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used in Atlas Shrugged

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loss of the ability to move the body or a part of it


inability to act or make a decision
  • They have no way of knowing what he feels when surrounded by inferiors-hatred? no, not hatred, but boredom the terrible, hopeless, draining, paralyzing boredom.
    2.1 Part 2 Chapter 1 — The Man Who Belonged on Earth (50% in)
  • She had stopped for blank moments in the middle of her office, paralyzed by despair at the rigidity of time which she could not stretch any further-on a day when urgent appointments had succeeded one another, when she had discussed worn Diesels, rotting freight cars, failing signal systems, falling revenues, while thinking of the latest emergency on the Rio Norte construction; when she had talked, with the vision of two streaks of green-blue metal cutting across her mind; when she had...
    1.7 Part 1 Chapter 7 — The Exploiters and the Exploited (6% in)
  • He stood, paralyzed, shocked by the brutality of his own reaction.
    1.10 Part 1 Chapter 10 — Wyatt's Torch (36% in)
  • It was the moment when-alone in his office, on a winter evening, held paralyzed by a newspaper spread on his desk with a long column of directives on the front page-he had heard on the radio the news of Ellis Wyatt's flaming oil fields.
    2.1 Part 2 Chapter 1 — The Man Who Belonged on Earth (62% in)
  • There were spots of immobility in the motion of the crowd, like spreading blotches of paralysis; there was a sudden stillness, as if a motor had been cut off; then came the frantic, jerking, purposeless, rudderless movement of objects bumping down a hill by the blind mercy of gravitation and of every rock they hit on the way.
    2.2 Part 2 Chapter 2 — The Aristocracy of Pull (99% in)
  • This was his period of training for solitude, he thought; he had to learn to live without any awareness of people, the awareness that now paralyzed him with revulsion.
    2.7 Part 2 Chapter 7 — The Moratorium on Brains (15% in)
  • It will remove from human existence the terrible threat of sudden paralysis....
    3.1 Part 3 Chapter 1 — Atlantis (70% in)
  • Dr. Stadler did not move or answer; as the seconds clicked past and his face still held an unchanged expression, it began to look paralyzed.
    3.3 Part 3 Chapter 3 — Anti-Greed (21% in)
  • In the audience booth, James Taggart and Lillian Rearden sat frozen, like animals paralyzed by the headlight of a train rushing down upon them; they were the only ones present who knew the connection between the words they were hearing and the theme of the broadcast; it was too late for them to move; they dared not assume the responsibility of a movement or of whatever was to follow.
    3.3 Part 3 Chapter 3 — Anti-Greed (77% in)
  • To interpose the threat of physical destruction between a man and his perception of reality, is to negate and paralyze his means of survival; to force him to act against his own judgment, is like forcing him to act against his own sight.
    3.7 Part 3 Chapter 7 — "This is John Galt Speaking" (32% in)
  • She turned to Eddie Willers, who had watched the men around them with a look of so great an indignation that he seemed paralyzed —as if his brain were crying, "It's evil!" and could not move to any further thought.
    3.8 Part 3 Chapter 8 — The Egoist (9% in)
  • "Hey, Pete, he is!" cried the second guard, paralyzed by Francisco's manner.
    3.10 Part 3 Chapter 10 — In the Name of the Best Among Us (9% in)

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