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Atlas Shrugged: Part I Quotes

  • John Galt: Power-lust is a weed that only grows in the vacant lot on an abandoned mind.
    John Galt: Power-lust is a weed that grows only in the vacant lots of an abandoned mind.


  • Lillian Rearden: A chain. Appropriate, isn't it? It's the chain by which he holds us all in bondage.


  • Paul Larkin: Well, you know the stuff. That you're intractable. That you're ruthless. That you won't allow anyone any voice in the running of your mills. That your only goal is to make steel and to make money.
    Henry Reardon: But that is my only goal.
    Paul Larkin: But you shouldn't say it.


  • Reporter #1: Who is John Galt?
    Dagny Taggart: We are.


  • Francisco D'Anconia: [Music up and under] "...if you saw Atlas, the giant who holds the world on his shoulders, if you saw that he stood, blood running down his chest, his knees buckling, his arms trembling but still trying to hold the world aloft with the last of his strength, and the greater his effort the heavier the world bore down upon his shoulders-what would you tell him to do?"
    Francisco D'Anconia: If you saw Atlas, the giant who holds the world on his shoulders, if you saw that he stood, blood running down his chest, his knees buckling, his arms trembling but still trying to hold the world aloft with the last of his strength, and the greater his effort the heavier the world bore down upon his shoulders-what would you tell him to do?
    Henry "Hank" Rearden: [Music louder] "I . . . don't know. What . . . could he do? What would you tell him?" [Music out]
    Henry "Hank" Rearden: I... don't know. What could he do? What would you tell him?
    Francisco D'Anconia: [Dramatic pause] "To shrug." [Wah wah wahhhh]
    Francisco D'Anconia: To shrug.


  • Ellis Wyatt: "I am leaving it as I found it. Take over. It's yours"


  • Henry Reardon: Because it's mine, that's why.


  • Dagny Taggart: I am an important capitalist. I don't need the government's help to run my railroad business!
    James Taggart: Weren't most of our railroad lines constructed because the government subsidized them?
    Dagny Taggart: NO! It's because I willed them into existence with my mighty intellect! Now get back to lobbying Congress for more tax breaks to subsidize our obsolete business!


  • James Taggart: This "quote" ["I am a producer, therefore, I am awesome and infallible. What the hell did you produce today? Nothing! Suck it, proletariat!" posted by Michael G.] appears *nowhere* in the movie. Not cool, Michael G.!


  • Henry "Hank" Rearden: I "AM" in the business of making money.


  • Henry "Hank" Rearden: Because it's mine!


  • John Galt: The goal of the ?liberals??as it emerges from the record of the past decades?was to smuggle this country into welfare statism by means of single, concrete, specific measures, enlarging the power of the government a step at a time, never permitting these steps to be summed up into principles, never permitting their direction to be identified or the basic issue to be named.
    John Galt: The goal of the "liberals" as it emerges from the record of the past decades was to smuggle this country into welfare statism by means of single, concrete, specific measures, enlarging the power of the government a step at a time, never permitting these steps to be summed up into principles, never permitting their direction to be identified or the basic issue to be named.


  • John Galt: "Thou shalt think"


  • Dagny Taggart: Henry, let's get away.
    Henry Rearden: I wouldn't know what to pack.


  • James Taggart: I am a producer, therefore, I am awesome and infallible. What the hell did you produce today? Nothing! Suck it, proletariat!


  • Dagny Taggart: I know it.


  • Henry Reardon: "I do not seek the good of others as a sanction for my right to exist, nor do I recognize the good of others as a justification for their seizure of my property or their destruction of my life." (2.4.2.73)
    Henry Reardon: I do not seek the good of others as a sanction for my right to exist, nor do I recognize the good of others as a justification for their seizure of my property or their destruction of my life. (2.4.2.73)
    Henry Reardon: I do not seek the good of others as a sanction for my right to exist, nor do I recognize the good of others as a justification for their seizure of my property or their destruction of my life.


  • Dagny Taggart: Well, someone has to do it: Who is John Galt.


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