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Now I will tell you the answer to my question. It is this.

The Party seeks power entirely for its own sake. We are not interested in the good of others; we are interested solely in power, pure power.

What pure power means you will understand presently.

We are different from the oligarchies of the past in that we know what we are doing.

All the others, even those who resembled ourselves, were cowards and hypocrites.

The German Nazis and the Russian Communists came very close to us in their methods, but they never had the courage to recognize their own motives.

They pretended, perhaps they even believed, that they had seized power unwillingly and for a limited time, and that just around the corner there lay a paradise where human beings would be free and equal. We are not like that.

We know that no one ever seizes power with the intention of relinquishing it.

Power is not a means; it is an end.

One does not establish a dictatorship in order to safeguard a revolution; one makes the revolution in order to establish the dictatorship.

The object of persecution is persecution.

The object of torture is torture.

The object of power is power.

Now you begin to understand me.

1984

Nineteen Eighty-Four: A Novel, often published as 1984, is a dystopian novel by English novelist George Orwell.

Nineteen Eighty-Four centers on the consequences of government over-reach, totalitarianism, mass surveillance, and repressive regimentation of all persons and behaviors within society.

Time included it on its 100 best English-language novels from 1923 to 2005.

It was placed on the Modern Library’s 100 Best Novels, reaching No. 13 on the editors’ list and No. 6 on the readers’ list.

In 2003, the novel was listed at No. 8 on The Big Read survey by the BBC.

Parallels have been drawn between the novel’s subject matter and real life instances of totalitarianism, communism, mass surveillance, and violations of freedom of expression among other themes.