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Favorite line from ATLAS SHRUGGED?

Posted on 03/04/2011 6:41:17 PM PST by albionin

Just saw a clip from the new ATLAS SHRUGGED movie and thought it would be fun to hear everyone's favorite line from the book if you've read it. There are so many to pick from but I think mine is when Francisco has just deliberately caused the crash of D'anconia Copper's stock and he says to James Taggert: "money is the root of all evil, so I just got tired of being evil". Love it!


TOPICS: Books/Literature
KEYWORDS: atlasshrugged; favorite; quotes
So what's your favorite?
1 posted on 03/04/2011 6:41:19 PM PST by albionin
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To: albionin

Pg 379-pg 386. Inclusive.


2 posted on 03/04/2011 6:44:35 PM PST by REDWOOD99
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To: albionin

“Frankly, my dear, I don’t give a damn.”


3 posted on 03/04/2011 6:45:16 PM PST by fieldmarshaldj (~"This is what happens when you find a stranger in the Amber Lamps !"~~)
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To: albionin

“But, I don’t think of you”


4 posted on 03/04/2011 6:47:37 PM PST by muir_redwoods (Obama. Chauncey Gardiner without the homburg.)
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To: albionin

Mine is the creed:

“I swear by my life and for my love of it that I shall never live for the sake of another man, nor ask another man to live for mine...”


5 posted on 03/04/2011 6:48:43 PM PST by MountainWoman
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To: muir_redwoods
“But, I don’t think of you”

That was from "The Fountainhead".

6 posted on 03/04/2011 6:49:50 PM PST by gorush (History repeats itself because human nature is static)
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To: albionin

bookmark


7 posted on 03/04/2011 6:50:07 PM PST by TheConservativeParty (POTUS 45 Sarah Palin....Resistance is futile! Prepare to be liberated!)
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To: albionin

Something with “Directive 10-289” in it.


8 posted on 03/04/2011 6:51:08 PM PST by gorush (History repeats itself because human nature is static)
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To: gorush

It’s still a great line though.


9 posted on 03/04/2011 6:52:48 PM PST by albionin
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To: albionin

Indeed, one of my favorites from that movie.


10 posted on 03/04/2011 6:54:09 PM PST by gorush (History repeats itself because human nature is static)
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To: albionin

Never read it. Seem to be living much of it. The “weather” has not acclimated to me yet. (abridged version)


11 posted on 03/04/2011 6:55:45 PM PST by allmost
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To: albionin; a fool in paradise; JoeProBono
"Happy families are all alike; every unhappy family is unhappy in its own way."
12 posted on 03/04/2011 6:56:11 PM PST by Revolting cat! (Let us prey!)
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To: albionin

So if “The Fountainhead” quotes are welcome...”Buildings have integrity, just like men...and just as seldom.”


13 posted on 03/04/2011 6:57:06 PM PST by gorush (History repeats itself because human nature is static)
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To: albionin
"Why the hell are you shrugging so much?!"
14 posted on 03/04/2011 6:57:31 PM PST by Revolting cat! (Let us prey!)
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To: Revolting cat!
"Did you really think we want those laws observed?" said Dr. Ferris. "We want them to be broken. You'd better get it straight that it's not a bunch of boy scouts you're up against... We're after power and we mean it... There's no way to rule innocent men.

The only power any government has is the power to crack down on criminals. Well, when there aren't enough criminals one makes them. One declares so many things to be a crime that it becomes impossible for men to live without breaking laws. Who wants a nation of law-abiding citizens? What's there in that for anyone? But just pass the kind of laws that can neither be observed nor enforced or objectively interpreted – and you create a nation of law-breakers – and then you cash in on guilt.

Now that's the system, Mr. Reardon, that's the game, and once you understand it, you'll be much easier to deal with."

('Atlas Shrugged' 1957)

15 posted on 03/04/2011 7:01:28 PM PST by JoeProBono (A closed mouth gathers no feet - Visualize)
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To: albionin
“Did you really think we want those laws observed?” said Dr. Ferris. “We want them to be broken. You’d better get it straight that it’s not a bunch of boy scouts you’re up against... We’re after power and we mean it... There’s no way to rule innocent men. The only power any government has is the power to crack down on criminals. Well, when there aren’t enough criminals one makes them. One declares so many things to be a crime that it becomes impossible for men to live without breaking laws. Who wants a nation of law-abiding citizens?"
16 posted on 03/04/2011 7:02:27 PM PST by Roccus (Pass enough laws and EVERYONE becomes a law breaker.)
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To: albionin

“I like cigarettes, Miss Taggart. I like to think of fire held in a man’s hand. Fire, a dangerous force, tamed at his fingertips. I often wonder about the hours when a man sits alone, watching the smoke of a cigarette, thinking. I wonder what great things have come from such hours. When a man thinks, there is a spot of fire alive in his mind—and it is proper that he should have the burning point of a cigarette as his one expression.”


