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1984 (Nineteen Eighty-Four) by Orwell
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  • It is one of those interesting words that have two contradictory meanings.
  • Chaucer, Shakespeare, Milton, Byron — they’ll exist only in Newspeak versions, not merely changed into something different, but actually changed into something contradictory of what they used to be.
  • She always contradicted him when he said anything of this kind.
  • A number of The Times which might, because of changes in political alignment, or mistaken prophecies uttered by Big Brother, have been rewritten a dozen times still stood on the files bearing its original date, and no other copy existed to contradict it.
  • Applied to an opponent, it means the habit of impudently claiming that black is white, in contradiction of the plain facts.
  • Many of the beliefs and attitudes demanded of him are never plainly stated, and could not be stated without laying bare the contradictions inherent in Ingsoc.
  • The official ideology abounds with contradictions even when there is no practical reason for them.
  • These contradictions are not accidental, nor do they result from ordinary hypocrisy; they are deliberate exercises in doublethink.
  • For it is only by reconciling contradictions that power can be retained indefinitely.
  • Like so many Newspeak words, this word has two mutually contradictory meanings.
  • Doublethink means the power of holding two contradictory beliefs in one’s mind simultaneously, and accepting both of them.
  • He presented himself with propositions — ’the Party says the earth is flat’, ’the party says that ice is heavier than water’ — and trained himself in not seeing or not understanding the arguments that contradicted them.
  • To know and not to know, to be conscious of complete truthfulness while telling carefully constructed lies, to hold simultaneously two opinions which cancelled out, knowing them to be contradictory and believing in both of them, to use logic against logic, to repudiate morality while laying claim to it, to believe that democracy was impossible and that the Party was the guardian of democracy, to forget whatever it was necessary to forget, then to draw it back into memory again at the…
  • Their real weapon was the merciless questioning that went on and on, hour after hour, tripping him up, laying traps for him, twisting everything that he said, convicting him at every step of lies and self-contradiction until he began weeping as much from shame as from nervous fatigue Sometimes he would weep half a dozen times in a single session.

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