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Atlas Shrugged Quotes: "To the extent to which a man is rational, life is the premise directing his actions. To the extent to which he is irrational, the premise directing his actions is death."

To the extent to which a man is rational, life is the premise directing his actions. To the extent to which he is irrational, the premise directing his actions is death.




Atlas Shrugged Quotes: "It was the smile of a man who is able to see, to know and to create the glory of existence. It was the mocking, challenging smile of a brilliant intelligence."

It was the smile of a man who is able to see, to know and to create the glory of existence. It was the mocking, challenging smile of a brilliant intelligence.



Atlas Shrugged Quotes: "This, in every hour and every issue, is your basic moral choice: thinking or non-thinking, existence or non-existence, A or non-A, entity or zero."

This, in every hour and every issue, is your basic moral choice: thinking or non-thinking, existence or non-existence, A or non-A, entity or zero.



Atlas Shrugged Quotes: "Logic rests on the axiom that existence exists. Logic is the art of non-contradictory identification."

Logic rests on the axiom that existence exists. Logic is the art of non-contradictory identification.




Atlas Shrugged Quotes: "Throughout his life, whenever he became convinced that a course of action was right, the desire to follow it had come automatically."

Throughout his life, whenever he became convinced that a course of action was right, the desire to follow it had come automatically.



Atlas Shrugged Quotes: "Existence is Identity, Consciousness is Identification."

Existence is Identity, Consciousness is Identification.



Atlas Shrugged Quotes: "She had been proved right so eloquently, she had thought, that comments were unnecessary."

She had been proved right so eloquently, she had thought, that comments were unnecessary.




Atlas Shrugged Quotes: "To exist is to be something, as distinguished from the nothing of non-existence, it is to be an entity of a specific nature made of specific attributes."

To exist is to be something, as distinguished from the nothing of non-existence, it is to be an entity of a specific nature made of specific attributes.



Atlas Shrugged Quotes: "By the grace of reality and the nature of life, man—every man—is an end in himself, he exists for his own sake, and the achievement of his own happiness is his highest moral purpose."

By the grace of reality and the nature of life, man—every man—is an end in himself, he exists for his own sake, and the achievement of his own happiness is his highest moral purpose.



Atlas Shrugged Quotes: "The anti-mind is the anti-life."

The anti-mind is the anti-life.



Atlas Shrugged Quotes: "Man has the power to act as his own destroyer—and that is the way he has acted through most of his history."

Man has the power to act as his own destroyer—and that is the way he has acted through most of his history.



Atlas Shrugged Quotes: "He did not know that he was expected to attempt to buy his way into society and that they anticipated the pleasure of rejecting him. He had no time to notice their disappointment."

He did not know that he was expected to attempt to buy his way into society and that they anticipated the pleasure of rejecting him. He had no time to notice their disappointment.




Atlas Shrugged Quotes: "...there can be no justification for a society in which a man is expected to manufacture the weapons for his own murderers."

...there can be no justification for a society in which a man is expected to manufacture the weapons for his own murderers.



Atlas Shrugged Quotes: "Reason is your means of survival — so that for you, who are a human being, the question ‘to be or not to be’ is the question 'to think or not to think..'."

Reason is your means of survival — so that for you, who are a human being, the question ‘to be or not to be’ is the question 'to think or not to think..'.



Atlas Shrugged Quotes: "Money is a living power that dies without its root. Money will not serve the mind that cannot match it. Is this the reason why you call it evil?"

Money is a living power that dies without its root. Money will not serve the mind that cannot match it. Is this the reason why you call it evil?



Atlas Shrugged Quotes: "The source of work? Man’s mind...man’s reasoning mind."

The source of work? Man’s mind...man’s reasoning mind.



Atlas Shrugged Quotes: "Joy is the goal of existence, and joy is not to be stumbled upon, but to be achieved, and the act of treason is to let its vision drown in the swamp of the moment’s torture."

Joy is the goal of existence, and joy is not to be stumbled upon, but to be achieved, and the act of treason is to let its vision drown in the swamp of the moment’s torture.



Atlas Shrugged Quotes: "Whenever a man denounces the mind, it is because his goal is of a nature the mind would not permit him to confess."

Whenever a man denounces the mind, it is because his goal is of a nature the mind would not permit him to confess.



Atlas Shrugged Quotes: "Have you ever felt the longing for someone you could admire? For something, not to look down at, but up to?"

Have you ever felt the longing for someone you could admire? For something, not to look down at, but up to?



Atlas Shrugged Quotes: "She lay on her back, looking up at the sky, feeling no desire to move or think or know that there was any time beyond this moment."

She lay on her back, looking up at the sky, feeling no desire to move or think or know that there was any time beyond this moment.



Atlas Shrugged Quotes: "The statue was of a young man with a tall, gaunt body and an angular face. He held his head as if he faced a challenge and found joy in his capacity to meet it."

The statue was of a young man with a tall, gaunt body and an angular face. He held his head as if he faced a challenge and found joy in his capacity to meet it.



Atlas Shrugged Quotes: "The only thing that counts in life is solid, material assets. It's no time for theories when everything is falling to pieces around us."

