“Sometimes the first duty of intelligent men is the restatement of the obvious,” is a paraphrased quote from George Orwell’s 1939 review of a new Bertrand Russell publication. It refers to truths that have become dangerous to utter.
The quote was paraphrased by The Adelphi in January 1939. In reviewing Russell’s book, Power: A New Social Analysis, Orwell actually made the following comment:
“If there are certain pages of Mr Bertrand Russell’s book, Power, which seem rather empty, that is merely to say that we have now sunk to a depth at which the restatement of the obvious is the first duty of intelligent men.”
Eric Arthur Blair, better known by the pseudonym, George Orwell was born on 25th June 1903 in Motihari, India.
He was a journalist, essayist, novelist, and biting social critic.
He is best remembered for his novels Nineteen Eighty-Four and Animal Farm.
Orwell died of tuberculosis in London, England on 21st January 1950. Read More [ … ]