Best 103 of 1984 quotes - MyQuotes

By Anonym 19 Sep

George Orwell

The Party said that Oceania had never been in alliance with Eurasia. He, Winston Smith, knew that Oceania had been in alliance with Eurasia as short a time as four years ago. But where did that knowledge exist? Only in his own consciousness, which in any case must soon be annihilated. And if all others accepted the lie which the Party imposed — if all records told the same tale — then the lie passed into history and became truth. ‘Who controls the past,’ ran the Party slogan, ‘controls the future: who controls the present controls the past.’ And yet the past, though of its nature alterable, never had been altered. Whatever was true now was true from everlasting to everlasting. It was quite simple. All that was needed was an unending series of victories over your own memory. ‘Reality control’, they called it: in Newspeak, ‘doublethink’.

By Anonym 15 Sep

George Orwell

Como ya lo había hecho en muchas ocasiones, se preguntó si él no estaría loco. Tal vez loco era solamente una "minoría de uno" (...) Sin embargo, no le afectaba mucho la idea de ser un loco. Lo que le aterraba era la posibilidad de estar errado.

By Anonym 19 Sep

Neil Postman

We were keeping our eye on 1984. When the year came and the prophecy didn't, thoughtful Americans sang softly in praise of themselves. The roots of liberal democracy had held. Wherever else the terror had happened, we, at least, had not been visited by Orwellian nightmares. But we had forgotten that alongside Orwell's dark vision, there was another - slightly older, slightly less well known, equally chilling: Aldous Huxley's Brave New World. Contrary to common belief even among the educated, Huxley and Orwell did not prophesy the same thing. Orwell warns that we will be overcome by an externally imposed oppression. But in Huxley's vision, no Big Brother is required to deprive people of their autonomy, maturity and history. As he saw it, people will come to love their oppression, to adore the technologies that undo their capacities to think. What Orwell feared were those who would ban books. What Huxley feared was that there would be no reason to ban a book, for there would be no one who wanted to read one. Orwell feared those who would deprive us of information. Huxley feared those who would give us so much that we would be reduced to passivity and egoism. Orwell feared that the truth would be concealed from us. Huxley feared the truth would be drowned in a sea of irrelevance. Orwell feared we would become a captive culture. Huxley feared we would become a trivial culture, preoccupied with some equivalent of the feelies, the orgy porgy, and the centrifugal bumblepuppy. As Huxley remarked in Brave New World Revisited, the civil libertarians and rationalists who are ever on the alert to oppose tyranny "failed to take into account man's almost infinite appetite for distractions." In 1984, Orwell added, people are controlled by inflicting pain. In Brave New World, they are controlled by inflicting pleasure. In short, Orwell feared that what we fear will ruin us. Huxley feared that what we desire will ruin us. This book is about the possibility that Huxley, not Orwell, was right.

By Anonym 15 Sep

George Orwell

Anything that hinted at corruption always filled him with a wild hope

By Anonym 18 Sep

George Orwell

(...) ¿Pero cómo tendrás un slogan como el de "la libertad es la esclavitud" cuando no exista el concepto de libertad? Va a ser diferente todo el clima del pensamiento. Realmente, no existirá pensamiento en el sentido en que lo entendemos actualmente. El significado de la ortodoxiaes no pensar, no requerir el pensamiento. La inconsciencia es nuestra ortodoxia.

By Anonym 16 Sep

George Orwell

El pa­sa­do había sido bo­rra­do, se había ol­vi­da­do que había sido bo­rra­do y de ese modo la men­ti­ra se con­ver­tía en ver­dad

By Anonym 16 Sep

George Orwell

Él pensó que esto era verdad. Entre la castidad y la ortodoxia política existía una conexión directa. ¿Cómo se iban a mantener el odio, el miedo y la incredulidad insensata que requería el Partido si algún instinto poderoso no se embotellaba para utilizarlo después como combustible? Para el Partido el instinto sexual era muy peligroso, y lo había usado en beneficio propio. Hacieron lo mismo con el instinto familiar.

By Anonym 16 Sep

Jacob Palme

Electronic mail systems can, if used by many people, cause severe information overload problems. The cause of this problem is that it is so easy to send a message to a large number of people, and that systems are often designed to give the sender too much control of the communication process, and the receiver too little control…. People get too many messages, which they do not have time to read. This also means that the really important messages are difficult to find in the large flow of less important messages. In the future, when we get larger and larger message systems, and these systems get more and more interconnected, this will be a problem for almost all users of these systems.

By Anonym 18 Sep

George Orwell

Perhaps the Party was rotten under the surface, its cult of strenuousness and self-denial simply a sham concealing iniquity.

