebellion

For the first time since the expulsion of Jones there was something resembling a rebellion.

Chapter 7: Napoleon's response to hens' rebellion

Napoleon acted swiftly and ruthlessly

Chapter 7: Rations are stopped

He ordered the hens' rations to be stopped

Chapter 7: Number of hens dead after their rebellion

Nine hens had died in the meantime.

Chapter 7: Blaming Snowball - he becomes the scapegoat

Whenever anything went wrong it became usual to attribute it to Snowball.

Chapter 7: Vilification of Snowball; influence

It seemed to them as though Snowball were some kind of invisible influence, pervading the air about them and menacing them with all kinds of dangers.

Chapter 7: Squealer says Snowball was working with Jones from the beginning

Snowball was in league with Jones from the very start!

Chapter 7: Squealer manipulates memory of Napoleon's actions at the Battle of the Cowshed

And do you not remember ... that Comrade Napoleon sprang forward with a cry of 'Death to Humanity!' and sank his teeth in Jones's leg?

Chapter 7: Squealer despises Boxer

he cast a very ugly look at Boxer with his little twinkling eyes.

Chapter 7: The pigs 'confess'

they confessed that they had been secretly in touch with Snowball ever since his expulsion

Chapter 7: Dogs slaughter 'traitors'

the dogs promptly tore their throats out

Chapter 7: The Confessions

there was a pile of corpses lying before Napoleon's feet and the air was heavy with the smell of blood, which had been unknown there since the expulsion of Jones.

Chapter 7: Clover grows sad - tears

As Clover looked down the hillside her eyes filled with tears.

Chapter 7: Utopia not realised

this was not what they had aimed at when they had set themselves years ago to work for the overthrow of the human race

Chapter 7: Clover sings after executions

she began to sing 'Beasts of England,' ... slowly and mournfully

Chapter 7: Squealer announces abolishment of Beasts of England

'Beasts of England' had been abolished. From now onwards it was forbidden to sing it.

Chapter 8: Changing of 'kill' - one of the Seven Commandments

No animal shall kill any other animal without cause

Chapter 8: Squealer's statistics increased percentage of production

production of every class of foodstuff had increased by 200 per cent, 300 per cent, or 500 per cent

Chapter 8: Gun fired - Napoleon's birthday

gun would be fired every year on Napoleon's birthday

Chapter 8: Addressing Napoleon (juxtaposition)

our Leader, Comrade Napoleon

Chapter 8: Father title for Napoleon

Father of All Animals

Chapter 8: Propaganda

Thanks to the leadership of Comrade Napoleon, how excellent this water tastes!

Chapter 8: Minimus' poem: Propaganda

Thou watchest over all, / Comrade Napoleon!

Chapter 8: Regain joy of the Rebellion as the animals run around the windmill

gambolled round and round the windmill, uttering cries of triumph.

Chapter 8: Naming of the mill

the mill would be named Napoleon Mill.

Chapter 8: Napoleon is more cowardly than Snowball and orders actions from the back

Napoleon "was directing operations from the rear

Chapter 8: Squealer caught altering the commandments

Squealer, temporarily stunned, was sprawling beside it, and near at hand there lay a lantern, a paint-brush, and an overturned pot of white paint.

Chapter 8: Changing of the 'alcohol' commandment

No animal shall drink alcohol to excess.

Chapter 9: Squealer reads out improvement figures

more oats, more hay ... suffered less from fleas

Chapter 9: Napoleon segregates young pigs

discouraged from playing with the other young animals

Chapter 9: Animals must show deference to pigs

when a pig and any other animal met on the path, the other animal must stand aside

Chapter 9: Pigs can wear green ribbons

all pigs ... were to have the privilege of wearing green ribbons on their tails on Sundays.

Chapter 9: Pigs put on weight

pigs seemed comfortable enough, and in fact were putting on weight

Chapter 9: Pigs given beer daily

ration of a pint of beer daily

Chapter 9: Increase in the celebrations of Animal Farm

more songs, more speeches, more processions

Chapter 9: Sheep silence those who complain about Spontaneous Demonstrations

sheep were sure to silence him with a tremendous bleating of 'Four legs good, two legs bad!'

Chapter 9: Signs of Napoleon's dictatorship

There was only one candidate, Napoleon, who was elected unanimously.

Chapter 9: Allow Moses' presence in the same way as Mr Jones

yet they allowed him to remain on the farm, not working, with an allowance of a gill of beer a day

Chapter 9: Boxer's weak condition

His eyes were glazed, his sides matted with sweat.

Chapter 9: Benjamin alerts animals to where Boxer is really going

Fools! Do you not see what is written on the side of that van?

Chapter 9: Sign on the side of the van

Horse Slaughterer and Glue Boiler ... They are taking Boxer to the knacker's!

Chapter 9: Animals warn Boxer of his impending death

They are taking you to your death!

Chapter 9: Animals plead to horses drawing the van

Comrades, comrades! ... Don't take your own brother to his death.

Chapter 9: Boxer's last words, supposedly

Long live Comrade Napoleon! Napoleon is always right! Those were his very last words, comrades.

Chapter 9: Napoleon encourages animals to adopt Boxer's maxims

maxims, he said, which every animal would do well to adopt as his own.

Chapter 10: Squealer is extremely fat

Squealer was so fat that he could with difficulty see out of his eyes

Chapter 10: The disturbing spectacle of the pigs

It was a pig walking on his hind legs.

Chapter 10: Napoleon on his hind legs, walking majestically upright

Napoleon himself, majestically upright, casting haughty glances from side to side, and with his dogs gambolling round him.

Chapter 10: Napoleon has a whip (symbolism)

He carried a whip in his trotter.

Chapter 10: Protest against the hind legs and the whip silenced by the sheep's new motto

All the sheep burst into a tremendous bleating of - 'Four legs good, two legs better!'

Chapter 10: the 7 Commandments changed to 1

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

Chapter 10: It did not seem strange...(anaphora)

it did not seem strange when next day the pigs who were supervising the work of the farm all carried whips in their trotters. It did not seem strange ...

Chapter 10: Pigs wear Mr Jones' clothes

the pigs took Mr Jones's clothes out of the wardrobes and put them on

Chapter 10: Mr Pilkington's judgment about work/food on Animal Farm

lower animals on Animal Farm did more work and received less food than any animals in the country

Chapter 10: Unity of pigs and humans

Their struggles and their difficulties were one.

Chapter 10: Mr Pilkington's 'bon mot' (joke)

If you have your lower animals to contend with ... we have our lower classes!

Chapter 10: Napoleon bans the word 'Comrade'

foolish custom of addressing one another as 'Comrade' ... was to be suppressed

Chapter 10: Napoleon bans honouring Old Major

marching ... past a boar's skull ... would be suppressed

Chapter 10: Napoleon changes name of farm

the name 'Animal Farm' had been abolished. Henceforward the farm was to be known as the 'Manor Farm' - which, he believed, was its correct and original name.

Chapter 10: Clover watches men and pigs through window

Clover's old dim eyes flitted from one face to another.

Chapter 10: The final image - blurring of men and pigs.

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.