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We know that no one ever seizes power with the intention of relinquishing it.
If human equality is to be for ever averted — if the High, as we have called them, are to keep their places permanently — then the prevailing mental condition must be controlled insanity.
Being in a minority, even in a minority of one, did not make you mad. There was truth and there was untruth, and if you clung to the truth even against the whole world, you were not mad.
And after that, you don't feel the same toward the other person any longer.
Today there were fear, hatred, and pain, but no dignity of emotion, no deep or complex sorrows.
TWO AND TWO MAKES FIVE
The Revolution will be complete when the language is perfect.
He was a lonely ghost uttering a truth that nobody would ever hear.
With its grace and carelessness, it seemed to annihilate a whole culture, a whole system of thought, as though [all] could be swept into a nothingness by a single splendid movement of the arm.
If all records told the same tale—then the lie passed into history and became truth.
Always eyes watching you and the voice enveloping you. Asleep or awake, indoors or out of doors, in the bath or bed- no escape. Nothing was your own except the few cubic centimeters in your skull.
...In this place you could not feel anything, except pain and foreknowledge of pain.
Freedom is the freedom to say that two plus two make four. If that is granted, all else follows.
If you want a vision of the future, imagine a boot stamping on a human face--forever.
We are the dead . Our only true life is in the future. We shall take part in it as handfuls of dust and splinters of bone.
It’s the one thing they can’t do. They can make you say anything – anything – but they can’t make you believe it. They can’t get inside you.
Confession is not betrayal. What you say or do doesn't matter only feelings matter. If they could make me stop loving you-that would be the real betrayal.
Reality is inside the skull.
In all the useful arts the world is either standing still or going backwards.
So long as human beings stay human, death and life are the same thing.
Winston Smith: Does Big Brother exist?O'Brien: Of course he exists.Winston Smith: Does he exist like you or me?O'Brien: You do not exist.
We are the dead. Our only true life is in the future. We shall take part in it as handfuls of dust and splinters of bone. But how far away that future may be, there is no knowing.
When it is necessary they can be prodded into frenzies of fear and hatred, but when left to themselves they are capable of forgetting for long periods that the war is happening.
It was somehow slightly frightening, like the gambolling of tiger cubs which will soon grow up into man-eaters.
From the point of view of the Low, no historic change has ever meant much more than a change in the name of their masters.
The words kept coming back to him, statement of a mystical truth and a palpable absurdity.
The dark-haired girl behind Winston had begun crying out: 'Swine! Swine! Swine!', and suddenly she picked up a heavy Newspeak dictionary and flung it at the screen.
He was conscious of nothing except the blankness of the page in front of him, the itching of the skin above his ankle, the blaring of the music, and a slight booziness caused by the gin.
Has it ever occurred to you, ' he said, 'that the whole history of English poetry has been de-termined by the fact that the English language lacks rhymes?
The problem was how to keep the wheels of industry turning without increasing the real wealth of the world. Goods must be produced, but they must not be distributed.
Nothing exists except through human consciousness
To die hating them, that was freedom
and then the chosen lie would pass into the permanent records and become truth
Sooner or later it would happen: strength would change into consciousness.
That is her style of beauty.
For a second, two seconds, they had exchanged an equivocal glance, and that was the end of the story. But even that was a memorable event, in the locked loneliness in which one had to live.
The Brotherhood cannot be wiped out because it is not an organization in the ordinary sense. Nothing holds it together except an idea which is indestructible.
Who controls the past controls the future. Who controls the present controls the past.
The tank, the submarine, the torpedo, the machine-gun, even the rifle and the hand grenade are still in use.
She's beautiful, ' he murmured.'She's a metre across the hips, easily, ' said Julia.'That is her style of beauty, ' said Winston.
If you want to keep a secret, you must also hide it from yourself.
The best books... are those that tell you what you know already.
Of pain you could wish only one thing: that it should stop. Nothing in the world was so bad as physical pain. In the face of pain there are no heroes.
War is peace. Freedom is slavery. Ignorance is strength.
It was a vast, luminous dream in which his whole life seemed to stretch out before him like a landscape on a summer evening after rain
In this place you could not feel anything, except pain and the foreknowledge of pain.
Partly it was a sort of hymn to the wisdom and majesty of Big Brother, but still more it was an act of self-hypnosis, a deliberate drowning of consciousness by means of rhythmic noise.
I have not betrayed Julia.
Do you know why you’re here? Shall I tell you why we brought you here? To cure you.To make you sane.
The old civilizations claimed that they were founded on love or justice. Ours is founded upon hatred. In our world there will be no emotions except fear, rage, triumph, and self-abasement.