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parasitic
used in Atlas Shrugged

23 uses
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Definition
of a species that lives on (or in) another species and eats from it without providing return benefit

or:

a person who lives off others' efforts without providing return benefit to them
  • I wasn't concerned with the parasites of office and laboratory.
    1.10 Part 1 Chapter 10 — Wyatt's Torch (42% in)
  • Isn't it generally agreed that an owner is a parasite and an exploiter, that it is the employees who do all the work and make the product possible?
    1.6 Part 1 Chapter 6 — The Non-Commercial (48% in)
  • "Of all those who live by the ability of others," said Rearden, "you're the one real parasite."
    1.6 Part 1 Chapter 6 — The Non-Commercial (65% in)
  • Do not think that it should have been distributed among you; loading the world with fifty parasites instead of one, would not bring back the dead virtue which was the fortune.
    2.2 Part 2 Chapter 2 — The Aristocracy of Pull (76% in)
  • You, who've expended an inconceivable flow of energy, have been called a parasite.
    2.3 Part 2 Chapter 3 — White Blackmail (82% in)
  • It's just that there's no profits for them-that's why they're letting you perish, those greedy parasites!
    2.5 Part 2 Chapter 5 — Account Overdrawn (69% in)
  • It is this foulest of creatures-the double-parasite who lives on the sores, of the poor and the blood of the rich-whom men have come to regard as a moral ideal.
    2.7 Part 2 Chapter 7 — The Moratorium on Brains (26% in)
  • She thought suddenly of those modern college-infected parasites who assumed a sickening air of moral self-righteousness whenever they uttered the standard bromides about their concern for the welfare of others.
    2.10 Part 2 Chapter 10 — The Sign of the Dollar (11% in)
  • We've heard it shouted that the industrialist is a parasite, that his workers support him, create his wealth, make his luxury possible-and what would happen to him if they walked out?
    3.1 Part 3 Chapter 1 — Atlantis (79% in)
  • I looked past the profits of the moment, and I saw that the harder I worked, the more I tightened the noose around my throat, I saw that my energy was being poured down a sewer, that the parasites who fed on me were being fed upon in their turn, that they were caught in their own trap-and that there was no reason for it, no answer known to anyone, that the sewer pipes of the world, draining its productive blood, led into some dank fog nobody had dared to pierce, while people merely...
    3.2 Part 3 Chapter 2 — The Utopia of Greed (21% in)
  • Sweep aside those parasites of subsidized classrooms, who live on the profits of the mind of others and proclaim that man needs no morality, no values, no code of behavior.
    3.7 Part 3 Chapter 7 — "This is John Galt Speaking" (20% in)
  • The mystic parasites who have, throughout the ages, reviled the traders and held them in contempt, while honoring the beggars and the looters, have known the secret motive of their sneers: a trader is the entity they dread-a man of justice.
    3.7 Part 3 Chapter 7 — "This is John Galt Speaking" (31% in)
  • ...double standard: it is immoral to live by your own effort, but moral to live by the effort of others-it is immoral to consume your own product, but moral to consume the products of others-it is immoral to earn, but moral to mooch-it is the parasites who are the moral justification for the existence of the producers, but the existence of the parasites is an end in itself-it is evil to profit by achievement, but good to profit by sacrifice-it is evil to create your own happiness, but...
    3.7 Part 3 Chapter 7 — "This is John Galt Speaking" (45% in)
  • ...effort, but moral to live by the effort of others-it is immoral to consume your own product, but moral to consume the products of others-it is immoral to earn, but moral to mooch-it is the parasites who are the moral justification for the existence of the producers, but the existence of the parasites is an end in itself-it is evil to profit by achievement, but good to profit by sacrifice-it is evil to create your own happiness, but good to enjoy it at the price of the blood of others.
    3.7 Part 3 Chapter 7 — "This is John Galt Speaking" (45% in)
  • Your code declares that the rational man must sacrifice himself to the irrational, the independent man to parasites, the honest man to the dishonest, the man of justice to the unjust, the productive man to thieving loafers, the man of integrity to compromising knaves, the man of self-esteem to sniveling neurotics.
    3.7 Part 3 Chapter 7 — "This is John Galt Speaking" (46% in)
  • When need is the standard, every man is both victim and parasite.
    3.7 Part 3 Chapter 7 — "This is John Galt Speaking" (46% in)
  • As a victim, he must labor to fill the needs of others, leaving himself in the position of a parasite whose needs must be filled by others.
    3.7 Part 3 Chapter 7 — "This is John Galt Speaking" (46% in)
  • Just as the mystic is a parasite in matter, who expropriates the wealth created by others-just as he is a parasite in spirit, who plunders the ideas created by others-so he falls below the level of a lunatic who creates his own distortion of reality, to the level of a parasite of lunacy who seeks a distortion created by others.
    3.7 Part 3 Chapter 7 — "This is John Galt Speaking" (65% in)
  • Just as the mystic is a parasite in matter, who expropriates the wealth created by others-just as he is a parasite in spirit, who plunders the ideas created by others-so he falls below the level of a lunatic who creates his own distortion of reality, to the level of a parasite of lunacy who seeks a distortion created by others.
    3.7 Part 3 Chapter 7 — "This is John Galt Speaking" (65% in)
  • Just as the mystic is a parasite in matter, who expropriates the wealth created by others-just as he is a parasite in spirit, who plunders the ideas created by others-so he falls below the level of a lunatic who creates his own distortion of reality, to the level of a parasite of lunacy who seeks a distortion created by others.
    3.7 Part 3 Chapter 7 — "This is John Galt Speaking" (65% in)
  • I heard three parasites assert that my brain and my life were their property, that my right to exist was conditional and depended on the satisfaction of their desires.
    3.7 Part 3 Chapter 7 — "This is John Galt Speaking" (68% in)
  • Just as the parasites around me were proclaiming their helpless dependence on my mind and were expecting me voluntarily to accept a slavery they had no power to enforce, just as they were counting on my self-immolation to provide them with the means of their plan-so throughout the world and throughout men's history, in every version and form, from the extortions of loafing relatives to the atrocities of collectivized countries, it is the good, the able, the men of reason, who act as...
    3.7 Part 3 Chapter 7 — "This is John Galt Speaking" (68% in)
  • As some men were escaping with their bodies into the underground of uninhabited regions, so others could only save their souls and were escaping into the underground of their minds-and no power on earth could tell whether their blankly indifferent eyes were shutters protecting hidden treasures at the bottom of shafts no longer to be mined, or were merely gaping holes of the parasite's emptiness never to be filled.
    3.8 Part 3 Chapter 8 — The Egoist (19% in)

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