Quotes from “1984” by George Orwell

Валерия Митякина
Валерия Митякинаhas quoted3 years ago
Hate Week. The flat was seven flights up, and Winston, who was thirty-nine and had a
Ksyusha Pavlova
Ksyusha Pavlovahas quoted4 years ago
That the choice for mankind lay between freedom and happiness, and that, for the great bulk of mankind, happiness was better.
Courtney Cantrell
Courtney Cantrellhas quoted2 years ago
Nothing exists except through human consciousness.”
☁️ ursula ☁️
☁️ ursula ☁️has quoted2 years ago
It is not merely that speeches, statistics, and records of every kind must be constantly brought up to date in order to show that the predictions of the Party were in all cases right. It is also that no change in doctrine or in political alignment can ever be admitted. For to change one’s mind, or even one’s policy, is a confession of weakness.
Maria V
Maria Vhas quoted4 years ago
If you want a picture ofthe future, imagine a boot stamping on a human face --for ever.”
Maria V
Maria Vhas quoted4 years ago
The thing that he was about to do was to open a diary. This was not illegal (nothing was illegal, since there were no longer any laws), but if detected it was reasonably certain that it would be punished by death, or at least by twenty-five years in a forced-labour camp.
Svitlana Shevchenko
Svitlana Shevchenkohas quotedlast month
It was impossible to translate any passage of Oldspeak into Newspeak unless it either referred to some technical process or some very simple everyday action, or was already orthodox (goodthinkful would be the Newspeak expression) in tendency. In practice this meant that no book written before approximately 1960 could be translated as a whole. Pre-revolutionary literature could only be subjected to ideological translation
Svitlana Shevchenko
Svitlana Shevchenkohas quotedlast month
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.
Svitlana Shevchenko
Svitlana Shevchenkohas quotedlast month
All past oligarchies have fallen from power either because they ossified or because they grew soft. Either they became stupid and arrogant, failed to adjust themselves to changing circumstances, and were overthrown; or they became liberal and cowardly, made concessions when they should have used force, and once again were overthrown
Svitlana Shevchenko
Svitlana Shevchenkohas quotedlast month
What opinions the masses hold, or do not hold, is looked on as a matter of indifference. They can be granted intellectual liberty because they have no intellect. In a Party member, on the other hand, not even the smallest deviation of opinion on the most unimportant subject can be tolerated.
Svitlana Shevchenko
Svitlana Shevchenkohas quotedlast month
A ruling group is a ruling group so long as it can nominate its successors. The Party is not concerned with perpetuating its blood but with perpetuating itself. Who wields power is not important, provided that the hierarchical structure remains always the same.
Svitlana Shevchenko
Svitlana Shevchenkohas quotedlast month
We may be reasonably sure that he will never die, and there is already considerable uncertainty as to when he was born. Big Brother is the guise in which the Party chooses to exhibit itself to the world. His function is to act as a focusing point for love, fear, and reverence, emotions which are more easily felt towards an individual than towards an organization
Svitlana Shevchenko
Svitlana Shevchenkohas quotedlast month
Even the Catholic Church of the Middle Ages was tolerant by modern standards. Part of the reason for this was that in the past no government had the power to keep its citizens under constant surveillance. The invention of print, however, made it easier to manipulate public opinion, and the film and the radio carried the process further. With the development of television, and the technical advance which made it possible to receive and transmit simultaneously on the same instrument, private life came to an end. Every citizen, or at least every citizen important enough to be worth watching, could be kept for twenty-four hours a day under the eyes of the police and in the sound of official propaganda, with all other channels of communication closed. The possibility of enforcing not only complete obedience to the will of the State, but complete uniformity of opinion on all subjects, now existed for the first time.
Svitlana Shevchenko
Svitlana Shevchenkohas quotedlast month
And in the general hardening of outlook that set in round about 1930, practices which had been long abandoned, in some cases for hundreds of years—imprisonment without trial, the use of war prisoners as slaves, public executions, torture to extract confessions, the use of hostages, and the deportation of whole populations—not only became common again, but were tolerated and even defended by people who considered themselves enlightened and progressive.
Валентина Меднова
Валентина Медноваhas quotedlast month
WAR IS PEACE
FREEDOM IS SLAVERY
IGNORANCE IS STRENGTH

ВОЙНА-ЭТО МИР.
СВОБОДА-ЭТО РАБСТВО
НЕВЕЖЕСТВО-ЭТО СИЛА.

Svitlana Shevchenko
Svitlana Shevchenkohas quotedlast month
In principle the war effort is always so planned as to eat up any surplus that might exist after meeting the bare needs of the population. In practice the needs of the population are always underestimated, with the result that there is a chronic shortage of half the necessities of life
Филипп Мирзов
Филипп Мирзовhas quotedlast month
equivocation in his heart
Филипп Мирзов
Филипп Мирзовhas quotedlast month
looked up again at the portrait of Big Brother. The colossus that bestrode the world! The rock against which the hordes of Asia dashed themselves in vain!
Филипп Мирзов
Филипп Мирзовhas quotedlast month
had started as though a pin had run into him.
Филипп Мирзов
Филипп Мирзовhas quotedlast month
As though for reassurance he looked up at the imperturbable face in the portrait.
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