was born Eric Arthur Blair on 25 June 1903 in eastern India, the son of a British colonial civil servant. He was educated in England and, after he left Eton, joined the Indian Imperial Police in Burma, then a British colony. He resigned in 1927 and decided to become a writer. In 1928, he moved to Paris where lack of success as a writer forced him into a series of menial jobs. He described his experiences in his first book, 'Down and Out in Paris and London', published in 1933. He took the name George Orwell, shortly before its publication. This was followed by his first novel, 'Burmese Days', in 1934.
George Orwell Quotes
Power is not a means, it is an end. One does not establish a dictatorship in order to safeguard a revolution; one makes the revolution in order to establish the dictatorship.
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.
Every war when it comes, or before it comes, is represented not as a war but as an act of self-defense against a homicidal maniac.
We are all capable of believing things which we know to be untrue, and then, when we are finally proved wrong, impudently twisting the facts so as to show that we were right.
We sleep safe in our beds because rough men stand ready in the night to visit violence on those who would do us harm.
Political language. . . is designed to make lies sound truthful and murder respectable, and to give an appearance of solidity to pure wind.
One does not establish a dictatorship in order to safeguard a revolution; one makes the revolution in order to establish the dictatorship.
Of pain you could wish only one thing: that it should stop. Nothing in the world was so bad as physical pain. In the face of pain there are no heroes.
All the war-propaganda, all the screaming and lies and hatred, comes invariably from people who are not fighting.
There was truth and there was untruth, and if you clung to the truth even against the whole world, you were not mad.
Until they become conscious they will never rebel, and until after they have rebelled they cannot become conscious.
Doublethink means the power of holding two contradictory beliefs in one's mind simultaneously, and accepting both of them.
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.
The most effective way to destroy people is to deny and obliterate their own understanding of their history.