Thursday, May 8, 2008

A Simply Awesome Quote.

“Observe the persistence, in mankind’s mythologies, of the legend about a paradise that men had once possessed, the city of Atlantis or the Garden of Eden or some kingdom of perfection, always behind us. The root of that legend exists, not in the past of the race, but in the past of every man. You still retain a sense—not as firm as a memory, but diffused like the pain of hopeless longing—that somewhere in the starting years of your childhood, before you had learned to submit, to absorb the terror of unreason and to doubt the value of your mind, you had known a radiant state of existence, you had known the independence of a rational consciousness facing an open universe. That is the paradise which you have lost, which you seek—which is yours for the taking.”

Ayn Rand, Atlas Shrugged pp. 968 - 969

2 comments:

Rational Jenn said...

I agree--great quote! And it's a good reminder for me, who is trying to raise children in such a way that they never lose that feeling, that "radiant state of existence."

Hmmm...might add it to my own blog.

By the way, saw your post to OBloggers: Hi!

khartoum said...

Hi,
Its great to finally talk to people whome i have been subscribing for quite some time now. I fell in love with the quote as soon as I saw it.

P.S. The first comment prize goes to you..hehe!