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abstract
used in Atlas Shrugged

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abstract thought
Definition
of a concept or idea not associated with any specific instance
  • As he touched it, he realized suddenly that he had thought of an abstraction called "his wife"-not of the woman to whom he was married.
    1.2 Part 1 Chapter 2 — The Chain (31% in)
  • "Friendships," said Taggart in the tone of an idle abstraction, "are more valuable than gold."
    1.3 Part 1 Chapter 3 — The Top and the Bottom (17% in)
  • The other kind of half is the man whom people call practical, the man who despises principles, abstractions, art, philosophy and his own mind.
    2.4 Part 2 Chapter 4 — The Sanction of the Victim (88% in)
  • A circle, she thought, is the movement proper to physical nature, they say that there's nothing but circular motion in the inanimate universe around us, but the straight line is the badge of man, the straight line of a geometrical abstraction that makes roads, rails and bridges, the straight line that cuts the curving aimlessness of nature by a purposeful motion from a start to an end.
    2.8 Part 2 Chapter 8 — By Our Love (6% in)
  • There, she thought, was the ultimate goal of all that loose academic prattle which businessmen had ignored for years, the goal of all the slipshod definitions, the sloppy generalities, the soupy abstractions, all claiming that obedience to objective reality is the same as obedience to the State, that there is no difference between a law of nature and a bureaucrat's directive, that a hungry man is not free, that man must be released from the tyranny of food, shelter and clothing-all of...
    3.5 Part 3 Chapter 5 — Their Brothers' Keepers (15% in)

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  • An abstract, theoretical, academic, cloistered, ivory-tower philosopher...... Yes, Robert Stadler loved them.
    3.2 Part 3 Chapter 2 — The Utopia of Greed (60% in)
  • Miss Taggart, you are using an abstract term, when we are dealing with a matter of practical reality.
    1.7 Part 1 Chapter 7 — The Exploiters and the Exploited (48% in)
  • They are incapable of conceiving of such a thing as abstract science.
    1.7 Part 1 Chapter 7 — The Exploiters and the Exploited (50% in)
  • Do you realize what a feat of pure, abstract science he had to perform before he could make his motor?
    2.1 Part 2 Chapter 1 — The Man Who Belonged on Earth (43% in)
  • Miss Taggart, don't you think that this is a case where one cannot afford to indulge in abstract theory, but must consider practical reality?
    2.2 Part 2 Chapter 2 — The Aristocracy of Pull (54% in)
  • If you want to see an abstract principle, such as moral action, in material form-there it is.
    2.3 Part 2 Chapter 3 — White Blackmail (74% in)
  • I was only discussing the general political picture from an abstract sociological viewpoint which-
    2.4 Part 2 Chapter 4 — The Sanction of the Victim (25% in)
  • What's the matter?" he asked, seeing the look on Rearden's face, a look of intensity much beyond mere interest in an abstract discussion.
    2.4 Part 2 Chapter 4 — The Sanction of the Victim (84% in)
  • Dr. Ferris was astonished to hear him say slowly, in the dispassionate tone of an abstract statement that did not seem to be addressed to his listener, "But all your calculations rest on the fact that Miss Taggart is a virtuous woman, not the slut you're going to call her.
    2.6 Part 2 Chapter 6 — Miracle Metal (79% in)
  • "Did it ever occur to you, Miss Taggart," said Galt, in the casual tone of an abstract discussion, but as if he had known her thoughts, "that there is no conflict of interests among men, neither in business nor in trade nor in their most personal desires-if they omit the irrational from their view of the possible and destruction from their view of the practical?
    3.2 Part 3 Chapter 2 — The Utopia of Greed (74% in)
  • As if refusing to believe that the formulas could fail, Philip burst out with: "Since when did you take to abstract philosophy?
    3.5 Part 3 Chapter 5 — Their Brothers' Keepers (38% in)

There are no more uses of "abstract" in Atlas Shrugged.

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