28 March, 2014

Quotable Friday (26)

In our mini-series of quotations from the top 10 books as voted for by the British public in 2003 (for the BBC Big Read), we have reached number eight. The eighth most popular book 11 years ago was 1984 by George Orwell. This was my favourite book out of the entire 100.

1984 has a very famous opening line and plenty of other well-known sentences and ideas - Big Brother, Room 101, Freedom is Slavery etc. There are so many fabulous, chilling quotations I could've picked from this epic novel, so here are a few thought-provoking ones. You have to let me know if you agree with them!

"Perhaps one did not want to be loved so much as to be understood."

"The choice for mankind lies between freedom and happiness and for the bulk of mankind, happiness is better."

"There was truth and there was untruth, and if you clung to the truth even against the whole world, you were not mad."

"Reality exists in the human mind, and nowhere else."


  1. Such a brilliant and disturbingly prescient book!

    1. I particularly liked the third of these quotations, but the second one really makes me wonder. True?


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