A quote dating back to a 2009 opinion piece has been repeatedly misattributed to British writer George Orwell.
It reads: “The further a society drifts from the truth, the more it will hate those who speak it.”
Reuters did not find the quotation in the University College London Orwell Archive, visible here.
Benedict Cooper, Publicity Officer for the Orwell Society, told Reuters via email that the quote “has been falsely attributed to Orwell.”
It was in fact coined by Selwyn Duke, a freelance writer who describes himself as a “teller of Truth and leftists' worst nightmare” in his Twitter bio ( twitter.com/SelwynDuke ).
The piece did mention Orwell, but did not attribute these words to him.
Addressing the mix up in a 2016 article for website American Thinker, Duke wrote: “The problem is, Orwell never said it. And I ought to know. Because I said it. (Or, to be precise, I wrote it.)” ( here )
Contacted by Reuters, Duke confirmed the quote was his.
In September 2021, Snopes addressed this quote here.
Misattributed. This repeatedly misattributed quote to British author George Orwell originated in a 2009 opinion piece by Selwyn Duke.
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