Quotes from a book written in 1948 that is insanely relevant today.

May 26th, 2009 | By | Category: Inspiring

In accordance to the principles of Doublethink, it does not matter if the war is not real, or when it is, that victory is not possible. The war is not meant to be won. It is meant to be continuous. The essential act of modern warfare is the destruction of the produce of human labor. A hierarchical society is only possible on the basis of poverty and ignorance. In principle, the war effort is always planned to keep society on the brink of starvation. The war is waged by the ruling group against its own subjects. And its object is not victory over Eurasia or Eastasia, but to keep the very structure of society intact. Julia? Are you awake? There is truth, and there is untruth. To be in a minority of one doesn’t make you mad.

Does Big Brother exist?
Of course he exists.
Does he exist like you or me?

You do not exist.

War is a way of shattering to pieces…materials which might otherwise be used to make the masses too comfortable and…too intelligent.

Political language. . . is designed to make lies sound truthful and murder respectable

In times of universal deceit, telling the truth will be a revolutionary act.

All the war-propaganda, all the screaming and lies and hatred, comes invariably from people who are not fighting.

War against a foreign country only happens when the moneyed classes think they are going to profit from it.

The primary aim of modern warfare Part 1n accordance with the principles of doublethink, this aim is simultaneously recognized and not recognized by the directing brains of the Inner Party is to use up the products of the machine without raising the general standard of living.  If the machine were used deliberately for that end, hunger, overwork, dirt, illiteracy, and disease could be eliminated within a few generations.”

The consciousness of being at war, and therefore in danger, makes the handing-over of all power to a small caste seem the natural, unavoidable condition of survival.

I personally feel this is one of the most important pieces of modern literature written in the last century.  If you have not read it go out and buy it today as it is pure genius and completely changed the way I perceive this world in a very very real way.  Don’t watch the movie, go read the book and then watch the movie if you want.

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