17 posted on 03/04/2011 7:03:15 PM PST by Psycho_Bunny (Public employee unions are the barbarian hordes of our time.)
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To: JoeProBono

“Speeches, declarations, manifestos. That’s not literature, that’s litter!”, said Louis.


18 posted on 03/04/2011 7:04:05 PM PST by Revolting cat! (Let us prey!)
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To: albionin
The first sentence in the book:

"Who is John Galt?"

19 posted on 03/04/2011 7:05:10 PM PST by Lou L (The Senate without a fillibuster is just a 100-member version of the House.)
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To: Roccus
Beat me to it.
20 posted on 03/04/2011 7:05:10 PM PST by E. Pluribus Unum ("If they bring a knife to the fight, we bring a gun." -- Barry Soetoro, June 11, 2008)
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To: Roccus

For subscribers to Netflix, check out the excellent:

Ayn Rand: A Sense of Life

Wow, this should be in every Freeper’s DVD collection.


21 posted on 03/04/2011 7:05:21 PM PST by mountaineer1997
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To: albionin

James misquotes the Bible. The real quote is: “The love of money is the root of all evil”. Money is just a tool and has no morality.


22 posted on 03/04/2011 7:06:07 PM PST by Blood of Tyrants (Islam is the religion of Satan and Mohammed was his minion.)
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To: Revolting cat!

Here’s mine from “the Fountainhead”: “20 years ago I’d have punched you in the nose with the greatest of pleasure. You’re coming to work for me tomorrow at 9:00.


23 posted on 03/04/2011 7:06:39 PM PST by albionin
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To: Revolting cat!

24 posted on 03/04/2011 7:07:20 PM PST by JoeProBono (A closed mouth gathers no feet - Visualize)
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To: JoeProBono

Can you do one of those pics but have “Who is Barry Soetoro?” in it?

I want to see billboards all over America with that question displayed, before the 2012 election. Unless I can come up with a few million dollars, it ain’t gonna happen.

: (


25 posted on 03/04/2011 7:11:42 PM PST by TheConservativeParty (POTUS 45 Sarah Palin....Resistance is futile! Prepare to be liberated!)
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To: albionin

“...the man who damns money has obtained it dishonorably; the man who respects it has earned it.”
— Francisco d’Anconia
Atlas Shrugged (Part 2, Chapter 2, Page 412)


26 posted on 03/04/2011 7:14:35 PM PST by RobertClark (On a long enough timeline the survival rate for everyone drops to zero.)
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To: albionin

“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.”


27 posted on 03/04/2011 7:16:17 PM PST by Danae (Anailnathrach ortha bhais beatha do cheal deanaimha)
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To: albionin

Ted Striker: Surely you can’t be serious.

Rumack: I am serious, and don’t call me Shirley.


28 posted on 03/04/2011 7:17:30 PM PST by ClearCase_guy
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To: albionin

Great, ‘coz I happen to be one of the long time unemployed.


29 posted on 03/04/2011 7:19:03 PM PST by Revolting cat! (Let us prey!)
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To: albionin
No quote, just a visual: Wyatt's Torch.

Coming to a country near you.

Oh, and one more visual:

$

5.56mm

30 posted on 03/04/2011 7:23:47 PM PST by M Kehoe
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To: albionin

“A viler evil than to murder a man, is to sell him suicide as an act of virtue. A viler evil than to throw a man into a sacrificial furnace, is to demand that he leap in, of his own will, and that he build the furnace, besides.”


31 posted on 03/04/2011 7:28:49 PM PST by brewcrew (Life is tough. It's tougher if you're stupid. --John Wayne)
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To: albionin

“Get out of my way.”


32 posted on 03/04/2011 7:32:22 PM PST by Blogatron (Brought to you by The American Frog Council; 'Frog - The other green meat')
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To: albionin
Francisco d'Anconia: "...The rotter who simpers that he sees no difference between the power of the dollar and the power of the whip, ought to learn the difference on his own hide—as, I think, he will.

