George Orwell - a way with words...

Few people saw the implications of current events for the future more clearly than Eric Blair aka George Orwell. His writing and his beliefs were informed by his own experience and by a passion for freedom and justice.

In an era of spin, deception and 'truthiness', the world could use more more artists and journalists like him.

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

"Advertising is the rattling of a stick
inside a swill bucket."


from the original draft of 1984

"But if thought corrupts language,
language can also corrupt thought."

"If you want a vision of the future,
imagine a boot stamping on
a human face - forever."

"In times of universal deceit, telling the truth
will be a revolutionary act."


"There are some ideas so wrong that only
a very intelligent person could believe in them."

"War against a foreign country only happens
when the moneyed classes think they are
going to profit from it."

"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."


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