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entity
used in Atlas Shrugged

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a person, organization, lifeform, or anything with a separate existence
  • Al! actions are caused by entities.
    3.7 Part 3 Chapter 7 — "This is John Galt Speaking" (53% in)
  • It was as if the centuries had sifted the family's qualities through a fine mesh, had discarded the irrelevant, the inconsequential, the weak, and had let nothing through except pure talent; as if chance, for once, had achieved an entity devoid of the accidental.
    1.5 Part 1 Chapter 5 — The Climax of the D'Anconias (13% in)
  • A train has the two great attributes of life, she thought, motion and purpose; this had been like a living entity, but now it was only a number of dead freight cars and engines.
    2.1 Part 2 Chapter 1 — The Man Who Belonged on Earth (39% in)
  • We are the soul, of which railroads, copper mines, steel mills and oil wells are the body-and they are living entities that beat day and night, like our hearts, in the sacred function of supporting human life, but only so long as they remain our body, only so long as they remain the expression, the reward and the property of achievement.
    2.8 Part 2 Chapter 8 — By Our Love (50% in)
  • He knew that those pleas for help were not addressed to him, but to an entity whose shape he had stolen.
    2.8 Part 2 Chapter 8 — By Our Love (69% in)
  • Who was that philosopher, she thought, who preached that motion exists without any moving entities?
    2.10 Part 2 Chapter 10 — The Sign of the Dollar (67% in)
  • Then she climbed aboard-and the next span of her consciousness was not separate moments and movements, but the sweep of a single motion and a single unit of time, a progression forming one entity, like the notes of a piece of music: from the touch of her hand on the starter-to the blast of the motor's sound that broke off, like a mountain rockslide, all contact with the time behind her-to the circling fall of a blade that vanished in a fragile sparkle of whirling air that cut the space...
    2.10 Part 2 Chapter 10 — The Sign of the Dollar (83% in)
  • She kept seeing his figure in her mind-his figure as he had stood at the door of the structure-she felt nothing else, no wish, no hope, no estimate of her feeling, no name for it, no relation to herself-there was no entity such as herself, she was not a person, only a function, the function of seeing him, and the sight was its own meaning and purpose, with no further end to reach.
    3.1 Part 3 Chapter 1 — Atlantis (62% in)
  • It has long been conceded by all progressive thinkers that there are no entities, only actions-and no values, only consequences.
    3.3 Part 3 Chapter 3 — Anti-Greed (16% in)
  • No-he thought through the early dusk of autumn evenings, looking out the window of his office-no, he was not indifferent to his mills; but the feeling which had once been passion for a living entity was now like the wistful tenderness one feels for the memory of the loved and dead.
    3.6 Part 3 Chapter 6 — The Concerto of Deliverance (3% in)
  • There is only one fundamental alternative in the universe: existence or non-existence-and it pertains to a single class of entities: to living organisms.
    3.7 Part 3 Chapter 7 — "This is John Galt Speaking" (17% in)
  • It is only to a living entity that things can be good or evil.
    3.7 Part 3 Chapter 7 — "This is John Galt Speaking" (17% in)
  • A living entity that regarded its means of survival as evil, would not survive.
    3.7 Part 3 Chapter 7 — "This is John Galt Speaking" (18% in)
  • To exist is to be something, as distinguished from the nothing of non-existence, it is to be an entity of a specific nature made of specific attributes.
    3.7 Part 3 Chapter 7 — "This is John Galt Speaking" (22% in)
  • This, in every hour and every issue, is your basic moral choice: thinking or non-thinking, existence or non-existence, A or non-A, entity or zero.
    3.7 Part 3 Chapter 7 — "This is John Galt Speaking" (25% in)
  • Integrity is the recognition of the fact that you cannot fake your consciousness, just as honesty is the recognition of the fact that you cannot fake existence-that man is an indivisible entity, an integrated unit of two attributes: of matter and consciousness, and that he may permit no breach between body and mind, between action and thought, between his life and his convictions-that, like a judge impervious to public opinion, he may not sacrifice his convictions to the wishes of...
    3.7 Part 3 Chapter 7 — "This is John Galt Speaking" (26% 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)
  • Joy is not 'the absence of pain,' intelligence is not 'the absence of stupidity,' light is not 'the absence of darkness,' an entity is not 'the absence of a nonentity.'
    3.7 Part 3 Chapter 7 — "This is John Galt Speaking" (34% in)
  • You are an indivisible entity of matter and consciousness.
    3.7 Part 3 Chapter 7 — "This is John Galt Speaking" (42% 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)
  • , the universe of a child's nightmare where identities switch and swim, where the rotter and the hero are interchangeable parts arbitrarily assumed at will-that you are a man-that you are an entity-that you are.
    3.7 Part 3 Chapter 7 — "This is John Galt Speaking" (51% in)
  • The nature of an action is caused and determined by the nature of the entities that act; a thing cannot act in contradiction to its nature.
    3.7 Part 3 Chapter 7 — "This is John Galt Speaking" (53% in)
  • An action not caused by an entity would be caused by a zero, which would mean a zero controlling a thing, a nonentity controlling an entity, the non-existent ruling the existent-which is the universe of your teachers' desire, the cause of their doctrines of causeless action, the reason of their revolt against reason, the goal of their morality, their politics, their economics, the ideal they strive for: the reign of the zero.
    3.7 Part 3 Chapter 7 — "This is John Galt Speaking" (53% in)
  • An action not caused by an entity would be caused by a zero, which would mean a zero controlling a thing, a nonentity controlling an entity, the non-existent ruling the existent-which is the universe of your teachers' desire, the cause of their doctrines of causeless action, the reason of their revolt against reason, the goal of their morality, their politics, their economics, the ideal they strive for: the reign of the zero.
    3.7 Part 3 Chapter 7 — "This is John Galt Speaking" (53% in)
  • As they proclaim that the only requirement for running a factory is the ability to turn the cranks of the machines, and blank out the question of who created the factory-so they proclaim that there are no entities, that nothing exists but motion, and blank out the fact that motion presupposes the thing which moves, that without the concept of entity, there can be no such concept as 'motion.'
    3.7 Part 3 Chapter 7 — "This is John Galt Speaking" (56% in)
  • As they proclaim that the only requirement for running a factory is the ability to turn the cranks of the machines, and blank out the question of who created the factory-so they proclaim that there are no entities, that nothing exists but motion, and blank out the fact that motion presupposes the thing which moves, that without the concept of entity, there can be no such concept as 'motion.'
    3.7 Part 3 Chapter 7 — "This is John Galt Speaking" (56% in)
  • It is to a baby that the world appears as a blur of motion, without things that move-and the birth of his mind is the day when he grasps that the streak that keeps flickering past him is his mother and the whirl beyond her is a curtain, that the two are solid entities and neither can turn into the other, that they are what they are, that they exist.
    3.7 Part 3 Chapter 7 — "This is John Galt Speaking" (58% in)
  • She felt with sudden certainty that they feared the precision of his face, the unyielding clarity of his features, the look of being an entity, a look of asserting existence.
    3.8 Part 3 Chapter 8 — The Egoist (98% in)

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