1984 Quotes + Important Parts

1984 Quotes + Important Components

“We shall fulfill in the location where there is no darkness.”
O’Brien to Winston (numerous times in story; in Winston’s dream, when aloud)
“Who manages the past controls the future: who controls the present controls the past.”
Celebration slogan
“If there was hope, it should lie in the proles, because just there, in those swarming disregarded masses, eighty-five percent of the population of Oceania, could the force to ruin the Party ever be produced.”
Winston; composed in his journal
“You are the dead.”
Mr. Charrington in his ‘iron voice’ behind the portrait
“It’s the something they can’t do. They can make you say anything– anything– however they can’t make you believe it. They can’t enter you.”
Julia to Winston
“Tear her face off, strip her to the bones. Not me!”
Winston, in Room 101
“I do not bear her any grudge for it. In reality I take pride in her. It shows I brought her up in the ideal spirit, anyhow.”
Mr. Parsons speaking about his daughter turning him in
“‘The proles are humans,’ he said aloud. ‘We are not human.”
Winston to Julia
“If you indicate admitting, we shall do that, right enough. Everybody always confesses. You can’t assist it. They torture you.”
Julia to Winston
“Thoughtcrime does not require death: thoughtcrime IS death.”
Winston; composed in his journal
“However it did exist! It does exist! It exists in memory. I remember it. You remember it.”
Winston to O’Brien, who had simply burned the photograph and stated that it did not exist
“Do not you see that the entire goal of Newspeak is to narrow the series of thought? In the end we will make thoughtcrime actually difficult, due to the fact that there will be no words in which to express it. Every idea that can ever be needed, will be expressed by precisely one word, with its significance strictly specified and all its subsidiary meanings wiped off and forgotten.”
Syme to Winston
“There are occasions when a human will stand apart against discomfort, even to the point of death. However for everyone there is something unendurable– something that can not be contemplated.”
O’Brien to Winston (in Room 101)
“You believe there’s no other way of conserving yourself, and you’re rather prepared to save yourself that way. You desire it to happen to the other individual. You don’t give a damn what they suffer. All you care about is yourself.”
Julia to Winston after they betray each other
“‘Ah, I never ever had a telescreen. Too pricey. And I never seemed to feel the requirement of it, in some way.”
Mr. Charrington
“It is inadequate to obey him: you should like him.”
O’Brien to Winston about Big Brother
“You’re a traitor! You’re a thought-criminal! You’re a Eurasian spy! I’ll shoot you, I’ll vaporize you, I’ll send you to the salt mines!”
Parson’s nine year old child

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