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passive
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Atlas Shrugged
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  • Then she felt the wish to find a moment’s joy outside, the wish to be held as a passive spectator by some work or sight of greatness.
  • Dagny stood on a street corner, where the airport bus had left her, looking at the city in passive astonishment.
  • They take their emotions as a cause, and their mind as a passive effect.
  • What we want, we mean to get Speeches, logic, arguments or passive obedience won’t save you now.
  • On the steps of the pedestal, under the statue of the austere, exultant figure, a ragged bum sat slumped in passive resignation, like a wing-plucked bird with no place to go, resting on any chance cornice.
  • Once he surrendered reason, he was left at the mercy of two monsters whom he could not fathom or control: of a body moved by unaccountable instincts and of a soul moved by mystic revelationshe was left as the passively ravaged victim of a battle between a robot and a dictaphone.
  • The one who was she, had looked with eagerness at the turn of every corner ahead; the passive stranger who had taken her place, was like all the over groomed people around her, the people who said that they were adult because they did not try to think or to desire.
  • …that it is real, but it is not himself, that the mirage he sees in a desert is not a delusion, that the air and the light rays that cause it are real, but it is not a city, it is a city’s reflection-the day when he grasps that he is not a passive recipient of the sensations of any given moment, that his senses do not provide him with automatic knowledge in separate snatches independent of context, but only with the material of knowledge, which his mind must learn to integrate-the day…

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  • She plays a passive role in their relationship.
  • Watching television is too passive for me. I prefer more active hobbies.

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