After watching the BBC documentary about the life of George Orwell it is hard not to imagine one getting consumed by his words. Many of his quotes about war, politics, literature and the nature of people still seem true. Upon multiple readings, the meanings of his words reveal themselves in many dimensions and depending on what one has experienced, his writings paint a picture that can be either hopeless or uplifting. But they are powerful nevertheless.
Here are my top ten quotes from George Orwell.
“All animals are equal, but some animals are more equal than others.”
― Animal Farm
“Writing a book is a horrible, exhausting struggle, like a long bout with some painful illness. One would never undertake such a thing if one were not driven on by some demon whom one can neither resist nor understand.”
“If liberty means anything at all, it means the right to tell people what they do not want to hear.”
“Journalism is printing what someone else does not want printed: everything else is public relations.”
― George Orwell
“We are all capable of believing things which we know to be untrue, and then, when we are finally proved wrong, impudently twisting the facts so as to show that we were right.”
“There are some ideas so absurd that only an intellectual could believe them.”
“It is curious how people take it for granted that they have a right to preach at you and pray over you as soon as your income falls below a certain level.”
- Down and Out in Paris and London
“Political language is designed to make lies sound truthful and murder respectable, and to give an appearance of solidity to pure wind. ”
“Perhaps a man really dies when his brain stops, when he loses the power to take in a new idea.”
― Coming Up for Air
“To see what is in front of one’s nose needs a constant struggle.”
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