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Atlas Shrugged

Atlas Shrugged


by Ayn Rand

Atlas Shrugged Happiness Quotes

How we cite our quotes: Citations follow this format: (Volume.Chapter.Section.Page). We used the 50th Anniversary Edition published by Signet Books in 2007.

Quote #10

"It's just a thought that disturbs me once in a while....I thought about my first ball....I keep thinking that parties are intended to be celebrations and celebrations should be only for those who have something to celebrate." (

Dagny's first party, and the disappointment it brought her, is a recurring motif in the book. She wishes people were able to come together to celebrate life, and she later discovers that people with Galt's values are.

Quote #11

"By the grace of reality and the nature of life, man – every man – is an end in himself, he exists for his own sake, and the achievement of his own happiness is his highest moral purpose." (

Galt defines Objectivism in a nutshell here, as an individualist doctrine holding that living for oneself is the highest form of morality.

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