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.
"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.