Wednesday, July 15, 2009
GOOD THING I'M NOT AN ACADEMIC
posted 4:41 PM
Had planned to sort through all the responses to my Orwell quote query and lay the result out here, but it turns out that I am a working novelist (among other things). So here's what I would tell you if you ran into me on the street and asked me about it: I doubt Orwell wrote it. It may have been cobbled together from a line in his essay on nationalism, and another, quoting Kipling, in his essay on Kipling. Weirdly, the very nearest thing to it is an authentic Churchill quote. As to how it became widely accepted as an Orwell quote, your guess is as good as mine. A great many of the people who most enjoy quoting it, I imagine, would actually be happier with it if it were a Churchill quote.
Sunday, July 12, 2009
QUERY: RE THE AUTHORITARIAN'S FAVORITE ORWELL QUOTE
posted 3:06 PM
"People sleep peacefully in their beds at night only because rough men stand ready to do violence on their behalf."
Often this is given as "Good people..."
I have been unable to source this back to a specific piece of GO's prose. Have encountered the opinion that it is not an actual GO quotation.
Can anyone help? Thanks.