Die Heuning Pot Literature Guide
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Quotes

Quote #13

"I want to be loved for myself – not for anything I do or have or say or think. For myself – not for my body or mind or words or works or actions."

"But then...what is yourself?"

"If you loved me, you wouldn't ask it." (3.4.1.203-5)

James's wacky definition of love contrasts greatly to Galt's. James sees love as something people "owe" him. Love is about what other people can do for him, not what he feels for other people or what reflects his values.

Quote #14

"I was here. I was waiting for you. I love you, Dagny. I love you more than my life, I who have taught men how life is to be loved." (3.5.3.141)

Leave it to Galt to be egotistical when declaring his love for someone. Of course, that's the point of his philosophy – that love is more about yourself than the other person.

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