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The party
ignorance is strength
O'Brien
Who controls the past controls the future. Who controls the present controls the past.
narrator
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.
Syme
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?
The Party
Comrades! We have glorious news for you. We have won the battle for production!
Winston
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.
Telescreen
Under the spreading chestnut tree/I sold you and you sold me.
Winston
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?
Charrington
There's another room upstairs that you might care to take a look at. There's not much in it. Just a few pieces.
Julia
I love you.
Winston
I'm thirty-nine years old. I've got a wife that I can't get ride of. I've got varicose veins. I've got five false teeth.
Julia
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, dear. I'm corrupt to the bone.
narrator
She seemed to thinkit just as natural that "they" should want to rob you of your pleasures as that you should want to avoid being caught.
Julia
Oh, rubbish! Which would you sooner sleep with, me or a skeleton? Don't you enjoy being alive?
prole woman
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!
narrator
Syme had vanished.
Winston
You're only a rebel from the waist downwards.
Winston
The one thing that matters is that we shouldn't betray one another, although even that can't make the slightest difference.
O'Brien
It's called wine.
Goldstein
Throughout recorded time, and probably since the end of the Neolithic Age,there have been three kinds of people in the world, the Hight, the Middle, and the Low.
Goldstein
Doublethink means the power of holding two contradictory beliefs in one's mind simultaneously, and accepting both of them.
telescreen
You are the dead.
narrator
In this place, he knew instinctively, the lights would never be turned out. It was the place with no darkness.
O'Brien
They got me a long time ago.
O'Brien
I shall save you. I shall make you perfect.
Winston
But how can you stop people from remembering things? It is involuntary. It is outside onself. How can you control memory?
O'Brien
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.
narrator
He loved big brother
Parsons
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.
narrator
The aim of the party was not merely to prevent men and women from forming loyalties which it might not be able to control Its real, undeclared purpose was to remove all pleasure from the sexual act.
narrator
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?
prole man
Look out, guv'nor! Bang over 'ead! Lay down quick!
Winston
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.
Julia
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.
narrator
Both of them knew--in a way, it was never out of their minds--that what was now happening could not last long.
O'Brien
You are prepared to commit suicide, if and when we order you to do so?
telescreen
Smith! 6079 Smith W! Hands out of pockets in the cells!
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