By Anonym 20 Sep

George Orwell

Whether he wrote DOWN WITH BIG BROTHER, or whether he refrained from writing it, made no difference. Whether he went on with the diary, or whether he did not go on with it, made no difference. The Thought Police would get him just the same. He had committed—would still have committed, even if he had never set pen to paper— the essential crime that contained all others in itself. Thoughtcrime, they called it. Thoughtcrime was not a thing that could be concealed for ever. You might dodge successfully for a while, even for years, but sooner or later they were bound to get you.

By Anonym 17 Sep

George Orwell

Of course he chanted with the rest: it was impossible to do otherwise. To dissemble your feelings, to control your face, to do what everyone else was doing, was an instinctive reaction.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Irving Howe

About some books we feel that our reluctance to return to them is the true measure of our admiration. It is hard to suppose that many people go back, from a spontaneous desire, to reread 1984: there is neither reason nor need to, no one forgets it. The usual distinctions between forgotten details and a vivid general impression mean nothing here, for the book is written out of one passionate breath, each word is bent to a severe discipline of meaning, everything is stripped to the bareness of terror. Kafka's The Trial is also a book of terror, but it is a paradigm and to some extent a puzzle, so that one may lose oneself in the rhythm of the paradigm and play with the parts of the puzzle. Kafka's novel persuades us that life is inescapably hazardous and problematic, but the very 'universality' of this idea helps soften its impact: to apprehend the terrible on the plane of metaphysics is to lend it an almost soothing aura.

By Anonym 15 Sep

George Orwell

Day by day and almost minute by minute the past was brought up to date.

By Anonym 19 Sep

George Orwell

Ti rendi conto che il passato, compreso quello più recente, è stato abolito? Se mai sopravvive da qualche parte, è in oggetti concreti e privi di un nome che li definisca, come quel pezzo di vetro. Noi già non sappiamo praticamente nulla della Rivoluzione e degli anni che l'hanno preceduta. Tutti i documenti sono stati distrutti o falsificati, tutti i libri riscritti, tutti i quadri dipinti da capo, tutte le statue, le strade e gli edifici cambiati di nome, tutte le date alterate, e questo processo è ancora in corso, giorno dopo giorno, minuto dopo minuto. La storia si è fermata. Non esiste altro che un eterno presente nel quale il Partito ha sempre ragione.

By Anonym 16 Sep

George Orwell

El poder se basa en inflingir dolor y humillación. El poder consiste en hacer pedazos el espíritu humano y darle la forma que elijamos.

By Anonym 16 Sep

George Orwell

If the Party could thrust its hand into the past and say of this or that event, it never happened—that, surely, was more terrifying than mere torture and death?...But where did that knowledge exist? Only in his consciousness, which in any case must soon be annihilated...'Who controls the past,' ran the Party slogan,'controls the future:who controls the present controls the past.'...All that was needed was a series of victories over your own memory.

By Anonym 18 Sep

George Orwell

Quien con­tro­la el pa­sa­do —decía la con­sig­na del Par­ti­do— con­tro­la el fu­tu­ro. Quien con­tro­la el pre­sen­te con­tro­la el pa­sa­do

By Anonym 16 Sep

George Orwell

Formar parte de la minoría, aunque fuese una minoría de uno solo, no te convertía en loco. Había la verdad y la mentira, y aferrarse a la verdad, aunque fuese en contra del mundo entero, no era sinónimo de estar loco.

By Anonym 17 Sep

George Orwell

No se van a rebelar hasta que no tengan plena consciencia de su fuerza, y no serán conscientes hasta después de haberse rebelado. Esta es la dificultad.

By Anonym 16 Sep

George Orwell

it was an act of self-hypnosis, a deliberate drowning of consciousness by means of rhythmic noise.

By Anonym 18 Sep

George Orwell

Si el Partido tenía el poder de alargar la mano hacia el pasado y asegurar que este o aquel suceso jamás ocurrió, esto resultaba mucho más aterrador que la tortura y la misma muerte (...) "El que puede controlar el pasado -rezaba el slogan del Partido-, también puede controlar el futuro. El que puede controlar el presente, controla el pasado".

By Anonym 16 Sep

George Orwell

If there is any hope, it lies in the proles

By Anonym 16 Sep

George Orwell

Esa era la mayor sutileza: inducir conscientemente a la inconsciencia, y luego, una vez más, volverse inconsciente del acto de hipnosis que acababas de realizar. Incluso la comprensión del término doblepiensa , implicaba el uso del doblepiensa

By Anonym 20 Sep

George Orwell

Ya no había amigos, sino camaradas. Pero persistía una diferencia: unos camaradas eran más agradables que otros.

