Quotes from “Anthem” by Ayn Rand

Андрей
Андрейhas quoted4 years ago
At first, man was enslaved by the gods. But he broke their chains. Then he was enslaved by the kings. But he broke their chains. He was enslaved by his birth, by his kin, by his race. But he broke their chains. He declared to all his brothers that a man has rights which neither god nor king nor other men can take away from him, no matter what their number, for his is the right of man, and there is no right on earth above this right. And he stood on the threshold of freedom for which the blood of the centuries behind him had been spilled.
Андрей
Андрейhas quoted4 years ago
And now, sitting here in our tunnel, we wonder about these words. It is forbidden, not to be happy. For, as it has been explained to us, men are free and the earth belongs to them; and all things on earth belong to all men; and the will of all men together is good for all; and so all men must be happy
cool fella
cool fellahas quoted5 years ago
I wished to know the meaning of things. I am the meaning
durdona1995
durdona1995has quotedlast month
And now I see the face of god, and I raise this god over the earth, this god whom men have sought since men came into being, this god who will grant them joy and peace and pride.

This god, this one word:

"I."
Hunter Minton
Hunter Mintonhas quoted2 months ago
I read many books for many days. Then I called the Golden One, and I told her what I had read and what I had learned. She looked at me and the first words she spoke were:

"I love you."
Hunter Minton
Hunter Mintonhas quoted2 months ago
What is my joy if all hands, even the unclean, can reach into it? What is my wisdom, if even the fools can dictate to me? What is my freedom, if all creatures, even the botched and impotent, are my masters? What is my life, if I am but to bow, to agree, and to obey?
Hunter Minton
Hunter Mintonhas quoted2 months ago
I am neither foe nor friend to my brothers, but such as each of them shall deserve of me. And to earn my love, my brothers must do more than to have been born. I do not grant my love without reason, nor to any chance passer-by who may wish to claim it. I honor men with my love. But honor is a thing to be earned.
Hunter Minton
Hunter Mintonhas quoted2 months ago
We found a room with walls made of shelves, which held rows of manuscripts, from the floor to the ceiling. Never had we seen such a number of them, nor of such strange shape. They were not soft and rolled, they had hard shells of cloth and leather; and the letters on their pages were small and so even that we wondered at the men who had such handwriting. We glanced through the pages, and we saw that they were written in our language, but we found many words which we could not understand. Tomorrow, we shall begin to read these scripts.
Hunter Minton
Hunter Mintonhas quoted2 months ago
"Your eyes are as a flame, but our brothers have neither hope nor fire. Your mouth is cut of granite, but our brothers are soft and humble. Your head is high, but our brothers cringe. You walk, but our brothers crawl. We wish to be damned with you, rather than be blessed with all our brothers. Do as you please with us, but do not send us away from you."

Then they knelt, and bowed their golden head before us.
Hunter Minton
Hunter Mintonhas quoted2 months ago
"We have followed you," they said, "and we shall follow you wherever you go. If danger threatens you, we shall face it also. If it be death, we shall die with you. You are damned, and we wish to share your damnation."
Hunter Minton
Hunter Mintonhas quoted2 months ago
Then a blow of pain struck us, our first and our only. We thought of the Golden One. We thought of the Golden One whom we shall never see again. Then the pain passed. It is best. We are one of the Damned. It is best if the Golden One forget our name and the body which bore that name.
Vasily Betin
Vasily Betinhas quoted4 months ago
is dark here. The flame of the candle stands still in the air.
HJhannah22
HJhannah22has quoted7 months ago
It is the word by which the depraved steal the virtue of the good, by which the weak steal the might of the strong, by which the fools steal the wisdom of the sages.
HJhannah22
HJhannah22has quoted7 months ago
plunder, of misery, falsehood and shame.
HJhannah22
HJhannah22has quoted7 months ago
I am done with the monster of "We," the word of serfdom, of plun
Екатерина Ерина
Екатерина Еринаhas quoted7 months ago
For, as it has been explained to us, men are free and the earth belongs to them; and all things on earth belong to all men; and the will of all men together is good for all; and so all men must be happy.
Екатерина Ерина
Екатерина Еринаhas quoted7 months ago
It is forbidden, not to be happy.
HJhannah22
HJhannah22has quoted7 months ago
Our name is Equality 7-2521, as it is written on the iron bracelet which all men wear on their left wrists with their names upon it. We are twenty-one years old. We are six feet tall, and this is a burden, for there are not many men who are six feet tall. Ever have the Teachers and the Leaders pointed to us and frowned and said: "There is evil in your bones, Equality 7-2521, for your body has grown beyond the bodies of your brothers." But we cannot change our bones nor our body.
Ivanna Mykytey
Ivanna Mykyteyhas quoted8 months ago
en we need it for that w
Ali Sağlam
Ali Sağlamhas quoted10 months ago
Then here, on this mountaintop, with the world below me and nothing above me but the sun, I shall live my own truth. Gaea is pregnant with my child. He will be taught to say "I" and to bear the pride of it. He will be taught to walk straight on his own feet. He will be taught reverence for his own spirit.
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