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Cigarettes = Man’s Progress? – “Atlas Shrugged” – Ayn Rand

November 30th, 2010 · No Comments · Conservative Politics, Politics, Quotes

I like cigarettes, Miss Taggart. I like to think of fire held in a man’s hand. Fire, a dangerous force, tamed at his fingertips. I often wonder about the hours when a man sits alone, watching the smoke of a cigarette, thinking. I wonder what great things have come from such hours. When a man thinks, there is a spot of fire alive in his mind—and it is proper that he should have the burning point of a cigarette as his one expression.

The layers of irony here are delicious. Cigarettes = Man’s Progress?

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