24 Dystopian Quotes That We All Need to Read in 2019

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The end of the world is a cold, dark place.

We Love These Dystopian Quotes

Have you ever wondered what the future of our planet is going to look like? Is it being ruled by forces of good or evil? These dystopian quotes might give you a better idea. We've gathered all the best quotes from our favorite books to really get you thinking about what's to come.

Even if you're hopeful for a bright future, it's much more fun to think of that darker counterpart. Alien, robots, and artificial intelligence are some popular dystopian subjects. How much longer will the human race prevail before our foundation is destroyed? The truth is, nobody knows what the future will hold, but we love to take our best guesses.

Take a glimpse into a world unknown with these futuristic quotes. If they scare you even slightly, that's means they're working!

Bizarre Dystopian Quotes

  • "The life where nothing was ever unexpected. Or inconvenient. Or unusual. The life without colour, pain or past." - Lois Lowry, The Giver

  • "This was a place where dead people breathed." - L.C. Perry, Agate Memory

  • "Her consciousness emerges within when the beast of the darkness allows them. This beast was a conjuration of the billion innocent souls lost to the structure of modernization. He was an archetype that transcended time and reality, a governing force as natural as nature itself, and yet this darkness was a new kind, born out of technology only apparent in the last few hundred years." - MacKenzie R. Mazerolle, Wild Man

  • "Everything - our houses, our clothes, our hairstyles - is meant to help us forget ourselves and to protect us from vanity, greed and envy, which are just forms of selfishness. If we have little, and want for little, and we are all equal, we envy no one." - Veronica Roth, Divergent

  • "In the year 2025, the best men don't run for president, they run for their lives..." - Stephen King, The Running Man

  • "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

Memorable Dystopian Quotes

  • "It was a bright cold day in April, and the clocks were striking thirteen." - George Orwell, 1984

  • "Is it better for a man to have chosen evil than to have good imposed upon him?" - Anthony Burgess, A Clockwork Orange

  • "No one believes more firmly than Comrade Napoleon that all animals are equal. He would be only too happy to let you make your decisions for yourselves. But sometimes you might make the wrong decisions, comrades, and then where should we be?" - George Orwell, Animal Farm

  • "To enslave an individual troubles your consciences, Archivist, but to enslave a clone is no more troubling than owning the latest six-wheeler ford, ethically. Because you cannot discern our differences, you assume we have none. But make no mistake: even same-stem fabricants cultured in the same wombtank are as singular as snowflakes." - David Mitchell, Cloud Atlas

  • "Human reason can excuse any evil; that is why it's so important that we don't rely on it." - Veronica Roth, Divergent

  • "Our purportedly advanced civilization may be changing the delicate ecological balance that has tortuously evolved over the 4-billion-year period of life on Earth." - Carl Sagan, Billions & Billions: Thoughts on Life and Death at the Brink of the Millennium

Our Favorite Dystopian Quotes

  • "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

  • "Those rabbits stopped fighting the system, because it was easier to take the loss of freedom, to forget what it was like before the fence kept them in, than to be out there in the world struggling to find shelter and food. They had decided that the loss of some was worth the temporary comfort of many." - Alexandra Bracken, The Darkest Minds

  • "They filled our world with weapons aimed at foreheads and smiled as they shot 16 candles right through our future. They killed those strong enough to fight back and locked up the freaks who failed to live up to their utopian expectations." - Tahereh Mafi, Shatter Me

  • "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

  • "If that which we have found is the corruption of solitude, then what can men wish for save corruption? If this is the great evil of being alone, than what is good and what is evil?" - Ayn Rand, Anthem

Most Interesting Dystopian Quotes

  • "And when they ask us what we're doing, you can say, we're remembering." - Ray Bradbury, Fahrenheit 451

  • "No Green Revolution, no hydroponics, no making the deserts bloom can beat an exponential population growth." - Carl Sagan, Billions & Billions: Thoughts on Life and Death at the Brink of the Millennium

  • "I might not have believed this if a Human had said it. Humans said one thing with their bodies and another with their mouths and everyone had to spend time and energy figuring out what they really meant. And once we did understand them, the Humans got angry and acted as though we had stolen thoughts from their minds." - Octavia E. Butler, Imago

  • "No one wore high heels anymore. They were in the same category as corsets –a torturous invention of the past that had served to make men desire women and caused women nothing but sore feet and broken ankles." - Elin Peer, The Ruler

  • "The tortures mankind devises for its amusement will surely render the devil redundant." - Reed King, FKA USA

  • "I try not to think about what saving our world has cost them, even though I can't help thinking that it has been worth it." - Kailin Gow, Fever

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