25 Incredible George Orwell Quotes On Power And Politics

George Orwell Quotes

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A paradox of George Orwell’s legacy is that the term Orwellian has come to mean a cynical manipulation of language. Of course, Orwell’s own prose fought constantly against such deceit. He was a carpenter of the English language, and his paragraphs are simple, unvarnished attempts at nailing together the truth.

His inventions, most notably the pigs of Animal Farm and the oppressive Party and Big Brother in his dystopian novel 1984, were the true masters of doublespeak. While a character in 1984 may say, “It is the beautiful thing, the destruction of words,” Orwell himself had a stubborn conviction that clear language could expose tyranny, failed logic, and lies. Orwell’s writing, ironically, is not Orwellian.

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Meet Annie Jump Cannon, Celestial Badass

Annie Jump Cannon Profile

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In her lifetime, Annie Jump Cannon identified more than 500,000 stars. This is without a doubt a remarkable feat for anyone, least of all a young deaf woman who spent her 19th century childhood with her head not just in the clouds—but in galaxies.

Annie’s mother fostered her interest in astronomy when she was a child, teaching her to identify the constellations and making certain she had plenty of books to read on the subject. But how did the little girl with her eyes to the sky go on to become the lauded “Census Taker of the Stars?”

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Van Gogh’s Legacy Lives On In The Digital Age

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One of the most immediately recognizable artists in the world today, Vincent Van Gogh’s inimitable style only came after years of successive failures. Van Gogh picked up the paintbrush just eight years before he died (following a lackluster career as a preacher in a grim mining area in Borinage, Belgium), and even then had to soldier through a series of struggles before he would eventually come to terms with himself as an artist.

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