Notable Quotes from 1984 on the Topic of Surveillance

Big Brother is watching you.

Freedom is the freedom to say that two plus two make four.

He who controls the past controls the future.

Thoughtcrime does not entail death: thoughtcrime is death.

The best books… are those that tell you what you know already.

The Party seeks power entirely for its own sake.

We are not interested in the good of others; we are interested solely in power.

Orthodoxy means not thinking—not needing to think.

Sanity is not statistical.

The masses never revolt of their own accord, and they never revolt merely because they are oppressed.

It was always the women, and above all the young ones, who were the most bigoted adherents of the Party.

Power is not a means, it is an end.

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

Until they became conscious, they will never rebel.

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

Reality exists in the human mind, and nowhere else.

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

The object of persecution is persecution.

We know that no one ever seizes power with the intention of relinquishing it.

Don’t you see that the whole aim of Newspeak is to narrow the range of thought?

The past was alterable. The past never had been altered. Oceania was at war with Eastasia.

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

Power is not a means, it is an end.

Orthodoxy means not thinking—not needing to think.

The party seeks power entirely for its own sake.

The object of persecution is persecution.

They can’t get inside you.

Freedom is the freedom to say that two plus two make four.

Sanity is not statistical.

Nothing was your own except the few cubic centimetres inside your skull.

In the end the Party would announce that two and two made five, and you would have to believe it.

It was impossible to say who was right.

You are a slow learner, Winston.

We shall meet in the place where there is no darkness.

You had to live—did live, from habit that became instinct—in the assumption that every sound you made was overheard, and except in darkness, every movement scrutinized.

To die hating them, that was freedom.

Don’t you see that the whole aim of Newspeak is to narrow the range of thought?

I enjoy talking to you. Your mind appeals to me. It resembles my own mind except that you happen to be insane.

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?

We are the dead. Our only true life is in the future.

The Party is forever.

Reality exists in the human mind, and nowhere else.

In the end the Party would announce that two and two made five, and you would have to believe it.

But if the object was not to stay alive but to stay human, what difference did it ultimately make?

We do not merely destroy our enemies; we change them.

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