Still working through it. . . . and I don’t agree with much of it.

Everything I Ever Needed To Know I Learned From “Atlas Shrugged” (Part 2)

Happiness is the agent of purification. *** When a man thinks, there is a spot of fire alive in his mind. *** It is not advisable to venture unsolicited opinions. You should spare yourself the embarrassing discovery of their exact value to your listener. *** There’s nothing of any importance in life except how well you do your work.  Nothing. Only that.  Whatever else you are, will come from that.  It’s the only measure of human value. All the codes of ethics they’ll try to ram down your throat are just so much paper money put out by swindlers to fleece people of their virtues. The code of competence is the only system of morality that’s on a gold standard. *** By the standard of our time, the man who has the last to offer is the man who wins. *** That’s how great projects are born – over a drink with friends. *** What is man? He is just a collection of chemicals with delusions of grandeur. *** If one’s actions are honest, one does not need the predated confidence of others, only their rational perceptions. The person who craves a moral blank check of that kind, has dishonest intentions, whether he admits it to himself or not. *** Intelligence? It is such a rare precarious spark that flashes for a moment somewhere among men, and vanishes. One cannot tell its nature or its future or its death. *** There are still a few men in existence. *** Thought is a tool by which one makes a choice. *** No, not an assurance of victory – who can ever have that, only the chance to act, which is all one needs.  *** Everyman learns in his own way and time. *** Celebrations should be only for those who have reason to celebrate. *** Don’t ever get angry at a man for stating the truth. *** People don’t want to think. And the more they get into trouble, the less they want to think. *** Do you know the hallmark of a second rater? Its resentment of another man’s achievement. *** There’s nothing as wasted as an object in a public window. ***Desire presuppose the possibility of an action to achieve it. *** The worst guilt is to accept an undeserved guilt.