Orwell Quotes from “1984”

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1984 Quotes

These are the first 30 of 450 Orwell 1984 quotes found at http://www.goodreads.com/work/quotes/153313-nineteen-eighty-four

1984 Quotes (showing 1-30 of 450) “He who controls the past controls the future. He who controls the present controls the past.”  George Orwell, 1984 tags: inspirational

“War is peace. Freedom is slavery. Ignorance is strength.”  George Orwell, 1984 tags: freedom, ignorance, inspirational, war

“Perhaps one did not want to be loved so much as to be understood.”  George Orwell, 1984 tags: truth

“It was a bright cold day in April, and the clocks were striking thirteen.”  George Orwell, 1984 tags: april, dystopia, first-sentence, opening-lines

“The best books… are those that tell you what you know already.”  George Orwell, 1984 tags: books, reading

“If you want a picture of the future, imagine a boot stamping on a human face—for ever.”  George Orwell, 1984 tags: future

“We shall meet in the place where there is no darkness.”  George Orwell, 1984

“If you want to keep a secret, you must also hide it from yourself.”  George Orwell, 1984 tags: secrets

“Doublethink means the power of holding two contradictory beliefs in one’s mind simultaneously, and accepting both of them.”  George Orwell, 1984

“But if thought corrupts language, language can also corrupt thought.”  George Orwell, 1984 tags: language, power-of-words, propaganda, thought

“Perhaps a lunatic was simply a minority of one.”  George Orwell, 1984

“Big Brother is Watching You.”  George Orwell, 1984

“Until they became conscious they will never rebel, and until after they have rebelled they cannot become conscious.”  George Orwell, 1984

“It’s a beautiful thing, the destruction of words.”  George Orwell, 1984 tags: absurd

“Now I will tell you the answer to my question. It is this. The Party seeks power entirely for its own sake. We are not interested in the good of others; we are interested solely in power, pure power. What pure power means you will understand presently. We are different from the oligarchies of the past in that we know what we are doing. All the others, even those who resembled ourselves, were cowards and hypocrites. The German Nazis and the Russian Communists came very close to us in their methods, but they never had the courage to recognize their own motives. They pretended, perhaps they even believed, that they had seized power unwillingly and for a limited time, and that just around the corner there lay a paradise where human beings would be free and equal. We are not like that. We know what no one ever seizes power with the intention of relinquishing it. Power is not a means; it is an end. One does not establish a dictatorship in order to safeguard a revolution; one makes the revolution in order to establish the dictatorship. The object of persecution is persecution. The object of torture is torture. The object of power is power. Now you begin to understand me.”  George Orwell, 1984 tags: republicans

“In the face of pain there are no heroes.”  George Orwell, 1984 tags: 1984

“If you loved someone, you loved him, and when you had nothing else to give, you still gave him love.”  George Orwell, 1984

“Power is in tearing human minds to pieces and putting them together again in new shapes of your own choosing.”  George Orwell, 1984

“The choice for mankind lies between freedom and happiness and for the great bulk of mankind, happiness is better.”  George Orwell, 1984 tags: 1984

“Orthodoxy means not thinking–not needing to think. Orthodoxy is unconsciousness.”  George Orwell, 1984 tags: orthodoxy

“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.”  George Orwell, 1984 tags: truth

“You are a slow learner, Winston.” “How can I help it? How can I help but see what is in front of my eyes? Two and two are four.” “Sometimes, Winston. Sometimes they are five. Sometimes they are three. Sometimes they are all of them at once. You must try harder. It is not easy to become sane.”  George Orwell, 1984

“We do not merely destroy our enemies; we change them.”  George Orwell, 1984 tags: enemies

“I enjoy talking to you. Your mind appeals to me. It resembles my own mind except that you happen to be insane.”  George Orwell, 1984 tags: 1984, nineteen-eighty-four

“There was truth and there was untruth, and if you clung to the truth even against the whole world, you were not mad.”  George Orwell, 1984

“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.”  George Orwell, 1984 tags: pain

“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.”  George Orwell, 1984 tags: betrayal, confession, love

“Your worst enemy, he reflected, was your nervous system. At any moment the tension inside you was liable to translate itself into some visible symptom.”  George Orwell, 1984 tags: dystopia

“The object of terrorism is terrorism. The object of oppression is oppression. The object of torture is torture. The object of murder is murder. The object of power is power. Now do you begin to understand me?”  George Orwell, 1984 tags: oppression, power, terrorism, torture

“What can you do, thought Winston, against the lunatic who is more intelligent than yourself, who gives your arguments a fair hearing and then simply persists in his lunacy?”  George Orwell, 1984

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