The Fountainhead-Ayn Rand

October 10, 2008 § 19 Comments

A master piece.Β 

A book which is profound and well amazing! What is your value as an individual? Howard Roark is an architect, for whom architecture is everything.Creation is the hightest virtue of mankind.Those who scumb creation and consider it the property of everyone except the creator,are second handers ,the parasites.And Roark has to face them all,the great ‘society’ against a single man.Goodness,will always remain in those,who believe in it and in themselves and whatever the cost maybe,their is more joy in sticking to what you believe than in giving up and accpeting the tag of ” nobody”.

That love is reverence and worship and glory and the upward glance.Not a bandage for dirty sores.But they don’t know it.Those who speak of love most promiscuously are the ones who’ve never felt it.They make some sort of feeble stew out of sympathy,compassion,contempt and general indifference and they call it love.Once you’ve felt what it means to love as you and I know it-the total passion for the total height-you’re incapable of anything else

One can’t love man without hating most of the creatures who pretend to bear his name.It’s one or the other.One doesn’t love God and sacrilege impartially.Except when one doesn’t know that sacrilege has been commited.Because one doesn’t know God.

The book is one of the best if not the best i have read till date.The book makes you realize that humanity will always have the two classes,those who create and those who eat the creation and the creator.It shows you that belief in yourself is more important belief in anything else.Life is what we make out of it.

The egoist in absolute sense is not the man who sacrifies others.He is the man who stands above the need of using others in any manner.He does not function through them.He is not concerned with them in any primary matter.Not in his aim,not in his motive,not in his thinking,not in his desires,not in the source of his energy.he does not exist for any other man-and he asks no other man to exist for him.This is the only form of brotherhood and mutual respect possible between men

The book gave me the confidence that I am right.Thinking is the way to live and for us to survive we need to think.The book showed me that the path is the same for everyone,when one desires to achieve something,there is always the society,one which doesn’t have a particular source,except within each and everyone of us.There maybe a lot of parasites but our aim is to create.The parasites can feed on and on,yet they can never drain out the energy of those who are born to create.

man cannot survive except through his mind.He comes on earth unarmed.His brain is his only weapon.

I love this book,for all that it says.And the truth is that we all here for a purpose and that purpose,is the goal of the self.It is not the goal of the masses we are here to fulfill but THE GOAL- to do what we want to do the most.If you haven’t read this book,read it.And think while you read.

Picture from here.

I exist because I think.

The light shines the brightest

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§ 19 Responses to The Fountainhead-Ayn Rand

  • pria says:

    I exist because I think.

    This is the best of all.

  • Reema says:

    Good review. Maybe I will read it someday.

  • arvind says:

    nice review.. the same author u told me to about ..
    iwll get some book soon πŸ˜€

  • Priya says:

    Yay! I read it before you did!! πŸ˜›

    Yeah its good….I’d left it after the first part (keating)….
    it became really interesting only from the 2nd part…

    Dominique was worth a mention………
    I love the way she and roark first meet….
    I also liked roarks speech in the court…

    have you checked out the movie ??
    I saw the trailors on youtube !!

  • handmaiden says:

    Oh dear, Ayn Rand rears her head again.

    IMO, ” I think therefore I am” is still much better then, “I exist because I think”.

  • Manoj says:

    So much has been said about this book. For some unknown reason I have not been able to read this one so far. I liked the quotes that you chose to include in the post. I think I should go for it!

  • pj says:

    hey they things expressed in the book are so very good.
    But I wud say Its a bit ideal coz every human can’t reely practice it.

    But still it seems to be a good book as we can atleast hav sum hope of following these. πŸ˜€

  • I have not read this one, but I did read the other book by Ayn Rand – “Atlas Shrugged”. A very nice book. She is clear about what she wants to say but the only complaint is – She makes the same point again , again and again. Sort of like preaching. Secondly, there is one character who is almost a philosopher. That guy keeps ranting the same point for about 350 pages! I really wish the book was shorter. But the concept and the message, overall, is acceptable.

    Destination Infinity

  • vishesh says:

    @pria: πŸ˜€

    @reema: πŸ˜€

    @arvind: πŸ˜€

    @Priya: i haven’t checked out the movie yet πŸ™‚ Yes Dominique was very well portrayed πŸ™‚ And well i agree with you,the first part was a little drag πŸ™‚

    @handmaiden: well the former means to imply you getting an identity in the society but what i am coming to say is,thinking is essential to survive πŸ™‚

    @pj: read it πŸ˜€

    @destination Infinity : i know,i read atlas also πŸ™‚ And yes,she was talking about the same thing over and over again…i think she was trying to force her message,as you pointed out πŸ™‚ This is better that IMO πŸ™‚

  • Jack says:

    I believe the quote is, “I am, therefore I’ll think.”

    “I exist because I think,” implies that non-thinking beings such as animals and plants don’t exist.

    ” I think therefore I am,” implies that I would cease to exist if I stopped thinking.

    Of course, Rand stated that thinking was the key to continued existence for men and mankind in general, and that the refusal to think was the basis of immorality.

  • Sahaja says:

    I read this one about 4 years back,….And Its been my best reads so far and I guess it would be. It is one of those books whom one would love or hate…..Its something which leaves you baffled and provokes you to think…..not only think, but gives a different perspective of various things around us!! Ohh I Love it πŸ™‚

    Did you read Atlas Shrugged??……Do read it πŸ™‚

    I exist coz I think….Very nice idea that you got from the book……My take on all her books is understanding objectivism and virtue of selfishness….

    Coincidentally, I have posted one yesterday on this (but not a review, just my opinions)…..heres the link….
    http://lovelysunrise.wordpress.com/2008/10/12/the-virtue-of-selfishness/
    Would be glad to know if you had similar/different opinions abt the book πŸ™‚

  • vishesh says:

    @jack: I didn’t quote the book,on that one.All the quotes are placed in a yellow box.When i saw I exist because i think,i mean to say,if i don’t think ,i can’t know if what is in front of me is a tree or an animal.

    @sahaja: I have reda atlas πŸ™‚ I don’t believe in coincidence πŸ™‚

  • Kapil says:

    I had heard so much about it but read it quite late in life, especially considering it released in the 1940s but it is never too late too read a good book. I had a similar post on it after I finished reading it. You go through a “Fountainhead” phase after you are done reading it, spotting people and observing who belongs to which kind.

  • Sahaja says:

    “I don’t believe in coincidence” …..I could not get you 😦

  • I haven’t read any of Ayn Rand’s books 😐

  • Jeevan says:

    Seem Interesting book, would try reading.

  • Manasa says:

    Ayn Rand’s books are philosophical and of course, self-centered.. Have bought the book, haven’t touched it, yet πŸ˜€

  • Arjun says:

    I dont know if this is sheer coincidence or destiny, but the fact remains that I stumbled upon this article when I am half way through with the book in discussion. I ve just married Peter to Dominique. Thats where I am. So far so good and I do second Mr./Mrs. destination infinity’s thoughts on Ayn Rand’s writing technique, though only sometimes, of repeating the same thing again and again, as though, preaching…

    And I do appreciate the intense insight into human psyche provided so far.

  • lucy anto says:

    i read this book years ago, and i still keep reading it on and off.What I find interesting is that there is ample food for thought which reveals it self as u read on,like peeling off the different layers of onion skin till u come face to face with the truth—THAT MANS EGO IS THE FOUNTAINHEAD OF MANS PROGRESS.

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