Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Orwell Saw Through It All: The Future and Today's Times

George Orwell, English novelist and essayist (1903-1950) said: “The great enemy of clear language is insincerity. When there is a gap between one's real and one's declared aims, one turns, as it were, instinctively to long words and exhausted idioms, like a cuttlefish squirting out ink.”

“Freedom is the right to tell people what they do not want to hear”

“Good writing is like a windowpane”

“To an ordinary human being, love means nothing if it does not mean loving some people more than others”

We sleep safe in our beds because rough men stand ready in the night to visit violence on those who would do us harm.”

“The essence of being human is that one does not seek perfection.”

“Political language. . . is designed to make lies sound truthful and murder respectable, and to give an appearance of solidity to pure wind.”

"Doublethink" means the power of holding two contradictory beliefs in one's mind simultaneously, and accepting both of them”

“During times of universal deceit, telling the truth becomes a revolutionary act” “But if thought corrupts language, language can also corrupt thought.”

“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.”

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