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depravity
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Atlas Shrugged
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  • Now the planners are asking their people not to blame the government, but to blame the depravity of the rich,
  • A fearless revelation of man’s depravity.
  • Whatever else he may be, no matter what depravity he’s sunk to-and I’ve given up trying to figure out why-he is not a fool.
  • You had exhausted every other form of depravity and sought a new thrill by swindling people like Jim and his friends, in order to watch them squirm.
  • The way you live is depraved.
  • To me, there’s only one form of human depravity-the man without a purpose.
  • He became convinced that the need was depravity.
  • It’s depravity-and I accept it as such-and there is no height of virtue that I wouldn’t give up for it.
  • Did you call it depravity? I am much more depraved than you are: you hold it as your guilt, and I-as my pride.
  • Did you call it depravity? I am much more depraved than you are: you hold it as your guilt, and I-as my pride.
  • And you wonder whether it’s true that a great man is doomed to unhappiness in this depraved world!
  • ’These three men, these three who held all the hope which the gift of intelligence ever proffered, these three from whom we expected such a magnificent future-one of them was Francisco d’Anconia, who became a depraved playboy.
  • He could not understand why-he thought it was an obscene conflict, the sign of some secret depravity within him-why he felt, at the same time, a profound pride at the thought of granting to a woman the title of his wife.
  • Evil, because it would not let you enjoy your depravity?
  • She wanted to wrest from him an acknowledgment of his moral depravity-but only his own moral rectitude could attach significance to such a verdict.
  • You’re not in a position to permit yourself anything which you know to be depravity.
  • Only the man who extols the purity of a love devoid of desire, is capable of the depravity of a desire devoid of love.
  • If our relationship were the depravity you’re going to proclaim it to be, you’d have no way to harm us.
  • Do you know that the United States is the only country in history that has ever used its own monogram as a symbol of depravity?
  • I ought to think that he’s the most depraved person I’ve ever met.
  • Dagny-he thought-and the depth of their feeling for each other …. the blackmail from which the depraved would be immune …. hadn’t he, too, once called it depravity?
  • Dagny-he thought-and the depth of their feeling for each other …. the blackmail from which the depraved would be immune …. hadn’t he, too, once called it depravity?
  • He did not know it, he did not think of it, he was past the need of words, but in the moment when he felt the response of her body to his, he felt also the unadmitted knowledge that that which he had called her depravity was her highest virtue-this capacity of hers to feel the joy of being, as he felt it.
  • They let me play nothing but symbols of depravity, nothing but harlots, dissipation-chasers and home-wreckers, always to be beaten at the end by the little girl next door, personifying the virtue of mediocrity.
  • It’s time to forget your selfish greed and give some thought to your social responsibilities, because I think that all those millions you’re going to inherit are not for your personal pleasure, they are a trust for the benefit of the underprivileged and the poor, because I think that the person who doesn’t realize this is the most depraved type of human being.
  • It demands, as his first proof of virtue, that he accept his own depravity without proof.
  • The most depraved sentence you can now utter is to ask: Whose reason?
  • You have heard it said that I believe that this system has depravity as its motive, plunder as its goal, lies, fraud and force as its method, and destruction as its only result.
  • I want you to look at me whenever you hear of some act of depravity, or feel anger at human corruption, or feel contempt for someone’s knavery, or are the victim of a new governmental extortion-to look and to know that you’re no better, that you’re superior to no one, that there’s nothing you have the right to condemn.
  • The creed of sacrifice is a morality for the immoral-a morality that declares its own bankruptcy by confessing that it can’t impart to men any personal stake in virtues or values, and that their souls are sewers of depravity, which they must be taught to sacrifice.
  • Your morality tells you that the purpose of love is to set you free of the bonds of morality, that love is superior to moral judgment, that true love transcends, forgives and survives every manner of evil in Its object, and the greater the love the greater the depravity it permits to the loved.
  • You who’re depraved enough to believe that you could adjust yourself to a mystic’s dictatorship and could please him by obeying his orders-there is no way to please him; when you obey, he will reverse his orders; he seeks obedience for the sake of obedience and destruction for the sake of destruction.
  • Give the benefit of the doubt to those who seek to know; but treat as potential killers those specimens of insolent depravity who make demands upon you, announcing that they have and seek no reasons, proclaiming, as a license, that they ’just feel if —or those who reject an irrefutable argument by saying: ’It’s only logic’ which means: ’It’s only reality.’
  • It was not a progression of words, but the instantaneous verdict of an emotion, a verdict that told him: This, then, was his nature, this was his depravity-that the shameful desire he had never been able to conquer, came to him in response to the only sight of beauty he had found, that it came with a violence he had not known to be possible, and that the only freedom now left to him was to hide it and to despise himself, but never to be rid of it so long as he and this woman were…
  • …own virtue as the fuel to make it work-his invention of Rearden Metal being used as the cause of his expropriation-Dagny’s honor and the depth of their feeling for each other being used as a tool of blackmail, a blackmail from which the depraved would be immune-and, in the People’s States of Europe, millions of men being held in bondage by means of their desire to live, by means of their energy drained in forced labor, by means of their ability to feed their masters, by means of…
  • Her line of attack, which he had found so baffling, had been constant and clear-it was his self-esteem she had sought to destroy, knowing that a man who surrenders his value is at the mercy of anyone’s will; it was his moral purity she had struggled to breach, it was his confident rectitude she had wanted to shatter by means of the poison of guilt-as if, were he to collapse, his depravity would give her a right to hers.
  • It was days later, when they were alone, walking through the woods on the shore of the river, that she asked: "Francisco, what’s the most depraved type of human being?
  • …higher than justice is to devaluate your moral currency and defraud the good in favor of the evil, since only the good can lose by a default of justice and only the evil can profit-and that the bottom of the pit at the end of that road, the act of moral bankruptcy, is to punish men for their virtues and reward them for their vices, that that is the collapse to full depravity, the Black Mass of the worship of death, the dedication of your consciousness to the destruction of existence.
  • ’It’s only human,’ you cry in defense of any depravity, reaching the stage of self-abasement where you seek to make the concept ’human’ mean the weakling, the fool, the rotter, the liar, the failure, the coward, the fraud, and to exile from the human race the hero, the thinker, the producer, the inventor, the strong, the purposeful, the pure-as if ’to feel’ were human, but to think were not, as if to fail were human, but to succeed were not, as if corruption were human, but virtue were…
  • He has damned himself and he will feel that depravity is all he is worthy of enjoying.
  • It could not live by the mystic doctrine that damned this earth as evil and those who succeeded on earth as depraved.

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  • It is a terrible story of an innocent who trusted a man who treated her with ruthless depravity.
  • Feed the nobility—not the depravity—within you.

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