One must never allow oneself to acquire an exaggerated sense of one’s own importance.
Readers acquired erudition without study, authority without cost, judgment without effort.
It’s something one acquires.
I have no organ to acquire it with.
The Heller house acquired fame throughout the countryside surrounding it.
She acquired a brisk little tone of condescension for the reporters.
She acquired a mink coat.
He had acquired the knowledge of one thing: he hated Roark.
At this period he began to acquire friends.
He had to beat that man; nothing else mattered; there was no Peter Keating, there was only a suction chamber, like the kind of tropical plant he’d heard about, a plant that drew an insect into its vacuum and sucked it dry and thus acquired its own substance.
Men like you and me would not survive beyond their first fifteen years if they did not acquire the patience of a Chinese executioner.
He acquired a sizable following among the young heirs, the second and third generation millionaires.
Toohey acquired a reputation and an unofficial monopoly.
It is impossible to change its nature once you’ve acquired it.
It is difficult enough to acquire fame.
You won’t have lost your identity—you will merely have acquired a broader one, an identity that will be part of everybody else and of the whole universe.
She wore a white silk dress with long sleeves and a cowl neck, a nun’s garment that acquired the startling effect of an evening gown only by being so flagrantly unsuited to that purpose.
Don’t go acquiring horror complexes about anyone as big as Ellsworth Toohey.
"You’re acquiring the bad habits of all commuters, Gail," she said, "imposing your country hours on guests from the city who are not used to them."
He had acquired a pleasant habit of dropping in and out of Scarret’s office at all hours.
She thought that relaxation was attractive only in those for whom it was an unnatural state; then even limpness acquired purpose.
Keating had acquired a sharp, intractable manner in the last few years.
She acquired an impatient anger against all those who disagreed with her political views.
She acquired a permanent job by getting herself appointed Director of Social Recreation for Cortlandt.
We must acquire a philosophical perspective.
The walls he had designed, the chairs he used, a package of his cigarettes on a table, the routine necessities of life that could acquire splendor when life became what it was now.
The most passionate objector was a young architect who made an eloquent speech, his voice trembling with the embarrassment of speaking in public for the first time; he said that he admired Ellsworth Toohey and had always agreed with Toohey’s social ideals, but if a group of people felt that some person was acquiring power over them, that was the time to fight such a person.
# "It is not our function—paraphrasing a philosopher whom we do not like—to be a fly swatter, but when a fly acquires delusions of grandeur, the best of us must stoop to do a little job of extermination.