A man who surrenders his value is at mercy of anyone’s will.
Collectivism means the subjugation of the individual to a group-whether to a race, class or state does not matter. Collectivism holds that man must be chained to collective action and collective thought for the sake of what is called “the common good.
Beauty is a sense of harmony.
The relief was not in the surrender of responsibility, but in the sight of a man able to assume it.
But I still wonder how it was possible, in those graceless years of transition, long ago, that men did not see whither they were going, and went on, in blindness and cowardice, to their fate. I wonder, for it is hard for me to conceive how men who knew the word “I,” could give it up and not know what they lost. But such has been the story, for I have lived in the City of the damned, and I know what horror men permitted to be brought upon them.
She stood, in a room of crumbling plaster, pressed to the window-pane, looking up at the unattainable form of everything she loved. She did not know the nature of her loneliness. The only words that named it were: This is not the world I expected.
There is no such thing as “the right to enslave”.A nation can do it , just as a man can become a criminal – but neither can do it by right.
It doesn’t matter in this context, whether a nation was enslaved by force (like soviet Russia), or by vote (like Nazi Germany).
We cannot say what they meant, for there are no words for their meaning, but we know it without words and we knew it then.
Watching Larkin’s efforts, Rearden felt what he did when he watched an ant struggling under the load of a matchstick. It’s so hard for him, thought Rearden, and so easy for me.
Reason is not automatic. Those that deny it cannot be conquered by it.