George Orwell's Writing Famous Quotes & Sayings

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Top 35 Quotes About George Orwell's Writing

#1. I do not wish to comment on the work; if it does not speak for itself, it is a failure. - Author: George Orwell
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#2. I do not think one can assess a writer's motives without knowing something of his early development. His subject matter will be determined by the age he lives in ... but before he ever begins to write he will have acquired an emotional attitude from which he will never completely escape. - Author: George Orwell
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#3. Then Snowball (for it was Snowball who was best at writing) took a brush between the two knuckles of his trotter, painted out MANOR FARM from the top bar of the gate and in its place painted ANIMAL FARM. This was to be the name of the farm from now onwards. - Author: George Orwell
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#4. Good prose should be transparent, like a window pane. - Author: George Orwell
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#5. Threats to freedom of speech, writing and action, though often trivial in isolation, are cumulative in their effect and, unless checked, lead to a general disrespect for the rights of the citizen. - Author: George Orwell
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#6. Is not anyone with any degree of mental honesty conscious of telling lies all day long, both in talking and writing, simply because lies will fall into artistic shape when truth will not? - Author: George Orwell
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#7. He was conscious of nothing except the blankness of the page in front of him, the itching of the skin above his ankle, the blaring of the music, and a slight booziness caused by the gin. - Author: George Orwell
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#8. Good novel are written by people who are not frightened. - Author: George Orwell
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#9. For whom, it suddenly occured to him to wonder, was he writing this diary? For the future, for the unborn. - Author: George Orwell
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#10. Never use the passive where you can use the active. - Author: George Orwell
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#11. Writing a book is a horrible, exhausting struggle, like a long bout with 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. - Author: George Orwell
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#12. Good writing is like a windowpane. - Author: George Orwell
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#13. Literature is doomed if liberty of thought perishes. - Author: George Orwell
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#14. By using stale metaphors, similes and idioms, you save much mental effort, at the cost of leaving your meaning vague, not only for your reader but for yourself. - Author: George Orwell
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#15. Gordon eyed them with inert hatred. At this moment he hated all books, and novels most of all. Horrible to think of all that soggy, half-baked trash massed together in one place. - Author: George Orwell
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#16. There is only one way to make money at writing, and that is to marry a publisher's daughter. - Author: George Orwell
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#17. This invasion of one's mind by ready-made phrases (lay the foundations, achieve a radical transformation) can only be prevented if one is constantly on guard against then, and every such phrase anesthetizes a portion of one's brain. - Author: George Orwell
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#18. It is bound to be a failure, every book is a failure, but I do know with some clarity what kind of book I want to write. - Author: George Orwell
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#19. If you have no money, men won't care for you, women won't love you; won't, that is, care for you or love you the last little bit that matters. - Author: George Orwell
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#20. If people cannot write well, they cannot think well, and if they cannot think well, others will do their thinking for them. - Author: George Orwell
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#21. Sheer egoism ... Writers share this characteristic with scientists, artists, politicians, lawyers, soldiers, successful businessmen - in short, with the whole top crust of humanity. - Author: George Orwell
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#22. He drove his mind into the abyss where poetry is written. - Author: George Orwell
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#23. By the time you have perfected any style of writing, you have always outgrown it. - Author: George Orwell
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#24. From ... the age of five or six, I knew that when I grew up I should be a writer ... I tried to abandon this idea, but I did so with the consciousness that I was outraging my true nature and that sooner or later I should have to settle down and write books. - Author: George Orwell
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#25. Writing a novel is agony. - Author: George Orwell
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#26. George Orwell is a pinnacle writer, for his combination of moral insight and literary writing. - Author: Atul Gawande
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#27. The four great motives for writing prose are sheer egoism, esthetic enthusiasm, historical impulse, and political purpose. - Author: George Orwell
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#28. I read all the time so it's difficult to say who my all-time favourites are. One is George Orwell, because he makes political writing so simple a child could understand it. - Author: Melvin Burgess
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#29. In certain kinds of writing, particularly in art criticism and literary criticism, it is normal to come across long passages which are almost completely lacking in meaning. - Author: George Orwell
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#30. A scrupulous writer, in every sentence that he writes, will ask himself at least four questions, thus: 1. What am I trying to say? 2. What words will express it? 3. What image or idiom will make it clearer? 4. Is this image fresh enough to have an effect? - Author: George Orwell
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#31. The literature of the Spanish Civil War is also important to me. Above all George Orwell's "Homage to Catalonia" as well as the writing of John Dos Passos and Ernest Hemingway. They worked on a film together in Spain during that war, which ended their friendship. - Author: George Packer
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#32. Money, money, all is money! Could you write even a penny novelette without money to put heart in you? - Author: George Orwell
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#33. There is a minority of gifted, willfuf people who are determined to live their own lives to the end, and writers belong in this class. - Author: George Orwell
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#34. Man's greatest drive is not love or hate but to change another person's writing. - Author: George Orwell
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#35. [You write out of the] desire to seem clever, to be talked about, to be remembered after death, etc., etc., etc. It is humbug to pretend this is not a motive and a strong one. - Author: George Orwell
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