By Anonym 16 Sep

George Orwell

If the Party could thrust its had into the past and say of this or that event, it never happened-that, surely, was more terrifying than mere torture or death.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Cory Doctorow

Cory Doctorow hat dieses Werk unter der Creative-Commons-Lizenz(CC-BY-NC-SA) veröffentlicht die es jedermann erlaubt, das Werk frei zu verbreiten und zu bearbeiten ... (siehe wikipedia "little brother", dort auch Links zu den ebooks der Übersetzung) Unter Nutzung dieser Lizenz hat Christian Wöhrl eine deutsche Übersetzung des Romans angefertigt. Aus dieser ist ein Fanhörbuchprojekt entstanden. ... hier meine Zitate aus Readmill: Ich hatte also grade 10 Sekunden auf dreitausend Rechnern gemietet und jeden einzelnen angewiesen, eine SMS oder einen VoIP-Anruf an Charles' Handy abzusetzen; dessen Nummer hatte ich mal während einer dieser verhängnisvollen Bürositzungen bei Benson von einem Post-it abgelesen. Muss ich erwähnen, dass Charles' Telefon nicht in der Lage war, damit umzugehen? Zuerst ließen die SMS den Gerätespeicher überlaufen, sodass das Handy nicht mal mehr seine Routinen ausführen konnte, etwa das Klingeln zu koordinieren und die gefälschten Rufnummern der eingehenden Anrufe aufzuzeichnen. (Wusstet ihr, dass es völlig simpel ist, die Rückrufnummer einer Anruferkennung zu faken? Dafür gibts ungefähr 50 verschiedene Möglichkeiten - einfach mal "Anrufer-ID fälschen" googeln...) Charles starrte sein Telefon fassungslos an und hackte auf ihm herum, die wulstigen Augenbrauen regelrecht verknotet ob der Anstrengung, dieser Dämonen Herr zu werden, die das persönlichste seiner Geräte in Besitz genommen hatten. Sekunden später kackte Charles' Handy spektakulär ab. Zehntausende von zufälligen Anrufen und SMS liefen parallel bei ihm auf, sämtliche Warn- und Klingeltöne meldeten sich gleichzeitig und dann wieder und wieder. Den Angriff hatte ich mithilfe eines Botnetzes bewerkstelligt, was mir einerseits ein schlechtes Gewissen bereitete; aber andererseits war es ja im Dienst einer guten Sache. In Botnetzen fristen infizierte Rechner ihr untotes Dasein. Wenn du dir einen Wurm oder Virus fängst, sendet dein Rechner eine Botschaft an einen Chat-Kanal im IRC, dem Internet Relay Chat. Diese Botschaft zeigt dem Botmaster, also dem Typen, der den Wurm freigesetzt hat, dass da Computer sind, die auf seinen Befehl warten. Botnetze sind enorm mächtig, da sie aus Tausenden, manchmal Hunderttausenden von Rechnern bestehen, die über das ganze Internet verteilt sind, meist über Breitbandleitungen verbunden sind und auf schnelle Heim-PCs Das Buch passte grade so in die Mikrowelle, die sogar noch unappetitlicher aussah als beim letzten Mal, als ich sie brauchte. Ich wickelte das Buch penibel in Papiertücher, bevor ich es reinsteckte. "Mann, Lehrer sind Schweine", zischelte ich. Darryl, bleich und angespannt, erwiderte nichts. Dann packte ich das primäre Arbeitsgerät unserer Schule wieder aus und wählte den Klassenzimmer-Modus. Die SchulBooks waren die verräterischsten Geräte von allen - zeichneten jede Eingabe auf, kontrollierten den Netzwerkverkehr auf verdächtige Eingaben, zählten alle Klicks, zeichneten jeden flüchtigen Gedanken auf, den du übers Netz verbreitetest. Wir hatten sie in meinem ersten Jahr hier bekommen, und es hatte bloß ein paar Monate gedauert, bis der Reiz dieser Dinger verflogen war. Sobald die Leute merkten, dass diese "kostenlosen" Laptops in Wirklichkeit für die da oben arbeiteten (und im Übrigen mit massenhaft nerviger Werbung verseucht waren), fühlten die Kisten sich plötzlich sehr, sehr schwer an. Mein SchulBook zu cracken war simpel gewesen. Der Crack war binnen eines Monats nach Einführung der Maschine online zu finden, und es war eine billige Nummer - bloß ein DVD-Image runterladen, brennen, ins SchulBook stecken und die Kiste hochfahren, während man ein paar Tasten gleichzeitig gedrückt hielt. Die DVD erledigte den Rest und installierte etliche versteckte Programme auf dem Laptop, die von den täglichen Fernprüfungs-Routinen der Schulleitung nicht gefunden werden konnten.

