George Orwell

George Orwell

English author, criticist, journalist
25 June 1903 — 21 January 1950

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Journalism is printing what someone else does not want printed. Everything else is public relations.

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The common people, on the whole, are still living in the world of absolute good and evil from which the intellectuals have long since escaped.

If you want to know what a dead man`s relatives really think of him, a good rough test is the weight of his tombstone.

The truest happiness [...] lay in working hard and living frugally.

Orthodoxy means not thinking - not needing to think. Orthodoxy is unconsciousness.

Painting is the only art that can be practised without either talent or hard work.

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When I sit down to write a book, I do not say to myself, `I am going to produce a work of art`. I write it because there is some lie that I want to expose, some fact to which I want to draw attention, and my initial concern is to get a hearing.

Freedom is the freedom to say that two plus two make four. If that is granted, all else follows.

Who controls the past, [...] controls the future: who controls the present controls the past.

One defeats a fanatic precisely by not being a fanatic oneself, but on the contrary by using one`s intelligence.

Perhaps a lunatic was simply a minority of one.

If thought corrupts language, language can also corrupt thought.

The best books (...) are those that tell you what you know already.

Men can only be happy when they do not assume that the object of life is happiness.

If liberty means anything at all, it means the right to tell people what they do not want to hear.


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