The crux of the Atlas Shrugged, the core of Rand’s project, is John Galt’s famous page speech (roughly double the length of The Communist. John Galt is a character in Ayn Rand’s novel Atlas Shrugged (). Although he is not Seeking Galt after the speech, Dagny accidentally leads the authorities to him, and he is arrested. She and the strikers rescue Galt as the government. The page radio speech by John Galt from Ayn Rand’s ‘Atlas Shrugged’ [] compressed into words.

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In other projects Wikiquote. Apr 21, They offer you, as proof of their superior knowledge, the fact that they assert the opposite of everything you know, and as proof of their superior ability to deal with existence, the fact that they lead you to misery, self-sacrifice, starvation, destruction.

In any compromise between food and poison, shrkgged is only death that can win. Capitalism empowers the individual. Did you read it or skip it?

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Somewhere in the distant reaches of his childhood, when his own understanding of reality clashed with the assertions of others, atls their arbitrary orders and contradictory demands, he gave in to so craven a fear of independence that he renounced his rational faculty.

A contradiction cannot exist.

Let your mind and your love of existence decide. All their identifications consist of negating: You are asked to sacrifice your intellectual integrity, your logic, your reason, your standard of truth—in favor of becoming a prostitute whose standard is the greatest good for the greatest number.


Only him, as a matter of fact. In one legend Galt seeks the lost island of Atlantisin another he discovers the Fountain of Youth.

To fear to shrughed an issue is to believe that the worst is true. He cannot dig a ditch-or build a cyclotron—without a knowledge of his aim and of the means to achieve it.

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You may make an error at any step of it, with nothing to protect you but speceh own severity, or you may try to cheat, to fake the evidence and evade the effort of the quest—but if devotion to truth is the hallmark of morality, then there is no greater, nobler, more heroic form of devotion than the act of a man who assumes the responsibility of thinking. But you stifled, negated, betrayed it.

Give help to others altas deserved, but not on the basis of need alone, or when demanded as a right. When you clamor shruggef public ownership of the means of production, you are clamoring for public ownership of the mind. For twelve years, you have been asking: Productive men cannot function long-range if they are subject to the capricious edicts of rulers.

Whether you live or die is an absolute. Why would one skip the speech?

When I tried to discuss with my husband who convinced me to read the book about it he went “Oh yeah, I skipped it after about the first two pages.

Retrieved October 19, Live and act within the limit of your knowledge and keep expanding it to the limit of your life. Individual rights are not gifts from God or society. I don’t understand why anyone would even consider skipping it. That world is not the product of your sins, it is the product and the image of your virtues. Apr 16, It promotes self reliancelike Ralph Waldo Emerson, Force and deception are stlas tools of selfishness — socialism and religion.


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Just as man is free to attempt to survive in any random manner, but will perish unless he lives as his nature requires, so he is free to seek his happiness in any mindless fraud, but the torture of frustration is all he will find, unless he seeks the happiness proper to man. His reward, say the mystics of spirit, shruggwd be given to him beyond the grave.

November 6, at 2: Reason, as his only tool of knowledge—Purpose, as gakt choice of the happiness which that tool must proceed to achieve—Self-esteem, as his inviolate certainty that his mind is competent to think and his person is worthy of happiness, which means: You kept sacrificing your virtues to your vices, and the best among men to the worst.

Because they did not earn them. Without the victims whom Galt has withdrawn, the Morality of Death and those who embrace it will collapse of their own irrationality. You will win when you are ready to pronounce this oath: The motive is always to indulge one’s emotions, and the effect is always to subvert one’s ability to grasp reality.