Flashcards in Quote Bank Deck (51):
Aim of war
"The primary aim of modern warfare is to use up the products of the machine without raising the general standard of living."
"If the High are to keep their places permanently then the prevailing mental condition must be controlled insanity."
Aim of the party
The aim of the party is for "human equality to be for ever averted."
Death = freedom
"To die hating them, that was freedom."
"The black channel"
"The demonstrators, in shock, obediently pulled their cards from their wallets."
"'You people want an underground escape organization? Well, I'll give you one then.' Fleischer had won."
Why does the party seek power
"The Party seeks power entirely for its own sake. The object of power is power."
"'They can't get inside you,' she had said. But they could get inside you. 'What happens to you here is forever,'"
Herr Bock. "Here he is once more getting the trust of his people and selling them cheap."
"When once you were in the grip of the Party, what you did or refrained from doing, made no difference. Whatever happened you vanished"
"Crimestop, in short, means protective stupidity."
"You want it to happen to the other person. You don't give a damn what they suffer. All you care about is yourself."
Victory of love
"He had won the victory over himself. He loved Big Brother."
"The inexhaustibly interesting thing was not the fragment of coral but the interior of the glass itself."
"The German media called East Germany ‘the most perfected surveillance state of all time’."
"There's order everywhere else in German life even the handicapped are labeled with yellow (yellow!) armbands."
"The Stasi subjected him to disciplinary proceedings on account of ‘inconstancy’, and in their files attributed the remarriage to ‘the repeated negative influence of Frau Koch’."
"War is Peace," "Freedom is Slavery," and "Ignorance is Strength."
"That was the ultimate subtlety: consciously to induce unconsciousness, and then, once again, to become unconscious of the act of hypnosis you had just performed."
"All history was a palimpsest, scraped clean and reinscribed exactly as often as was necessary."
"In the end the Party would announce that two and two made five, and you would have to believe it. And what was terrifying was that they might be right. For, after all, how do we know that two and two make four?"
"It was as though some huge force were pressing down upon you persuading you to deny the evidence of your senses."
"‘Have you travelled yourself since the Wall came down?’ She throws her head back. ‘Not yet.'"
"I could see his neck—they'd forgotten to cover it up. There were no strangulation marks, nothing."
"Each time I ask [Herr Winz] about the reality of life in the GDR he returns to the beauties of socialist theory."
"‘I think I'd totally repressed that entire episode,’"
"When we started to get tied up in this ridiculous GDR success propaganda—exaggerated harvest results and so on—I withdrew from that altogether"
"It meant that before the good things about the west got to us, this negative thing—the letting loose of the criminals—affected me."
Reunification of Germany
The reunification of Germany is often celebrated as the beginning of a “glorious new era in German history,”
Reclaim the night
"We went on a ‘Reclaim the Night’ march recently, something that made me feel real positive, and far away from Thüringen and everything that happened here."
Reconstruction of files
"He is telling me, in his quiet way, that the resources united Germany is throwing at this part of reconstructing the lives of its former East German citizens are pitiful, some kind of Sisyphean joke."
Sexual desire is
Sexual desire is "the force that would tear the Party to pieces."
"But you could not have pure love or pure lust nowadays. No emotion was pure, because everything was mixed up with fear and hatred."
"Their embrace had been a battle, the climax a victory. It was a blow struck against the Party. It was a political act."
Turned to account
"The sex impulse was dangerous to the Party, and the Party had turned it to account."
"Julia doesn't know why the Stasi was afraid of them complaining to Honecker. It is one of the very rare occasions when the bluff was called and someone ‘won’ against the Firm."
"All the courage I had is in that plate. The whole shitty little skerrick of it. That’s all I had."
"She may have overestimated her own strength and now she is a lonely, teary guilt-wracked wreck."
"If there was hope, it lay in the proles! It would be a world of sanity."
"I have been sown
Only my head sticks
Defiant, out of the earth
But one day it too will be mown
Making me, finally
Of this land."
"To mark the paper was the decisive act."
"Big Brother and the Party and the Thought Police could all be swept into nothingness."
"Buckle souls out of shape forever"
"The whole Stasi thing. It’s sort of embarrassing."
"The Stasi men would never in their lives have imagined that they would cease to exist and that their offices would be a museum."
Big brother is watching you
"There would be no reduction of the chocolate ration.
It was my little daughter. He said with a sort of doleful pride.