"Think of the press as a great keyboard on which the government can play." - Joseph Goebbels
"They that can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety."
"Sometimes people don't want to hear the truth because they don't want their illusions destroyed." - Friedrich Nietzsche
"In a time of universal deceit, telling the truth is a revolutionary act."
"He who controls the past controls the future. He who controls the present controls the past."
"If you want a picture of the future, imagine a boot stamping on a human face-for ever."
"The best books… are those that tell you what you know already."
"Doublethink means the power of holding two contradictory beliefs in one's mind simultaneously, and accepting both of them."
"Perhaps a lunatic was simply a minority of one."
"But if thought corrupts language, language can also corrupt thought."
"Big Brother is Watching You."
"In the face of pain there are no heroes."
"The choice for mankind lies between freedom and happiness and for the great bulk of mankind, happiness is better."
"You are a slow learner, Winston."
"How can I help it? How can I help but see what is in front of my eyes? Two and two are four."
"Sometimes, Winston. Sometimes they are five. Sometimes they are three. Sometimes they are all of them at once. You must try harder. It is not easy to become sane."
"We do not merely destroy our enemies; we change them."
George Orwell, 1984
"Never Apologize For Being Correct
Many people, especially ignorant people, want to punish you for speaking the truth. For being correct. For being you.
Never apologize for being correct,
or for being years ahead of your time.
If you're right and you know it, speak your mind.
Speak your mind.
Even if you are a minority of one, the truth is still the truth."
"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 what 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." - George Orwell - 1984
"Nu vil jeg fortælle dig svaret på mit spørgsmål. Det er dette. Partiet ønsker magten udelukkende for sin egen skyld. Vi er ikke interesseret
i det gode for andre, vi er interesseret udelukkende ved magten, ren magt. Hvilke ren magt betyder, at du vil forstå i øjeblikket.
Vi er forskellige fra oligarkier fra fortiden i, at vi ved, hvad vi gør. Alle de andre, selv de, der lignede os, var kujoner og hyklere.
De tyske nazister og de russiske kommunister kom meget tæt på os i deres metoder, men de har aldrig haft modet til at erkende deres egne motiver.
De foregav, måske de selv mente, at de havde taget magten modvilligt og for en begrænset tid, og at lige rundt om hjørnet lå et paradis
hvor mennesker ville være fri og lige. Vi er ikke lide det. Vi ved, hvad ingen nogensinde griber magten med den hensigt at opgive det.
Magt er ikke et middel, det er en ende. Man opretter ikke et diktatur for at sikre en revolution, man gør revolution for at etablere diktatur.
Formålet med forfølgelse er forfølgelse. Formålet med tortur er tortur. Formålet med magt er magt. Nu begynder du at forstå mig
"-. George Orwell - 1984
"A really efficient totalitarian state would be one in which the all-powerful executive of political bosses and their army of managers
control a population of slaves who do not have to be coerced, because they love their servitude." - Aldous Huxley - Brave New World
"En virkelig effektiv totalitær stat vil være en, hvor den almægtige direktør for politiske chefer og deres hær af ledere kontrollerer en
befolkning af slaver, som ikke behøver at blive tvunget, fordi de elsker deres trældom "-. Aldous Huxley - Brave New World
"Ordinary people, simply doing their jobs, and without any particular hostility on their part, can become agents in a terrible destructive process.
Moreover, even when the destructive effects of their work become patently clear and they are asked to carry out actions incompatible with
fundamental standards of morality, relatively few people have the resources needed to resist authority." - Stanley
"Almindelige mennesker, blot gør deres job, og uden nogen særlig fjendtlighed fra deres side, kan blive agenter i en frygtelig destruktiv proces.
Selv når de ødelæggende virkninger af deres arbejde er blevet åbenlyst, og de bliver bedt om at udføre handlinger er uforenelige med de
grundlæggende standarder for moral, relativt få mennesker har de fornødne ressourcer til at modstå.
"If the ideology had been a lie, then they are not heroes and gods on earth, but monsters and criminals, and their life has been self-serving
and meaningless, without significance and honor. And that is the credibility trap. It is the impulse for the leaders to keep doubling down
in the hope of a win, until exhaustion and collapse." - Jesse
"Hvis den ideologi havde været en løgn, så er de ikke helte og guder på jorden, men monstre og kriminelle og deres liv har været selviske og
meningsløst, uden betydning og ære. Og det er troværdighed fælde. Det er impulsen for lederne at holde fordoble ned i håb om en sejr, indtil
udmattelse og kollaps "-. Jesse
"Reader, suppose you were an idiot. And suppose you were a member of Congress. But I repeat myself."
"Loyalty to country ALWAYS. Loyalty to government, when it deserves it."
"If you don't read the newspaper, you're uninformed. If you read the newspaper, you're mis-informed."
"Courage is resistance to fear, mastery of fear - not absence of fear."
"If you tell the truth, you don't have to remember anything."
"Whenever you find yourself on the side of the majority, it is time to pause and reflect."
"The man who does not read has no advantage over the man who cannot read."
"I have never let my schooling interfere with my education."
"A lie can travel half way around the world while the truth is putting on its shoes."
"The fear of death follows from the fear of life. A man who lives fully is prepared to die at any time."
"Don't go around saying the world owes you a living. The world owes you nothing. It was here first."
"Always do what is right. It will gratify half of mankind and astound the other."
"It's so much darker when a light goes out than it would have been if it had never shone."
"There ain't no sin and there ain't no virtue. There's just stuff people do."
"And the little screaming fact that sounds through all history: repression works only to strengthen and knit the repressed."
"Ideas are like rabbits. You get a couple and learn how to handle them, and pretty soon you have a dozen."
"All war is a symptom of man's failure as a thinking animal."
"And this I believe: that the free, exploring mind of the individual human is the most valuable thing in the world.
And this I would fight for: the freedom of the mind to take any direction it wishes, undirected. And this I must fight against: any idea, religion, or government which limits or destroys the individual. This is what I am and what I am about."
"What good is the warmth of summer, without the cold of winter to give it sweetness."
Hell is empty and all the devils are here.
"I predict future happiness for Americans if they can prevent the government from wasting the labors
of the people under the pretense of taking care of them."
Any society that would give up a little liberty to gain a little security will deserve neither and lose both.
- Benjamin Franklin
Jeg mener, at politisk korrekthed er en slags sproglig fascisme. Den får min generation,
der kæmpede mod fascismen, til at gyse ved tanken.'
- P. D. James, forfatter (1920-2014)
Et kendt citat er: "Det er en mærkelig idé, at de rige arbejder bedre,
hvis de hele tiden bliver rigere, mens de fattige bare arbejder bedre, hvis de bliver fattigere."
John Kenneth Galbraith
"A lie would make no sense unless the truth were felt to be dangerous."
"In a room where people unanimously maintaina conspiracy of silence,one word of truth sounds like a pistol shot."
“Never attempt to win by force what can be won by deception.”
? Niccolò Machiavelli, The Prince