These people don’t see that if you encourage totalitarian methods, the time may come when they will be used against you instead of for you.
All tyrannies rule through fraud and force, but once the fraud is exposed they must rely exclusively on force.
Every book has been rewritten, every picture has been repainted, every statue and street and building has been renamed, every date has been altered … History has stopped. Nothing exists except an endless present in which the Party is always right.
All the beliefs, habits, tastes, emotions, mental attitudes that characterize our time are really designed to sustain the mystique of the Party and prevent the true nature of present-day society from being perceived.
Political language is designed to make lies sound truthful and murder respectable, and to give the appearance of solidarity to pure wind.
The truth is that, to many people calling themselves Socialists, revolution does not mean a movement of the masses with which they hope to associate themselves; it means a set of reforms which ‘we,’ the clever ones, are going to impose upon ‘them,’ the Lower Orders.
The party told you to reject the evidence of your eyes and ears. It was their final, most essential command.
Who controls the past controls the future: who controls the present controls the past.
The war is not meant to be won, it is meant to be continuous.
A people that elect corrupt politicians, imposters, thieves, and traitors are not victims, but accomplices.