Skip to comments.Your best "Atlas Shrugged" quote?
Posted on 10/23/2013 7:57:59 PM PDT by Kolath
What is your favorite "Atlas Shrugged" quote?
"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."
On compromising with liberals:
“In any compromise between food and poison, it is only death that can win. In any compromise between good and evil, it is only evil that can profit.”
Social systems based on the premise that man is the measure of all things are always crooked avenues to the next tyranny.
"I don't know. What could he do? What would you tell him?"
― Ayn Rand, Atlas Shrugged
I was always partial to...
“...it was the security of being first, with full sight and full knowledge of one’s course - not the blind sense of being pulled into the unknown by some unknown power ahead. It was the greatest sensation in existence: not to trust, but to know.”
I think, therefore I’ll think.
“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.”
Dr Ferris on laws or D’Anconia on money.
Okay, let’s get this one out of the way:
“Who is John Galt?”
I do like this, too:
Let me give you a tip on a clue to men’s characters: the man who damns money has obtained it dishonorably; the man who respects it has earned it.
THERE ya go.
“We are John Galt”
I think of it every time a DemoFemiNazi splits off on TV about the conservative War on the Poor. :)
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.
Atlas Shrugged (Part 2, Chapter 6, Page 565)
I won’t post the quote, because it’s simply too long. But Francisco’s ‘Money’ Speech from Atlas Shrugged is epic. It’s something every child should have read (and explained) to them.
My fav too
D’Anconia’s talk with Rearden at the party.
Hard to pick myself. Too many.
I can't say that I have a favorite quote from Atlas Shrugged but I do have a favorite Ayn Rand quote when I think of liberals.
You can avoid reality, but you cannot avoid the consequences of avoiding reality.
However, Obama's distain of the law he swore to defend caused this Ayn Rand quote to run a close second.
"When the law no longer protects you from the corrupt, but protects the corrupt from you - you know your nation is doomed."
there was something about a need on one party becomming a claim upon another
“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 nor objectively interpreted and you create a nation of law-breakers — and then you cash in on guilt. Now that’s the system.”
Quote by: Ayn Rand
Source: “Atlas Shrugged”, Part II, Chapter 3