John Galt: The main character of the novel, John Galt is the man who dominates the action, though he doesn't appear until two-thirds of the way through the novel. John Galt is the character who conceives, initiates and carries to a successful conclusion the strike of the great minds that forms the core of the novel's action. He is both the inventor of the motor (found by Dagny and Hank Reardon in the chapter at an old factory in the book) and the "destroyer" that Dagny fears.
“Pride is the recognition of the fact that you are your own highest value and, like all of man’s values, it has to be earned.”
“For centuries, the battle of morality was fought between those who claimed that your life belongs to God and those who claimed that it belongs to your neighbors - between those who preached that the good is self-sacrifice for the sake of ghosts in heaven and those who preached that the good is self-sacrifice for the sake of incompetents on earth. And no one came to say that your life belongs to you and that the good is to live it.”
“All work is creative work if done with a fully thinking mind.”
“Did you get your money by fraud? By pandering to men’s vices or men’s stupidity? By catering to fools, in the hope of getting more than your ability deserves? By lowering your standards? By doing work you despise for purchasers you scorn? If so, then your money will not give you a moment’s or a penny’s worth of joy.”
“‘I am, therefore I’ll think.’”
“But one form of torture remained untouched by the years, the torture of the word “why?””
“The evil of the world is made possible by nothing but the sanction you give it.”
“Until and unless you discover that money is the root of all good, you ask for your own destruction. When money ceases to become the means by which men deal with one another, then men become the tools of other men. Blood, whips and guns--or dollars. Take your choice--there is no other.”
“The purpose of morality is to teach you, not to suffer and die, but to enjoy yourself and live.”
“Whatever he was-- that robot in the Garden of Eden, who existed without mind, without values, without labor, without love-- he was not man.”
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