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premise
used in Atlas Shrugged

42 uses
  • The only realm opposed to reality is the realm and premise of death.
    3.7 Part 3 Chapter 7 — "This is John Galt Speaking" (85% in)
  • All their calculations rested on the premise that I wanted to make money.
    1.5 Part 1 Chapter 5 — The Climax of the D'Anconias (85% in)
  • Whenever you think that you are facing a contradiction, check your premises.
    1.7 Part 1 Chapter 7 — The Exploiters and the Exploited (67% in)
  • What he now felt was a violent impulse to order his mother off the premises.
    1.7 Part 1 Chapter 7 — The Exploiters and the Exploited (82% in)
  • If you find it inconceivable that an invention of genius should be abandoned among ruins, and that a philosopher should wish to work as a cook in a diner-check your premises.
    1.10 Part 1 Chapter 10 — Wyatt's Torch (90% in)
  • The pages where he writes about his converter-you can see what premise he's speaking from.
    2.1 Part 2 Chapter 1 — The Man Who Belonged on Earth (43% in)
  • He formulated a new premise of his own and he solved the secret of converting static energy into kinetic power.
    2.1 Part 2 Chapter 1 — The Man Who Belonged on Earth (43% in)
  • It's some sort of fraud, very ancient and very vast-and the key to break it is: to check every premise they teach us, to question every precept, to-"
    2.1 Part 2 Chapter 1 — The Man Who Belonged on Earth (98% in)
  • The man who gave me the cigarette said that in such a case one must check one's premises."
    2.2 Part 2 Chapter 2 — The Aristocracy of Pull (8% in)
  • It is not your particular policy that I challenge, but your moral premise.
    2.4 Part 2 Chapter 4 — The Sanction of the Victim (57% in)
  • Rearden, what's a moral premise?
    2.4 Part 2 Chapter 4 — The Sanction of the Victim (66% in)
  • The thing that makes you sure is a moral premise.
    2.4 Part 2 Chapter 4 — The Sanction of the Victim (67% in)
  • Check your premises.
    2.4 Part 2 Chapter 4 — The Sanction of the Victim (80% in)
  • If you tried to damn sex as evil, you'd still find yourself, against your will, acting on the proper moral premise.
    2.4 Part 2 Chapter 4 — The Sanction of the Victim (86% in)
  • He was an attorney who, some generations earlier, would have represented shoplifters and people who stage accidents on the premises of rich corporations; now he found that he could do better by representing men like Kip Chalmers.
    2.7 Part 2 Chapter 7 — The Moratorium on Brains (46% in)
  • Check your premises, Dagny.
    2.8 Part 2 Chapter 8 — By Our Love (44% in)
  • Check your premises, Miss Taggart.
    3.1 Part 3 Chapter 1 — Atlantis (71% in)
  • They grant the enemy's basic premise, thus granting the sanction of reason to formal dementia, A basic premise is an absolute that permits no co-operation with its antithesis and tolerates no tolerance.
    3.1 Part 3 Chapter 1 — Atlantis (80% in)
  • They grant the enemy's basic premise, thus granting the sanction of reason to formal dementia, A basic premise is an absolute that permits no co-operation with its antithesis and tolerates no tolerance.
    3.1 Part 3 Chapter 1 — Atlantis (80% in)
  • Litigants obey the verdict of a tribunal solely on the premise that there is an objective rule of conduct, which they both accept.
    3.1 Part 3 Chapter 1 — Atlantis (82% in)
  • Let them check their premises.
    3.2 Part 3 Chapter 2 — The Utopia of Greed (61% in)
  • But this-she thought-was men's moral code in the outer world, a code that told them to act on the premise of one another's weakness, deceit and stupidity, and this was the pattern of their lives, this struggle through a fog of the pretended and unacknowledged, this belief that facts are not solid or final, this state where, denying any form to reality, men stumble through life, unreal and unformed, and die having never been born.
    3.2 Part 3 Chapter 2 — The Utopia of Greed (73% in)
  • Just take that question back with you, as the last premise left for you to check.
    3.2 Part 3 Chapter 2 — The Utopia of Greed (87% in)
  • You have heard him denounced in the past as a reactionary who opposed every step, measure, slogan and premise of the present system.
    3.3 Part 3 Chapter 3 — Anti-Greed (75% in)
  • But danger, to him, was a signal to shut off his sight, suspend his judgment and pursue an unaltered course, on the unstated premise that the danger would remain unreal by the sovereign power of his wish not to see it-like a foghorn within him, blowing, not to sound a warning, but to summon the fog.
    3.4 Part 3 Chapter 4 — Anti-Life (10% in)
  • The d'Anconia workers everywhere had been handed their last pay checks, in cash, at nine A.M., and by nine-thirty had been moved off the premises.
