Archive | August, 2013

Peter Keating

20 Aug

In December the Cosmo-Slotnick Building was opened with great ceremony.  There were celebrities, flower horseshoes, newsreel cameras, revolving searchlights and three hours of speeches, all alike.

I should be happy, Peter Keating told himself–and wasn’t… Toohey watched him as he seized his drink and slumped in his seat.  “Wasn’t it grand?” said Toohey.  “That, Peter, is the climax of what you can expect from life.”

Ayn Rand – The Fountainhead

Plant Yourself

20 Aug

Young men of the fairest promise, who begin life upon our shores, inflated by the mountain winds, shined upon by all the stars of God, find the earth below not in unison with these, – but are hindered from action by the disgust which the principles on which business is managed inspire, and turn drudges, or die of disgust, – some of them suicides. What is the remedy? They did not yet see, and thousands of young men as hopeful now crowding to the barriers for the career, do not yet see, that, if the single man plant himself indomitably on his instincts, and there abide, the huge world will come round to him. Patience, – patience..

Ralph Waldo Emerson – The American Scholar