The Top 10 Most Memorable Dystopian Quotes


Sometimes all you need are a few short sentences to summarise the current situation, or remind you of humanity’s fragility.


“Your worst enemy, he reflected, was your own nervous system. At any moment the tension inside you was liable to translate itself into some visible symptom.” – George Orwell, 1984


“Tell freedom I said hello.” – Lauren DeStefano, Wither


“And what would they be scared of? There’s nothing to fear in a perfect world, is there?” – Catherine Fisher, Incarceron


“Someday all the wilds will be razed, and we will be left with a concrete landscape, a land of pretty houses and trim gardens and planned parks and forests, and a world that works as smoothly as a clock, neatly wound: a world of metal and gears, and people going tick-tick-tick to their deaths.” – Lauren Oliver, Pandemonium


“Is it better for a man to have chosen evil than to have good imposed upon him?” – Anthony Burgess, A Clockwork Orange


“In the year 2025, the best men don’t run for president, they run for their lives…” – Stephen King, The Running Man


“War is peace.

Freedom is slavery.

Ignorance is strength.”

– George Orwell, 1984


“That was when they suspended the Constitution. They said it would be temporary. There wasn’t even any rioting in the streets. People stayed home at night, watching television, looking for some direction. There wasn’t even an enemy you could put your finger on.” – Margaret Atwood, The Handmaid’s Tale


“There must be something in books, something we can’t imagine, to make a woman stay in a burning house; there must be something there. You don’t stay for nothing.” Ray Bradbury, Fahrenheit 451


All utopias are dystopias. The term “dystopia” was coined by fools that believed a “utopia” can be functional. A.E. Samaan.


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