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And, after all, you’ve got to live.”“Not that way, ” said Roark.
I’ll listen if you want me to... But I think I should tell you now that nothing you can say will make any difference. If you don’t mind that, I don’t mind listening.
I take the only desire one can really permit oneself. Freedom, Alvah, freedom.”“You call that freedom?”“To ask nothing. To expect nothing. To depend on nothing.
The exquisite kindliness of her manner suggested that their relationship was of no possible consequence, that she could not pay him the tribute of hostility.
My real soul...? It’s real only when it’s independent...
Roark spoke quietly. He was the only man in the room who felt certain of his own words.
You never wanted me to be real. You never wanted anyone to be. But you didn’t want me to show it. You wanted an act to help your act...
...Opinion without a rational process.
...the best is a matter of standards—and I set my own standards.
It’s a law of survival, isn’t it?—to seek the best. I didn’t come for your sake. I came for mine.
Great men can’t be ruled... The great is the rare, the difficult, the exceptional.
You can fake virtue for an audience. You can’t fake it in your own eyes. Your ego is your strictest judge. They run from it. They spend their lives running.
I could die for you. But I couldn't, and wouldn't, live for you.
I’m not capable of suffering completely. I never have. It goes only down to a certain point and then it stops. As long as there is that untouched point, it’s not really pain.
Happiness is self-contained and self-sufficient. Happy men have no time and no use for you. Happy men are free men.
...if ever you hear a man telling you that you must be happy, that it’s your natural right, that your first duty is to yourself—that will be the man who’s not after your soul.
She found a dark satisfaction in pain—because that pain came from him.
Men hate passion, any great passion. Henry Cameron made a mistake : he loved his work. That was why he fought. That was why he lost.
All that which proceeds from man’s independent ego is good. All that which proceeds from man’s dependence upon men is evil.
A man’s spirit is his self. That entity which is his consciousness. To think, to feel, to judge, to act are functions of the ego.
..it is precisely the self that cannot and must not be sacrificed. It is the unsacrificed self that we must respect in man above all.
I have yet to see a genius or a hero who, if stuck with a burning match, would feel less pain than his undistinguished average brother.
You’re so beautiful, Dominique. Its such a lovely accident on God’s part that there’s one person who matches inside and out.
It was a satisfying bravery