"We were producing a definitive edition of the poems of Kipling. I allowed the word 'God' to remain at the end of a line. I could not help it! . . . The rhyme was 'rod.' Do you realize there are only twelve rhymes to ‘rod’ in the entire language?’”
“Never again will you be capable of love, or friendship, or joy of living, or laughter, or curiosity, or courage, or integrity. You will be hollow. We shall squeeze you empty, and then we shall fill you with ourselves."
“If you want a picture of the future, imagine a boot stamping on a human face—forever.”
And perhaps you might pretend, afterwards, that it was only a trick and that you just said it to make them stop and didn’t really mean it. But that isn’t true. At the time when it happens you do mean it. You think there’s no other way of saving yourself and you’re quite ready to save yourself that way. You want it to happen to the other person. You don’t give a damn what they suffer. All you care about is yourself.
[I]t was all right, everything was all right, the struggle was finished. He had won the victory over himself. He loved Big Brother.
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