1984 Quotes

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Perhaps one did not want to be loved so much as to be understood. George Orwell, 1984 quotes

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. 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. George Orwell, 1984

It was a bright cold day in April, and the clocks were striking thirteen. Winston Smith, his chin nuzzled into his breast in an effort to escape the vile wind, slipped quickly through the glass doors of Victory Mansions, though not quickly enough to prevent a swirl of gritty dust from entering along with him. George Orwell, 1984

Who controls the past controls the future. Who controls the present controls the past. George Orwell, 1984

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

He was the commander of a vast shadowy army, un underground network of conspirators dedicated to the overthrow of the State. George Orwell, 1984

For the first time he perceived that if you want to keep a secret you must also hide it from yourself. George Orwell, 1984

The hallway smelt of boiled cabbage and old rag mats. At one end of it a coloured poster, too large for indoor display, had been tacked to the wall. It depicted simply an enormous face, more than a metre wide: the face of a man of about forty-five, with a heavy black moustache and ruggedly handsome features. George Orwell, 1984

War is peace.
Freedom is slavery.
Ignorance is strength. George Orwell, 1984

A hideous ecstasy of fear and vindictiveness, a desire to kill, to torture, to smash faces in with a sledgehammer, seemed to flow through the whole group of people like an electric current, turning one even against one’s will into a grimacing, screaming lunatic. George Orwell, 1984

Even if you are a minority of one it does not make you wrong. George Orwell, 1984

You had to live — did live, from habit that became instinct — in the assumption that every sound you made was overheard, and, except in darkness, every movement scrutinized. George Orwell, 1984

The best books… are those that tell you what you know already. George Orwell, 1984

The best books . . .  are those that tell you what you know already. George Orwell, 1984

Winston kept his back turned to the telescreen. It was safer, though, as he well knew, even a back can be revealing. George Orwell, 1984

If you can feel that staying human is worth while, even when it can’t have any result whatever, you’ve beaten them. George Orwell, 1984

If you want to keep a secret, you must also hide it from yourself. George Orwell, 1984

Inside the flat a fruity voice was reading out a list of figures which had something to do with the production of pig-iron. The voice came from an oblong metal plaque like a dulled mirror which formed part of the surface of the right-hand wall. Winston turned a switch and the voice sank somewhat, though the words were still distinguishable. The instrument (the telescreen, it was called) could be dimmed, but there was no way of shutting it off completely. George Orwell, 1984

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

It is impossible to found a civilisation on fear and hatred and cruelty. It would never endure. George Orwell, 1984

He discovered that while he sat helplessly musing he had also been writing, as though by automatic action. And it was no longer the same cramped, awkward handwriting as before. His pen had slid voluptuously over the smooth paper, printing in large neat capitals — DOWN WITH BIG BROTHER… George Orwell, 1984

But if thought corrupts language, language can also corrupt thought. George Orwell, 1984

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

The consequences of every act are included in the act itself. George Orwell, 1984

Whether he went on with the diary, or whether he did not go on with it, made no difference. The Thought Police would get him just the same. He had committed— would still have committed, even if he had never set pen to paper— the essential crime that contained all others in itself. Thoughtcrime, they called it. Thoughtcrime was not a thing that could be concealed forever. You might dodge successfully for a while, even for years, but sooner or later they were bound to get you. George Orwell, 1984

If you want a picture of the future, imagine a boot stamping on a human face—for ever. 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 poster with the enormous face gazed from the wall. It was one of those pictures which are so contrived that the eyes follow you about when you move. George Orwell, 1984

Where there is equality there can be sanity. George Orwell, 1984

A handsome, tough-looking boy of nine had popped up from behind the table and was menacing him with a toy automatic pistol, while his small sister, about two years younger, made the same gesture with a fragment of wood. Both of them were dressed in the blue shorts, grey shirts, and red neckerchiefs which were the uniform of the Spies. Winston raised his hands above his head, but with an uneasy feeling, so vicious was the boy’s demeanour, that it was not altogether a game. George Orwell, 1984

Big Brother is Watching You. George Orwell, 1984

You had to live – did live, from habit that became instinct – in the assumption that every sound you made was overheard, and, except in darkness, every moment scrutinized. George Orwell, 1984

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

Suddenly they were both leaping round him, shouting ‘Traitor!’ and ‘Thought-criminal!’ the little girl imitating her brother in every movement. It was somehow slightly frightening, like the gambolling of tiger cubs which will soon grow up into man-eaters. There was a sort of calculating ferocity in the boy’s eye, a quite evident desire to hit or kick Winston and a consciousness of being very nearly big enough to do so. It was a good job it was not a real pistol he was holding, Winston thought. George Orwell, 1984

