George Orwell

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Orwell: George (born Eric Arthur Blair)

Born: 25 June 1903, Motihari, India
Died: 21 January 1950, London, England

Orwell’s genius lies in his ability to take his own experiences (for example he worked as a dishwasher and he fought in the Spanish Civil War) and to work an astute political commentary into his storyline. History has a way of repeating itself and much of what Orwell wrote in his heyday is just as relevant today. This is borne out by the quotations below.


“Freedom is the right to tell people what they do not want to hear”.
“In a time of universal deceit – telling the truth is a revolutionary act”.
“Political language… is designed to make lies sound truthful and murder respectable, and to give an appearance of solidity to pure wind”.


  • Animal Farm
  • Nineteen Eighty-Four
  • Down and Out in Paris and London
  • Burmese Days