1984

1984

George Orwell

Actually he was not used to writing by hand. Apart from very short notes, it was usual to dictate everything into the speak-write, which was of course impossible for his present purpose.

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Take "good", for instance. If you have a word like "good", what need is there for a word like "bad"? "Ungood" will do just as well—better, because it's an exact opposite, which the other is not. Or again, if you want a stronger version of "good", what sense is there in having a whole string of vague useless words like "excellent" and "splendid" and all the rest of them? "Plusgood" covers the meaning; or "doubleplusgood" if you want something stronger still. Of course we use those forms already, but in the final version of Newspeak there'll be nothing else. In the end the whole notion of goodness and badness will be covered by only six words—in reality, only one word. Don't you see the beauty of that, Winston?

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Who controls the past controls the future: who controls the present controls the past

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But we make the brain perfect before we blow it out.

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One does not establish a dictatorship in order to safeguard a revolution; one makes the revolution in order to establish the dictatorship

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If you want a picture of the future, imagine a boot stamping on a human face—for ever.'

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