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37 of the best book quotes from 1984
  1. #1
    “The best books... are those that tell you what you know already.”
  2. #2
    “Perhaps one did not want to be loved so much as to be understood.”
  3. #3
    “It’s a beautiful thing, the destruction of words.”
    author
    George Orwell
    book
    1984
    concept
    Words
  4. #4
    “In the face of pain there are no heroes.”
    author
    George Orwell
    book
    1984
    concepts
    HeroesPain
  5. #5
    “Until they become conscious they will never rebel, and until after they have rebelled they cannot become conscious.”
  6. #6
    “Doublethink means the power of holding two contradictory beliefs in one’s mind simultaneously, and accepting both of them.”
  7. #7
    “But if thought corrupts language, language can also corrupt thought.”
  8. #8
    “If you want a picture of the future, imagine a boot stamping on a human face—for ever.”
    author
    George Orwell
    book
    1984
    concept
    Future
  9. #9
    “It was a bright cold day in April, and the clocks were striking thirteen.”
    author
    George Orwell
    book
    1984
    concept
    Time
  10. #10
    “If you want to keep a secret, you must also hide it from yourself.”
    author
    George Orwell
    book
    1984
    concept
    Secrets
  11. #11
    “Who controls the past controls the future. Who controls the present controls the past.”
    author
    George Orwell
    book
    1984
    concepts
    TimeFuture
  12. #12
    “Freedom is the freedom to say that two plus two make four.”
    author
    George Orwell
    book
    1984
    concept
    Freedom
  13. #13
    “The end was contained in the beginning.”
    author
    George Orwell
    book
    1984
    concept
    Time
  14. #14
    “The essential act of war is destruction, not necessarily of human lives, but of the products of human labour. War is a way of shattering to pieces, or pouring into the stratosphere, or sinking in the depths of the sea, materials which might otherwise be used to make the masses too comfortable, and hence, in the long run, too intelligent.”
    author
    George Orwell
    book
    1984
    concept
    War
  15. #15
    “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.”
    author
    George Orwell
    book
    1984
    concept
    Power
  16. #16
    “The Ministry of Peace concerns itself with war, the Ministry of Truth with lies, the Ministry of Love with torture and the Ministry of Plenty with starvation. These contradictions are not accidental, nor do they result from from ordinary hypocrisy: they are deliberate exercises in doublethink”
  17. #17
    “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?”
  18. #18
    “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.”
  19. #19
    “The consequences of every act are included in the act itself.”
  20. #20
    “We know that no one ever seizes power with the intention of relinquishing it.”
  21. #21
    “Your worst enemy, he reflected, was your own nervous system. At any moment the tension inside you was liable to translate itself into some visible symptom.”
  22. #22
    “There was truth and there was untruth, and if you clung to the truth even against the whole world, you were not mad.”
    author
    George Orwell
    book
    1984
    concept
    Truth
  23. #23
    “To die hating them, that was freedom.”
    author
    George Orwell
    book
    1984
    concept
    Freedom
  24. #24
    “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.”
    author
    George Orwell
    book
    1984
    concept
    Betrayal
  25. #25
    “Sanity is not statistical.”
  26. #26
    “Orthodoxy means not thinking--not needing to think. Orthodoxy is unconsciousness.”
  27. #27
    “I enjoy talking to you. Your mind appeals to me. It resembles my own mind except that you happen to be insane.”
    author
    George Orwell
    book
    1984
    concept
    Humor
  28. #28
    “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”
  29. #29
    “Power is in tearing human minds to pieces and putting them together again in new shapes of your own choosing.”
    author
    George Orwell
    book
    1984
    concept
    Power
  30. #30
    “It struck him that in moments of crisis one is never fighting against an external enemy, but always against one’s own body... On the battlefield, in the torture chamber, on a sinking ship, the issues that you are fighting for are always forgotten, because the body swells up until it fills the universe, and even when you are not paralysed by fright or screaming with pain, life is a moment-to-moment struggle against hunger or cold or sleeplessness, against a sour stomach or an aching tooth.”
  31. #31
    “If you loved someone, you loved him, and when you had nothing else to give, you still gave him love.”
    author
    George Orwell
    book
    1984
    concept
    Love
  32. #32
    “It was curious to think that the sky was the same for everybody, in Eurasia or Eastasia as well as here. And the people under the sky were also very much the same--everywhere, all over the world, hundreds or thousands of millions of people just like this, people ignorant of one another’s existence, held apart by walls of hatred and lies, and yet almost exactly the same--people who had never learned to think but were storing up in their hearts and bellies and muscles the power that would one day overturn the world.”
    author
    George Orwell
    book
    1984
    concepts
    PeopleLies
  33. #33
    “We do not merely destroy our enemies; we change them.”
    author
    George Orwell
    book
    1984
    concept
    Enemies
  34. #34
    “Of pain you could wish only one thing: that it should stop. Nothing in the world was so bad as physical pain.”
    author
    George Orwell
    book
    1984
    concept
    Pain
  35. #35
    “Reality exists in the human mind, and nowhere else.”
    author
    George Orwell
    book
    1984
    concept
    Reality
  36. #36
    “War is peace.
    Freedom is slavery.
    Ignorance is strength.”
    author
    George Orwell
    book
    1984
    concepts
    FreedomWar
  37. #37
    “In general, the greater the understanding, the greater the delusion; the more intelligent, the less sane.”
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