The rise of ‘alternative facts’ has spiked the sales for George Orwell’s dystopian novel 1984, as people prepare for the reality of a Big Brother dystopia. People are seeking important 1984 quotes as well.
Published in 1949 and set in the dystopian ‘future’ of 1984, the protagonist Winston Smith lives under the watchful eye of a ‘Big Brother’ government that not only controls the actions of its people, but also seeks to have full commandment of their thoughts. Implementing ‘Newspeak’ in an effort to limit people’s ability to express themselves and instating the Thought Police, Big Brother has twisted reality to manipulate the human mind. And it works. It’s terrifying and necessarily thought-provoking stuff.
“Big Brother is Watching You.”
“In the face of pain there are no heroes.”
“War is peace.
Freedom is slavery.
Ignorance is strength.”
“We shall meet in the place where there is no darkness.”
“But if thought corrupts language, language can also corrupt thought.”
“The best books… are those that tell you what you know already.”
“If you want to keep a secret, you must also hide it from yourself.”
“The past was erased, the erasure was forgotten, the lie became the truth.”
“We know that no one ever seizes power with the intention of relinquishing it.”
“If you want a picture of the future, imagine a boot stamping on a human face—for ever.”
“You will be hollow. We shall squeeze you empty, and then we shall fill you with ourselves.”
“Who controls the past controls the future. Who controls the present controls the past.”
“Freedom is the freedom to say that two plus two make four. If that is granted, all else follows.”
“Power is in tearing human minds to pieces and putting them together again in new shapes of your own choosing.”
“I enjoy talking to you. Your mind appeals to me. It resembles my own mind except that you happen to be insane.”
“There was truth and there was untruth, and if you clung to the truth even against the whole world, you were not mad.”
“Doublethink means the power of holding two contradictory beliefs in one’s mind simultaneously, and accepting both of them.”
“Until they become conscious they will never rebel, and until after they have rebelled they cannot become conscious.”
“The choice for mankind lies between freedom and happiness and for the great bulk of mankind, happiness is better.”
“One does not establish a dictatorship in order to safeguard a revolution; one makes the revolution in order to establish the dictatorship.”
“He was a lonely ghost uttering a truth that nobody would ever hear. But so long as he uttered it, in some obscure way the continuity was not broken. It was not by making yourself heard but by staying sane that you carried on the human heritage.”
“Every record has been destroyed or falsified, every book rewritten, every picture has been repainted, every statue and street building has been renamed, every date has been altered. And the process is continuing day by day and minute by minute. History has stopped. Nothing exists except an endless present in which the Party is always right.”
“To the future or to the past, to a time when thought is free, when men are different from one another and do not live alone— to a time when truth exists and what is done cannot be undone: From the age of uniformity, from the age of solitude, from the age of Big Brother, from the age of doublethink — greetings!”