1984 (1984) Poster


Richard Burton: O'Brien



  • O'Brien : Power is tearing human minds apart and putting them back together in new shapes of your own choosing.

  • Winston Smith : Does Big Brother even exist?

    O'Brien : Of course he exists.

    Winston Smith : No, I mean... does he exist like you or me?

    O'Brien : You do not exist.

  • O'Brien : If you want a vision of the future, Winston, imagine a boot stamping on a human face forever.

  • Winston Smith : I know you'll fail. Something in this world... some spirit you will never overcome...

    O'Brien : What is it, this principle?

    Winston Smith : I don't know. The spirit of man.

    O'Brien : And do you consider yourself a man?

    Winston Smith : Yes.

    O'Brien : If you're a man, Winston, you're the last man. Your kind is extinct. We are the inheritors. Do you realize that you are alone? You are outside history. You unexist. Get up.

    [Winston gets up and O'Brien shows him his reflection in a mirror. Winston is disheveled and beaten] 

    O'Brien : *That* is the last man. If you are human, *that* is humanity.

  • O'Brien : What are your feelings towards Big Brother?

    Winston Smith : I hate him.

    O'Brien : You must love him. It is not enough to obey him. You must love him.

  • O'Brien : You once asked me, Winston, what was in room 101. I think you know. Everyone does. The thing that is in room 101... is the worst thing in the world.

  • O'Brien : There is no loyalty but loyalty to the Party. There is no love except love of Big Brother. All competing pleasures we will destroy.

  • O'Brien : We shall meet in the place were there is no darkness.

  • O'Brien : There are thought criminals who maintain that the resistance is not real. Believe me, Winston, it is very real. Perhaps you are not familiar with how it operates.

    Winston Smith : I am attentive to the news.

    O'Brien : Indeed. Then perhaps you imagine a huge network of conspirators prepared to commit any atrocity to weaken and demoralize the order of our society. The reality is infinitely more subtle. If Goldstein himself fell into the hands of the Thought Police, he could not give them a list of his agents. Such a list does not exist. They are not an organization in the sense we know. Nothing holds it together but an idea. Individually, they cheat, forge, blackmail, corrupt children, spread disease and prostitution, in the name of spreading knowledge from generation to generation, until... in a thousand years...

  • Winston Smith : They got you too?

    O'Brien : They got me a long time ago.

  • O'Brien : Smith? I have been reading your Newspeak articles in the Times.

    Winston Smith : Yes?

    O'Brien : You write it very elegantly. That is not my own opinion - I was recently talking to a friend of yours who is an expert. His name... has slipped my memory for the moment. What I wanted to say is that there were one or two unwords, only very recent. Have you seen the 10th Edition of the Newspeak Dictionary?

    Winston Smith : No... we're still using the 9th Edition at MinRec.

    O'Brien : A few advance copies have been circulated - I have one myself. You might be interested?

    Winston Smith : Yes!

    O'Brien : There are some plusskillful new developments. Let me give you my address.

    [gives Winston a card] 

    O'Brien : I am usually at home in the evenings. If I am not there, then my servant will give you the Dictionary.

  • O'Brien : In our world, there can only be triumph and self-abasement. Everything else, we will destroy.

  • O'Brien : Power is not a means, it's an end.

  • O'Brien : Get up.

    Winston Smith : Argh!

    O'Brien : Look at you... you're rotting away.

  • O'Brien : The Law of Gravity is nonsense. No such law exists. If I think I float, and you think I float, then it happens.

    Winston Smith : I love you.

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