Quotes Wall: Anthem by Ayn Rand

 


This god, this one word “I”. 

 

we know well that there is no transgression blacker than to do or think alone.

 

The Council of Scholars has said that we all know the things which exist and therefore all the things which are not known by all do not exist. 

 

We have broken the law, but we have never doubted it. Yet now, as we walk the forest, we are learning to doubt.

 

And questions give us no rest.
We must know that we may know. 

 

Many words have been granted me, and some are wise, and some are false, but only three are holy: “I will it!” 

 

The Golden One stopped suddenly and said: 
“We love you.” 
But then they frowned and shook their head and looked at us helplessly. 
“No,” they whispered, “that is not what we wished to say.” 
They were silent, then they spoke slowly, and their words were halting, like the words of a child learning to speak for the first time: “We are one… alone… and only… and we love you who are one… alone… and only.” 

quotes from “Anthem”, a novel by Ayn Rand.


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8 thoughts on “Quotes Wall: Anthem by Ayn Rand

  1. Very profound quotes. You have selected well.

    “The Council of Scholars has said that we all know the things which exist and therefore all the things which are not known by all do not exist. ”

    A very important mistake which many people make. I like this quote specially because even a person of low intelligence can perhaps see that it is not true but this does not stop him from making the same mistake nonetheless when he is part of a group.

    Do you think that there are people who actually will believe it to be true? I want to know your thoughts about it?

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    • Well, hello, thanks for your comment :)

      I do think so actually. Look at our science for example, it’s not yet to such an extreme as in the book, but already we have decided what our parameter for truth is and we base our belief on it. If science says it is not possible, than most of us will believe it, worse: some of us will know it.

      We all know (or should know) that when it comes to science everything is a theory and all is true only until somebody gives a good argument for which it shouldn’t be true. Yet, we take scientific theories for laws. Isn’t that a bit like in Rand’s book?

      Of course our society is not to the point of being dystopian as the book’s one, but it has the basis for it. It wouldn’t develop like in the book, but it would be bad nonetheless.

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  2. Hi Sara, I agree with you what you write about science. But just to set the record straight:-

    You wrote,”——- and all is true only until somebody gives a good argument for which it shouldn’t be true.”

    What is true is true and what is untrue is untrue, Truth or untruth does not depend upon what science says or what people believe or what anyone knows or does not know. Whether the Earth is flat or not flat does not depend upon human knowledge.
    Do you agree?

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    • Unfortunately I don’t know enough to properly answer that question. I’ve read “Anthem” and liked it as a dystopian novel, but I’ve looked up the author’s philosophy quickly and without much interest. In general, and for what little I picked up, I both disagree with her and see her points. She says that the individual’s own survival is the ultimate value, I can see her point there. About her supporting Capitalism, although I see why she would considering her past, I don’t share the same ideas.
      Anyway, I agree that we should think about our own happiness and life first. Otherwise, how can we help others? Her reasons though are a bit too materialistic for my liking.

      What do you think?

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  3. I have been much impressed by Ayn Rand though I disagree about many things with her. I am not interested in Capitalism or Socialism etc. and many other things she writes about.
    What I really admire about her are some of the things she brings to light in epistemology and metaphysics. For instance:-

    A is A. (the law of identity) and then its derivative A is not non A (the law of non-contradiction).

    This is so simple but is of huge significance in epistemology and metaphysics and for all human thought. This comes originally from Aristotle and early Greek philosophers .

    But she commits a big mistake in that she does not understand what an observer brings to what the result of the observation is. This is Kant’s great insight and Rand absolutely dislikes Kant and does not understand him.

    Does it make any sense to you?

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    • Well, I have studied Greek philosophy and I know the law of identity, but I haven’t read Rand’s work about it. So yeah, it does makes sense, but it’s not my favourite topic in philosophy so I haven’t looked too deeply into it.

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