Tuesday, February 07, 2012

Good words...

I've been reading Atlas Shrugged this week and I don't know why I waited all these years. It's amazing how topical it really is after being written so many years ago. The following is a great quote; sorry, there may be a bunch of these for the next couple of weeks.

The old man looked as if he had noticed the sudden stop and understood it; but he did not start discussing it; he said, instead, "I don't like the thing that's happening to people, Miss Taggart."


"I don't know. But I've watched them here for twenty years and I've seen the change. They used to rush through here, and it was wonderful to watch, it was the hurry of men who knew where they were going and were eager to get there. Now they're hurrying because they are afraid.

It's not a purpose that drives them, it's fear. They're not going anywhere, they're escaping. And I don't think they know what it is that they want to escape. They don't look at one another. They jerk when brushed against. They smile too much, but it's an ugly kind of smiling: it's not joy, it's pleading. I don't know what it is that's happening to the world." He shrugged. "Oh well, who is John Galt?"

Maybe it's just me, but that short paragraph speaks volumes to me. If you haven't read this one, try it. The new movie is good also and the second part is coming out soon. Y'all have a good 'un.


  1. I was going to buy this last week but for some reason i passed.

  2. I've read it three times...still amazes me.

  3. Rob and Stephen-I just never got around to reading it. When I saw the movie(part 1)I just had to download it. So far so good..

  4. How did you download?? What source ??
    Movie or book?? Book i know from Amazon.

  5. Rob-I downloaded the book on the Kindle and rented the movie from the Redbox.

  6. I have this on my shelf, but I have yet to read it....someday I'll get to it.