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The Fountainhead Quotes

18 of the best book quotes from The Fountainhead
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“It was a pedestal from which a god had been torn, and in his place there stood, not Satan with a sword, but a corner lout sipping a bottle of Coca-Cola.”
Ayn Rand
author
The Fountainhead
book
evil
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“Compromise now, because you’ll have to later, anyway.”
Ayn Rand
author
Henry Cameron
character
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“The senseless is the major factor in our lives.”
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“Catherine had said it, he was selfish; everybody was selfish; it was not a pretty thing, to be selfish, but he was not alone in it.”
Ayn Rand
author
Peter Keating
Catherine (Katie) Halsey
characters
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“She thought, I’ve learned to bear anything except happiness. I must learn how to carry it.”
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“But a desire to choose the hardest might be a confession of weakness in itself.”
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“They were simply four people who liked being there together.”
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“I can’t live a life torn between that which exists—and you.”
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“If I found a job, a project, an idea or a person I wanted—I’d have to depend on the whole world. Everything has strings leading to everything else. We’re all so tied together.”
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“Can’t you ever do things without reason, just like everybody else?”
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“This is the time to merge his self in a great current, in the rising tide which is approaching to sweep us all, willing or unwilling, into the future.”
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“You never wanted me to be real. You never wanted anyone to be. But you didn’t want to show it.”
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“Every form of happiness is private.”
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“She had not noticed him take her hand; it seemed so natural and what she had wanted from the moment of seeing him”
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“Every building is like a person. Single and unrepeatable.”
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“And isn’t that the root of every despicable action? Not selfishness, but precisely the absence of self.”
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“And what, incidentally, do you think integrity is? The ability not to pick a watch out of your neighbor’s pocket?”
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“It’s the hardest thing in the world—to do what we want. And it takes the greatest kind of courage.”

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