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

It’s a beautiful thing, the destruction of words. George Orwell, 1984

It’s a beautiful thing, the destruction of words. George Orwell, 1984

Nothing exists except through human consciousness. George Orwell, 1984

Years ago — how long was it? Seven years it must be — he had dreamed that he was walking through a pitch-dark room. George Orwell, 1984

Comrade Ogilvy, who had never existed in the present, now existed in the past, and when once the act of forgery was forgotten, he would exist just as authentically, and upon the same evidence, as Charlemagne or Julius Caesar. George Orwell, 1984

If you are falling from a height it is not cowardly to clutch at a rope. George Orwell, 1984

To the future or to the past, to a time when thought is free, when men are different from one another and do not live alone — to a time when truth exists and what is done cannot be undone: From the age of uniformity, from the age of solitude, from the age of Big Brother, from the age of doublethink — greetings!…Thoughtcrime does not entail death, thoughtcrime IS death. George Orwell, 1984

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

One does not establish a dictatorship in order to safeguard a revolution; one makes the revolution in order to establish the dictatorship. George Orwell, 1984

He was a fattish but active man of paralyzing stupidity, a mass of imbecile enthusiasm – one of those completely unquestioning, devoted drudges on whom, more even than on the Thought Police, the stability of the Party depended. 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

Oceania was at war with Eurasia: therefore Oceania had always been at war with Eurasia. The enemy of the moment always represented absolute evil, and it followed that any past or future agreement with him was impossible. George Orwell, 1984

In the face of pain there are no heroes. George Orwell, 1984

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

Winston thought for a moment, then pulled the speakwrite towards him and began dictating in Big Brother’s familiar style: a style at once military and pedantic, and, because of a trick of asking questions and then promptly answering them…easy to imitate. George Orwell, 1984

War is war. The only good human being is a dead one. George Orwell, 1984

If the Party could thrust its hand into the past and say of this or that event, it never happened — that, surely, was more terrifying than mere torture and death? George Orwell, 1984

We know that no one ever seizes power with the intention of relinquishing it. George Orwell, 1984

The thought police would get him just the same. He had committed – would have committed, even if he had never set pen to paper – the essential crime that contained all others in itself. Thoughtcrime, they called it. Thoughtcrime was not a thing that could be concealed forever. You might dodge successfully for a while, even for years, but sooner or later they were bound to get you. George Orwell, 1984

Those who control the present, control the past and those who control the past control the future. George Orwell, 1984

The past, he reflected, had not merely been altered, it had been actually destroyed. For how could you establish even the most obvious fact when there existed no record outside your own memory? George Orwell, 1984

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. George Orwell, 1984

More commonly, people who had incurred the displeasure of the Party simply disappeared and were never heard of again. George Orwell, 1984

Your worst enemy, he reflected, was your own nervous system. George Orwell, 1984

That was the ultimate subtlety: consciously to induce unconsciousness, and then, once again, to become unconscious of the act of hypnosis you had just performed. Even to understand the word ‘doublethink’ involved the use of doublethink. George Orwell, 1984

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

Don’t you see that the whole aim of Newspeak is to narrow the range of thought? In the end we shall make thoughtcrime literally impossible, because there will be no words in which to express it. George Orwell, 1984

DOWN WITH BIG BROTHER. George Orwell, 1984

Why was it that they could never shout like that about something that mattered? George Orwell, 1984

There were the vast repositories where the corrected documents were stored, and the hidden furnaces where the original copies were destroyed. And somewhere or other, quite anonymous, there were the directing brains who coordinated the whole effort and laid down the lines of policy which made it necessary that this fragment of the past should be preserved, that one falsified, and the other rubbed out of existence. George Orwell, 1984

Being in a minority, even in a minority of one, did not make you mad. George Orwell, 1984

All animals are equal, but some animals are more equal than others. George Orwell, 1984

Who controls the past’, ran the Party slogan, ‘controls the future: who controls the present controls the past. George Orwell, 1984

If you kept the small rules, you could break the big ones. George Orwell, 1984

It was terribly dangerous to let your thoughts wander when you were in any public place or within range of a telescreen. The smallest thing could give you away. A nervous tic, an unconscious look of anxiety, a habit of muttering to yourself—anything that carried with it the suggestion of abnormality, of having something to hide. In any case, to wear an improper expression on your face … was itself a punishable offense. There was even a word for it in Newspeak: facecrime. George Orwell, 1984

Reality exists in the human mind, and nowhere else. George Orwell, 1984

Man is the only creature that consumes without producing. He does not give milk, he does not lay eggs, he is too weak to pull the plough, he cannot run fast enough to catch rabbits. Yet he is lord of all the animals. He sets them to work, he gives back to them the bare minimum that will prevent them from starving, and the rest he keeps for himself. George Orwell, 1984

