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  • Whatever quality of human greatness I have the talent to portray-that was the quality the outer world sought to degrade.
    3.2 Part 3 Chapter 2 — The Utopia of Greed (51% in)
  • If you barbarians had to degrade the name of a great city of yours, you could at least refrain from doing it to me.
    1.5 Part 1 Chapter 5 — The Climax of the D'Anconias (7% in)
  • He was left, not with a sense of attainment, but with a sense of his own degradation.
    1.6 Part 1 Chapter 6 — The Non-Commercial (92% in)
  • She made it clear that she took it for granted that men had degrading instincts which constituted the secret, ugly part of marriage.
    1.6 Part 1 Chapter 6 — The Non-Commercial (96% in)
  • For that degrading need, which should never touch you, I have never wanted anyone but you ....
    1.7 Part 1 Chapter 7 — The Exploiters and the Exploited (77% in)
  • A low, physical, material, degrading pleasure of the body?
    1.8 Part 1 Chapter 8 — The John Galt Line (67% in)
  • I accepted their code and believed, as they taught me, that the values of one's spirit must remain as an impotent longing, unexpressed in action, untranslated into reality, while the life of one's body must be lived in misery, as a senseless, degrading performance, and those who attempt to enjoy it must be branded as inferior animals.
    2.6 Part 2 Chapter 6 — Miracle Metal (94% in)
  • She knew also that this was his rebellion against the world around them, against its worship of degradation, against the long torment of his wasted days and lightless struggle-this was what he wished to assert and, alone with her in the half-darkness high in space above a city of ruins, to hold as the last of his property.
    2.9 Part 2 Chapter 9 — The Face Without Pain or Fear or Guilt (50% in)
  • 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.
    3.3 Part 3 Chapter 3 — Anti-Greed (63% in)
  • It was as if a sum of years hit Rearden in the face, by means of a sensation and a sight: the exact sensation of what he had felt in the cab of the first train's engine on the John Galt Line-and the sight of Philip's eyes, the pale, half-liquid eyes presenting the uttermost of human degradation: an uncontested pain, and, with the obscene insolence of a skeleton toward a living being, demanding that this pain be held as the highest of values.
    3.5 Part 3 Chapter 5 — Their Brothers' Keepers (40% in)
  • He remembered her hammering derision of his work, his mills, his Metal, his success, he remembered her desire to see him drunk, just once, her attempts to push him into infidelity, her pleasure at the thought that he had fallen to the level of some sordid romance, her terror on discovering that that romance had been an attainment, not a degradation.
    3.6 Part 3 Chapter 6 — The Concerto of Deliverance (33% in)

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