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  • Then a bright young boy just out of college had been sent to him from Washington, as Deputy Director of Distribution.
  • Her motive, he thought, was a proudly indirect attempt to test his feeling and to confess her own.

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  • What, then, directs men’s actions?
  • She met a direct glance and saw an open, eager smile, as if he were sharing a confidence with a friend.
  • The dark gray eyes were direct and disturbing, as if they cut through things, throwing the inconsequential out of the way.
  • It was her last sentence that made him face her suddenly, face her simply, directly, not as one on the defensive any longer.
  • His face was hard; it had an expression of severity, an inner severity directed at himself; it looked austere and lonely.
  • There was no hostility in his face; he looked straight at her, he answered simply, directly; he spoke like one who has nothing to hide, or to show; the face was polite and empty.
  • He stood across the room, looking at her; it was a glance directed at her whole person; she knew its meaning and it held her motionless, "I still want to sleep with you," he said.
  • She looked at close range into the gun-metal eyes that seemed cold and intense at once, the eyes that looked at her directly with a polite, impersonal curiosity.

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  • He stood looking at her as if it took all of his effort to keep his eyes directed at her face, to keep seeing her, to endure the sight.
  • He had pronounced the words aloud, in a tone of rancorous sarcasm directed at whoever had made him say it.
  • It would have taken a staff of accountants to figure that out, and a staff of engineers to trace the way it was piped, directly or indirectly, into his office.
  • "I suppose," said Taggart, in the cautious tone of an indirect question, "that I should feel flattered you chose to come to this party."
  • A sheaf of sparks went up in the depth of the fog-and she saw the broad back of a foreman whose arm made the sweeping gesture of a signal, directing some invisible task.
  • Gerald Starnes was our Director of Production.
  • She was our Director of Distribution.
  • He smiled, not looking at her; it was a mocking smile, but it was a smile of pain and the mockery was directed at himself.
  • The hatred was directed at whatever had brought him to feel that he would not be able to continue extending this process much longer.
  • There were no glances directed at her or at one another.
  • "I know it," he said, his voice low, so that she did not hear the pain, but felt it within herself as if by direct reflection from him.
  • He had the direct, imperious manner of an aristocrat or a roughneck; he looked like one and was dressed like the other.
  • It would have taken a staff of accountants to figure that out, and a staff of engineers to trace the way it was piped, directly or indirectly, into his office.
  • She turned to look at him and he saw the light of an inner smile, while her face remained solemnly grave; it was the most eloquently personal glance he had ever seen directed at himself, while she answered in a quiet, impersonal voice, "Mr. Taggart, what else is there to look up to?"
  • He got himself voted as Director of our Public Relations Department, which didn’t do anything, except that he had a staff for the not doing of anything, so he didn’t have to bother sticking around the office.
  • He was looking at her, as if he were seeing her body as she stood before him, even though his eyes were directed at her face, and his glance told her what form of atonement and surrender he was seeing in the future.
  • To the extent to which a man is rational, life is the premise directing his actions.
  • To the extent to which he is irrational, the premise directing his actions is death.
  • The motive directing his hands and feet was four days behind him.
  • He stood impassively, his head held level, she saw the undisturbed lines of his profile, his eyes directed at the door.
  • He was suddenly seeing the motive that had directed all the actions of his life.
  • The Director of Unification.
  • I want to get out of the Deputy-Director-of-Distribution racket.
  • The tower director was too expert a man at too exacting a job to be able wholly to conceal the dangerous burden of intelligence.
  • She pointed to the tower director.
  • The tower director will assign switchmen to their posts.
  • She lost the sound of the director’s voice behind her.
  • The station’s program director was blindly obeying the absolute that no radio time was ever to be left blank.
  • She wondered why it kept growing in direct proportion to her self-admonitions that faith was the duty she owed him.
  • Nothing can direct the process but his own judgment.
  • Nothing can direct his judgment but his moral integrity.
  • Only direct action can work now.
  • A plant must feed itself in order to live; the sunlight, the water, the chemicals it needs are the values its nature has set it to pursue; its life is the standard of value directing its actions.
  • Then she was conscious of nothing but the sensations of her body, because her body acquired the sudden power to let her know her most complex values by direct perception.
  • He hesitated, then she saw a faint smile that touched only his lips, not his eyes, the kind of smile with which one contemplates-with longing, bitterness and pride-a possession purchased at an excruciating cost; his eyes seemed directed, not at her, but at the girl of that time.
  • She knew that she had finished speaking to the strangers when she saw that the tower director had stepped forward and was saying something to them, glancing at a list in his hand.
  • Direct action!
  • He saw who was the accuser and who the accused-he saw the obscenity of letting impotence hold itself as virtue and damn the power of living as a sinhe saw, with the clarity of direct perception, in the shock of a single instant, the terrible ugliness of that which had once been his own belief.
  • It was as if he were a single whole, grasped by her first glance at him, like some irreducible absolute, like an axiom not to be explained any further, as if she knew everything about him by direct perception, and what awaited her now was only the process of identifying her knowledge.
  • She watched the course of his struggle, whether by means of his steps, begun in one direction and swerving in another, or by means of her certainty that her body had become an instrument for the direct perception of his, like a screen reflecting both movements and motives-she could not tell.
