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"When I die, I hope to go to heaven -whatever the hell that is- and I want to be able to afford the price of admission." --Francisco d'Anconnia.

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"We never had to take any of it seriously, did we?" she whispered.-- Dagny Taggarrt

"No, we never had to." John Galt in response.

I know that's two lines, but one implies the other and together they are a work of art.

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It is not advisable, James, to venture unsolicited opinions. You should spare yourself the embarrassing discovery of their exact value to your listener.

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"THE PUBLIC BE DAMNED!"

-Rearden, in response to the 'rights of the public'

Also, this was said by Vanderbilt, but it was much more powerful in the context of Rearden.

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If it is now the belief of my fellow men, who call themselves the public, that their good requires victims, then I say: The public good be damned, I will have no part of it!

That's the full context!

(Sorry, I would have edited my reply, but the function wasn't available for some reason.)

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"I'm going to put a stop to this, once and for all." -John Galt

"You're paid to do your job, not your best, whatever that is." -Dagny

I'm having trouble finding where these are at. They are better in full context.

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This is, in my opinon, possibly one of the best line in the whole history of literature:

JG: Tell that bastard to look at my face, then look in the mirror, and then ask himself if my moral stature was ever at the mercy of his actions.

I also love this one (the first line is just to clarify what the second means):

Mr. Thompson: Don't you see? What I've got to offer you is your life!

JG: It's not yours to give, Mr. Thompson.

The whole Galt @ the Wayne Falkland is brilliant.

Edited by Devils_Advocate

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"To remind us-in moments of discouragement, in the loneliness of exile- of our true homeland, which has always been yours too, Miss Taggart"

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"The only competition left is in the application to the Board for permission to cancel trains. The railroad to survive will be the one that manages to run no trains at all"

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"When a politician or movie star retires, we read front pages stories about it.But when a philosopher retires, people do not even notice it"

"They do, eventually"

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"I couldn't help it!"

"It was not my fault!"

I laughed every time one of these was repetitively mentioned. Reminds me of so many people around me, giving endless excuses for why their lives aren't the way they were "entitled" for it to be. One wonders how so many people have such an incredible "lack of luck" in their lives...

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One wonders how so many people have such an incredible "lack of luck" in their lives...

I've got a different one-liner that explains that: "I'm a great believer in luck, and I find the harder I work the more I have of it." -- Thomas Jefferson

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"I am leaving it as I found it. Take over. It's yours." Ellis Wyatt

Franciso to Reardon: "Watch."

"Why James, what's the matter? Why do you seem so upset? Money is the root of all evil and I just got tired of being evil." Franciso d"Anconia

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Margaret Thatcher said it once, too, right after she said "The public? who *is* the public?"

"THE PUBLIC BE DAMNED!"

-Rearden, in response to the 'rights of the public'

Also, this was said by Vanderbilt, but it was much more powerful in the context of Rearden.

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Here's a couple more good ones:

"May the god you've invented forgive you!"

"It is, therefore I want it."

Both are from Galt's Speech.

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Reminds me of so many people around me, giving endless excuses for why their lives aren't the way they were "entitled" for it to be. One wonders how so many people have such an incredible "lack of luck" in their lives...

That reminds me of the short story by DH Lawrence called "The Rocking Horse Winner", which I just wrote an essay for in my literature class.

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