1984 Book Quotes

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Nineteen Eighty Four (1984) is a cult political fiction novel by George Orwell published in 1949. The novel was based on the hypothetical scenario of Post 1984 Era after the cold war between Us and USSR (Russian Federation). You can read more about this novel at their Wikipedia page, Nineteen Eighty-Four, But here I have collected some of the most memorable quotes from the novel, 1984.

1984 Book Quotes

A lunatic is just a minority of one.
George Orwell, 1984

And if all others accepted the lie which the Party imposed—if all records told the same tale—then the lie passed into history and became truth. 'Who controls the past' ran the Party slogan, 'controls the futurewho controls the present controls the past.
George Orwell, 1984

But if thought corrupts language, language can also corrupt thought.
George Orwell, 1984

Big Brother is Watching You.
George Orwell, 1984

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, 1984

But it was alright, everything was alright, the struggle was finished. He had won the victory over himself. He loved Big Brother.
George Orwell, 1984

But the thought of being a lunatic did not greatly trouble him; the horror was that he might also be wrong.
George Orwell, 1984

But you could not have pure love or pure lust nowadays. No emotion was pure, because everything was mixed up with fear and hatred. Their embrace had been a battle, the climax a victory. It was a blow struck against the Party. It was a political act.
George Orwell, 1984

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, 1984

Don't you see that the whole aim of Newspeak is to narrow the range of thought?... Has it ever occurred to your, Winston, that by the year , at the very latest, not a single human being will be alive who could understand such a conversation as we are having now?... The whole climate of thought will be different. In fact, there will be no thought, as we understand it now. Orthodoxy means not thinking-not needing to think. Orthodoxy is unconsciousness.
George Orwell, 1984

Doublethink means the power of holding two contradictory beliefs in one's mind simultaneously, and accepting both of them.
George Orwell, 1984

Even through the shut window pane, the world looked cold.
George Orwell, 1984

For the first time he perceived that if you want to keep a secret you must also hide it from yourself.
George Orwell, 1984

He thought with a kind of astonishment of the biological uselessness of pain and fear, the treachery of the human body which always freezes into inertia at exactly the moment when a special effort is needed.
George Orwell, 1984

He who controls the past controls the future. He who controls the present controls the past.
George Orwell, 1984

He was a lonely ghost uttering a truth that nobody would ever hear. But so long as he uttered it, in some obscure way the continuity was not broken. It was not by making yourself heard but by staying sane that you carried on the human heritage.
George Orwell, 1984

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
George Orwell, 1984

If there is hope, it lies in the proles.
George Orwell, 1984

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.
George Orwell, 1984

If you want a picture of the future, imagine a boot stamping on a human face—for ever.
George Orwell, 1984

It was a bright cold day in April, and the clocks were striking thirteen.
George Orwell, 1984

It's a beautiful thing, the destruction of words.
George Orwell, 1984

If you want to keep a secret, you must also hide it from yourself.
George Orwell, 1984

If both the past and the external world exist only in the mind, and if the mind itself is controllable - what then?
George Orwell, 1984

If you loved someone, you loved him, and when you had nothing else to give, you still gave him love.
George Orwell, 1984

If you can feel that staying human is worth while, even when it can't have any result whatever, you've beaten them.
George Orwell, 1984

In the face of pain there are no heroes.
George Orwell, 1984

Nothing was your own except the few cubic centimetres inside your skull.
George Orwell, 1984

Orthodoxy means not thinking--not needing to think. Orthodoxy is unconsciousness.
George Orwell, 1984

Of pain you could wish only one thingthat it should stop. Nothing in the world was so bad as physical pain. In the face of pain there are no heroes.
George Orwell, 1984

Perhaps a lunatic was simply a minority of one.
George Orwell, 1984

Perhaps one did not want to be loved so much as to be understood.
George Orwell

Power is in tearing human minds to pieces and putting them together again in new shapes of your own choosing.
George Orwell, 1984

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.
George Orwell, 1984

Power is not a means; it is an end.
George Orwell, 1984

Stupidity was as necessary as intelligence, and as difficult to attain.
George Orwell, 1984

So long as they (the Proles) continued to work and breed, their other activities were without importance. Left to themselves,  cattle turned loose upon the plains of Argentina, they had reverted to a style of life that appeared to be natural to them, a sort of ancestral pattern...Heavy physical work, the care of home and children, petty quarrels with neighbors, films, football, beer and above all, gambling filled up the horizon of their minds. To keep them in control was not difficult.
George Orwell, 1984

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, 1984

To die hating them, that was freedom.
George Orwell, 1984

The Revolution will be complete when the language is perfect.
George Orwell, 1984

The choice for mankind lies between freedom and happiness and for the great bulk of mankind, happiness is better.
George Orwell, 1984

The end was contained in the beginning.
George Orwell, 1984

The best books... are those that tell you what you know already.
George Orwell, 1984

The object of terrorism is terrorism. The object of oppression is oppression. The object of torture is torture. The object of murder is murder. The object of power is power. Now do you begin to understand me?
George Orwell, 1984

Until they became conscious they will never rebel, and until after they have rebelled they cannot become conscious.
George Orwell, 1984

We do not merely destroy our enemies; we change them.
George Orwell, 1984

We shall meet in the place where there is no darkness.
George Orwell, 1984

We are the dead. Our only true life is in the future.
George Orwell, 1984

We are not  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 terrorism is terrorism. The object of oppression is oppression. The object of torture is torture. The object of murder is murder. The object of power is power. Now do you begin to understand me?
George Orwell, 1984

We know that no one ever seizes power with the intention of relinquishing it.
George Orwell, 1984

We shall abolish the orgasm. Our neurologists are at work upon it now.
George Orwell, 1984

What happens to you here is forever.
George Orwell, 1984

Your worst enemy, he reflected, was your nervous system. At any moment the tension inside you was liable to translate itself into some visible symptom.
George Orwell, 1984

You're only a rebel from the waist downwards,' he told her.
George Orwell, 1984

You must try harder. It is not easy to become sane.
George Orwell, 1984

You will see me, where there is no darkness.
George Orwell, 1984
 
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