Monday, June 27, 2016

Orwell, or Wells?

George Orwell and H. G. Wells.  Two influential English novelists.  If I had to choose between them, I'd probably pick Wells. But they both had important things to say.  Here are ten quotes from these amazing writers. Can you tell who wrote which quote?
  1. "Big Brother is watching."
  2. "We all have our time machines, don't we. Those that take us back are memories...And those that carry us forward, are dreams.
  3. "There was truth and there was untruth, and if you clung to the truth even against the whole world, you were not mad."
  4. "Orthodoxy means not thinking ... Orthodoxy is unconsciousness."
  5. "Human history becomes more and more a race between education and catastrophe."
  6. "Who controls the past controls the future; who controls the present controls the past."
  7. "The past is but the beginning of a beginning, and all that is or has been is but the twilight of the dawn."
  8. "The masses never revolt of their own accord, and they never revolt merely because they are oppressed.  Indeed, so long as they are not permitted to have standards of comparison, they never even become aware that they are oppressed."
  9. "Always yell with the crowd, that's what I say. It's the only way to be safe." 
  10. "An invisible man is a man of power."
Happy Reading Orwell, or Wells!

Answer key:
George Orwell wrote #1, 3, 4, 6, 8, 9 and H. G. Wells wrote #2, 5, 7, 10.


  1. I didn't do too bad considering I've only read two Wells and one Orwell.

    1. As long as you've read 1984 I think you can figure out most of the quotes. :)

  2. Yes, I had them all correct :-) . I do not know Wells, but I did read 1984 and from there I could quess.
    Fun thing!

    Kind regards,

  3. I had to guess according to what I remembered about Orwell and anything to do with a time machine. :) 8/10 I enjoyed reading Orwell more than Wells, but it has been decades since I've read either one.

  4. I don't think I've read any of their books but those are great quotes you've shared! :)

    1. Thanks! It just shows what good writers they both are. :)

  5. Having read neither, I have to guess based on what I know about each, sort of. There are some amazing quotes here. Not sure why I don't feel inspired to read Wells--I love time travel as a genre, but not so sci-fi I guess.

    I think this is my favorite:
    "Human history becomes more and more a race between education and catastrophe." I'm going to guess Wells.

    1. I like that quote, too, and it is Wells. Good guess. :)