Wednesday, 11 March 2015

My Top Book Quotes: 1984 by George Orwell


1984 by George Orwell is an iconic story, famed for its political concepts and theories which were vastly ahead of its time. The novel penned in the 1940's still rings true today. The ever intrusive 'Big Brother is watching you', and the 'elite's' relentless crusade to control the masses through propaganda and brain washing is a powerful message that has ultimately entwined conspiracy with possibility.

My Kindle Highlights: 


"To dissemble your feelings, to control your face, to do what everyone else was doing, was an instinctive reaction."

"We shall meet in the place where there is no darkness."

"Nothing was your own except the few cubic centimetres inside your skull."

"To a time when truth exists and what is done cannot be undone."

"The consequences of every act are included in the act itself."

"Who controls the past, controls the future: who controls the present controls the past."

"Orthodoxy means not thinking – not needing to think. Orthodoxy is unconsciousness."

"Until they become conscious they will never rebel, and until after they have rebelled they cannot become conscious."

"The capitalists owned everything in the world, and everyone else was their slave."

"If both the past and the external world exist only in the mind, and if the mind itself is controllable – what then?"

"Freedom is the freedom to say that two plus two make four. If that is granted, all else follows."

"It struck him that in moments of crisis one is never fighting against an external enemy, but always against one’s own body."

"Hierarchical society was only possible on a basis of poverty and ignorance."

"Goods must be produced, but they must not be distributed. And in practice the only way of achieving this was by continuous warfare."

"War, it will be seen, not only accomplishes the necessary destruction, but accomplishes it in a psychologically acceptable way."

"The best books, he perceived, are those that tell you what you know already."

 "Of the three groups (high, middle & low), only the Low are never even temporarily successful in achieving their aims."

"It had always been assumed that if the capitalist class were expropriated, Socialism must follow."

"Thus, the Party rejects and vilifies every principle for which the Socialist movement originally stood, and it chooses to do this in the name of Socialism."

"Being in a minority, even a minority of one, did not make you mad. There was truth and there was untruth, and if you clung to the truth even against the whole world, you were not mad."

"You were the dead; theirs was the future. But you could share in that future if you kept alive the mind as they kept alive the body."

"The Party seeks power entirely for its own sake. We are not interested in the good of others; we are interested solely in power."

"The earth is as old as we are, no older. How could it be older? Nothing exists except through human consciousness."

"What knowledge have we of anything, save through our own minds? All happenings are in the mind. Whatever happens in all minds, truly happens."

"If you want to keep a secret you must also hide it from yourself."

My GoodReads verdict: 4 stars

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