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  • The man did not state it in such terms, but Rearden knew that that was the essence of the case.
  • There is only one helpful suggestion that I can give you: By the essence and nature of existence, contradictions cannot exist.
  • The notes flowed up, they spoke of rising and they were the rising itself, they were the essence and the form of upward motion, they seemed to embody every human act and thought that had ascent as its motive.
  • The words ’to make money’ hold the essence of human morality.
  • All methods of taxation are complex, but this one is very simple, because it’s the naked essence of all the others.
  • She wondered whether she had ever understood the essence of criminals.
  • He had seen, in a final image, the soul and essence of his enemies: the mindless face of the thug with the club.
  • I told them, in essence, the statement I am making tonight.
  • Sacrifice-cry both-is the essence of morality, the highest virtue within man’s reach.
  • Fight for the essence of that which is man: for his sovereign rational mind.
  • He wanted her to understand, but he did not want her to understand fully, explicitly, down to the root-since the essence of that modern language, which he had learned to speak expertly, was never to let oneself or others understand anything down to the root.
  • These people-she thought-knew, not by means of their reason, but by means of their panic, that this banquet was the ultimate climax and the naked essence of their world.
  • It is not his vices that their myth of man’s fall is designed to explain and condemn, it is not his errors that they hold as his guilt, but the essence of his nature as man.
  • The notes flowed up, they spoke of rising and they were the rising itself, they were the essence and the form of upward motion, they seemed to embody every human act and thought that had ascent as its motive.
  • To the rhythm of his body, with the scorching heat on his face and the winter night on his shoulder blades, he was seeing suddenly that this was the simple essence of his universe: the instantaneous refusal to submit to disaster, the irresistible drive to fight it, the triumphant feeling of his own ability to win.
  • Dagny heard a cold, implacable voice saying somewhere within her: Remember it-remember it well-it is not often that one can see pure evil-look at it-remember-and some day you’ll find the words to name its essence…… She heard it through the screaming of other voices that cried in helpless violence: It’s nothing-I’ve heard it before —I’m hearing it everywhere-it’s nothing but the same old tripewhy can’t I stand it?-I can’t stand it-I can’t stand it!
  • You who’ve never grasped the nature of evil, you who describe them as ’misguided idealists’-may the God you invented forgive you!they are the essence of evil, they, those anti-living objects who seek, by devouring the world, to fill the selfless zero of their soul.
  • There it was-he thought, looking at his family-the nature of their pleas for mercy, the logic of those feelings they so righteously proclaimed as non-logical-there was the simple, brutal essence of all men who speak of being able to feel without thought and of placing mercy over justice.
  • …violence by the thought of the man whom it was defying, the act of transforming his hatred for the pleasure that man had known into the intensity of his own pleasure, his conquest of that man by means of her body-she felt Francisco’s presence through Rearden’s mind, she felt as if she were surrendering to both men, to that which she had worshipped in both of them, that which they held in common, that essence of character which had made of her love for each an act of loyalty to both.
  • He was aware-with an abnormal clarity-of the place, the woman’s name, and everything it implied, but all of it had receded into some outer ring and had become a pressure that left him alone in the center, as the ring’s meaning and essence-and his only reality was the desire to have this woman, now, here, on top of the flatcar in the open sun-to have her before a word was spoken between them, as the first act of their meeting, because it would say everything and because they had earned…
  • Our age has given depth to literature for the first time, by exposing the real essence of life," A very young girl in a white evening gown asked timidly, "What is the real essence of life, Mr. Eubank?"
  • Our age has given depth to literature for the first time, by exposing the real essence of life," A very young girl in a white evening gown asked timidly, "What is the real essence of life, Mr. Eubank?"
  • She was seeing those moments aboard a train when, at its plunge into the tunnels, she had felt a sudden, solemn tension, as if this place were showing her in naked simplicity the essence of her railroad and of her life, the union of consciousness and matter, the frozen form of a mind’s ingenuity giving physical existence to its purpose; she had felt a sense of sudden hope, as if this place held the meaning of all of her values, and a sense of secret excitement, as if a nameless promise…
  • This was it, thought Dr. Stadler, this was the incomprehensible element in Ferris’ manner: he had supposed that an indication of his disapproval would be sufficient, but Ferris seemed to remain untouched by it "If a drunken lout could find the power to express himself on paper," said Dr. Stadler, "if he could give voice to his essence-the eternal savage, leering his hatred of the mind-this is the sort of book I would expect him to write.

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  • To make things better, to enjoy each other’s company, and to empathize are essence of humanity.
  • There was only—spring itself; the throb of it, the light restlessness, the vital essence of it everywhere...
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