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Book 1

Quotes Book 1

(chapter I)

“Who controls the past controls the future. Who controls the present controls the past.”

(chapter III)

“In the end the Party would announce that two and two made five, and you would have to believe it. It was inevitable that they should make that claim sooner or later: the logic of their position demanded it. Not merely the validity of experience, but the very existence of external reality was tacitly denied by their philosophy.”

(chapter VII)

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

(chapter VII)

“And when memory failed and written records were falsified—when that happened, the claim of the Party to have improved the conditions of human life had got to be accepted, because there did not exist, and never again could exist, any standard against which it could be tested.”

(chapter VIII)