We may find in the long run that tinned food is a deadlier weapon than the machine-gun.
Above all, there was a belief in the revolution and the future, a feeling of having suddenly emerged into an era of equality and freedom.
Perhaps one did not want to be loved so much as to be understood.
Cut off from contact with the outer world, and with the past, the citizen of Oceania is like a man in interstellar space, who has no way of knowing which direction is up and which is down. The rulers of such a state are absolute, as the Pharaohs or the Caesars could not be.
Without having read to the end of the book, he knew that that must be Goldstein's final message. The future belonged to the proles.
It struck him as curious that you could create dead men but not living ones. Comrade Ogilvy, who had never existed in the present, now existed in the past, and when once the act of forgery was forgotten, he would exist just as authentically, and upon the same evidence, as Charlemagne or Julius Caesar.