George Orwell

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Eric Arthur Blair (25 June 1903 – 21 January 1950), who used the pen name George Orwell, was an English novelist, essayist, journalist, and critic. His work is marked by lucid prose, awareness of social injustice, opposition to totalitarianism, and outspoken support of democratic socialism. Orwell wrote literary criticism, poetry, fiction, and polemical journalism. He is perhaps best known for his dystopian novel Nineteen Eighty-Four (1949) and the allegorical novella Animal Farm (1945). His non-fiction works, including The Road to Wigan Pier (1937), documenting his experience of working class life in the north of England, and Homage to Catalonia (1938), an account of his experiences in the Spanish Civil War, are widely acclaimed, as are his essays on politics, literature, language, and culture. In 2008, The Times ranked him second on a list of "The 50 greatest British writers since 1... More

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George Orwell #Age #Politics

Photo of George Orwell In our age there is no such thing as 'keeping out of politics.' All issues are political issues, and politics itself is a mass of lies, evasions, folly, hatred and schizophrenia.
George Orwell #Age

Photo of George Orwell Not to expose your true feelings to an adult seems to be instinctive from the age of seven or eight onwards.
George Orwell #Best

Photo of George Orwell The best books... are those that tell you what you know already.
George Orwell #Education

Photo of George Orwell I doubt whether classical education ever has been or can be successfully carried out without corporal punishment.
George Orwell #Equality

Photo of George Orwell No advance in wealth, no softening of manners, no reform or revolution has ever brought human equality a millimeter nearer.
George Orwell #Family

Photo of George Orwell A family with the wrong members in control that, perhaps, is as near as one can come to describing England in a phrase.
George Orwell #Freedom

Photo of George Orwell Freedom is the right to tell people what they do not want to hear.
George Orwell #Freedom #Peace #Strength #War

Photo of George Orwell War is peace. Freedom is slavery. Ignorance is strength.
George Orwell #Freedom

Photo of George Orwell Freedom is the freedom to say that two plus two make four. If that is granted, all else follows.
George Orwell #Funny

Photo of George Orwell Whatever is funny is subversive, every joke is ultimately a custard pie... a dirty joke is a sort of mental rebellion.
George Orwell #Future

Photo of George Orwell Who controls the past controls the future. Who controls the present controls the past.
George Orwell #Future #Imagination

Photo of George Orwell If you want a vision of the future, imagine a boot stamping on a human face - forever.
George Orwell #God

Photo of George Orwell He was an embittered atheist, the sort of atheist who does not so much disbelieve in God as personally dislike Him.
George Orwell #Good #Time

Photo of George Orwell On the whole, human beings want to be good, but not too good, and not quite all the time.
George Orwell #Good

Photo of George Orwell Four legs good, two legs bad.
George Orwell #Good

Photo of George Orwell Mankind is not likely to salvage civilization unless he can evolve a system of good and evil which is independent of heaven and hell.
George Orwell #Good

Photo of George Orwell Good writing is like a windowpane.
George Orwell #Good #War

Photo of George Orwell War is war. The only good human being is a dead one.
George Orwell #Good

Photo of George Orwell It is also true that one can write nothing readable unless one constantly struggles to efface one's own personality. Good prose is like a windowpane.
George Orwell #Good #Men

Photo of George Orwell Men are only as good as their technical development allows them to be.
George Orwell #Happiness

Photo of George Orwell Happiness can exist only in acceptance.
George Orwell #Intelligence #Men

Photo of George Orwell We have now sunk to a depth at which restatement of the obvious is the first duty of intelligent men.
George Orwell #Intelligence

Photo of George Orwell There are some ideas so wrong that only a very intelligent person could believe in them.
George Orwell #Men

Photo of George Orwell People sleep peaceably in their beds at night only because rough men stand ready to do violence on their behalf.
George Orwell #Men

Photo of George Orwell Sometimes the first duty of intelligent men is the restatement of the obvious.