“War is peace. Freedom is slavery. Ignorance is strength.” ―
“Doublethink means the power of holding two contradictory beliefs in one’s mind simultaneously, and accepting both of them.” ―
“Now I will tell you the answer to my question. It is this. The Party seeks power entirely for its own sake. We are not interested in the good of others; we are interested solely in power, pure power. What pure power means you will understand presently. We are different from the oligarchies of the past in that we know what we are doing. All the others, even those who resembled ourselves, were cowards and hypocrites. The German Nazis and the Russian Communists came very close to us in their methods, but they never had the courage to recognize their own motives. They pretended, perhaps they even believed, that they had seized power unwillingly and for a limited time, and that just around the corner there lay a paradise where human beings would be free and equal. We are not like that. We know that no one ever seizes power with the intention of relinquishing it. Power is not a means; it is an end. One does not establish a dictatorship in order to safeguard a revolution; one makes the revolution in order to establish the dictatorship. The object of persecution is persecution. The object of torture is torture. The object of power is power. Now you begin to understand me.” ―
Winston Smith is a model worker. He publicly supports the Party. He is good at his job rewriting history to Government order. Big Brother watches him, but there is nothing to see. Yet Winston struggles. He opposes the totalitarian world, but keeps it a closely guarded secret. His secret exists only in his mind … until he begins a secret love affair with a fellow worker, Julia.