He was left, not with a sense of attainment, but with a sense of his own degradation.
If I’m asked to name my proudest attainment, I will say: I have slept with Hank Rearden.
She had always wondered, in incredulous contempt, about the sects that preached the annihilation of the universe as the ideal to be attained.
Don’t you grant any recognition at all to the women who attain unusual heights of conquest, not in the industrial, but in the human realm?
Then the wreckage will not become a funereal mount above me, but will serve as a height I have climbed to attain a wider field of vision.
There is no form of enjoyment that we seek from their world, and-this was hardest for us to attain-what we now feel for their world is that emotion which they preach as an ideal: indifference-the blank-the zero-the mark of death…… We are giving men everything they’ve professed to want and to seek as virtue for centuries.
I love you, my dearest, with that blindest passion of my body which comes from the clearest perception of my mind-and my love for you is the only attainment of my past that will be left to me, unchanged, through all the years ahead.
He remembered her hammering derision of his work, his mills, his Metal, his success, he remembered her desire to see him drunk, just once, her attempts to push him into infidelity, her pleasure at the thought that he had fallen to the level of some sordid romance, her terror on discovering that that romance had been an attainment, not a degradation.
They remained silent, letting the room be filled by the sounds which centuries of men and of struggle had established as the symbol of joyous attainment: the blast of the cork, the laughing tinkle of a pale gold liquid running into two broad cups filled with the weaving reflections of candles, the whisper of bubbles rising through two crystal stems, almost demanding that everything in sight rise, too, in the same aspiration.
He added, and she was shocked by the sudden gentleness of his voice, "I said that that kind of indifference toward a world which should have been ours was the hardest thing to attain.
…were holding some circuit not yet to be broken, his voice catching some tone of hers, as if in signal of the same code, a voice with no sign of emotion except in the spacing of the words: "If you fail, as men have failed in their quest for a vision that should have been possible, yet has remained forever beyond their reach-if, like them, you come to think that one’s highest values are not to be attained and one’s greatest vision is not to be made realdon’t damn this earth, as they did.
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She was the first woman to attain the rank of general.
They hope to attain effective law and order in the region before withdrawing troops.