Timely George Orwell Quotes

In our wired world of Big Brother, Little Brothers, socially networked smart mobs, tagged images and RFID implanted humans, George Orwell is more timely than ever before, even when he didn’t get everything quite right. Below are some of my favorite Orwell quotes for our networked age.


Orwell foresaw Big Brother, but not all the networked Little Brothers —

“Big Brother is watching you.”

Orwell on freedom in general and freedom of speech in particular —

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

Orwell on the ironic mixture of technology and human nature ( No, social networks will not make people more civilized. ) —

“As I write, highly civilized human beings are flying overhead, trying to kill me.”

George on the dangerous power of thoughts and words —

“But if thought corrupts language, language can also corrupt thought.”

On the limitations of journalists and the press —

“Early in life I had noticed that no event is ever correctly reported in a newspaper. ”

In times of stress, turmoil and disfunction, Orwell observed that some things still work —

“The atom bombs are piling up in the factories, the police are prowling through the cities, the lies are streaming from the loudspeakers, but the earth is still going round the sun.”

Orwell on the control of the means of communication —

“Who controls the past controls the future. Who controls the present controls the past.”

Source of quotes: BrainyQuote.com