WHY PEOPLE WRITE (ACCORDING TO GEORGE ORWELL)
Quotes on what forces motivate writers - unapologetically lifted from "Why I write" by George Orwell.
- •Sheer egoism"The great mass of human beings are not acutely selfish. After the age of about 30 they abandon individual ambition - in many cases, indeed, they almost abandon the sense of being individuals at all - and live chiefly for others, or are simply smothered under drudgery. But there is also a minority of gifted, wilful people who are determined to live their own lives to the end, and writers belong in this class."
- •Aesthetic enthusiasm"The aesthetic motive is very feeble in a lot of writers, but even a pamphleteer or a writer of textbooks will have pet words and phrases which appeal to him for non-utilitarian reasons."
- •Historical impulse"Desire to see things as they are."
- •Political purpose"Desire to push the world in a certain direction, to alter other people's idea of the kind of society that they should strive after."