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  • All I mean is that a board of directors is one or two ambitious men--and a lot of ballast. I mean that groups of men are vacuums. Great big empty nothings. They say we can't visualize a total nothing. Hell, sit at any committee meeting. The point is only who chooses to fill that nothing. It's a tough battle. The toughest. It's simple enough to fight any enemy, so long as he's there to be fought. But when he isn't. . .
    (Ayn Rand, "The Fountainhead")

  • He thought that they were walking there like Mickey and Minnie Mouse and that they probably appeared ridiculous to the passers-by.
    (Ayn Rand, "The Fountainhead")

  • Is it advisable to spread out all the conveniences of culture before people to whom a few steps up a stair to a library is a sufficient deterrent from reading?
    (Ayn Rand, "The Fountainhead")

  • She knew that she could not reached this white serenity except as the sum of all the colors, of all the violence she had known.
    (Ayn Rand, "The Fountainhead")

  • Why have you been staring at me ever since we met? Because I'm not the Gail Wynand you'd heard about. You see, I love you. And love is exception-making. If you were in love you'd want to be broken, trampled, ordered, dominated, because that's the impossible, in the inconceivable for you in your relations with people. That would be the one gift, the great exception you'd want to offer the man you loved. But it wouldn't be easy for you.
    (Ayn Rand, "The Fountainhead")


  • And what, incidentally, do you think integrity is? The ability not to pick a watch out of your neighbor's pocket? No, it's not as easy as that. If that were all, I'd say ninety-five percent of humanity were honest, upright men. Only, as you can see, they aren't. Integrity is the ability to stand by an idea.
    (Ayn Rand, "The Fountainhead")

  • He wanted her. He knew where to find her. He waited. It amused him to wait, because he knew that the waiting was unbearable to her. He knew that his absence bound her to him in a manner more complete and humiliating than his presence could enforce. He was giving her time to attempt an escape, in order to let her know her own helplessness when he chose to see her again.
    (Ayn Rand, "The Fountainhead")

  • It was a day in March, and the sky was a faint green with the first hint of spring. In Central Park, five hundred feet below, the earth caught the tone of the sky in a shade of brown that promised to become green, and the lakes lay like splinters of glass under the cobwebs of bare branches.
    (Ayn Rand, "The Fountainhead")

  • She stood at the window, her arms spread wide, holding on to each side of the frame, it was as if she held a piece of the city.
    (Ayn Rand, "The Fountainhead")

  • Worry is a waste of emotional reserve"."
    (Ayn Rand, "The Fountainhead")

  • Art is a selective re-creation of reality according to an artists metaphysical value judgments.
    (Ayn Rand, "The Fountainhead")

  • He wanted nothing, for the time being, except to understand .... Without advice, assistance or plan, he began reading an incongruous assortment of books; he would find some passage which he could not understand in one book, and he would get another on that subject .... There was no order in his reading; but there was order in what remained of it in his mind.
    (Ayn Rand, "The Fountainhead")

  • It's so graceless, being a martyr. It's honoring your adversaries too much.
    (Ayn Rand, "The Fountainhead")

  • She thought: at this moment, the glass stem between his fingers feels just like the one between mine. We have this much in common.
    (Ayn Rand, "The Fountainhead")

  • You have been the one encounter in my life that can never be repeated
    (Ayn Rand, "The Fountainhead")


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