Friday, June 25, 2010

Meandering in the stacks . . .

Today is the birthday of Eric Arthur Blair (June 25, 1903 – January 21, 1950), author and journalist. He is best known by his pen name George Orwell, author of the novella Animal Farm (1945), and the novel Nineteen Eighty-Four (1949).

"All animals are equal, but some animals are more equal than others." - George Orwell

"All political thinking for years past has been vitiated in the same way. People can foresee the future only when it coincides with their own wishes, and the most grossly obvious facts can be ignored when they are unwelcome." - George Orwell

"Doublethink means the power of holding two contradictory beliefs in one's mind simultaneously, and accepting both of them." - George Orwell

"During times of universal deceit, telling the truth becomes a revolutionary act." - George Orwell

"But if thought corrupts language, language can also corrupt thought." - George Orwell

"If liberty means anything at all, it means the right to tell people what they do not want to hear." - George Orwell

"Each 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

"Who controls the past controls the future. Who controls the present controls the past." - George Orwell

"Big Brother is watching you." - George Orwell

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