By Anonym 17 Sep

George Orwell

No me estoy refiriendo a la confesión. Cuando se confiesa no se traiciona. Lo que importa son los sentimientos, no lo que digas o hagas. La verdadera traición sería si me pueden obligar a dejar de amarte...

By Anonym 16 Sep

George Orwell

Esa era la mayor sutileza: inducir conscientemente a la inconsciencia, y luego, una vez más, volverse inconsciente del acto de hipnosis que acababas de realizar. Incluso la comprensión del término , implicaba el uso del doblepiensa.

By Anonym 18 Sep

George Orwell

Suddenly, by the sort of violent effort with which one wrenches one's head away from the pillow in a nightmare, Winston succeeded in transferring his hatred from the face on the screen to the dark−haired girl behind him. Vivid, beautiful hallucinations flashed through his mind. He would flog her to death with a rubber truncheon. He would tie her naked to a stake and shoot her full of arrows like Saint Sebastian. He would ravish her and cut her throat at the moment of climax. Better than before, moreover, he realized why it was that he hated her. He hated her because she was young and pretty and sexless, because he wanted to go to bed with her and would never do so, because round her sweet supple waist, which seemed to ask you to encircle it with your arm, there was only the odious scarlet sash, aggressive symbol of chastity.

By Anonym 18 Sep

George Orwell

Su cerebro se deslizó por el mundo laberíntico del doblepensar. No saber y saber, encontrarse consciente de lo que es en realidad verdad mientras se dicen mentiras elaboradas con mucho cuidado, sostener de manera simultánea dos opiniones sabiendo que son opuestas y, sin embargo, creer en las dos; usar la lógica contra la lógica, despreciar la moralidad al tiempo que se recurre a ella, creer que la democracia no es posible y que el Partido es el vigilante de la democracia; no recordar todo cuanto fuera necesario no recordar y, sin embargo, recurrir a ello, traelo de nuevo a la memoria apenas se necesitara y después olvidarlo otra vez; y, sobre todo, aplicar igual proceso al procedimiento mismo. Esta era la sutileza más refinada del sistema: inducir de manera consciente a la inconsciencia, y posteriormente hacerse inconsciente con el fin de no reconocer que se realizó un acto de autosugestión. Entender incluso la palabra doblepensar implicaba el uso del doblepensar.

By Anonym 18 Sep

Jef Costello

Rand, Huxley, Orwell, and Bradbury foresaw much of today’s dystopian world: its spiritual and moral emptiness, its culture of consumerism, its flat-souled Last Manishness, its debasement of language, its doublethink, its illiteracy, and its bovine tolerance of authoritarian indignities. But they did not foresee the most serious and catastrophic of today’s problems: the eminent destruction of whites, and western culture. None of them thought to deal with race at all. Why is this? Probably for the simple reason that it never occurred to any of them that whites might take slave morality so far as to actually will their own destruction. As always, the truth is stranger than fiction.

By Anonym 17 Sep

George Orwell

Los mejores libros, comprendió, son los que te cuentan lo que ya sabías

By Anonym 19 Sep

Noam Chomsky

The trick is not to be isolated―if you're isolated, like Winston Smith in 1984, then sooner or later you're going to break, as he finally broke. That was the point of Orwell's story. In fact, the whole tradition of popular control has been exactly that: to keep people isolated, because if you can keep them isolated enough, you can get them to believe anything. But when people get together, all sorts of things are possible.

By Anonym 16 Sep

David Baldacci

Déjà vu Orwell's 1984

By Anonym 19 Sep

George Orwell

What mattered was that the room over the junk-shop should exist. To know that it was there, inviolate, was almost the same as being in it. The room was a world, a pocket of the past where extinct animals could walk.

By Anonym 17 Sep

George Orwell

No van a poder crear un mundo como el que describiste. Eso es un imposible, un sueño (...) No es posible fundar una civilización sobre la crueldad, el temor y el odio. No subsistiría (...) Se desintegraría, se suicidaría. No tendría vitalidad (...) No sé, no me interesa. De una manera u otra, van a fracasar. Algo los va a derrotar. La vida los va derrotar.

By Anonym 15 Sep

George Orwell

Al final, el Partido anunciaría que dos y dos son cinco y habría que creerlo.

