Nineteen Eighty-Four Quotes

From where Winston stood it was just possible to read, picked out on its white face in elegant lettering, the three slogans of the Party:
WAR IS PEACE
FREEDOM IS SLAVERY
IGNORANCE IS STRENGTH.
Nineteen Eighty-Four (Part 1, Chapter 1, 1949)
There was of course no way of knowing whether you were being watched at any given moment. How often, or on what system, the Thought Police plugged in on any individual wire was guesswork. It was even conceivable that they watched everybody all the time. But at any rate they could plug in your wire whenever they wanted to. 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.
Nineteen Eighty-Four (Part 1, Chapter 1, 1949)
BIG BROTHER IS WATCHING YOU.
Nineteen Eighty-Four (Part 1, Chapter 1, 1949)
He felt as though he were wandering in the forests of the sea bottom, lost in a monstrous world where he himself was the monster. He was alone. The past was dead, the future was unimaginable.
Nineteen Eighty-Four (Part 1, Chapter 2, 1949)
Nothing was your own except the few cubic centimetres inside your skull.
Nineteen Eighty-Four (Part 1, Chapter 2, 1949)
Nineteen Eighty-Four Quote: He who controls the past controls the future. He who controls the present controls the past.
He who controls the past controls the future. He who controls the present controls the past.
Nineteen Eighty-Four (Part 1, Chapter 3, 1949)
Every year fewer and fewer words, and the range of consciousness always a little smaller.
Nineteen Eighty-Four (Part 1, Chapter 5, 1949)
Orthodoxy means not thinking - not needing to think. Orthodoxy is unconsciousness.
Nineteen Eighty-Four (Part 1, Chapter 5, 1949)
If both the past and the external world exist only in the mind, and if the mind itself is controllable – what then?
Nineteen Eighty-Four (Part 1, Chapter 7, 1949)
Until they became conscious they will never rebel, and until after they have rebelled they cannot become conscious.
Nineteen Eighty-Four (Part 1, Chapter 7, 1949)
Freedom is the freedom to say that two plus two make four. If that is granted, all else follows.
Nineteen Eighty-Four (Part 1, Chapter 7, 1949)
Everything faded into mist. The past was erased, the erasure was forgotten, the lie became truth.
Nineteen Eighty-Four (Part 1, Chapter 7, 1949)
We shall meet in the place where there is no darkness.
Nineteen Eighty-Four (Part 1, Chapter 8, 1949)
I am afraid of death. You are young, so presumably you're more afraid of it than I am. Obviously we shall put it off as long as we can. But it makes very little difference. So long as human beings stay human, death and life are the same thing.
Nineteen Eighty-Four (Part 2, Chapter 3, 1949)
There were times when the fact of impending death seemed as palpable as the bed they lay on, and they would cling together with a sort of despairing sensuality, like a damned soul grasping at his last morsel of pleasure when the clock is within five minutes of striking.
Nineteen Eighty-Four (Part 2, Chapter 5, 1949)
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. It might be a thousand years. At present nothing is possible except to extend the area of sanity little by little. We cannot act collectively. We can only spread our knowledge outwards from individual to individual, generation after generation. In the face of the Thought Police there is no other way.
Nineteen Eighty-Four (Part 2, Chapter 8, 1949)
All rulers in all ages have tried to impose a false view of the world upon their followers.
Nineteen Eighty-Four (Part 2, Chapter 8, 1949)
You will have to get used to living without results and without hope. You will work for a while, you will be caught, you will confess, and then you will die.
Nineteen Eighty-Four (Part 2, Chapter 8, 1949)
In past ages, a war, almost by definition, was something that sooner or later came to an end, usually in unmistakable victory or defeat. In the past, also, war was one of the main instruments by which human societies were kept in touch with physical reality. All rulers in all ages have tried to impose a false view of the world upon their followers, but they could not afford to encourage any illusion that tended to impair military efficiency. So long as defeat meant the loss of independence, or some other result generally held to be undesirable, the precautions against defeat had to be serious. Physical facts could not be ignored. In philosophy, or religion, or ethics, or politics, two and two might make five, but when one was