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Friday, 25 June 2010

The Quotable George Orwell ... The Father of Big Brother.

The Quotable George Orwell ... The Father of Big Brother

George Orwell (born on this day - June 25 - in 1903) was the pseudonym of British author Eric Arthur Blair - best known for his politically-charged novels Animal Farm and 1984.

To celebrate his birth date, here is a selection of famous quotations by and about George / Eric ...

"Advertising is the rattling of a stick inside a swill-bucket."
from Keep the Aspidistra Flying (1936)

"In almost any revolt the leaders would tend to be people who could pronounce their aitches."
from The Road to Wigan Pier (1937)

"There is at least a tinge of truth in that picture of Southern England as one enormous Brighton inhabited by lounge-lizards."
from The Road to Wigan Pier (1937)

"England is perhaps the only great country whose intellectuals are ashamed of their own nationality. In left-wing circles it is always felt that there is something slightly disgraceful in being an Englishman and that it is a duty to snigger at every English institution, from horse racing to suet puddings. It is a strange fact, but it is unquestionably true that almost any English intellectual would feel more ashamed of standing to attention during God save the King than of stealing from a poor box."
from The Lion and the Unicorn (1941)

"Four legs good, two legs bad."
from Animal Farm (1945)

"The creatures outside looked from pig to man, and from man to pig, and from pig to man again; but already it was impossible to say which was which."
 from Animal Farm (1945)

"Serious sport has nothing to do with fair play. It is bound up with hatred, jealousy, boastfulness, disregard of all rules and sadistic pleasure in witnessing violence: in other words it is war minus the shooting."
from 'The Sporting Spirit' in Tribune (1945)

"Writing a book is a horrible, exhausting struggle, like a long bout of 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."
from Why I Write (1946)

"No one can look back on his schooldays and say with truth that they were altogether unhappy."
from Such, Such Were The Joys (1947)

"It was a bright cold day in April, and the clocks were striking thirteen."
Opening line from Nineteen Eighty-Four (1949)

"If you want a picture of the future, imagine a boot stamping on a human face - forever."
from Nineteen Eighty-Four (1949)

Quotes about George Orwell ...

"George Orwell was the wintry conscience of a generation which in the thirties had heard the call of the rasher assumptions of political faith. He was a kind of saint and, in that character, more likely in politics to chastise his own side than the enemy."
V.S. Pritchett in New Statesman (1950)

"He could not blow his nose without moralising on conditions in the handkerchief industry."
Cyril Connolly in The New York Evening Colonnade (1973)

"Old George Orwell got it backward [in 1984]. Big Brother isn't watching. He's singing and dancing. He's pulling rabbits out of a hat. Big Brother's holding your attention every moment you're awake. He's making sure you're always distracted. He's making sure you're fully absorbed... and this [act of] being fed, it's worse than being watched. With the world always filling you, no one has to worry about what's in your mind. With everyone's imagination atrophied, no one will ever be a threat to the world."
Chuck Palahniuk, Lullaby (2002)

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1 comment:

  1. Interesting quotes - I remember reading Animal Farm in school.