Some quotations and quotes about deceit and truth from the justly famous work - 1984 - by George Orwell are featured on this page. In
what was when written a futuristic novel, George Orwell presented a situation where
people struggle to live in a atmosphere of deceit under the pervasive rule of "Big Brother".
An atmosphere of deceit where "that which is truth" is totally controlled by an authoritatively positioned ruling party:-
The party told you to reject the evidence of your eyes and ears. It was their final, most essential command. His heart sank as he thought of the enormous power arrayed against him, the ease with which any Party intellectual would overthrow him in debate, the subtle arguments which he would not be able to understand, much less answer. And yet he was in the right! They were wrong and he was right.
And if all others accepted the lie which the Party imposed—if all records told the same tale—then
the lie passed into history and became truth. 'Who controls the past' ran the Party slogan, 'controls
the future: who controls the present controls the past.'
War is peace. Freedom is slavery. Ignorance is strength.
The Party seeks power entirely for its own sake. We are not interested in the good of others; we are interested solely in power. . . . Power is not a means; it is an end . . . not power over things, but over men. . . . In our world there will be no emotions except fear, rage, triumph, and self-abasement. . . . There will be no loyalty, except loyalty toward the Party. There will be no love, except the love of Big Brother. . . . Always, at every moment, there will be the thrill of victory, the sensation of trampling on an enemy who is helpless. If you want a picture of the future, imagine a boot stamping on a human face forever. 1984
Big Brother is watching you.
A mass of Latin words falls upon the facts like soft snow, blurring the outline and covering up all the details. The great enemy of clear language is insincerity. When there is a gap between one's real and one's declared aims, one turns as it were instinctively to long words and exhausted idioms, like a cuttlefish spurting out ink. In our age there is no such thing as ‘keeping out of politics'. All issues are political issues, and politics itself is a mass of lies, evasions, folly, hatred, and schizophrenia. When the general atmosphere is bad, language must suffer.
In a time of universal deceit, telling the truth becomes a revolutionary act.