    3.5 Part 3 Chapter 5 — Their Brothers' Keepers (19% in)
  • Then she saw the answer; she saw the secret premise behind their words.
    3.5 Part 3 Chapter 5 — Their Brothers' Keepers (72% in)
  • It is the act of unfocusing your mind and inducing an inner fog to escape the responsibility of judgment-on the unstated premise that a thing will not exist if only you refuse to identify it, that A will not be A so long as you do not pronounce the verdict 'It is.'
    3.7 Part 3 Chapter 7 — "This is John Galt Speaking" (24% in)
  • To the extent to which a man is rational, life is the premise directing his actions.
    3.7 Part 3 Chapter 7 — "This is John Galt Speaking" (25% in)
  • To the extent to which he is irrational, the premise directing his actions is death.
    3.7 Part 3 Chapter 7 — "This is John Galt Speaking" (25% in)
  • ...all of man's values, it has to be earned-that of any achievements open to you, the one that makes all others possible is the creation of your own character-that your character, your actions, your desires, your emotions are the products of the premises held by your mind-that as man must produce the physical values he needs to sustain his life, so he must acquire the values of character that make his life worth sustaining-that as man is a being of self-made wealth, so he is a being of...
    3.7 Part 3 Chapter 7 — "This is John Galt Speaking" (29% in)
  • Whoever, to whatever purpose or extent, initiates the use of force, is a killer acting on the premise of death in a manner wider than murder: the premise of destroying man's capacity to live.
    3.7 Part 3 Chapter 7 — "This is John Galt Speaking" (32% in)
  • Whoever, to whatever purpose or extent, initiates the use of force, is a killer acting on the premise of death in a manner wider than murder: the premise of destroying man's capacity to live.
    3.7 Part 3 Chapter 7 — "This is John Galt Speaking" (32% in)
  • But you know the unadmitted answer, refusing to acknowledge what you see, what hidden premise moves your world.
    3.7 Part 3 Chapter 7 — "This is John Galt Speaking" (44% in)
  • Death is the premise at the root of their theories, death is the goal of their actions in practice-and you are the last of their victims.
    3.7 Part 3 Chapter 7 — "This is John Galt Speaking" (67% in)
  • ...where you seek to make the concept 'human' mean the weakling, the fool, the rotter, the liar, the failure, the coward, the fraud, and to exile from the human race the hero, the thinker, the producer, the inventor, the strong, the purposeful, the pure-as if 'to feel' were human, but to think were not, as if to fail were human, but to succeed were not, as if corruption were human, but virtue were not —as if the premise of death were proper to man, but the premise of life were not.
    3.7 Part 3 Chapter 7 — "This is John Galt Speaking" (71% in)
  • ...where you seek to make the concept 'human' mean the weakling, the fool, the rotter, the liar, the failure, the coward, the fraud, and to exile from the human race the hero, the thinker, the producer, the inventor, the strong, the purposeful, the pure-as if 'to feel' were human, but to think were not, as if to fail were human, but to succeed were not, as if corruption were human, but virtue were not —as if the premise of death were proper to man, but the premise of life were not.
    3.7 Part 3 Chapter 7 — "This is John Galt Speaking" (71% in)
  • A man who has no virtues is a hater of existence who acts on the premise of death; to help him is to sanction his evil and to support his career of destruction.
    3.7 Part 3 Chapter 7 — "This is John Galt Speaking" (86% in)
  • We will rebuild America's system on the moral premise which had been its foundation, but which you treated as a guilty underground, in your frantic evasion of the conflict between that premise and your mystic morality: the premise that man is an end in himself, not the means to the ends of others, that man's life, his freedom, his happiness are his by inalienable right.
    3.7 Part 3 Chapter 7 — "This is John Galt Speaking" (88% in)
  • We will rebuild America's system on the moral premise which had been its foundation, but which you treated as a guilty underground, in your frantic evasion of the conflict between that premise and your mystic morality: the premise that man is an end in himself, not the means to the ends of others, that man's life, his freedom, his happiness are his by inalienable right.
    3.7 Part 3 Chapter 7 — "This is John Galt Speaking" (88% in)
  • We will rebuild America's system on the moral premise which had been its foundation, but which you treated as a guilty underground, in your frantic evasion of the conflict between that premise and your mystic morality: the premise that man is an end in himself, not the means to the ends of others, that man's life, his freedom, his happiness are his by inalienable right.
    3.7 Part 3 Chapter 7 — "This is John Galt Speaking" (88% in)
  • The political system we will build is contained in a single moral premise: no man may obtain any values from others by resorting to physical force.
    3.7 Part 3 Chapter 7 — "This is John Galt Speaking" (97% in)

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