Best 318 of Atlas shrugged quotes - MyQuotes

By Anonym 16 Sep

Ayn Rand

His glance was like a plea, like the cry for help of a man who could never cry.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Ayn Rand

...didn’t you enjoy meeting the young men?” “What men? There wasn’t a man there I couldn’t squash ten of.

By Anonym 16 Sep

Ayn Rand

He felt nothing for them now, nothing but the merciless zero of indifference, not even the regret of a loss.

By Anonym 19 Sep

Ayn Rand

The punishment she had wanted to inflict on him was the torture of shame; what she had inflicted was the torture of boredom.

By Anonym 19 Sep

Ayn Rand

To trade by means of money is the code of the men of good will. Money rests on the axiom that every man is the owner of his mind and his effort.

By Anonym 18 Sep

Ayn Rand

Rationality is the recognition of the fact that existence exists, that nothing can alter the truth and nothing can take precedence over that act of perceiving it, which is thinking—that the mind is one’s only judge of values and one’s only guide of action—that reason is an absolute that permits no compromise—that a concession to the irrational invalidates one’s consciousness and turns it from the task of perceiving to the task of faking reality—that the alleged short-cut to knowledge, which is faith, is only a short-circuit destroying the mind—that the acceptance of a mystical invention is a wish for the annihilation of existence and, properly, annihilates one’s consciousness.

By Anonym 19 Sep

Ayn Rand

They kept their secret from the knowledge of others, not as a shameful guilt, but as a thing that was immaculately theirs, beyond anyone’s right of debate or appraisal.

By Anonym 18 Sep

Ayn Rand

The evaluation of an action as ‘practical,’ depends on what it is that one wishes to practice.

By Anonym 17 Sep

Ayn Rand

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

By Anonym 16 Sep

Ayn Rand

I’m not going to help you pretend—by arguing with you—that the reality you’re talking about is not what it is, that there’s still a way to make it work and to save your neck. There isn’t.

By Anonym 18 Sep

Ayn Rand

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.

By Anonym 19 Sep

Ayn Rand

They seemed to want her approval, without having to know whether she approved or not.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Ayn Rand

Any refusal to recognize reality, for any reason whatever, has disastrous consequences. There are no evil thoughts except one: the refusal to think. Don’t ignore your own desires... Don’t sacrifice them. Examine their cause.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Ayn Rand

Dagny listened to the Fourth Concerto, her head thrown back, her eyes closed. She lay half-stretched across the corner of a couch, her body relaxed and still; but tension stressed the shape of her mouth on her motionless face, a sensual shape drawn in lines of longing.

By Anonym 16 Sep

Ayn Rand

It is not proper for man’s life to be a circle, she thought, or a string of circles dropping off like zeros behind him—man’s life must be a straight line of motion from goal to farther goal, each leading to the next and to a single growing sum.

By Anonym 19 Sep

Ayn Rand

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.

By Anonym 15 Sep

James Rozoff

Before Ayn Rand coined the term “objectivists”, we just called them “selfish assholes”.

By Anonym 16 Sep

Ayn Rand

It was as if a volcano were cracking open, yet the people at the foot of the mountain ignored the sudden fissures, the black fumes, the boiling trickles, and went on believing that their only danger was to acknowledge the reality of these signs.

By Anonym 18 Sep

Ayn Rand

She had caught the sound of suffering in the faintest exaggeration of evenness in his voice.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Ayn Rand

Both of them smiled derisively. But Francisco seemed to laugh at things because he saw something much greater. Jim laughed as if he wanted to let nothing remain great.

By Anonym 19 Sep

Ayn Rand

Two things were impossible to him: to stand still or to move aimlessly.

By Anonym 17 Sep

Ayn Rand

Logic is the art of non-contradictory identification. A contradiction cannot exist. No concept man forms is valid unless he integrates it without contradiction into the total sum of his knowledge. To arrive at a contradiction is to confess an error in one’s thinking; to maintain a contradiction is to abdicate one’s mind and to evict oneself from the realm of reality

By Anonym 19 Sep

Ayn Rand

Thinking is man’s only basic virtue, from which all the others proceed. And his basic vice, the source of all his evils, is that nameless act which all of you practice, but struggle never to admit: the act of blanking out, the willful suspension of one’s consciousness, the refusal to think - not blindness, but the refusal to see; not ignorance, but the refusal to know. It is the act of unfocusing your mind and inducing an inner fog to escape the responsibility of judgment - on the unstated premise that a thing will not exist if only you refuse to identify it, that A will not be A so long as you do not pronounce the verdict ‘It is.

By Anonym 19 Sep

Ayn Rand

...there was no guilt in his face, no doubt, nothing but the calm of an inviolate self-confidence.

By Anonym 16 Sep

Ayn Rand

He knew that the conference was a trap; he knew also that he was walking into it with nothing for any trappers to gain.

By Anonym 16 Sep

Ayn Rand

He walked with an effortless speed, feeling relaxed by a form of activity that was natural to him.

By Anonym 18 Sep

Ayn Rand

Señor d.‘Anconia, what do you think is going to happen to the world?” “Just exactly what it deserves.” “Oh, how cruel!” “Don’t you believe in the operation of the moral law, madame?” Francisco asked gravely. “I do.

