Hardly any book reader can skip reading the classic, ‘Atlas Shrugged’ by Ayn Rand. The book is life-changing.
When we talk about the classic, Atlas Shrugged it is best to learn the meaning behind its title.
Atlas was a Greek Titan who is often seen holding the celestial spheres on his back, taking its burden. The statues of Atlas are also interpreted as the Greek God who took the burden of the world on his shoulders. Atlas in the title symbolises him.
Shrugged simply means ‘shrugging the shoulders’. So if Atlas Shrugged, he would be putting off the burden of the world from his shoulders. When you read the book you will understand why the title is so apt.
This is what the book says, “If you saw Atlas, the giant who holds the world on his shoulders, if you saw that he stood, blood running down his chest, his knees buckling, his arms trembling but still trying to hold the world aloft with the last of his strength, and the greater his effort the heavier the world bore down upon his shoulders – What would you tell him?”
I don’t know. What could he do? What would you tell him?”
Here are 7 quotes from the book that are very powerful:
1. “Do not let your fire go out, spark by irreplaceable spark in the hopeless swamps of the not-quite, the not-yet, and the not-at-all. Do not let the hero in your soul perish in lonely frustration for the life you deserved and have never been able to reach. The world you desire can be won. It exists… it is real… it is possible…it’s yours.”
2. “If you tell a beautiful woman that she is beautiful, what have you given her? It’s no more than a fact and it has cost you nothing. But if you tell an ugly woman that she is beautiful, you offer her the great homage of corrupting the concept of beauty. To love a woman for her virtues is meaningless. She’s earned it, it’s a payment, not a gift. But to love her for her vices is a real gift, unearned and undeserved. To love her for her vices is to defile all virtue for her sake – and that is a real tribute of love, because you sacrifice your conscience, your reason, your integrity and your invaluable self-esteem.”
3. “Never think of pain or danger or enemies a moment longer than is necessary to fight them.”
4. “I swear by my life and my love of it that I will never live for the sake of another man, nor ask another man to live for mine.”
5. “If you don’t know, the thing to do is not to get scared, but to learn.”
6. “What greater wealth is there than to own your life and to spend it on growing? Every living thing must grow. It can’t stand still. It must grow or perish.”
7. “If one’s actions are honest, one does not need the predated confidence of others.”
Didn’t these quotes stir up your soul?
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