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'Atlas Shrugged' Quotes

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Atlas Shrugged, by Ayn Rand, is a philosophical novel. The theme (according to Rand) is: "the role of man's mind in existence". Published in 1957, it's a dystopian novel, centering around Dagny Taggart. Here are quotes from the novel.
  • "It was the joy of admiration and of one's own ability, growing together."
    -Ayn Rand, Atlas Shrugged, Part 1, Ch. 3

  • "He was a man who had never accepted the creed that others had the right to stop him."
    -Ayn Rand, Atlas Shrugged, Part 1, Ch. 3

  • "Against whom is any union organized?"
    -Ayn Rand, Atlas Shrugged, Part 1, Ch. 4

  • "This was reality, she thought, this sense of clear outlines, of purpose, of lightness, of hope."
    -Ayn Rand, Atlas Shrugged, Part 1, Ch. 4

  • "If one's actions are honest, one does not need the predated confidence of others, only their rational perception."
    -Ayn Rand, Atlas Shrugged, Part 1, Ch. 6

  • "I never believed that story. I thought by the time the sun was exhausted, men would find a substitute."
    -Ayn Rand, Atlas Shrugged, Part 1, Ch. 7

  • "This was the great clarity of being beyond emotion, after the reward of having felt everything one could feel."
    -Ayn Rand, Atlas Shrugged, Part 1, Ch. 7

  • "Now she was free for the simplest, most commonplace concerns of the moment, because nothing could be meaningless within her sight."
    -Ayn Rand, Atlas Shrugged, Part 1, Ch. 7

  • "It was useless to argue, she thought, and to wonder about people who would neither refute an argument nor accept it."
    -Ayn Rand, Atlas Shrugged, Part 1, Ch. 7

  • "Mr. Ward, what is it that the foulest bastards on earth denounce us for, among other things? Oh yes, for our motto of 'Business as usual.' Well—business as usual, Mr. Ward!"
    -Ayn Rand, Atlas Shrugged, Part 1, Ch. 7

  • "Thought—he told himself quietly—is a weapon one uses in order to act... Thought is the tool by which one makes a choice... Thought sets one's purpose and the way to reach it."
    -Ayn Rand, Atlas Shrugged, Part 1, Ch. 7

  • "It was the greatest sensation of existence: not to trust, but to know."
    -Ayn Rand, Atlas Shrugged, Part 1, Ch. 8

  • "Don't ever get angry at a man for stating the truth."
    -Ayn Rand, Atlas Shrugged, Part 1, Ch. 10

  • "He knew no weapons but to pay for what he wanted, to give value, to ask nothing of nature without trading his effort in return, to ask nothing of men without trading the product of his effort."
    -Ayn Rand, Atlas Shrugged, Part 1, Ch. 10

  • "By the essence and nature of existence, contradictions cannot exist."
    -Ayn Rand, Atlas Shrugged, Part 1, Ch. 10

  • "There might be some sort of justification for the savage societies in which a man had to expect that enemies could murder him at any moment and had to defend himself as best he could. But there can be no justification for a society in which a man is expected to manufacture the weapons for his own murderers."
    -Ayn Rand, Atlas Shrugged, Part 2, Ch. 1

  • "Money is a tool of exchange, which can't exist unless there are goods produced and men able to produce them. Money is the material shape of the principle that men who wish to deal with one another must deal by trade and give value for value."
    -Ayn Rand, Atlas Shrugged, Part 2, Ch. 2

  • "Wealth is the product of man's capacity to think."
    -Ayn Rand, Atlas Shrugged, Part 2, Ch. 2

  • "There are no evil thoughts except one: the refusal to think."
    -Ayn Rand, Atlas Shrugged, Part 2, Ch. 2

  • "Love is our response to our highest values — and can be nothing else."
    -Ayn Rand, Atlas Shrugged, Part 2, Ch. 4

  • "Only the man who extols the purity of a love devoid of desire, is capable of the depravity of a desire devoid of love."
    -Ayn Rand, Atlas Shrugged, Part 2, Ch. 4

  • "When one acts on pity against justice, it is the good whom one punishes for the sake of the evil; when one saves the guilty from suffering, it is the innocent whom one forces to suffer."
    -Ayn Rand, Atlas Shrugged, Part 2, Ch. 6

  • "You do not have to depend on any material possessions, they depend on you, you create them, you own the one and only tool of production."
    -Ayn Rand, Atlas Shrugged, Part 2, Ch. 8

  • "They told us that this plan would achieve a noble ideal. Well, how were we to know otherwise? Hadn't we heard it all our lives—from our parents and our schoolteachers and our ministers, and in every newspaper we ever read and every movie and every public speech?"
    -Ayn Rand, Atlas Shrugged, Part 2, Ch. 10

  • "She felt suddenly as if nothing existed beyond that circle, and she wondered at the joyous, proud comfort to be found in a sense of the finite, in the knowledge that the field of one's concern lay within the realm of one's sight."
    -Ayn Rand, Atlas Shrugged, Part 3, Ch. 1

  • "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."
    -Ayn Rand, Atlas Shrugged, Part 3, Ch. 1

  • "What greater wealth is there than to own your life and to spend it on growing? Every living thing must grow. It can't stand still. It must grow or perish."
    -Ayn Rand, Atlas Shrugged, Part 3, Ch. 1

  • "Any man who's afraid of hiring the best ability he can find, is a cheat who's in a business where he doesn't belong."
    -Ayn Rand, Atlas Shrugged, Part 3, Ch. 1

  • "I swear by my life and my love of it that I will never live for the sake of another man, nor ask another man to live for mine."
    -Ayn Rand, Atlas Shrugged, Part 3, Ch. 1

  • "Through all the centuries of the worship of the mindless, whatever stagnation humanity chose to endure, whatever brutality to practice–it was only by the grace of the men who perceived that wheat must have water in order to grow, that stones laid in a curve will form an arch, that two and two make four, that love is not served by torture and life is not fed by destruction–only by the grace of those men did the rest of them learn to experience moments when they caught the spark of being human."
    -Ayn Rand, Atlas Shrugged, Part 3, Ch. 1

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