Atlas Shrugged
Atlas Shrugged
by Ayn Rand
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Atlas Shrugged Philosophical Viewpoints: Objectivism Quotes Page 3

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How we cite the quotes:
Citations follow this format: (Volume.Chapter.Section.Page). We used the 50th Anniversary Edition published by Signet Books in 2007.
Quote #7

"I want you to know this. I started my life with a single absolute: that the world was mine to shape in the image of my highest values and never to be given up to a lesser standard, no matter how long or hard the struggle.... I am going back to fight for this valley – to release it from its underground, to regain for it its full and rightful realm, to let the earth belong to you in fact, as it does in spirit – and to meet you again on the day when I'm able to deliver to you the whole of the world." (

Dagny hits upon the main moral conflict of the book here: is the best way to live Objectivist values to go on strike or to continue fighting the looters in the "outside" world?

Quote #8

"Whenever anyone accuses some person of being 'unfeeling' he means that that person is just. He means that that person has no causeless emotions and will not grant him a feeling which he does not deserve. He means that 'to feel' is to go against reason, against moral values, against reality." (

Dagny explains to Cherryl one of the conflicts of language in the book. Looters use the word "unfeeling" as an insult, but Dagny explains that in Objectivism feeling is a product of reason and values. What the looters call "feeling" isn't really feeling at all.

Quote #9

"But to think is an act of choice. The key to what you so recklessly call 'human nature' the fact that man is a being of volitional consciousness. Reason does not work automatically; thinking is not a mechanical are free to think or to evade the effort. But you are not free to escape from your nature, from the fact that reason is your means of survival." (

Galt's idea of "volitional consciousness" means that people can choose to use reason to make various life choices. Choice becomes each person's right and responsibility here.

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