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Atlas Shrugged

Atlas Shrugged


by Ayn Rand

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.

Quote #7

"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." (

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.

Quote #8

"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." (

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.

Quote #9

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. (

By reconciling, Francisco and Dagny are able to both recapture their past and conclude that phase of their relationship.

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