  • He paused, then added, "The Director of Unification is sole judge of the public welfare and has sole authority over the allocation of any motive power and rolling stock on any railroad anywhere in the United States."
  • He felt that his one danger would be to glance directly at Danneskjold-and he kept his eyes on the policeman, on the brass buttons of a blue uniform, but the object filling his consciousness, more forcefully than a visual perception, was Danneskjold’s body, the naked body under the clothes, the body that would be wiped out of existence.
  • If that which Rearden felt could have gone directly into words, past the barrier of his will, he would have cried: Don’t let me down-I need you-I am fighting all of them, I have fought to my limit and am condemned to fight beyond it-and, as sole ammunition possible to me, I need the knowledge of one single man whom I can trust, respect and admire.
  • While the strength of her body was gone, while her mind had lost the faculty of consciousness, a single emotion drew on her remnants of energy, of understanding, of judgment, of control, leaving her nothing to resist it with or to direct it, making her unable to desire, only to feel, reducing her to a mere sensation-a static sensation without start or goal.
  • When she faced him at the table, when she saw the earnest, questioning directness of his eyes and the severely literal simplicity of his words, she dropped all attempts at casual prodding, she told him what she wanted to know and why, briefly, impersonally, not appealing for help or for pity, only for truth.
  • The face disappeared, but the sound of his steps served as the link to the next blue light that swept across the line of his eyes, the eyes that remained held level, directed ahead-and she felt certain that she had stayed in his sight from the moment he had seen her at the tower.
  • He looked as if all masks were down, he looked direct, tightly disciplined, intent upon a purpose, he looked like a man able to know the earnestness of action, as she had once expected him to look-he had never seemed so attractive as he did in this moment-and she noted, in astonishment, her sudden feeling that he was not a man who had deserted her, but a man whom she had deserted.
  • It was the soft voice of the tower director, who stood by her side, with some sort of paper in his hand-and she thought it was strange to emerge from a span of unconsciousness which had been the span of the sharpest awareness she had ever experienced, only she did not know how long it had lasted or where she was or why.
  • The desire was not directed at the unknown thug who had sent a bullet through the boy’s body, or at the looting bureaucrats who had hired the thug to do it, but at the boy’s teachers who had delivered him, disarmed, to the thug’s gun-at the soft, safe assassins of college classrooms who, incompetent to answer the queries of a quest for reason, took pleasure in crippling the young minds entrusted to their care.
  • Lillian, I don’t think that Henry is having a good time," he said, smiling; one could not tell whether the mockery of his smile was directed at Lillian or at Rearden.
  • But they-she looked at the face of her signal engineer —they believed that that muscular contraction of a hand was the only thing required to move the traffic-and now the tower men stood idleand on the great panels in front of the tower director, the red and green lights, which had flashed announcing the progress of trains at a distance of miles, were now so many glass beads-like the glass beads for which another breed of savages had once sold the Island of Manhattan.
  • …terms, who would be the men that would now fail to appear at their posts on some coming morning and would silently vanish in search of unknown frontiers-the men whose faces were tighter than the faces around them, whose eyes were more direct, whose energy was more conscientiously enduring-the men who were now slipping away, one by one, from every corner of the countryof the country which was now like the descendant of what had once been regal glory, prostrated by the scourge of…
  • These chips had been the only compass directing his course through four days and nights-while he drove down deserted highways, across a country collapsing into chaos, while he developed a monomaniac’s cunning for obtaining illegal purchases of gas, while he snatched random hours of restless sleep, in obscure motels, under assumed names…… I’m Robert Stadler-he had thought, his mind repeating it as a formula of omnipotence…… To seize control-he had thought, speeding against the futile…
  • Taggart said dryly, frowning, "There are many reasons-business reasons-why it is sometimes advisable not to make one’s investments directly.
  • But until you do"-the stress of severity in his voice was the sound of effort directed against himself-"remember that I know the meaning of either answer."
  • It’s my …. What are you laughing at?" he asked, seeing the look of relief, of silent laughter that did not seem to be directed at his words-and then, before she answered, he smiled suddenly, as if he had guessed the answer, she saw some particular, intensely personal quality in his smile, which was almost a quality of insolent intimacy-in contrast to the calmly impersonal, casual manner with which he went on.
  • Instead, he said calmly, very simply-and the only note of a personal bond between them was that tone of sincerity which comes with a direct, unqualifiedly rational statement and implies the same honesty of mind in the listener-"You know, I think that the only real moral crime that one man can commit against another is the attempt to create, by his words or actions, an impression of the contradictory, the impossible, the irrational, and thus shake the concept of rationality in his…

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as in: walked directly to work Define
proceeding without interruption in the straightest or quickest possible manner
as in: directly above; or buy direct from Define
straight (exactly where stated; or without anything in between)
as in: was direct in my instructions Define
straightforward (clear and explicit -- perhaps also indicating openness and honesty)
as in: directed her question to Define
aim or focus
as in: directed the jury to... Define
give instructions or commands (directions that must be followed)
as in: directed the movie Define
supervise or administer (often while giving directions or orders)
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