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Atlas Shrugged
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  • They knew the stories of abandoned trains, of the crews that vanished in sudden bursts of rebellion against serfdom.
  • I can neither exist without work nor work as a serf.
  • The "feudal serf" of Taggart Transcontinental was the only one who seemed untouched by the disaster.
  • I don’t want to see you working as their serf!
  • If you succeed, any man who fails is your master; if you fail, any man who succeeds is your serf.
  • …Ellis Wyatt to pay for the livelihood of those whose job was to tie him and make him unable to live, those who would stand on guard to see that he got no trains, no tank cars, no pipeline of Rearden Metal-Ellis Wyatt, stripped of the right of serf-defense, left without voice, without weapons, and worse: made to be the tool of his own destruction, the supporter of his own destroyers, the provider of their food and of their weapons-Ellis Wyatt being choked, with his own bright energy…
  • …your effort, who demand that you serve them, who demand that it be the aim of your life to serve them, who demand that your strength be the voiceless, rightless, unpaid, unrewarded slave of their impotence, who proclaim that you are born to serfdom by reason of your genius, while they are born to rule by the grace of incompetence, that yours is only to give, but theirs only to take, that yours is to produce, but theirs to consume, that you are not to be paid, neither in matter nor in…

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  • Then came a cart, and behind that walked an old, bandy-legged domestic serf in a peaked cap and sheepskin coat.
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