By Anonym 17 Sep

Ayn Rand

Life...had been defined as motion; man’s life was purposeful motion; what was the state of a being to whom purpose and motion were denied, a being held in chains but left to breathe and to see all the magnificence of the possibilities he could have reached, left to scream “Why?” and to be shown the muzzle of a gun as sole explanation?

By Anonym 19 Sep

Ayn Rand

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.

By Anonym 18 Sep

Ayn Rand

The man who is convinced of his own worthlessness will be drawn to a woman he despises—because she will reflect his own secret self, she will release him from that objective reality in which he is a fraud, she will give him a momentary illusion of his own value and a momentary escape from the moral code that damns him.

By Anonym 17 Sep

Ayn Rand

No. I don’t like people who speak or think in terms of gaining anybody’s confidence. If one’s actions are honest, one does not need the predated confidence of others, only their rational perception. The person who craves a moral blank check of that kind, has dishonest intentions, whether he admits it to himself or not.

By Anonym 16 Sep

Ayn Rand

Her leg, sculptured by the tight sheen of the stocking, its long line running straight, over an arched instep, to the tip of a foot in a high-heeled pump, had a feminine elegance that seemed out of place in the dusty train car...

By Anonym 16 Sep

Ayn Rand

..don’t worry about the goddamn bastards.” The two words sounded shockingly violent, because his face and voice remained calm.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Ayn Rand

A rational process is a moral process. You may make an error at any step of it, with nothing to protect you but your own severity, or you may try to cheat, to fake the evidence and evade the effort of the quest - but if devotion to truth is the hallmark of morality, then there is no greater, nobler, more heroic form of devotion than the act of a man who assumes the responsibility of thinking.

By Anonym 18 Sep

Ayn Rand

Sweep aside those hatred-eaten mystics, who pose as friends of humanity and preach that the highest virtue man can practice is to hold his own life as of no value. Do they tell you that the purpose of morality is to curb man’s instinct of self-preservation? It is for the purpose of self-preservation that man needs a code of morality. The only man who desires to be moral is the man who desires to live.

By Anonym 16 Sep

Ayn Rand

Her face was made of angular planes, the shape of her mouth clear-cut, a sensual mouth held closed with inflexible precision. She kept her hands in the coat pockets, her posture taut, as if she resented immobility...

By Anonym 18 Sep

Ayn Rand

Their terror had the evasive quality of guilt: it was not the fear that comes from understanding, but from the refusal to understand.

By Anonym 16 Sep

Ayn Rand

He saw, on their faces, that stubbornly evasive look...the look of a man cheating himself of his own consciousness.

By Anonym 19 Sep

Ayn Rand

They scattered with no melody, no harmony, no rhythm to hold them. If music was emotion and emotion came from thought, then this was the scream of chaos, of the irrational, of the helpless, of man’s self-abdication.

By Anonym 16 Sep

Ayn Rand

Isn’t it wonderful that our bodies can give us so much pleasure?” he said to her once, quite simply. They were happy and radiantly innocent. They were both incapable of the conception that joy is sin.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Ayn Rand

A hint of the smile remained in his features at all times, particularly when he listened; it was a look of good-natured amusement, as if he were swiftly and patiently discarding the irrelevant in the words he heard and going straight to the point a moment ahead of the speaker.

By Anonym 18 Sep

Ayn Rand

She did not listen to the voices of the men behind her. She did not know for how long the broken snatches of their struggle kept rolling past her—the sounds that nudged and prodded one another, trying to edge back and leave someone pushed forward — a struggle, not to assert one’s own will, but to squeeze an assertion from some unwilling victim - a battle in which the decision was to be pronounced, not by the winner, but by the loser.

By Anonym 18 Sep

Ayn Rand

Tension seemed natural to her, not a sign of anxiety, but a sign of enjoyment...

By Anonym 17 Sep

Ayn Rand

Neither life nor happiness can be achieved by the pursuit of irrational whims. Just as man is free to attempt to survive in any random manner, but will perish unless he lives as his nature requires, so he is free to seek his happiness in any mindless fraud, but the torture of frustration is all he will find, unless he seeks the happiness proper to man. The purpose of morality is to teach you, not to suffer and die, but to enjoy yourself and live.

By Anonym 19 Sep

Ayn Rand

We will not deal with men on any terms but ours—and our terms are a moral code which holds that man is an end in himself and not the means to any end of others. We do not seek to force our code upon them. They are free to believe what they please.

By Anonym 18 Sep

Ayn Rand

She had forgotten every problem, person and event behind her; they had always been clouded in her sight, to be hurried past, to be brushed aside, never final, never quite real. This was reality, she thought, this sense of clear outlines, of purpose, of lightness, of hope. This was the way she had expected to live—she had wanted to spend no hour and take no action that would mean less than this.

By Anonym 17 Sep

Ayn Rand

Nobody stays in this valley except by a full, conscious choice based on a full, conscious knowledge of every fact involved in his decision. Nobody stays here by faking reality in any manner whatever.

By Anonym 16 Sep

Ayn Rand

I refuse to apologize for my ability—I refuse to apologize for my success—I refuse to apologize for my money.

By Anonym 19 Sep

Ayn Rand

We are those who do not disconnect the values of their minds from the actions of their bodies, those who do not leave their values to empty dreams, but bring them into existence, those who give material form to thoughts, and reality to values.

By Anonym 19 Sep

Ayn Rand

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