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1984 (Nineteen Eighty-Four) by Orwell
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  • It was intended that when Newspeak had been adopted once and for all and Oldspeak forgotten, a heretical thought — that is, a thought diverging from the principles of Ingsoc — should be literally unthinkable, at least so far as thought is dependent on words.
  • The sacred principles of Ingsoc.
  • In principle a Party member had no spare time, and was never alone except in bed.
  • The lesson — which is also one of the fundamental principles of Ingsoc —
  • He had no subjects of conversation except the principles of Ingsoc, and no aim in life except the defeat of the Eurasian enemy and the hunting-down of spies, saboteurs, thoughtcriminals, and traitors generally.
  • But simultaneously, true to the Principles of doublethink, the Party taught that the proles were natural inferiors who must be kept in subjection, like animals, by the application of a few simple rules.
  • 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 concerned gave the impression of being physically attracted to one another.
  • ’Never go home the same way as you went out,’ she said, as though enunciating an important general principle.
  • In principle the war effort is always so planned as to eat up any surplus that might exist after meeting the bare needs of the population.
  • We disbelieve in the principles of Ingsoc.
  • But this would violate the principle, followed on all sides though never formulated, of cultural integrity.
  • The empirical method of thought, on which all the scientific achievements of the past were founded, is opposed to the most fundamental principles of Ingsoc.
  • He believed in the principles of Ingsoc, he venerated Big Brother, he rejoiced over victories, he hated heretics, not merely with sincerity but with a sort of restless zeal, an up-to-dateness of information, which the ordinary Party member did not approach.
  • Most of it was a tedious routine, but included in it there were also jobs so difficult and intricate that you could lose yourself in them as in the depths of a mathematical problem — delicate pieces of forgery in which you had nothing to guide you except your knowledge of the principles of Ingsoc and your estimate of what the Party wanted you to say.
  • In principle it would be quite simple to waste the surplus labour of the world by building temples and pyramids, by digging holes and filling them up again, or even by producing vast quantities of goods and then setting fire to them.
  • APPENDIX: The Principles of Newspeak
  • Without a full understanding of the principles of Ingsoc it was difficult to use these words correctly.
  • In principle, membership of these three groups is not hereditary.
  • But this state of affairs is not necessarily permanent, nor is it a matter of principle.
  • There is something in the universe — I don’t know, some spirit, some principle — that you will never overcome.
  • Then what is it, this principle that will defeat us?
  • No etymological principle was followed here: in some cases it was the original noun that was chosen for retention, in other cases the verb.
  • In principle, however, all B words could inflect, and all inflected in exactly the same way.
  • There was no need to enumerate them separately, since they were all equally culpable, and, in principle, all punishable by death.
  • Whenever he began to talk of the principles of Ingsoc, doublethink, the mutability of the past, and the denial of objective reality, and to use Newspeak words, she became bored and confused and said that she never paid any attention to that kind of thing.
  • Thus, the Party rejects and vilifies every principle for which the Socialist movement originally stood, and it chooses to do this in the name of Socialism.
  • Any word in the language (in principle this applied even to very abstract words such as if or when) could be used either as verb, noun, adjective, or adverb.
  • The primary aim of modern warfare (in accordance with the principles of doublethink, this aim is simultaneously recognized and not recognized by the directing brains of the Inner Party) is to use up the products of the machine without raising the general standard of living.
  • The shortest rendering that one could make of this in Oldspeak would be: ’Those whose ideas were formed before the Revolution cannot have a full emotional understanding of the principles of English Socialism.’
  • In addition, any word — this again applied in principle to every word in the language — could be negatived by adding the affix un— or could be strengthened by the affix plus-, or, for still greater emphasis, doubleplus-.

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  • I accept as a basic principle that all people are precious and should be treated with equal dignity.
  • One guiding principle is that everyone should be treated fairly.

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