Winston Smith:

I think I’ve finally learned my lesson: the left never stops. Never, ever, ever, ever stops. That’s the logic of the left: leftward, always leftward. It’s never enough until the dystopian utopia is achieved, and all the counterrevolutionaries are in the Gulags.

I suspect most of us get there eventually in our own way. As Granger said to Montag:

“Right now we have a horrible job; we’re waiting for the war to begin and, as quickly, end. It’s not pleasant, but then we’re not in control, we’re the odd minority crying in the wilderness. When the war’s over, perhaps we can be of some use in the world.”

“Do you really think they’ll listen then?”

“If not, we’ll just have to wait. We’ll pass the books on to our children, by word of mouth, and let our children wait, in turn, on the other people. A lot will be lost that way, of course. But you can’t make people listen. They have to come round in their own time, wondering what happened and why the world blew up under them. It can’t last.”