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Atlas Shrugged
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premise
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Atlas Shrugged
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  • The thing that makes you sure is a moral premise.  (not reviewed by editor)

  • The only realm opposed to reality is the realm and premise of death.  (not reviewed by editor)

  • Then she saw the answer; she saw the secret premise behind their words.  (not reviewed by editor)

  • All their calculations rested on the premise that I wanted to make money.  (not reviewed by editor)

  • It is not your particular policy that I challenge, but your moral premise.  (not reviewed by editor)

  • Just take that question back with you, as the last premise left for you to check.  (not reviewed by editor)

  • To the extent to which he is irrational, the premise directing his actions is death.  (not reviewed by editor)

  • To the extent to which a man is rational, life is the premise directing his actions.  (not reviewed by editor)

  • The pages where he writes about his converter-you can see what premise he's speaking from.  (not reviewed by editor)

  • But you know the unadmitted answer, refusing to acknowledge what you see, what hidden premise moves your world.  (not reviewed by editor)

  • He formulated a new premise of his own and he solved the secret of converting static energy into kinetic power.  (not reviewed by editor)

  • If you tried to damn sex as evil, you'd still find yourself, against your will, acting on the proper moral premise.  (not reviewed by editor)

  • …if corruption were human, but virtue were not —as if the premise of death were proper to man, but the premise of life were not.  (not reviewed by editor)

  • Litigants obey the verdict of a tribunal solely on the premise that there is an objective rule of conduct, which they both accept.  (not reviewed by editor)

  • You have heard him denounced in the past as a reactionary who opposed every step, measure, slogan and premise of the present system.  (not reviewed by editor)

  • Death is the premise at the root of their theories, death is the goal of their actions in practice-and you are the last of their victims.  (not reviewed by editor)

  • The political system we will build is contained in a single moral premise: no man may obtain any values from others by resorting to physical force.  (not reviewed by editor)

  • A man who has no virtues is a hater of existence who acts on the premise of death; to help him is to sanction his evil and to support his career of destruction.  (not reviewed by editor)

  • Whoever, to whatever purpose or extent, initiates the use of force, is a killer acting on the premise of death in a manner wider than murder: the premise of destroying man's capacity to live.  (not reviewed by editor)

  • Whoever, to whatever purpose or extent, initiates the use of force, is a killer acting on the premise of death in a manner wider than murder: the premise of destroying man's capacity to live.  (not reviewed by editor)

  • They grant the enemy's basic premise, thus granting the sanction of reason to formal dementia, A basic premise is an absolute that permits no co-operation with its antithesis and tolerates no tolerance.  (not reviewed by editor)

  • They grant the enemy's basic premise, thus granting the sanction of reason to formal dementia, A basic premise is an absolute that permits no co-operation with its antithesis and tolerates no tolerance.  (not reviewed by editor)

  • But danger, to him, was a signal to shut off his sight, suspend his judgment and pursue an unaltered course, on the unstated premise that the danger would remain unreal by the sovereign power of his wish not to see it-like a foghorn within him, blowing, not to sound a warning, but to summon the fog.  (not reviewed by editor)

  • It is the act of unfocusing your mind and inducing an inner fog to escape the responsibility of judgment-on the unstated premise that a thing will not exist if only you refuse to identify it, that A will not be A so long as you do not pronounce the verdict 'It is.'  (not reviewed by editor)

  • We will rebuild America's system on the moral premise which had been its foundation, but which you treated as a guilty underground, in your frantic evasion of the conflict between that premise and your mystic morality: the premise that man is an end in himself, not the means to the ends of others, that man's life, his freedom, his happiness are his by inalienable right.  (not reviewed by editor)

  • We will rebuild America's system on the moral premise which had been its foundation, but which you treated as a guilty underground, in your frantic evasion of the conflict between that premise and your mystic morality: the premise that man is an end in himself, not the means to the ends of others, that man's life, his freedom, his happiness are his by inalienable right.  (not reviewed by editor)

  • We will rebuild America's system on the moral premise which had been its foundation, but which you treated as a guilty underground, in your frantic evasion of the conflict between that premise and your mystic morality: the premise that man is an end in himself, not the means to the ends of others, that man's life, his freedom, his happiness are his by inalienable right.  (not reviewed by editor)

  • But this-she thought-was men's moral code in the outer world, a code that told them to act on the premise of one another's weakness, deceit and stupidity, and this was the pattern of their lives, this struggle through a fog of the pretended and unacknowledged, this belief that facts are not solid or final, this state where, denying any form to reality, men stumble through life, unreal and unformed, and die having never been born.  (not reviewed by editor)

  • …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 not —as if the premise of death were proper to man, but the premise of life were not.  (not reviewed by editor)

  • The Wet Nurse asked him at the mills, "Mr. Rearden, what's a moral premise?  (not reviewed by editor)

  • It's some sort of fraud, very ancient and very vast-and the key to break it is: to check every premise they teach us, to question every precept, to-" She whirled to him at a sudden thought, but she cut the motion and the words in the same instant: the next words— would have been the ones she did not want to say to him.  (not reviewed by editor)

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