"Until and unless you discover that money is the root of all good, you ask for your own destruction. When money ceases to be the tool by which men deal with one another, then men become the tools of men. Blood, whips and guns—or dollars. Take your choice—there is no other—and your time is running out."

33 posted on 03/04/2011 7:33:49 PM PST by KarlInOhio (Washington is finally rid of the Kennedies. Free at last, thank God almighty we are free at last.)
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To: albionin

www.imdb.com
atlas shrugged


34 posted on 03/04/2011 7:34:04 PM PST by barbarianbabs
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To: TheConservativeParty

35 posted on 03/04/2011 7:36:19 PM PST by JoeProBono (A closed mouth gathers no feet - Visualize)
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To: albionin

“the end”


36 posted on 03/04/2011 7:36:21 PM PST by pissant ((Bachmann 2012 - Freepmail to get on/off PING list))
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To: Psycho_Bunny

That’s another favourite for me as well


37 posted on 03/04/2011 7:40:53 PM PST by albionin
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To: JoeProBono

That is probably the most “true” statement in the book. “There’s no way to rule innocent men.” That is what is happening to America. Those who want power are making sure that nobody is innocent. They can only crack down on the criminals, so everyone is made a criminal.


38 posted on 03/04/2011 8:04:43 PM PST by WVNan
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To: fieldmarshaldj
I was forced to read one of Ayn Rand's “brilliant” novels out loud in my high school English class (I went to one of those public H.S.’s where supposedly her stuff isn't read), and all I remember thinking was “I'm going to rip my hair out if I have to spend one more day reading inane lines from ‘Liberty 5-3000’s tedious monologues” ;-)
39 posted on 03/04/2011 10:36:38 PM PST by BillyBoy (Impeach Obama? Yes We Can!)
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To: pissant; Impy

Heh. Agreed. See my post #39


40 posted on 03/04/2011 10:39:33 PM PST by BillyBoy (Impeach Obama? Yes We Can!)
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To: JoeProBono

Admit it! Ann Rand is a GREAT philosopher, but a LOUSY novelist!


41 posted on 03/04/2011 10:55:23 PM PST by 2harddrive
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To: JoeProBono

Admit it! Ann Rand is a GREAT philosopher, but a LOUSY novelist!


42 posted on 03/04/2011 10:55:26 PM PST by 2harddrive
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To: albionin
“’I will put an end to this, once and for all,’ he said. His voice was clear and without feeling. That was all he said and started to walk out. He walked down the length of the place, in the white light, not hurrying and not noticing any of us. Nobody moved to stop him. Gerald Starnes cried suddenly after him, ‘How?’ He turned and answered, ‘I will stop the motor of the world.’ Then he walked out.”
43 posted on 03/04/2011 11:02:27 PM PST by Razz Barry (Round'em up, send'em home.)
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To: albionin

“Please stop using my book to justify sending American factories to communist China”

— Ayn Rand


44 posted on 03/04/2011 11:03:39 PM PST by Cringing Negativism Network (Palin / Trump 2012 - America First)
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To: Revolting cat!

That’s Tolstoy. First line of Anna Karinana


45 posted on 03/05/2011 12:33:41 AM PST by dixjea
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To: albionin

Paraphrasing, it’s the line from Hank Rearden talking about the enemy, he says ‘Ican’t believe the enormity of how small they are’.


46 posted on 03/05/2011 5:24:42 AM PST by spacejunkie01
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To: JoeProBono

Thanks Joe! You’re the best!


47 posted on 03/05/2011 9:26:01 AM PST by TheConservativeParty (POTUS 45 Sarah Palin....Resistance is futile! Prepare to be liberated!)
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To: 2harddrive
Admit it! Ann Rand is a GREAT philosopher, but a LOUSY novelist!

Editors are the looters and moochers of the publishing industry. Ayn Rand would have nothing to do with them. :-)

If you look at everyone's favorite quotes, they all seem to be the philosophical ones rather than anything dealing with plot, character development or description of the scenery. If the novel didn't have the phillosophy, or even worse was a pro-statist novel, I probably would have put it down forever about 20% of the way through. Just imagine a thousand pages of Al Gore Shrugged with the country going through enviromental disasters because all the leftists are going on strike.

48 posted on 03/05/2011 10:30:21 AM PST by KarlInOhio (Washington is finally rid of the Kennedies. Free at last, thank God almighty we are free at last.)
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