designing a gun or an aeroplane they had to make four. Inefficient nations were always conquered sooner or later, and the struggle for efficiency was inimical to illusions. Moreover, to be efficient it was necessary to be able to learn from the past, which meant having a fairly accurate idea of what had happened in the past. Newspapers and history books were, of course, always coloured and biased, but falsification of the kind that is practiced today would have been impossible. War was a sure safeguard of sanity, and so far as the ruling classes were concerned it was probably the most important of all safeguards. While wars could be won or lost, no ruling class could be completely irresponsible.
Nineteen Eighty-Four (Part 2, Chapter 9, 1949)
No advance in wealth, no softening of manners, no reform or revolution has ever brought human equality a millimetre nearer.
Nineteen Eighty-Four (Part 2, Chapter 9, 1949)
Between life and death, and between physical pleasure and physical pain, there is still a distinction, but that is all.
Nineteen Eighty-Four (Part 2, Chapter 9, 1949)
Doublethink means the power of holding two contradictory beliefs in one's mind simultaneously, and accepting both of them.
Nineteen Eighty-Four (Part 2, Chapter 9, 1949)
The best books, he perceived, are those that tell you what you know already.
Nineteen Eighty-Four (Part 2, Chapter 9, 1949)
There was truth and there was untruth, and if you clung to the truth even against the whole world, you were not mad.
Nineteen Eighty-Four (Part 2, Chapter 9, 1949)
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.
Nineteen Eighty-Four (Part 3, Chapter 1, 1949)
“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.”
Nineteen Eighty-Four (Part 3, Chapter 2, 1949)
Never again will you be capable of ordinary human feeling. Everything will be dead inside you. Never again will you be capable of love, or friendship, or joy of living, or laughter, or curiosity, or courage, or integrity. You will be hollow. We shall squeeze you empty and then we shall fill you with ourselves.
Nineteen Eighty-Four (Part 3, Chapter 2, 1949)
Perhaps one did not want to be loved so much as to be understood.
Nineteen Eighty-Four (Part 3, Chapter 2, 1949)
Power is in tearing human minds to pieces and putting them together again in new shapes of your own choosing.
Nineteen Eighty-Four (Part 3, Chapter 3, 1949)
Do you begin to see, then, what kind of world we are creating? It is the exact opposite of the stupid hedonistic Utopias that the old reformers imagined. A world of fear and treachery and torment, a world of trampling and being trampled upon, a world which will grow not less but more merciless as it refines itself. Progress in our world will be progress toward more pain.
Nineteen Eighty-Four (Part 3, Chapter 3, 1949)
"Do you believe in God, Winston?"
"No."
"Then what is it, this principle that will defeat us?"
"I don't know. The spirit of Man."
"And do you consider yourself a man?"
"Yes."
Nineteen Eighty-Four (Part 3, Chapter 3, 1949)
The choice for mankind lies between freedom and happiness and for the great bulk of mankind, happiness is better.
Nineteen Eighty-Four (Part 3, Chapter 3, 1949)
What can you do against the lunatic who is more intelligent than yourself, who gives your arguments a fair hearing and then simply persists in his lunacy?
Nineteen Eighty-Four (Part 3, Chapter 3, 1949)
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.
Nineteen Eighty-Four (Part 3, Chapter 3, 1949)
If you want a picture of the future, imagine a boot stamping on a human face - forever...
Nineteen Eighty-Four (Part 3, Chapter 3, 1949)
We control life, Winston, at all its levels. You are imagining that there is something called human nature which will be outraged by what we do and will turn against us. But we create human nature.
Nineteen Eighty-Four (Part 3, Chapter 3, 1949)
If you want to keep a secret, you must also hide it from yourself.
Nineteen Eighty-Four (Part 3, Chapter 4, 1949)
But it was all right, everything was all right, the struggle was finished. He had won the victory over himself. He loved Big Brother.
Nineteen Eighty-Four (Part 3, Chapter 6, 1949)



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Nineteen Eighty-Four Details

Author: George Orwell
Published:
June 8, 1949

Nineteen Eighty-Four is a classic and highly influential dystopian novel written by the English writer George Orwell.



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