Eric Arthur Blair (25 June 1903 – 21 January 1950), better known by his pen name George Orwell, was an English novelist and essayist, journalist and critic.
His work is characterised by lucid prose, awareness of social injustice, opposition to totalitarianism, and outspoken support of democratic socialism.
In a sense it told him nothing that was new, but that was part of the attraction.
It said what he would have said, if it had been possible for him to set his scattered thoughts in order..
It was the product of a mind similar to his own, but enormously more powerful, more systematic, less fear-ridden.
The best books, he perceived, are those that tell you what you know already.
"How many fingers am I holding up, Winston?"
"And if the party says that it is not four but five--then how many?"
'By itself,' he said, 'pain is not always enough.
There are occasions when a human being will stand out against pain, even to the point of death.
But for everyone there is something unendurable--something that cannot be contemplated.
Courage and cowardice are not involved.
If you are falling from a height it is not cowardly to clutch at a rope.
If you have come up from deep water it is not cowardly to fill your lungs with air.
It is merely an instinct which cannot be destroyed.