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Character of the week: George Orwell

Author: Paulo Coelho

For a creative writer possession of the “truth” is less important than emotional sincerity.

In a time of universal deceit – telling the truth is a revolutionary act.

Man is the only creature that consumes without producing. He does not give milk, he does not lay eggs, he is too weak to pull the plough, he cannot run fast enough to catch rabbits. Yet he is lord of all the animals.

All the war-propaganda, all the screaming and lies and hatred, comes invariably from people who are not fighting.

Who controls the past controls the future. Who controls the present controls the past.

The essence of being human is that one does not seek perfection.

The best books… are those that tell you what you know already, but you forgot.

Freedom is the right to tell people what they do not want to hear.

Whoever is winning at the moment will always seem to be invincible.

People can foresee the future only when it coincides with their own wishes, and the most grossly obvious facts can be ignored when they are unwelcome.

Big Brother is watching you.

Eric Arthur Blair (25 June 1903 – 21 January 1950) better known by his pen name George Orwell, was an English writer and journalist. His most famous (and important) book is “1984”

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