I have been long wanting to share this. It is one of my favourite lines and very few come close to this one. I cannot tell you enough of how uplifting this makes me feel every single time I read it. Sometimes, I feel like I am probably being too ambitious and that I need to pace myself and prioritize (I rot at it by the way). Oft, this is what tells me that I am not seeking too much. I am alive and that’s why I am thinking and dreaming.
The lines by Ayn Rand from Atlas Shrugged (one of my top favourite books) go like this:
Do not let your fire go out, spark by irreplaceable spark, in the hopeless swamps of the approximate, the not-quite, the not-yet, the not-at-all. Do not let the hero in your soul perish, in lonely frustration for the life you deserved, but have never been able to reach. Check your road and the nature of your battle. The world you desired can be won, it exists, it is real, it is possible, it’s yours. But to win it requires total dedication and a total break with the world of your past, with the doctrine that man is a sacrificial animal who exists for the pleasure of others. Fight for the value of your person. Fight for the virtue of your pride. Fight for the essence, which is man, for his sovereign rational mind. Fight with the radiant certainty and the absolute rectitude of knowing that yours is the morality of life and yours is the battle for any achievement, any value, any grandeur, any goodness, any joy that has ever existed on this earth.
I love Ayn Rand. I can’t tell you how much ever !
Has this happened to you?
P.s. I just wish to share some lines that have influenced me in a big way, positively and not positively, alike. These posts will be super brief coz’ I wouldn’t want to steal the author’s limelight with my interpretations. Serious.