From Orwell's 1984 - The Essence of Power
'Now I will tell you the answer to my question. It is this.
The Party seeks power entirely for its own sake. We are not
interested in the good of others; we are interested solely
in power. Not wealth or luxury or long life or happiness:
only power, pure power. What pure power means you will
understand presently. We are different from all the oligarchies
of the past, in that we know what we are doing. All
the others, even those who resembled ourselves, were cowards
and hypocrites. The German Nazis and the Russian
Communists came very close to us in their methods, but
they never had the courage to recognize their own motives.
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 to establish 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?'