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31 March 2009 @ 05:59 pm
Atlas Shrugged  
There is no conflict, and no call for sacrifice, and no man is a threat to the aims of another - if men understand that reality is an absolute not to be faked, that lies do not work, that the unearned cannot be had, that the undeserved cannot be given, that the destruction of a value which is, will not bring value to that which isn't.

A wish for the irrational is not to be achieved, whether the sacrificial victims are willing or not. But men will not cease to desire the impossible and will not lose their longing to destroy - so long as self-destruction and self-sacrifice are preached to them as the practical means of achieving the happiness of the recipients.

No one's happiness but my own is in my power to achieve or to destroy.

Atlas Shrugged, Ayn Rand (798)
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autonomic_pilotautonomic_pilot on April 1st, 2009 01:28 am (UTC)
That quote... right there...

it says things the way I wish I could. I'm glad you posted it. I'm going to cut and past it into my "things they said which describt things I thought" page.

Thank you.
Greymalkingreymalkin on April 1st, 2009 02:30 am (UTC)
It's funny
how Western philosophers, even the pragmatic ones, can sometimes sound awfully Eastern.

Of course, Truth knows no direction or limits.

(BTW, whihc chapter is that quote from? I think I may be due to revisit Mr. Gault myself, sometime soon.)

Kburgunder on April 1st, 2009 02:54 am (UTC)
Re: It's funny
I have the big bad 6x9" copy, and it's p. 798. Chapter is "The Utopia of Greed".