Quotes from Nineteen Eighty-Four

George Orwell ·  339 pages

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“Perhaps one did not want to be loved so much as to be understood.”
― George Orwell, quote from Nineteen Eighty-Four


“Who controls the past controls the future. Who controls the present controls the past.”
― George Orwell, quote from Nineteen Eighty-Four


“War is peace.
Freedom is slavery.
Ignorance is strength.”
― George Orwell, quote from Nineteen Eighty-Four


“The best books... are those that tell you what you know already.”
― George Orwell, quote from Nineteen Eighty-Four


“If you want to keep a secret, you must also hide it from yourself.”
― George Orwell, quote from Nineteen Eighty-Four


“It was a bright cold day in April, and the clocks were striking thirteen.”
― George Orwell, quote from Nineteen Eighty-Four


“If you want a picture of the future, imagine a boot stamping on a human face—for ever.”
― George Orwell, quote from Nineteen Eighty-Four


“We shall meet in the place where there is no darkness.”
― George Orwell, quote from Nineteen Eighty-Four


“But if thought corrupts language, language can also corrupt thought.”
― George Orwell, quote from Nineteen Eighty-Four


“Doublethink means the power of holding two contradictory beliefs in one's mind simultaneously, and accepting both of them.”
― George Orwell, quote from Nineteen Eighty-Four


“Until they became conscious they will never rebel, and until after they have rebelled they cannot become conscious.”
― George Orwell, quote from Nineteen Eighty-Four


“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 that 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, quote from Nineteen Eighty-Four


“Perhaps a lunatic was simply a minority of one.”
― George Orwell, quote from Nineteen Eighty-Four


“If you loved someone, you loved him, and when you had nothing else to give, you still gave him love.”
― George Orwell, quote from Nineteen Eighty-Four


“In the face of pain there are no heroes.”
― George Orwell, quote from Nineteen Eighty-Four


“Power is in tearing human minds to pieces and putting them together again in new shapes of your own choosing.”
― George Orwell, quote from Nineteen Eighty-Four


“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, quote from Nineteen Eighty-Four


“It's a beautiful thing, the destruction of words.”
― George Orwell, quote from Nineteen Eighty-Four


“Freedom is the freedom to say that two plus two make four. If that is granted, all else follows.”
― George Orwell, quote from Nineteen Eighty-Four


“The choice for mankind lies between freedom and happiness and for the great bulk of mankind, happiness is better.”
― George Orwell, quote from Nineteen Eighty-Four


“Reality exists in the human mind, and nowhere else.”
― George Orwell, quote from Nineteen Eighty-Four


“I enjoy talking to you. Your mind appeals to me. It resembles my own mind except that you happen to be insane.”
― George Orwell, quote from Nineteen Eighty-Four


“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, quote from Nineteen Eighty-Four


“Orthodoxy means not thinking--not needing to think. Orthodoxy is unconsciousness.”
― George Orwell, quote from Nineteen Eighty-Four


“We do not merely destroy our enemies; we change them.”
― George Orwell, quote from Nineteen Eighty-Four


“Nothing was your own except the few cubic centimetres inside your skull. ”
― George Orwell, quote from Nineteen Eighty-Four


“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, quote from Nineteen Eighty-Four


“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, quote from Nineteen Eighty-Four


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George Orwell
Born place: in Motihari, Bihar, India
Born date June 25, 1903
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