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used in Atlas Shrugged

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break — as in break an understanding or a break (gap) in a wall
  • He saw her look of sudden attentiveness, the look of thought rushing into a breach torn open upon a new direction.
    2.2 Part 2 Chapter 2 — The Aristocracy of Pull (68% in)
  • It seemed impossible that Miss Ives should permit herself a breach of that kind, or that the calm of her face should look like an unnatural distortion, or that her eyes should seem blinded, or that her steps should sound a shred of discipline away from staggering.
    1.7 Part 1 Chapter 7 — The Exploiters and the Exploited (91% in)
  • " He stopped, because the others were looking at him severely, in reproof for the breach of an unwritten law: one did not mention a failure of this kind, one did not discuss the mysterious ways of Jim's powerful friendships or why they had failed him.
    2.5 Part 2 Chapter 5 — Account Overdrawn (22% in)
  • Don't wonder why you feel no breach among us.
    3.2 Part 3 Chapter 2 — The Utopia of Greed (89% in)
  • I had accepted the one tenet by which they destroy a man before he's started, the killer-tenet: the breach between his mind and body.
    3.3 Part 3 Chapter 3 — Anti-Greed (89% in)
  • But his purpose and the nature of his satisfaction had to be kept as carefully hidden from himself as they had been from others; and his sudden craving for pleasure was a dangerous breach.
    3.4 Part 3 Chapter 4 — Anti-Life (2% in)
  • He glanced up at her, from under his forehead-a cold glance, while his muscles creased into a semi-smile, as if in cynical breach of some hallowed restraint.
    3.4 Part 3 Chapter 4 — Anti-Life (16% in)
  • She looked like a plant with a broken stem, still held together by a single fiber, struggling to heal the breach, which one more gust of wind would finish.
    3.4 Part 3 Chapter 4 — Anti-Life (65% in)
  • It was only the breach of one wire, but it produced a short circuit in the interlocking traffic system, and the signals of motion or danger disappeared from the panels of the control towers and from among the strands of rail.
    3.5 Part 3 Chapter 5 — Their Brothers' Keepers (64% in)
  • We can't move them in or out of the tunnels, we can't find the chief engineer, we can't locate the breach of the circuit, we have no copper wire for repairs, we don't know what to do, we-"
    3.5 Part 3 Chapter 5 — Their Brothers' Keepers (75% in)
  • She had been aware of Galt's face, she had been seeing, in the shape of his mouth, in the planes of his cheeks, the crackup of that implacable serenity which had always been his, but he still retained it in his look of acknowledging the breach, of admitting that this moment was too much even for him.
    3.5 Part 3 Chapter 5 — Their Brothers' Keepers (85% in)
  • Her line of attack, which he had found so baffling, had been constant and clear-it was his self-esteem she had sought to destroy, knowing that a man who surrenders his value is at the mercy of anyone's will; it was his moral purity she had struggled to breach, it was his confident rectitude she had wanted to shatter by means of the poison of guilt-as if, were he to collapse, his depravity would give her a right to hers.
    3.6 Part 3 Chapter 6 — The Concerto of Deliverance (34% in)
  • cannot fake your consciousness, just as honesty is the recognition of the fact that you cannot fake existence-that man is an indivisible entity, an integrated unit of two attributes: of matter and consciousness, and that he may permit no breach between body and mind, between action and thought, between his life and his convictions-that, like a judge impervious to public opinion, he may not sacrifice his convictions to the wishes of others, be it the whole of mankind shouting pleas...
    3.7 Part 3 Chapter 7 — "This is John Galt Speaking" (26% in)
  • Moral perfection is an unbreached rationality-not the degree of your intelligence, but the full and relentless use of your mind, not the extent of your knowledge, but the acceptance of reason as an absolute.
    3.7 Part 3 Chapter 7 — "This is John Galt Speaking" (84% in)
  • Learn to distinguish the difference between errors of knowledge and breaches of morality.
    3.7 Part 3 Chapter 7 — "This is John Galt Speaking" (84% in)
  • But a breach of morality is the conscious choice of an action you know to be evil, or a willful evasion of knowledge, a suspension of sight and of thought.
    3.7 Part 3 Chapter 7 — "This is John Galt Speaking" (84% in)
  • Make every allowance for errors of "knowledge; do not forgive or accept any breach of morality.
    3.7 Part 3 Chapter 7 — "This is John Galt Speaking" (85% in)
  • The only proper functions of a government are: the police, to protect you from criminals; the army, to protect you from foreign invaders; and the courts, to protect your property and contracts from breach or fraud by others, to settle disputes by rational rules, according to objective law.
    3.7 Part 3 Chapter 7 — "This is John Galt Speaking" (90% in)

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