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- I don't know whether I am getting older and more demanding, or whether the human race is degenerating, but the world didn't seem to be so barren of intelligence in my youth.2.1 Part 2 Chapter 1 — The Man Who Belonged on Earth (48% in)
- If there are degrees of evil, it is hard to say who is the more contemptible: the brute who assumes the right to force the mind of others or the moral degenerate who grants to others the right to force his mind.3.7 Part 3 Chapter 7 — "This is John Galt Speaking" (33% in)
- 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.3.7 Part 3 Chapter 7 — "This is John Galt Speaking" (73% in)
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