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scoundrel
used in Atlas Shrugged

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someone without moral principles
  • Just remember that the founder of that family was Nat Taggart, the most notoriously anti-social scoundrel that ever lived, who bled the country white to squeeze a fortune for himself.
    1.8 Part 1 Chapter 8 — The John Galt Line (30% in)
  • The man in Roomette 3, Car No. 11, was a sniveling little neurotic who wrote cheap little plays into which, as a social message, he inserted cowardly little obscenities to the effect that all businessmen were scoundrels.
    2.7 Part 2 Chapter 7 — The Moratorium on Brains (98% in)
  • It stands on the vest of every fat, pig like figure in every cartoon, for the purpose of denoting a crook, a grafter, a scoundrel-as the one sure-fire brand of evil.
    2.10 Part 2 Chapter 10 — The Sign of the Dollar (69% in)
  • The freedom you seek is freedom from the fact that if you stole your wealth, you are a scoundrel, no matter how much you give to charity or how many prayers you recite-that if you sleep with sluts, you're not a worthy husband, no matter how anxiously you feel that you love your wife next morning-that you are an entity, not a series of random pieces scattered through a universe where nothing sticks and nothing commits you to anything.
    3.7 Part 3 Chapter 7 — "This is John Galt Speaking" (51% in)
  • You feel disarmed when you come up against a scoundrel: you believe that evil is bound to win, since the moral is the impotent, the impractical.
    3.7 Part 3 Chapter 7 — "This is John Galt Speaking" (76% in)
  • When men reduce their virtues to the approximate, then evil acquires the force of an absolute, when loyalty to an unyielding purpose is dropped by the virtuous, it's picked up by scoundrels-and you get the indecent spectacle of a cringing, bargaining, traitorous good and a self-righteously uncompromising evil.
    3.7 Part 3 Chapter 7 — "This is John Galt Speaking" (78% in)

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