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Roark – Creators vs Second Handers

Howard Roark’s Courtroom Speech – from The Fountainhead by Ayn Rand.

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“Thousands of years ago, the first man discovered how to make fire. He was probably burned at the stake he had taught his brothers to light. He was considered an evildoer who had dealt with a demon mankind dreaded. But thereafter men had fire to keep them warm, to cook their food, to light their caves. He had left them a gift they had not conceived and he had lifted darkness off the earth. Centuries later, the first man invented the wheel. He was probably torn on the rack he had taught his brothers to build. He was considered a transgressor who ventured into forbidden territory. But thereafter, men could travel past any horizon. He had left them a gift they had not conceived and he had opened the roads of the world. Read more »

resilience and youth

From the Preface to The_Fountainhead, Ayn Rand, May  1968.

The noble soul has reverence for itself. – Frederich Nietzsche

This view of man has rarely been expressed in human history. Today, it is virtually non-existent. Yet this is the view with which – in various degrees of longing, wistfulness, passion and agonized confusion – the best of mankind’s youth start out in life. It is not even a view, for most of them, but a foggy, groping, undefined sense made of raw pain and incommunicable happiness. It is a sense of enormous expectation, the sense that one’s life is important, that great achievements are within one’s capacity, and that great things lie ahead. Read more »

Lyra and Will – on separation

Oh W, what can we do? Whatever can we do? I want to live with you for ever. I want to kiss you and lie down with you and wake up with you every day of my life till I die, years and years away. I don’t want a memory, just a memory…

No he said, memory is a poor thing to have. It’s your own real hair and mouth and arms and eyes and hands I want.

I didn’t know I could ever love anything so much. Oh, L, I wish this night would never end! If only we could stay here like this, and the world could stop turning, and everyone else could fall into a sleep… Read more »