Atlas Shrugged Memory and the Past 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.
"We're going to have security – for the first time in centuries – for the first time since the beginning of the industrial revolution!"
"Well, this, I guess," said Fred Kinnan, "is the anti-industrial revolution." (188.8.131.52-6)
Kinnan's snotty comment connects to the theme of historical backslide that often crops up in regard to the looters and their fear-inspired policies.
"If you weren't, you'd know that it's not this valley, but the view of life held by men in the outer world that is a prehistorical mirage." (184.108.40.206)
Ragnar again demonstrates the "opposite day" of the looters and their worldview by telling Dagny that the seemingly magical and "prehistoric" Atlantis should be present reality.
He rose, he drew her to her feet – and when his arms closed about her, their kiss was the summation of their past, its end and their seal of acceptance. (220.127.116.11)
By reconciling, Francisco and Dagny are able to both recapture their past and conclude that phase of their relationship.