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Those who control the... Those who control the present, control the past and those who control the past control the future.
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To an ordinary human... To an ordinary human being, love means nothing if it does not mean loving some people more than others.
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To die hating them,... To die hating them, that was freedom. 
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To hang on from... To hang on from day to day and from week to week, spinning out a present that had no future, seemed an unconquerable instinct, just as one's lungs will always draw the next breath so long as there is air available. 
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To know and not... To know and not to know, to be conscious of complete truthfulness while telling carefully constructed lies, to hold simultaneously two opinions which cancelled out, knowing them to be contradictory and believing in both of them, to use logic against logic, to repudiate morality while laying claim to it, to believe that democracy was impossible and that the Party was the guardian of democracy, to forget whatever it was necessary to forget, then to draw it back into memory again at the moment when it was needed, and then promptly to forget it again: and above all, to apply the same process to the process itself -- that was the ultimate subtlety: consciously to induce unconsciousness, and then, once again, to become unconscious of the act of hypnosis you had just performed. Even to understand the word 'doublethink' involved the use of doublethink. 
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To see what is... To see what is in front of one’s nose needs a constant struggle.
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To survive it is... To survive it is often necessary to fight and to fight you have to dirty yourself.
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To the future or... 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!
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To walk through the... To walk through the ruined cities of Germany is to feel an actual doubt about the continuity of civilization.
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To write or even... To write or even speak English is not a science but an art. There are no reliable words. Whoever writes English is involved in a struggle that never lets up even for a sentence. He is struggling against vagueness, against obscurity, against the lure of the decorative adjective, against the encroachment of Latin and Greek, and, above all, against the worn-out phrases and dead metaphors with which the language is cluttered up.
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Tragedy, he precieved, belonged... Tragedy, he precieved, belonged to the ancient time, to a time when there were still privacy, love, and friendship, and when the members of a family stood by one another without needing to know the reason.
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Twelve voices were shouting... Twelve voices were shouting in anger, and they were all alike. No question, now, what had happened to the faces of the pigs. The creatures outside looked from pig to man, and from man to pig, and from pig to man again; but already it was impossible to say which was which.
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Two gin-scented tears trickled... Two gin-scented tears trickled down the sides of his nose. But it was all right, everything was all right, the struggle was finished. He had won the victory over himself. He loved Big Brother. 
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Until they become conscious... Until they become conscious they will never rebel, and until after they have rebelled they cannot become conscious.
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Until they become conscious,... Until they become conscious, they will never rebel
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War against a foreign... War against a foreign country only happens when the moneyed classes think they are going to profit from it.
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War is a way... War is a way of shattering to pieces, or pouring into the stratosphere, or sinking into the depths of the sea, materials which might otherwise be used to make the masses too comforable, and hence, in the long run, too intelligent. 
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War is evil, but... War is evil, but it is often the lesser evil.
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War is peace. Freedom... War is peace. Freedom is slavery. Ignorance is strength.
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War is war. The... War is war. The only good human being is a dead one.
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We are all capable... We are all capable of believing things which we know to be untrue, and then, when we are finally proved wrong, impudently twisting the facts so as to show that we were right.
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We are not like... We are not like that. We know that no one ever seizes power with the intention of relinquishing it. Power is not a means, it is an end. One does not establish a dictatorship in order to safeguard a revolution; one makes the revolution in order to establish the dictatorship. The object of persecution is persecution. The object of terrorism is terrorism. The object of oppression is oppression. The object of torture is torture. The object of murder is murder. The object of power is power. Now do you begin to understand me?
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We are the dead.... We are the dead. Our only true life is in the future.
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We do not merely... We do not merely destroy our enemies; we change them.
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We have now sunk... We have now sunk to a depth at which restatement of the obvious is the first duty of intelligent men.
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We know that no... We know that no one ever seizes power with the intention of relinquishing it.
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We may find in... We may find in the long run that tinned food is a deadlier weapon than the machine-gun.
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We of the sinking... We of the sinking middle class may sink without further struggles into the working class where we belong, and probably when we get there it will not be so dreadful as we feared, for, after all, we have nothing to lose.
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We shall abolish the... We shall abolish the orgasm. Our neurologists are at work upon it now. 
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We shall meet in... We shall meet in the place where there is no darkness.
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We sleep safe in... We sleep safe in our beds because rough men stand ready in the night to visit violence on those who would do us harm.
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What can you do... What can you do against the lunatic who is more intelligent than yourself, who gives your arguments a fair hearing and then simply persists in his lunacy?
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What can you do,... What can you do, thought Winston, against the lunatic who is more intelligent than yourself, who gives your arguments a fair hearing and then simply persists in his lunacy?
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What happens to you... What happens to you here is forever. 
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Whatever is funny is... Whatever is funny is subversive, every joke is ultimately a custard pie... a dirty joke is a sort of mental rebellion.
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When it comes to... When it comes to the pinch, human beings are heroic.
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When you make love... When you make love you're using up energy; and afterwards you feel happy and don't give a damn for anything. They can't bear you to feel like that. They want you to be bursting with energy all the time. All this marching up and down and cheering and waving flags is simply sex gone sour. If you're happy inside yourself, why should you get excited about Big Brother and the Three-Year Plans and the Two Minutes Hate and all the rest of their bloody rot? 
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Who controls the past... Who controls the past controls the future. Who controls the present controls the past.
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Whoever is winning at... Whoever is winning at the moment will always seem to be invincible.
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Windmill or no windmill,... Windmill or no windmill, he said, life would go on as it had always gone on--that is, badly.
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Winston was gelatinous with... Winston was gelatinous with fatigue. 
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Writing a book is... Writing a book is a horrible, exhausting struggle, like a long bout with some painful illness. One would never undertake such a thing if one were not driven on by some demon whom one can neither resist nor understand.
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You asked me once,'... You asked me once,' said O'Brien, 'what was in Room 101. I told you that you knew the answer already. Everyone knows it. The thing that is in Room 101 is the worst thing in the world.
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You had to live... You had to live - did live, from habit that became instinct - in the assumption that evey sound you made was overheard, and, except in darkness, every moment scrutinized. 
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You must try harder.... You must try harder. It is not easy to become sane.
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You will be hollow.... You will be hollow. We shall squeeze you empty, and then we shall fill you with ourselves.
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You will see me,... You will see me, where there is no darkness. 
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Your worst enemy, he... Your worst enemy, he reflected, was your own nervous system. At any moment the tension inside you was liable to translate itself into some visible symptom.
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You're only a rebel... You're only a rebel from the waist downwards,' he told her.
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