"To see what is in front of one's nose needs a constant struggle."
“The choice for mankind lies between freedom and happiness and for the great bulk of mankind, happiness is better.”
“Threats to freedom of speech, writing and action, though often trivial in isolation, are cumulative in their effect and, unless checked, lead to a general disrespect for the rights of the citizen.”
“Who controls the past controls the future. Who controls the present controls the past.”
“If you set yourself to it, you can live the same life, rich or poor. You can keep on with your books and your ideas. You just got to say to yourself, “I'm a free man in here” - he tapped his forehead - “and you're all right.”
“War is peace.
Freedom is slavery.
Ignorance is strength.”
“All animals are equal, but some animals are more equal than others.”
“Big Brother is watching you.”
“There are occasions when it pays better to fight and be beaten than not to fight at all.”
“Everyone believes in the atrocities of the enemy and disbelieves in those of his own side, without ever bothering to examine the evidence.”
“On the whole human beings want to be good, but not too good, and not quite all the time.”
“You can be rich or deliberately refuse to be rich. You can possess money, or you can despise money; the one fatal thing is to worship money and fail to get it.”
“Weak or strong, clever or simple, we are all brothers.”
“It is not possible for any thinking person to live in such a society as our own without wanting to change it.”
“It is only when you meet someone of a different culture from yourself that you begin to realise what your own beliefs really are.”
“Each generation imagines itself to be more intelligent than the one that went before it, and wiser than the one that comes after it. This is an illusion.”
“Power is in tearing human minds to pieces and putting them together again in new shapes of your own choosing.”