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Nineteen Eighty-Four - Character Quotes

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War is ________ Freedom is _________ Ignorance is __________
peace, slavery, strength
He who controls the past controls the future. He who controls the present controls the past.
O'Brien
If you want a picture of the future, imagine a boot stamping on a human face—for ever.
O'Brien
Until they became conscious they will never rebel, and until after they have rebelled they cannot become conscious.
Winston
In the face of pain there are no heroes.
Winston
When you had nothing else to give, you still gave him love.
Winston
It's a beautiful thing, the destruction of words.
Syme
Freedom is the freedom to say that two plus two make four.
Winston
Reality exists in the human mind, and nowhere else.
O'Brien
To die hating them, that was freedom.
Winston
We are the dead.
Winston
Only a rebel from the waist downwards
Winston
I hate purity
Julia
Orthodoxy is unconsciousness
Syme
The family had become an extension of the thought police
Winston
At the sight of the words I love you the desire to stay alive had welled up in him
Winston
Thoughtcrime is death
Winston
He had not stopped loving her
Winston
Do it to Julia, not to me!
Winston
Julia, my love
Winston
All you care about is yourself
Julia
I betrayed you
Julia/Winston
Only feelings matter
Winston
Ignorance is strength
The Party
Who controls the past controls the future. Who controls the present controls the past.
O'Brien
In the end the Party would announce that two and two made five, and you would have to believe it. It was inevitable that they should make that claim sooner or later: the logic of their position demanded it.
Narrator
And perhaps you might pretend, afterwards, that it was only a trick and that you just said it to make them stop and didn't really mean it. But that isn't true. At the time when it happens you do mean it.
Narrator
We're getting the language into its final shape--the shape its going to have when nobody speaks anything else.
Syme
Don't you see that the whole aim of Newspeak is to narrow the range of thought?
Syme
Comrades! We have glorious news for you. We have won the battle for production!
The Party
I went with her through the doorway and across a backyard into a basement kitchen. there was a bed against the wall, and a lamp on the table, turned down very low. She--
Winston
Until they become conscious they will never rebel, and until after they have rebelled they cannot become conscious.
Winston
Under the spreading chestnut tree/I sold you and you sold me.
Telescreen
I understand HOW: I don not understand WHY.
Winston
Do you feel that you have more freedom now than you had in those days? Are you treated more like a human being?
Winston
There's another room upstairs that you might care to take a look at. There's not much in it. Just a few pieces.
Charrington
I love you.
Julia
I'm thirty-nine years old. I've got a wife that I can't get rid of. I've got varicose veins. I've got five false teeth.
Winston
I'm good at games. I was a troop leader in the Spies. I do voluntary work three evenings a week for the Junior Anti-Sex League.
Julia
Well then, I ought to suit you ...I'm corrupt to the bone.
Julia
She seemed to think it just as natural that "they" should want to rob you of your pleasures as that you should want to avoid being caught.
Narrator
Oh, rubbish! Which would you sooner sleep with, me or a skeleton? Don't you enjoy being alive?
Julia
They sye that time 'eals all things/ They sye you can always forget/But the smiles an' the tears across the years/They twist my 'eartstrings yet!
Prole woman
Syme had vanished.
Narrator
You're only a rebel from the waist downwards.
Winston (Julia)
The one thing that matters is that we shouldn't betray one another, although even that can't make the slightest difference.
Winston
It's called wine.
O'Brien
Throughout recorded time, and probably since the end of the Neolithic Age, there have been three kinds of people in the world, the High, the Middle, and the Low.
Goldstein
the power of holding two contradictory beliefs in one's mind simultaneously, and accepting both of them.
Doublethink
You are the dead.
Telescreen
In this place, he knew instinctively, the lights would never be turned out. It was the place with no darkness.
Narrator
They got me a long time ago.
O'Brien
I shall save you. I shall make you perfect.
O'Brien
But how can you stop people from remembering things? It is involuntary. It is outside onself. How can you control memory?
Winston
There are three stages in your reintegration. There is learning, there is understanding, and there is acceptance.
O'Brien
You are beginning...to realize what the world will be like. But in the end you will do more than understand it. You will accept it, welcome it, become part of it.
O'Brien
You are the last man.
O'Brien
He loved big brother
O'Brien
D'you know what that little girl of mine did last Saturday? She got two other girls to go with her, slipped off from the hike, and spent the whole afternoon following a strange man.
Parsons
It struck him that the truly characteristic thing about modern life was not its cruelty and insecurity, but simply its bareness, its dinginess, its listlessness.
Narrator
If both the past and the external world exist only in the mind, and if the mind itself is controllable--what then?
Narrator
If both the past and the external world exist only in the mind, and if the mind itself is controllable--what then?
Narrator
Look out, guv'nor! Bang over 'ead! Lay down quick!
Prole man
I know that building. It's a ruin now. It's in the middle of the street outside the Palace of Justice.
Winston
What is your name?
Winston
It's the Golden Country--almost.
Winston
I hate purity, I hate goodness. I don't want any virtue to exist anywhere. I want everyone to be corrupt to the bones.
Winston
Have I got any twigs in my hair? Are you sure? Then, good-by...
Julia
They're boring (books) really. They only have six plots, but they swap them round a bit. I'm not literary...
Julia
Why didn't you give her a good shove? I would have.
Julia
Both of them knew--in a way, it was never out of their minds--that what was now happening could not last long.
Narrator
You are prepared to commit suicide, if and when we order you to do so?
O'Brien
Smith! 6079 Smith W! Hands out of pockets in the cells!
Telescreen
"Oh, comrade, I thought I heard you come in. Do you think you could come across and have a look at our kitchen sink? It got blocked up."
Mrs. Parsons
"It was a good hanging, I think it spoils it when they tie their feet together. I like to see them kicking. And above all, at the end, the tongue sticking right out, and blue - a quite bright blue."
Syme
"We shall meet in the place where there is no darkness."
O'Brien
"She was a tall, statuesque, rather silent women with slow movements and magnificent fair hair...[and] must have been swallowed up in one of the first great purges of the Fifties."
Winston's mother
"The Enemy of the people.... the renegade and backslider who once, long ago had been one of the leading figures of the Party, almost on a level with Big Brother himself, and then had engaged in counter revolutionary activities..."
Goldstein
"It was true that there was no such person as Comrade Ogilvy, but a few lines of print and a couple of faked photographs would soon bring him into existence."
Winston
"One of these days, (blank) will be vaporized. He is too intelligent. He sees too clearly and speaks too plainly. The Party does not like such people. One day he will disappear. It is written on his face"
Winston
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