Great Quotes: ‘The Fountainhead’

Empty a man’s soul – and the space is yours to fill. I don’t see why you should looked so shocked, Peter. This is the oldest one of all. Orient up. Didn’t they all preach the sacrifice of personal joy? Under all the complications of verbiage, haven’t they all had a single leitmotif: sacrifice, renunciation, self-denial? Haven’t you been able to catch their theme song – ‘Give up, give up, give up?’ Look at the moral atmosphere of today. Everything enjoyable, from cigarettes to sex to ambition to the profit motive, is considered depraved or sinful. Just prove that a thing makes men happy – and you’ve damned it. That’s how far we’ve come. We’ve tied happiness to guilt. And we’ve got mankind by the throat. … Every system of ethics that preached sacrifice grew into a world power and ruled millions of men.

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