Posts tagged George Orwell

Untruth

Being in a minority, even 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.

- 1984 (George Orwell)

To Kill Several Hundred Million People in a Few Seconds

“There are therefore two great problems which the Party is concerned to solve. One is how to discover, against his will, what another human being is thinking, and the other is how to kill several hundred million people in a few seconds without giving warning beforehand.”

- 1984 (George Orwell)

Power

Power is in inflicting pain and humiliation. Power is in tearing human minds to pieces and putting them together again in new shapes of your own choosing.

- 1984 (George Orwell)

Moment to Moment

He was not certain that he would use the razor blade even if he got the chance. It was more natural to exist from moment to moment, accepting another ten minutes’ life even with the certainty that there was torture at the end of it.

- 1984 (George Orwell)

The Future

If you want a picture of the future, imagine a boot stamping on a human face – for ever.

- 1984 (George Orwell)

The Best Books

The best books, he perceived, are those that tell you what you know already.

- 1984 (George Orwell)

Too Intelligent

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.

- 1984 (George Orwell)

An Unconquerable Instinct

To hang on from day to day and from week to week, spinning out a present that had no future, seemed an unconquerable instinct, just as one’s lungs will always draw the next breath so long as there is air available.

- 1984 (George Orwell)

Poverty and Ignorance

In the long run, a hierarchical society was only possible on the basis of poverty and ignorance

- 1984 (George Orwell)

Consequences

The consequences of every act are included in the act itself.

- 1984 (George Orwell)

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