I didn’t know that when you swore to forsake all others, it didn’t include blast furnaces.
Rearden, that evening, his coat collar raised, his hat slanted low over his eyes, the snow drifts rising to his knees, was tramping through an abandoned open-pit coal mine, in a forsaken corner of Pennsylvania, supervising the loading of pirated coal upon the trucks which he had provided.
Actually, he was the son of a gas-station mechanic at some forsaken crossroads in Ohio, and he had left home at the age of twelve to make his own way-but I’ve always thought of him as if he had come into the world like Minerva, the goddess of wisdom, who sprang forth from Jupiter’s head, fully grown and fully armed…… I remember the day when I saw the three of them for the first time.
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The country must reject and forsake terrorism.
With only twelve, the boldest and the best, I seek the adventure, and forsake the rest.