In the Party histories, of course, Big Brother figured as the leader and guardian of the Revolution since its very earliest days. His exploits had been gradually pushed backwards in time until already they extended into the fabulous world of the forties and the thirties. George Orwell, 1984

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. George Orwell, 1984

It was curious how that beetle-like type proliferated in the Ministries: little dumpy men, growing stout very early in life, with short legs, swift scuttling movements, and fat inscrutable faces with very small eyes. It was the type that seemed to flourish best under the dominion of the Party. George Orwell, 1984

Freedom is the freedom to say that two plus two make four. If that is granted, all else follows. George Orwell, 1984

The creatures outside looked from pig to man, and from man to pig, and from pig to man again; but already it was impossible to say which was which. George Orwell, 1984

This process of continuous alteration was applied not only to newspapers, but to books, periodicals, pamphlets, posters, leaflets, films, soundtracks, cartoons, photographs – to every kind of literature or documentation which might conceivably hold any political or ideological significance. George Orwell, 1984

In philosophy, or religion, or ethics, or politics, two and two might make five, but when one was designing a gun or an airplane they had to make four. George Orwell, 1984

The aim of the Party was not merely to prevent men and women from forming loyalties which it might not be able to control. Its real, undeclared purpose was to remove all pleasure from the sexual act. George Orwell, 1984

Weak or strong, clever or simple, we are all brothers. George Orwell, 1984

With its grace and carelessness it seemed to annihilate a whole culture, a whole system of thought, as though Big Brother and the Party and the Thought Police could all be swept into nothingness by a single splendid movement of the arm. George Orwell, 1984

The clever thing was to break the rules and stay alive all the same. George Orwell, 1984

If there was hope, it MUST lie in the proles, because only there in those swarming disregarded masses, 85 per cent of the population of Oceania, could the force to destroy the Party ever be generated. George Orwell, 1984

And remember also that in fighting against man we must not come to resemble him. Even when you have conquered him, do not adopt his vices. George Orwell, 1984

Tragedy, he perceived, belonged to the ancient time, to a time when there were still privacy, love, and friendship, and when the members of a family stood by one another without needing to know the reason. George Orwell, 1984

But the inner heart, whose workings were mysterious even to yourself, remained impregnable. George Orwell, 1984

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

Let’s face it: our lives are miserable, laborious, and short. George Orwell, 1984

And if all others accepted the lie which the Party imposed – if all records told the same tale – then the lie passed into history and became truth. George Orwell, 1984

It was like trying to make a move at chess when you were already mated. George Orwell, 1984

The Party taught that the proles were natural inferiors who must be kept in subjection, like animals, by the application of a few simple rules. George Orwell, 1984

For, after all, how do we know that two and two make four? Or that the force of gravity works? Or that the past is unchangeable? If both the past and the external world exist only in the mind, and if the mind itself is controllable – what then? George Orwell, 1984

Man is the only real enemy we have. Remove Man from the scene, and the root cause of hunger and overwork is abolished forever. George Orwell, 1984

He was already dead, he reflected. It seemed to him that it was only now, when he had begun to be able to formulate his thoughts, that he had taken the decisive step. George Orwell, 1984

A few agents of the Thought Police moved always among them, spreading false rumours and marking down and eliminating the few individuals who were judged capable of becoming dangerous. George Orwell, 1984

Nothing was your own except the few cubic centimetres inside your skull.  George Orwell, 1984

If liberty means anything at all it means the right to tell people what they do not want to hear. George Orwell, 1984

How could you make appeal to the future when not a trace of you, not even an anonymous word scribbled on a piece of paper, could physically survive? George Orwell, 1984

Even when they became discontented, as they sometimes did, their discontent led nowhere, because being without general ideas, they could only focus it on petty specific grievances. The larger evils invariably escaped their notice. George Orwell, 1984

Orthodoxy means not thinking–not needing to think. Orthodoxy is unconsciousness. George Orwell, 1984

It is curious how people take it for granted that they have a right to preach at you and pray over you as soon as your income falls below a certain level. George Orwell, 1984

It was not by making yourself heard but by staying sane that you carried on the human heritage. George Orwell, 1984

The reality was decaying, dingy cities where underfed people shuffled to and fro in leaky shoes, in patched-up nineteenth-century houses that smelt always of cabbage and bad lavatories. George Orwell, 1984

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

The stars are a free show; it don’t cost anything to use your eyes. George Orwell, 1984

The past was dead, the future was unimaginable. George Orwell, 1984

The immediate advantages of falsifying the past were obvious, but the ultimate motive was mysterious. George Orwell, 1984

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