Ten George Orwell Quotes on ‘Truth’

Mini Bio: Eric Arthur Blair (George Orwell)

Eric Arthur Blair (better known by the pseudonym, George Orwell) was a renowned English novelist, essayist, journalist, and social critic who employed lucid prose to oppose totalitarianism. He was born into a lower-middle-class family in Bengal on 25th June 1903. His father was a minor British official in the Indian Civil Service, and his mother was the daughter of an unsuccessful French, teak merchant.

Blair was educated in England and left at nineteen to join the Indian Imperial Police Force in Burma. He resigned in 1928 when he was twenty-four to become a writer. He later said he felt guilty about his role as an imperialist in Burma, and he began to turn his attention to the circumstances of oppressed people in his own country too.  

Blair’s work had an early and significant influence on ‘cultural studies’ and ‘post-colonial studies’. His research on unemployment, poverty, and oppression took him from England to France and then, most notably, Spain where he was shot in the throat by the fascist militia. These experiences, his abhorrence of fascism, and his empathy for the oppressed and impoverished shaped his writing.  

Blair died of tuberculosis in London on 21st January 1950. He was forty-six. He is best remembered for his novels Animal Farm and Nineteen Eighty-Four, a prophetic novel about a dystopian future where truth and facts are manipulated by a totalitarian regime whose version of history is constantly changing.  

Today, Blair’s work remains influential and terms he coined such as ‘Orwellian’, ‘Big Brother’, ‘Thought Police’, ‘Proles’, and ‘Unperson’ have been embraced by popular culture.

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6 thoughts on “Ten George Orwell Quotes on ‘Truth’”

  1. Thank you so much for sharing with us an interesting and research article. The main subject of this article is about Ten George Orwell Quotes on ‘Truth’. It is truly commendable that you have demonstrated this topic so well in your article. I have learned a lot by reading your article and gained a lot of cognition about it. Of the points mentioned in your article, I like “Freedom is the freedom to say that two plus two make four. I have read many books written by George Orwell, one of my favorite writers. Especially I read George Orwell’s Animal Farm and 1984 Nobel which taught me a lot and gained knowledge.
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    • Thanks for taking an interest in this post, Asraful.

      I think Christopher Hitchens, author of ‘Why Orwell Matters’,  hit the nail on the head when he wrote: 

      “He would appear never to have diluted his opinions in the hope of seeing his byline disseminated to the paying customers; this alone is a clue to why he still matters.”

      I’d be grateful if you shared this post with your Facebook Group.

      Cheers, Marika

  2. I think that some of the quotes by George were well and truly disturbing because I have not seen a person who writes about power and it’s bad influence in such a way before even in his books too. All the same, I like what he put together and I like his life too. He had some very good works put out.

    • Hi Jay,

      I think Orwell is more relevant today than he was when he wrote. How unbelievable his novels must have seemed at the time. Not so today.

      Cheers, Marika

  3. Hello, I really like the concept behind this site. George Orwell’s philosophies while ideal still escapes us today. Isn’t it interesting how those who embrace truth are still being persecuted for doing so while back biters and evildoers who enjoy the shadows flourish? This I believe is more prevalent in our political arena but really has not escaped any facet of society.

    Candy Benn

    • Thanks, Candy. It’s amazing how often Orwell had the best thing to say about any number of issues we now face.

      Christopher Hitchens, an Orwell scholar, believed that Orwell had an exalted form of common sense.

      Cheers, Marika


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