The Most Significant Quotes Found in 1984
If there is one author who had a way with words then he is George Orwell. In his novel 1984 he crafted some of the most beautiful quotes. Here are some essential quotes on 1984.
Ignorance is strength, war is peace and freedom is slavery
Found in book 1 chapter 1, this is the official slogan of the war. These words are inscribed in the pyramid of the ministry of truth. Having introduced so early in the book, these words serves as the readers’ first encountered with double think. They weaken the strength and the independence of individuals forcing them to live in fear that has been induced by propaganda. This means the party is capable of forcing its subjects to accept anything that it says. For instance, the ministry of love takes care of political torture while the ministry of peace is in charge of waging war. More so, the ministry of truth changes history books to reflect the ideologies of the party.
The past is controlled by who controls the future and the present by who controls the past
This quote is found in book one chapter 3. It is a clear example of how the party controls its citizens. By changing the past and falsifying records the big brother is always looked upon with a lot of awe. Unfortunately, this is a great lie. It creates a past that was full of slavery and nightmarish so as to make people to act to prevent such a thing from happening again. Since it controls the present it manipulates how its citizens think about the past.
2 and 2 equals 5
Found in book 1 page 80 this quote talks about a very important theme in the novel. It explains that the party’s ultimate power rests upon controlling the intelligence of its citizens. By doing this it’s able to control them through fear and ignorance.
I do not understand why but I understand how
Found in book 1 chapter 7 pages 80, here Winston understands how the procedure of falsifying facts takes place. However, he does not understand how the big brother would go ahead and change the past. However, big brother changes the past so that he can have control over the future and keep the population in check. This depicts them in a positive light hence Winston must know why things have to be this way.
When written records were falsified and memory failed the claim that the party has improved lives must be accepted since they never existed.
This amazing quote is found in chapter 8. It explains how your understanding of the past can affect the way you think about the future. After having a conversion with an old man he realizes that the party is set to weaken its citizen’s memory so that they cannot challenge what it claims. If you cannot remember anything before the revolution then you cannot claim that the party has failed its citizens in any way. The party has not only falsified records but also used rewritten history books to prove its good deeds.
The room was a world and a past where extinct animals could walk
This quote explains Julia’s and Winston relationship. This meant that what existed between them is something from the past. Just like a dinosaur true love never existed during the party. The only place that could make their emotions run wild is the room.
What they swallowed left neither harm nor residue just like a grain will pass through the digestive system of birds
This quote is found in book 2 chapter 5 pages 156 and it explains how the party has managed to survive during the modern times. They simply forced intelligent citizens to believe their lies. To maintain their totalitarian governments they did away with intelligent people who could stand against the government. They must be convinced to reject the truth and common sense especially if they want to survive.