And who are its enemies? It always appears that they are not only those who attack it openly and consciously, but those who ‘objectively' endanger it by spreading mistaken doctrines. In other words, defending democracy involves destroying all independence of thought.
Autobiography is only to be trusted when it reveals something disgraceful. A man who gives a good account of himself is probably lying, since any life when viewed from the inside is simply a series of defeats.
Not to expose your true feelings to an adult seems to be instinctive from the age of seven or eight onwards.
At those moments his secret loathing of Big Brother changed into adoration, and Big Brother seemed to tower up, an invincible, fearless protector, standing like a rock against the hordes.
In a way, the world-view of the Party imposed itself most successfully on people incapable of understanding it. They could be made to accept the most flagrant violations of reality, because they never fully grasped the enormity of what was demanded of them, and were not sufficiently interested in public events to notice what was happening.
Language ought to be the joint creation of poets and manual workers.