This list of important quotations from 1984 by George Orwell will help you work with the essay topics and thesis statements above by allowing you to support your claims. All of the important quotes from 1984 listed here correspond, at least in some way, to the paper topics above and by themselves can give you great ideas for an essay by offering quotes about other themes, symbols, imagery, and motifs than those already mentioned. All quotes contain page numbers as well. Look at the bottom of the page to identify which edition of 1984 by George Orwell they are referring to.
“No one dares trust a wife of child or a friend any longer” (220).
“the sex instinct creates a world of its own” (110) . “The sex instinct will be eradicated. Procreation will be an annual formality like the renewal of a ration card. We shall abolish the orgasm” (220).
“The sexual act, successfully performed, was rebellion. Desire was thought crime” (59).
“Thought crime does not entail death; though crime is death (27).
“We, the Party, control all records, and we control all memories. Then we control the past, do we not?” (204-205).
“All marriages between Party members had to be approved by a committee appointed for the purpose and though the principle was never clearly stated—permission was always refused if the couple gave the impression of being physically attracted to each other (57).
(O’Brien to Winston, talking about Big Brother) : “You hate him. Good. The time has come for you to take the last step. You must love Big Brother. It is not enough to obey him, you must love him (233).
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