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Atlas Shrugged
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  • He had no right to condemn anyone-he thought-to denounce anything, to fight and die joyously, claiming the sanction of virtue.
  • By what right did you make it sound as if I-I!—gave my sanction to that book?

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  • They need some sort of sanction from us.
  • I don’t know the nature of that sanction-but.
  • Don’t give them that kind of sanction.
  • THE SANCTION OF THE VICTIM The roast turkey had cost $30.
  • He knew that the words he heard in his mind were the key to the answer: The sanction of the victim.
  • There is only this difference: the burglar does not ask me to sanction his act.
  • Hadn’t he given his sanction to the code of self damnation?
  • When robbery is done in open daylight by sanction of the law, as it is done today, then any act of honor or restitution has to be hidden underground.

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  • I gave them that priceless possession which they had missed, had longed for, yet had not known they needed: a moral sanction.
  • Rearden sat very still; the words in his mind were like the beat of steps down the trail he had been seeking; the words were: the sanction of the victim.
  • That creed has lasted for centuries solely by the sanction of the victims-by means of the victims’ acceptance of punishment for breaking a code impossible to practice.
  • It’s because I’m the first man who has given you what the whole world owes you and what you should have demanded of all men before you dealt with them: a moral sanction.
  • 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.
  • The course led them to the moment when, in answer to the highest of one’s values, in an admiration not to be expressed by any other form of tribute, one’s spirit makes one’s body become the tribute, recasting it-as proof, as sanction, as reward-into a single sensation of such intensity of joy that no other sanction of one’s existence is necessary.
  • The course led them to the moment when, in answer to the highest of one’s values, in an admiration not to be expressed by any other form of tribute, one’s spirit makes one’s body become the tribute, recasting it-as proof, as sanction, as reward-into a single sensation of such intensity of joy that no other sanction of one’s existence is necessary.
  • How had the victims come to sanction a code that pronounced them guilty of the fact of existing? …. And then the violence of an inner blow became the total stillness of his body as he sat looking at a sudden vision: Hadn’t he done it also?
  • His was the only name of honor and achievement, used to sanction the rule of the looters.
  • I don’t know the nature of that sanction —but, Dagny, I know that if we value our lives, we must not give it to them.
  • I do not place my moral sanction upon a murderer’s wish to kill me.
  • I saw that the enemy was an inverted morality-and that my sanction was its only power.
  • The evil of the world is made possible by nothing but the sanction you give it.
  • Withdraw your sanction.
  • Whatever may be open to disagreement, there is one act of evil that may not, the act that no man may commit against others and no man may sanction or forgive.
  • 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.
  • That fake is the only dam holding off their secret terror, the terror of knowing they’re unfit to exist; remove it and let them drown; your sanction is their only life belt.
  • Rearden saw her watching them-and the faintest contraction of his eyes was like a smile of sanction, as if his glance were repeating to her the message he had sent her from the valley.
  • When you declare that men are irrational animals and propose to treat them as such, you define thereby your own character and can no longer claim the sanction of reason-as no advocate of contradictions can claim it.
  • I could say to you that I have done more good for my fellow men than you can ever hope to accomplish-but I will not say it, because I do not seek the good of others as a sanction for my right to exist, nor do I recognize the good of others as a justification for their seizure of my property or their destruction of my life.
  • In the same manner and for the same reason as a banker may not accept and pass counterfeit money, granting it the sanction, honor and prestige of his bank, just as he may not grant the counterfeiter’s demand for tolerance of a mere difference of opinion-so I may not grant the title of philosopher to Dr. Simon Pritchett or compete with him for the minds of men.
  • But those of you who have known a single moment of love for existence and of pride in being its worthy lover, a moment of looking at this earth and letting your glance be its sanction, have known the state of being a man, and I —I am only the man who knew that that state is not to be betrayed.
  • With an awed contempt-awed by the enormity of the sight-she wondered what inner degradation those men had to reach in order to arrive at a level of self-deception where they would seek the extorted approval of an unwilling victim as the moral sanction they needed, they who thought that they were merely deceiving the world.
  • When you listen to a mystic’s harangue on the impotence of the human mind and begin to doubt your consciousness, not his, when you permit your precariously semi-rational state to be shaken by any assertion and decide it is safer to trust his superior certainty and knowledge, the joke is on both of you: your sanction is the only source of certainty he has.
  • But she knew that there was no meaning in motors or factories or trains, that their only meaning was in man’s enjoyment of his life, which they served-and that her swelling admiration at the sight of an achievement was for the man from whom it came, for the power and the radiant vision within him which had seen the earth as a place of enjoyment and had known that the work of achieving one’s happiness was the purpose, the sanction and the meaning of life.
  • She did not answer, she felt as if a word would overfill the fullness of this moment, she merely turned to him with a look of acquiescence that was disarmed, childishly humble and would have been an apology but for its shining joy, He smiled-in amusement, in understanding, almost in comradeship of the things they shared and in sanction of the things she felt.
  • …only as a rare and special rite in symbol of …. but what have they made of it, the preachers of woman’s duty? …. The castrated performance of a sickening drudgery was held to be a woman’s proper virtue-while that which gave it meaning and sanction was held as a shameful sin …. the work of dealing with grease, steam and slimy peelings in a reeking kitchen was held to be a spiritual matter, an act of compliance with her moral duty-while the meeting of two bodies in a bedroom was held…
  • …man’s, that humanity worshipped: the idol of instinct and the idol of force-the mystics and the kings-the mystics, who longed for an irresponsible consciousness and ruled by means of the claim that their dark emotions were superior to reason, that knowledge came in blind, causeless fits, blindly to be followed, not doubted-and the kings, who ruled by means of claws and muscles, with conquest as their method and looting as their aim, with a club or a gun as sole sanction of their power.
  • Every period ruled by mystics was an era of stagnation and want, when most men were on strike against existence, working for less than their barest survival, leaving nothing but scraps for their rulers to loot, refusing to think, to venture, to produce, when the ultimate collector of their profits and the final authority on truth or error was the whim of some gilded degenerate sanctioned as superior to reason by divine right and by grace of a club.
  • She felt certain that it was not the country’s panic he wanted to stave off, but his own-that he, and Chick Morrison and Wesley Mouch and all the rest of the looting crew needed her sanction, not to reassure their victims, but to reassure themselves, though the allegedly crafty, the allegedly practical idea of deluding their victims was the only identification they gave to their own motive and their hysterical insistence.
  • She had listened, hearing, through his words, the sound of Rearden’s voice saying to her on a spring evening over a year ago: "They need some sort of sanction from us.
  • But he raised his head to glance up at her face, and it seemed to her that the look she saw in his eyes was part-gratification, part-contempt-almost as if, by some unknown kind of sanction, she had absolved him and damned herself.

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as in: sanctions against them Define
formal penalty
as in: cannot sanction such behavior Define
formal approval
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