Sometimes the first duty of intelligent men is the restatement of the obvious.

“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.”


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George Orwell:

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 [ … ]

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