The only thing that counts in life is solid, material assets. It's no time for theories when everything is falling to pieces around us.



Atlas Shrugged Quotes: "...they want us to pretend that we see the world as they pretend they see it. They need some sort of sanction from us."

...they want us to pretend that we see the world as they pretend they see it. They need some sort of sanction from us.



Atlas Shrugged Quotes: "No action could be lower or more futile than for one person to throw upon another the burden of his abdication of choice."

No action could be lower or more futile than for one person to throw upon another the burden of his abdication of choice.



Atlas Shrugged Quotes: "...there’s nothing of any importance in life—except how well you do your work. Nothing. Only that. Whatever else you are, will come from that. It’s the only measure of human value."

...there’s nothing of any importance in life—except how well you do your work. Nothing. Only that. Whatever else you are, will come from that. It’s the only measure of human value.



Atlas Shrugged Quotes: "He knew that the dread in these men’s minds was not of the fact, but of his naming it—as if the fact had not existed, but his words held the power to make it exist."

He knew that the dread in these men’s minds was not of the fact, but of his naming it—as if the fact had not existed, but his words held the power to make it exist.



Atlas Shrugged Quotes: "Well, whose opinion did you take?”“I don’t ask for opinions.”“What do you go by?”“Judgment.”“Well, whose judgment did you take?”“Mine.”“But whom did you consult about it?”“Nobody."

Well, whose opinion did you take?”“I don’t ask for opinions.”“What do you go by?”“Judgment.”“Well, whose judgment did you take?”“Mine.”“But whom did you consult about it?”“Nobody.



Atlas Shrugged Quotes: "Don’t tell me your evaluation. Give me the facts."

Don’t tell me your evaluation. Give me the facts.



Atlas Shrugged Quotes: "...she stood beside him, sagging in his arms, abandoning herself to anything he wished, in open acknowledgment of his power to reduce her to helplessness by the pleasure he had the power to give her."

...she stood beside him, sagging in his arms, abandoning herself to anything he wished, in open acknowledgment of his power to reduce her to helplessness by the pleasure he had the power to give her.



Atlas Shrugged Quotes: "You always play it open, don’t you?” he asked.“I’ve never noticed you doing otherwise.”“I thought I was the only one who could afford to."

You always play it open, don’t you?” he asked.“I’ve never noticed you doing otherwise.”“I thought I was the only one who could afford to.



Atlas Shrugged Quotes: "Nothing can justify injustice."

Nothing can justify injustice.



Atlas Shrugged Quotes: "There is no escape from justice, nothing can be unearned and unpaid for in the universe, neither in matter nor in spirit—and if the guilty do not pay, then the innocent have to pay it."

There is no escape from justice, nothing can be unearned and unpaid for in the universe, neither in matter nor in spirit—and if the guilty do not pay, then the innocent have to pay it.



Atlas Shrugged Quotes: "...he had never known fear because, against any disaster, he had held the omnipotent cure of being able to act."

...he had never known fear because, against any disaster, he had held the omnipotent cure of being able to act.



Atlas Shrugged Quotes: "He saw for the first time that he had never known fear because, against any disaster, he had held the omnipotent cure of being able to act."

He saw for the first time that he had never known fear because, against any disaster, he had held the omnipotent cure of being able to act.



Atlas Shrugged Quotes: "If, to him, love was a celebration of one’s self and of existence—then, to the self-haters and life-haters, the pursuit of destruction was the only form and equivalent of love."

If, to him, love was a celebration of one’s self and of existence—then, to the self-haters and life-haters, the pursuit of destruction was the only form and equivalent of love.



Atlas Shrugged Quotes: "The justice which would forgive miles of innocent errors of knowledge, would not forgive a single step taken in conscious evil."

The justice which would forgive miles of innocent errors of knowledge, would not forgive a single step taken in conscious evil.



Atlas Shrugged Quotes: "What’s wealth but the means of expanding one’s life? There’s two ways one can do it: either by producing more or by producing it faster."

What’s wealth but the means of expanding one’s life? There’s two ways one can do it: either by producing more or by producing it faster.



Atlas Shrugged Quotes: "Do not cry that it is our duty to serve you. We do not recognize such duty. Do not cry that you need us. We do not consider need a claim. Do not cry that you own us. You don’t."

Do not cry that it is our duty to serve you. We do not recognize such duty. Do not cry that you need us. We do not consider need a claim. Do not cry that you own us. You don’t.



Atlas Shrugged Quotes: "All that which is proper to the life of a rational being is the good"

All that which is proper to the life of a rational being is the good



Atlas Shrugged Quotes: "Let me give you a tip on a clue to men's characters: the man who damns money has obtained it dishonorably"

Let me give you a tip on a clue to men's characters: the man who damns money has obtained it dishonorably



Atlas Shrugged Quotes: "The man who damns money has obtained it dishonorably"

The man who damns money has obtained it dishonorably



Atlas Shrugged Quotes: "Indifference to me, is the epitome of all evil."

Indifference to me, is the epitome of all evil.