..nor did he pause to reflect that hereditary aristocracies have always been short lived where as adoptive organizations such as the Catholic Church sometimes lasted for hundreds or thousands of years.
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.
In certain kinds of writing, particularly in art criticism and literary criticism, it is normal to come across long passages which are almost completely lacking in meaning.
Words falls upon the facts like soft snow, blurring the outline and covering up all the details.
The quickest way of ending a war is to lose it.
All animals are equal but some animals are more equal than others.
Every generation imagines itself to be more intelligent than the one that went before it, and wiser than the one that comes after it.
Political language. . . is designed to make lies sound truthful and murder respectable, and to give an appearance of solidity to pure wind.
The great enemy of clear language is insincerity.
We sleep safe in our beds because rough men stand ready in the night to visit violence on those who would do us harm.
An autobiography is only to be trusted when it reveals something disgraceful. A man who gives a good account of himself is probably lying, since any life when viewed from the inside is simply a series of defeats.
If liberty means anything at all, it means the right to tell people what they do not want to hear.
Big Brother is watching you.
Who controls the past controls the future. Who controls the present controls the past.
To live is the rarest thing in the world. Most people exist, that is all.
If both the past and the external world exist only in the mind, and if the mind itself is controllable – what then?
War is PeaceFreedom is SlaveryIgnorance is Strength
From the totalitarian point of view, history is something to be created rather than learned.
Perhaps one did not want to be loved so much as to be understood.
In general, the greater the understanding, the greater the delusion: the more intelligent, the less sane.
Being in a minority, even a minority of one, did not make you mad.
The object of persecution is persecution. The object of torture is torture. The object of power is power.
They can make you say anything - ANYTHING - but they can't make you believe it.
What you say or do doesn't matter: only feelings matter.
Orthodoxy means not thinking - not needing to think. Orthodoxy is unconsciousness.
He who controls the past controls the future.
The war is not meant to be won, it is meant to be continuous. Hierarchical society is only possible on the basis of poverty and ignorance. This new version is the past and no different past can ever have existed. In principle the war effort is always planned to keep society on the brink of starvation. The war is waged by the ruling group against its own subjects and its object is not the victory over either Eurasia or East Asia, but to keep the very structure of society intact.
To see what is in front of one's nose needs a constant struggle.
It was a bright cold day in April, and the clocks were striking thirteen.
On the whole human beings want to be good, but not too good, and not quite all the time.
If you want to imagine the future, imagine a boot stamping on a human face forever.
People sleep peaceably in their beds at night only because rough men stand ready to do violence on their behalf.
Political language -- and with variations this is true of all political parties, from Conservatives to Anarchists -- is designed to make lies sound truthful and murder respectable, and to give an appearance of solidity to pure wind.
If people cannot write well, they cannot think well, and if they cannot think well, others will do their thinking for them.
No doubt alcohol, tobacco, and so forth, are things that a saint must avoid, but sainthood is a thing that human beings must avoid.
Orthodoxy means not thinking--not needing to think. Orthodoxy is unconsciousness.
The future is a boot smashing a human face forever.
In times of universal deceit, telling the truth becomes a revolutionary act.
If liberty means anything at all it means the right to tell people what they do not want to hear.
Certain backward areas have advanced, and various devices always in some way connected with warfare and police espionage have developed, but experiment and invention have largely stopped.
By lack of understanding they remained insane.
Who controls the past controls the future: who controls the present controls the past.
Sanity is not statistical.
In a time of universal deceit, telling the truth is a revolutionary act.
Freedom is the right to say two plus two make four. If granted, all else follows.
When man turns tyrant it is his own freedom he destroys.
The great enemy of clear language is insincerity. When there is a gap between one's real and one's declared aims, one turns as it were instinctively to long words and exhausted idioms, like a cuttlefish spurting out ink.
One does not establish a dictatorship in order to safeguard a revolution; one makes the revolution in order to establish a dictatorship.
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.
A scrupulous writer, in every sentence that he writes, will ask himself at least four questions, thus: 1. What am I trying to say? 2. What words will express it? 3. What image or idiom will make it clearer? 4. Is this image fresh enough to have an effect?