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George Orwell George Orwell was a son of the British empire as he born Eric Arthur Blair to a father who worked in the Indian civil service and a mother who was raised in Burma. When he was one year old his mother relocated him to Oxfordshire in England where he was brought up. Blair was educated locally and later at St Cyprian's School, Eastbourne until an opportunity arose in 1917 for him to go to Eton on a scholarship where he stayed until 1921. Although he had already showed literary promise as a poet and an essayist he didn't make the grade to achieve a university scholarship so he decided to explore the parts of the empire he had heard so much of from his father and mother and joined the Indian Imperial Police with his first posting to be in Burma where his maternal grandmother lived. He served from 1922 until 1927 until he contracted dengue fever that has the rather notorious moniker of 'break bone disease'. He was allowed to take leave back to England and promptly resigned from the imperial police to follow what he deemed was his true vocation in life and become a writer. His time in South East Asia gave him the inspiration for his first novel Burmese Days (1934) and various other essays as he honed his literary style. Back in England Blair initially spent his time at his parents retirement home in Southwold, Suffolk and it was the River Orwell in Suffolk that inspired him to adopt the pseudonym George Orwell. The 1930's and the Spanish civil war in particular were to shape the thinking of Orwell and influence his creative writing on a political plane he had never previously contemplated. At the end of 1936 Orwell set off for Spain to join the republicans fighting the military uprising of the Franco fascists, he joined a group called the party of marxist unification (POUM) but he soon became despondent at the in-fighting within the republican cause. In April 1937 he was in Barcelona and witnessed the Communist political attacks on the POUM, he was aghast at the stories the communist press were running which labelled him and other members of the POUM as fascists. There was a tense divide which shocked him as the common enemy was supposed to be General Franco and his Nazi allies. He returned to the front line only to be shot in the neck and hospitalised. Back in Barcelona the POUM had been outlawed by the communists and he escaped on a train before he was rounded up. From then on Orwell took every opportunity he could find to attack the Stalin regime and he continued his attacks during WWII when Stalin became an ally against the Nazis. His exposure to both the Nazi and Stalin regime who were both responsible for the loss of millions of lives in concentration camps and gulags made him concentrate his fury through his pen and his imagination. From the seeds of fascism grew dissent and inspired him to pen his two classic novels Animal Farm and Nineteen Eighty-Four. They both received literary acclaim but he died in 1950 so he was not there to see the whole world appreciate his work and enjoy his literary acclaim. Sometimes adversity inspires some of the greatest one liners so here is my compilation of fifteen of the best George Orwell quotes.
  • Mini Bio
  • Name: Eric Arthur Blair
  • Born: 25th June 1903, Motihari, Bihar, British India
  • Died: 21st January 1950, University College Hospital, London, England
  • Alma mater: Eton College
  • Occupation: Novelist and polemic journalist
  • Pseudonym: George Orwell was the pen name he used for his literary work
  • Famous works: Animal Farm (1945), Nineteen Eighty Four (1949)
  • Other works: He penned six novels and authored three non fiction books, including the novels: Keep the Aspidistra Flying (1936) and Coming Up For Air (1939). His notable non fictions were: The Road to Wigan Pier (1937) and Homage to Catalonia (1938)
  • Trivia: Orwell became an unwitting neologist with many of the words or expressions he created still used in popular culture around the world, these include: Big Brother, Doublethink, Newspeak, Orwellian, Proles, Room 101, Thought Crime, Thought Police and Unperson.

"Myths which are believed in tend to become true"

George Orwell

"Every generation imagines itself to be more intelligent than the one that went before it, and wiser than the one that comes after it"

George Orwell

"Whether the British ruling class are wicked or merely stupid is one of the most difficult questions of our time"

George Orwell

"The choice before human beings, is not, as a rule, between good and evil but between two evils"

George Orwell

"Who controls the past controls the future. Who controls the present controls the past"

George Orwell

"In a time of deceit telling the truth is a revolutionary act"

George Orwell

"Political language is designed to make lies sound truthful and murder respectable"

George Orwell

"The choice before human beings, is not, as a rule, between good and evil but between two evils"

George Orwell

"The drift for many decades has been not towards anarchy but towards the reimposition of slavery"

George Orwell

"To see what is in front of one's nose needs a constant struggle"

George Orwell

"Nationalism is power-hunger tempered by self-deception"

George Orwell

"If thought corrupts language, language can also corrupt thought"

George Orwell

"Perhaps a lunatic was simply a minority of one"

George Orwell

"The further a society drifts from truth the more it will hate those who speak it"

George Orwell

"The people will believe what the media tells them they believe"

George Orwell

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