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.
"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." (126.96.36.1991)
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.
"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." (188.8.131.52).
Galt defines Objectivism in a nutshell here, as an individualist doctrine holding that living for oneself is the highest form of morality.