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Old 03-17-2004, 12:50 AM   #511
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Old 03-18-2004, 06:26 AM   #512
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No one can be a great thinker who does not recognize that as a thinker it is his first duty to follow his intellect to whatever conclusions it may lead.

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Old 03-18-2004, 11:32 AM   #513
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The test of a first-rate intelligence is the ability to hold two opposed ideas in the mind at the same time, and still retain the ability to function.
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Old 03-18-2004, 07:49 PM   #514
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Doublethink means the power of holding two contradictory beliefs in one's mind simultaneously, and accepting both of them. The Party intellectual knows in which direction his memories must be altered; he therefore knows that he is playing tricks with reality; but by the exercise of doublethink he also satisfies himself that reality is not violated. The process has to be conscious, or it would not be carried out with sufficient precision, but it also has to be unconscious, or it would bring with it a feeling of falsity and hence of guilt. Doublethink lies at the very heart of Ingsoc, since the essential act of the Party is to use conscious deception while retaining the firmness of purpose that goes with complete honesty. To tell deliberate lies while genuinely believing in them, to forget any fact that has become inconvenient, and then, when it becomes necessary again, to draw it back from oblivion for just so long as it is needed, to deny the existence of objective reality and all the while to take account of the reality which one denies all this is indispensably necessary.

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Old 03-18-2004, 08:20 PM   #515
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Old 03-24-2004, 04:34 PM   #516
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Having intelligence is not as important as knowing when to use it, just as having a hoe is not as important as knowing when to plant.

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Old 03-24-2004, 08:36 PM   #517
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Old 03-24-2004, 09:03 PM   #518
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Old 03-30-2004, 12:07 AM   #522
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