26 'Atlas Shrugged' Quotes From The Controversial Classic To Support Your Studies

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'Atlas Shrugged' includes parts of fantasy, mystery, and romance.

It also contains Rand's most intensive statement of objectivism in any of her works of fiction. The theme of 'Atlas Shrugged', as Rand delineated it, is "the role of man's mind in existence."

The book explores a variety of philosophical themes, and from that, Rand would go on to develop objectivism. It expresses the support of reason, individualism, and free enterprise and depicts what Rand saw to be governmental coercion failures.

The book depicts a dystopian US within which personal businesses suffer beneath more and more onerous laws and rules. Railroad executive Dagny Taggart and her lover, steel business leader Hank Rearden, struggle against "looters" who need to use their productivity. Dagny and Hank discover that a mysterious figure referred to as John Galt is persuading alternative business leaders to abandon their corporations and disappear as a strike of productive people against the looters.

The novel ends with the strikers aiming to build a brand new capitalist society supported by John Galt and his philosophy of reason and individualism during his life. Now let's look at some of the best quotes from 'Atlas Shrugged' with some 'Atlas Shrugged' philosophy quotes and 'Atlas Shrugged' conspiracy quotes. There are also 'Atlas Shrugged' wealth quotes and 'Atlas Shrugged' quotes on famine for those interested in the world.

If you like these, then you should definitely read our Achilles quotes and 'Things Fall Apart' quotes.

'Atlas Shrugged' Quotes About Love

Here are some of the Ayn Rand 'Atlas Shrugged' quotes.

1. "Love is our response to our highest values — and can be nothing else."

- Ayn Rand.

2. "Only the man who extols the purity of a love devoid of desire, is capable of the depravity of a desire devoid of love."

- Ayn Rand.

3. “Have you ever felt the longing for someone you could admire? For something, not to look down at, but up to?”

- Ayn Rand.

4. “I am the man who loves his life. I am the man who does not sacrifice his love or his values.”

- Ayn Rand.

'Atlas Shrugged' Quotes About Labor

These are some of the best 'Atlas Shrugged' quotes you can find.

5. “People think that a liar gains a victory over his victim. What I’ve learned is that a lie is an act of self-abdication, because one surrenders one’s reality to the person to whom one lies, making that person one’s master, condemning oneself from then on to faking the sort of reality that person’s view requires to be faked.”

- Ayn Rand.

6. “The man who lies to the world is the world’s slave from then on. There are no white lies, there is only the blackest of destruction, and a white lie is the blackest of all.”

- Ayn Rand.

7. “To the extent to which a man is rational, life is the premise directing his actions. To the extent to which he is irrational, the premise directing his actions is death.”

- Ayn Rand.

8. “I started my life with a single absolute: that the world was mine to shape in the image of my highest values and never to be given up to a lesser standard, no matter how long or hard the struggle.”

- Ayn Rand.

'Atlas Shrugged' Quotes About Relationships

'Atlas Shrugged' book

Some of the famous 'Atlas Shrugged' quotes which will make you think about your relationships.

9. “I swear by my life and my love of it that I will never live for the sake of another man, nor ask another man to live for mine.”

- Ayn Rand.

10. “Do not let the hero in your soul perish in lonely frustration for the life you deserved and have never been able to reach. ”

- Ayn Rand.

11. “Happiness is the state of consciousness which proceeds from the achievement of one’s values”

- Ayn Rand.

12. “Learning is a process of identification and integration. Your mind learns what it is through integration of the senses to learn as much as it can about its environment”

- Ayn Rand.

'Atlas Shrugged' Quotes About Individualism

'Atlas Shrugged' quotes about individualism can be found here.

13. “Love is blind, they say; sex is impervious to reason and mocks the power of all philosophers. But, in fact, a person’s sexual choice is the result and sum of their fundamental convictions. Tell me what a person finds sexually attractive and I will tell you their entire philosophy of life.”

- Ayn Rand.

14. “Rationalization is a process of not perceiving reality, but of attempting to make reality fit one’s emotions.”

- Ayn Rand.

15. "They envy achievement, and their dream of greatness is a world where all men have become their acknowledged inferiors. They don't know that that dream is the infallible proof of mediocrity, because that sort of world is what the man of achievement would not be able to bear."

- Ayn Rand.

16. "They have no way of knowing what he feels when surrounded by inferiors - hatred? no, not hatred, but boredom - the terrible, hopeless, draining, paralyzing boredom."

- Ayn Rand.

'Atlas Shrugged' Quotes About Collectivism

Get some 'Atlas Shrugged' quotes on selfishness.

17. "The moral justification of capitalism is man’s right to exist for his own sake, neither sacrificing himself to others nor sacrificing others to himself."

- Ayn Rand.

18. "No man or group may initiate the use of physical force against others."

- Ayn Rand.

19. "But what can you do when you have to deal with people?"

- Ayn Rand.

20. "You have never grasped the meaning of his statement. I am here to complete it: Existence is Identity, Consciousness is Identification."

- Ayn Rand.

'Atlas Shrugged' Quotes On Money

The novel teaches you to lend hand to help others.

Here are some 'Atlas Shrugged' quotes on charity, plus some science 'Atlas Shrugged' quotes.

21. "Metal costs much less to produce than you boys can imagine, I expect to skin the public to the tune of a profit of twenty-five percent in the next few years."

- Ayn Rand.

22. "So you think that money is the root of all evil? Have you ever asked what is the root of money? Money is a tool of exchange, which can't exist unless there are goods produced and men able to produce them."

- Ayn Rand.

23. "Those men who do not mind being practical enough to sell their brains for money"

- Ayn Rand.

24. "To trade by means of money is the code of the men of good will. Money rests on the axiom that every man is the owner of his mind and his effort."

- Ayn Rand.

Francisco 'Atlas Shrugged' Quotes

Here are some Atlas Shrugged Francisco d'Anconia quotes as well as 'Atlas Shrugged' quotes on morality.

25. “Francisco, you’re some kind of very high nobility, aren’t you?”

- Ayn Rand.

26. “Not yet. The reason my family has lasted for such a long time is that none of us has ever been permitted to think he is born a d’Anconia. We are expected to become one.”

- Ayn Rand.

Here at Kidadl, we have carefully created lots of interesting family-friendly quotes for everyone to enjoy! If you liked our suggestions for 26 'Atlas Shrugged' quotes then why not take a look at Chaucer quotes, or 'The Prince' quotes?

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