By Anonym 18 Sep

Paul Joseph Watson

The fact is that the modern implementation of the prison planet has far surpassed even Orwell’s 1984 and the only difference between our society and those fictionalized by Huxley, Orwell and others, is that the advertising techniques used to package the propaganda are a little more sophisticated on the surface. Yet just a quick glance behind the curtain reveals that the age old tactics of manipulation of fear and manufactured consensus are still being used to force humanity into accepting the terms of its own imprisonment and in turn policing others within the prison without bars.

By Anonym 15 Sep

George Orwell

As he looked at the woman in her characteristic attitude, her thick arms reaching up for the line, her powerful marelike buttocks protruded, it struck him for the first time that she was beautiful. It had never before occurred to him that the body of a woman of fifty, blown up to monstrous dimensions by childbearing, then hardened, roughened by work till it was coarse in the grain like an overriped turnip, could be beautiful. But it was so, and after all, he thought, why not? The solid, contourless body, like a block of granite, and the rasping red skin, bore the same relation to the body of a girl as the rose-hip to the rose. Why should the fruit be held inferior to the flower?

By Anonym 18 Sep

George Orwell

She had become a physical necessity, something that he not only wanted but felt he had the right to,

By Anonym 20 Sep

George Orwell

Winston pensó que el pasado no únicamente fue modificado, sino que lo estaban destruyendo. Pues, ¿usted cómo iba a establecer el hecho más evidente si la única prueba que existía era el recuerdo de su propia memoria?

By Anonym 17 Sep

George Orwell

Nothing exists except through human consciousness

By Anonym 16 Sep

George Orwell

Every record has been destroyed or falsified, every book rewritten, every picture has been repainted, every statue and street building has been renamed, every date has been altered. And the process is continuing day by day and minute by minute. History has stopped. Nothing exists except an endless present in which the Party is always right.

By Anonym 15 Sep

George Orwell

After all, what justification is there for a word which is simply the opposite of some other word? A word contains its opposite in itself. Take ‘good’, for instance. If you have a word like ‘good’, what need is there for a word like ‘bad’? ‘Ungood’ will do just as well—better, because it’s an exact opposite, which the other is not. Or again, if you want a stronger version of ‘good’, what sense is there in having a whole string of vague useless words like ‘excellent’ and ‘splendid’ and all the rest of them? ‘Plusgood’ covers the meaning, or ‘doubleplusgood’ if you want something stronger still" (51).

By Anonym 15 Sep

George Orwell

But when war becomes literally continuous , it also ceases to be dangerous. When war is continuous there is no such thing as military necessity. Technical progress can cease and the most palpable facts can be denied or disregarded.

By Anonym 16 Sep

Noam Chomsky

It's intellectual freedom when a journalist can understand that 2 + 2 = 4; that's what Orwell was writing about in 1984. Everybody here applauds that book, but nobody is willing to think about what it means. What Winston Smith [the main character] was saying is, if we can still understand that 2 + 2 = 4, they haven't taken everything away. Okay? Well, in the United States, people can't even understand that 2 + 2 = 4.

By Anonym 17 Sep

George Orwell

One of these days, thought Winston with sudden deep conviction, Syme will be vaporized. He is too intelligent. He sees too clearly and speaks too plainly. The Party does not like such people. One day he will disappear. It is written in his face.

By Anonym 17 Sep

Bobo Karlsson

Maskinerna hjälpte kroppen med det som musklerna inte orkade med eller hann med under industrialismen. Elektroniken hjälper oss med det som hjärnan inte klarar av eller hinner med i "informationssamhället". Men en enligt många kallhamrad teknologi kommer att öka behovet av gemenskap och värme. […] Behovet av en ny kroppslig kontakt, själslig ro, mänskligt prat kommer att öka lavinartat, när vi pratar med hemdatorn istället för att gå till banken eller ringa, spelar videospel istället för att gå på rockkonsert osv.

By Anonym 16 Sep

George Orwell

It was not desirable that the proles should have strong political feelings. All that was required of the was a primitive patriotism which could be appealed to whenever it was necessary to make them accept longer working hours or shorter rations. And even when they became discontented, as they sometimes did, their discontent led nowhere, because, being without general ideas, they could only focus it on petty specific grievances. The larger evils invariably escaped their notice.

By Anonym 19 Sep

Harold Abelson

Underlying our approach to this subject is our conviction that "computer science" is not a science and that its significance has little to do with computers. The computer revolution is a revolution in the way we think and in the way we express what we think. The essence of this change is the emergence of what might best be called procedural epistemology—the study of the structure of knowledge from an imperative point of view, as opposed to the more declarative point of view taken by classical mathematical subjects. Mathematics provides a framework for dealing precisely with notions of "what is". Computation provides a framework for dealing precisely with notions of "how to".