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atom
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Atlas Shrugged
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  • The earth is only an atom whirling in the universe-of what importance is that bridge to the solar system?
  • The giants of the intellect, whom you admire so much, once taught you that the earth was flat and that the atom was the smallest particle of matter.
  • You’re the fellow who catches atoms or something.
  • An atom is itself, and so is the universe; neither can contradict its own identity; nor can a part contradict the whole.
  • Man perceives a blob of color; by integrating the evidence of his sight and his touch, he learns to identity it as a solid object: he learns to identify the object as a table; he learns that the table is made of wood; he learns that the wood consists of cells, that the cells consist of molecules, that the molecules consist of atoms.
  • Granting man less dignity than they grant to cattle, ignoring what an animal trainer could tell them-that no animal can be trained by fear, that a tortured elephant will trample its torturer, but will not work for him or carry his burdens —they expect man to continue to produce electronic tubes, supersonic airplanes, atom-smashing engines and interstellar telescopes, with his ration of meat for reward and a lash on his back for incentive.

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  • The world was forever changed when we learned to split the atom.
  • By 1942, however, we knew that the Germans were working feverishly to find a way to add atomic energy to all the other engines of war with which they hoped to enslave the world.
    Kurt Vonnegut  --  Slaughterhouse-Five

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