As expected, Atlas Shrugged is a colossal work, though it was a challenge navigating through its labyrinthine narrative. Here are some memorable quotes that I was able to cull from the book.
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“The more certain you feel of your rational conclusions, the more certain you are to be wrong – your brain being an instrument of distortion, the more active the brian the greater the distortion.” ~ Ayn Rand, Atlas Shrugged
“I want you to observe that those who cry the loudest about their disillusionment, about the failure of virtue, the futility of reason, the impotence of logic – are those who have achieved the full, exact logical result of the ideas they preached, so mercilessly logical that they dare not identify it.” ~ Ayn Rand, Atlas Shrugged
“We can never lose the things we live for. We may have to change their form at times, if we’ve made an error, but the purpose remains the same and the forms are ours to make.” ~ Ayn Rand, Atlas Shrugged
“Man’s only talent is an ignoble cunning for satisfying the needs of his body. No intelligence is required for that. Don’t believe the stories about man’s mind, his spirit, his ideas, his sense of unlimited ambition.” ~ Ayn Rand, Atlas Shrugged
“I mean, we’re only human beings – and what’s a human being? A weak, ugly, sinful creature, born that way, rotten in his bones – so humility is the one virtue he ought to practice. He ought to spend his life on his knees, begging to be forgiven for his dirty existence. When a man think he’s good, that’s when he’s rotten. Pride is the worst of all sins, no matter what he’s done.” ~ Ayn Rand, Atlas Shrugged
“There isn’t any human spirit. Man is a low-grade animal, without intellect, without soul, without virtues or moral values. An animal with only two capacities: to eat and to reproduce.” ~ Ayn Rand, Atlas Shrugged
“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 black check of that kind has dishonest intentions, whether he admits it to himself or not.” ~ Ayn Rand, Atlas Shrugged
“A free economy cannot exist without competition. Therefore, men must be forced to compete. Therefore, we must control men in order to force them to be free.” ~ Ayn Rand, Atlas Shrugged
“If we who were the movers, the providers, the benefactors of mankind, were willing to let the brand of evil be stamped upon us and silently to bear punishment for our virtues – what sort of “good” did we expect to triumph in the world?” ~ Ayn Rand, Atlas Shrugged
“The more we know, the more we learn that we know nothing.” ~ Ayn Rand, Atlas Shrugged
“You must learn to see beyond the static definitions of old fashioned thinking. Nothing is static in the universe. Everything is fluid.” ~ Ayn Rand, Atlas Shrugged
“Every man builds his world in his own image. He has the power to choose, but no power to escape the necessity of choice.” ~ Ayn Rand, Atlas Shrugged