“They pretended, perhaps they even believed, that they had seized power unwillingly and for a limited time, and that just round 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 toestablish the dictatorship.
The object of persecution is persecution. The object of torture is torture. The object of power is power. Now do you begin to understand me?»
Winston was struck, as he had been struck before, by the tiredness of O'Brien's face.”