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Atlas Shrugged Power 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 won't have to decide. Nobody will be permitted to decide anything. It will be decided once and for all." (

James is always wanting to avoid having to make a choice. Here he sketches out his idea of a utopia, where the government will use its power to decide everything "once and for all" so that no one will ever have to decide anything again.

Quote #8

One could prove nothing to a tribunal that had no stated policy, no defined procedure, no rules of evidence, no binding principles – a tribunal, such as the Unification Board, that pronounced men guilty or innocent as it saw fit, with no standards of guilt or innocence. (

We get a view of how oppressive the government is getting here. Washington is powerful enough to get away with pretty much anything without having to answer for it.

Quote #9

"I will put an end to this once and for all," he said. His voice was clear and without any feeling.... "I will stop the motor of the world." (

Galt makes one of the book's most decisive statements about power and rebellion here. If motors represent power, then how much power must Galt have to stop them all?

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