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Fragmente aus verlorenen Tagen * Rainer Maria Rilke

images-1….Wie Vögel, welche sich gewöhnt ans Gehn
und immer schwerer werden, wie im Fallen:
die Erde saugt aus ihren langen Krallen
die mutige Erinnerung von allen
den großen Dingen, welche hoch geschehn,
und macht sie fast zu Blättern, die sich dicht
am Boden halten, –


…Like birds that get used to walking
and grow heavier and heavier, as in falling:
the earth sucks out of their long claws
the brave memory of all
the great things that happen high up,
and makes them almost into leaves that cling
tightly to the ground, –

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Heaven * George Herbert * The echo poem

wood_nymphs_by_adysmithO who will show me those delights on high?
Echo.         I.
Thou Echo, thou art mortall, all men know.
Echo.         No.
Wert thou not born among the trees and leaves?
Echo.         Leaves.
And are there any leaves, that still abide?
Echo.         Bide.
What leaves are they? impart the matter wholly.
Echo.         Holy.
Are holy leaves the Echo then of blisse?
Echo.         Yes.
Then tell me, what is that supreme delight?
Echo.         Light.
Light to the minde : what shall the will enjoy?
Echo.         Joy.
But are there cares and businesse with the pleasure?
Echo.         Leisure.
Light, joy, and leisure ; but shall they persever?
Echo.         Ever.

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John Galt’s Speech * Ayn Rand and Atlas Shrugged

For twelve years you’ve been asking “Who is John Galt?” This is John Galt speaking. I’m the man who’s taken away your victims and thus destroyed your world. You’ve heard it said that this is an age of moral crisis and that Man’s sins are destroying the world. But your chief virtue has been sacrifice, and you’ve demanded more sacrifices at every disaster. You’ve sacrificed justice to mercy and happiness to duty. So why should you be afraid of the world around you? Continue reading “John Galt’s Speech * Ayn Rand and Atlas Shrugged”

Who was Ayn Rand?

Ayn Rand was born 2 February 1905 in St. Petersburg [Leningrad], Russia, nee Alissa Zinovievna Rosenbaum. She came to America in 1926, lived for a while with relatives in Chicago, then moved to Hollywood, where she worked for Cecil B. DeMille and others. She met and married Frank O’Connor on 15 April 1929, and she became a U.S. citizen in 1931.

Ayn Rand was one of the most important philosophers of the XXth Century.

popupShe and Frank moved to New York City, after which her first major work, the play now known as “The Night of January 16th”, was produced in Los Angeles & on Broadway (1934-35); her first published novel was “We The Living” in 1936. The novel “Anthem” was published in 1938; her stage play “The Unconquered” had a short Broadway run in 1940; and her novel “The Fountainhead” was published in 1943. She and Frank then returned to California, partly due to her involvement in the filming of “The Fountainhead”, which was released by Warner Bros. in 1949.
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The longing of Dagny * Atlas Shrugged

I’m slowly making my way through this beast of a novel and I feel for Dagny Taggart the most. She’s a woman, over-achiever in a man’s world, running a powerful business full-steam and in spite of all the dead weight hanging on to her in form of her incapable brother and board of directors. But she is missing something, something other women seem to have with no trouble. Something her work has driven out of her life and possibly never to be seen again.

Read more to find out what it was.

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” If ” by Rudyard Kipling

If you can keep your head when all about you 
Are losing theirs and blaming it on you; 
If you can trust yourself when all men doubt you, 
But make allowance for their doubting too; 
If you can wait and not be tired by waiting, 
Or, being lied about, don't deal in lies, 
Or, being hated, don't give way to hating, 
And yet don't look too good, nor talk too wise; 

If you can dream - and not make dreams your master; 
If you can think - and not make thoughts your aim; 
If you can meet with triumph and disaster 
And treat those two imposters just the same; 
If you can bear to hear the truth you've spoken 
Twisted by knaves to make a trap for fools, 
Or watch the things you gave your life to broken, 
And stoop and build 'em up with wornout tools; 

If you can make one heap of all your winnings 
And risk it on one turn of pitch-and-toss, 
And lose, and start again at your beginnings 
And never breathe a word about your loss; 
If you can force your heart and nerve and sinew 
To serve your turn long after they are gone, 
And so hold on when there is nothing in you 
Except the Will which says to them: "Hold on"; 

If you can talk with crowds and keep your virtue, 
Or walk with kings - nor lose the common touch; 
If neither foes nor loving friends can hurt you; 
If all men count with you, but none too much; 
If you can fill the unforgiving minute 
With sixty seconds' worth of distance run - 
Yours is the Earth and everything that's in it, 
And - which is more - you'll be a Man my son!

Snow poem

Snow is what it does.
It falls and it stays and it goes.
It melts and it is here somewhere.
We all will get there.


Francisco’s Speech in Atlas Shrugged: Money is the root of all evil

Rearden heard Bertram Scudder, outside the group, say to a girl who made some sound of indignation,

“Don’t let him disturb you. You know, money is the root of all evil – and he’s the typical product of money.”

Rearden did not think that Francisco could have heard it, but he saw Francisco turning to them with a gravely courteous smile.

“So you think that money is the root of all evil?” said Francisco d’Aconia. “Have you ever asked what is the root of money? Money is a tool of exchange, which can’t exist unless there are goods produced and men able to produce them. Money is the material shape of the principle that men who wish to deal with one another must deal by trade and give value for value. Money is not the tool of the moochers, who claim your product by tears, or of the looters, who take it from you by force. Money is made possible only by the men who produce. Is this what you consider evil?

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The Philosophy of Time Travel – A fictional book created by a fictional character

   The “Philosophy of Time Travel” is a fictional book written by character Roberta Sparrow, or more commonly referred to as “Grandma Death”. Dr. Kenneth Monnitoff gives this book to Donnie during one of their conversations about time travel. Since Roberta Sparrow is a fictional character in the movie Donnie Darko, it is not clear who has written this book, but it was most likely the director, Richard Kelly or his staff. It was included on the Official DVD to help viewers understand the plot of the movie and to help explain many of the occurring events. The book has chapters missing from it, most likely on purpose to give it more of an authentic feel, since if such a book existed, it would probably contain large amounts of extraneous information which is not needed to understand the plot. Below is a copy of “The Philosophy of Time Travel” with comments and examples I have added to help show the relationship between the book and the movie ( * denotes a comment).

The fact that Roberta Sparrow has written this book, and overnight completely switched from being a nun to a science teacher, leads us to believe that she has gone through what Donnie is going through in this movie. There is no actual proof that she has gone through this since there would be no evidence of it ever occurring.

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