Saturday, November 28, 2009

FountainHead Dialogue#10 - pg 441

Peter Keating to Mrs.Keating (Dominique) on why she's no longer behaving like she used to before they were married.
D: Whats the real me?
P: Whats the real anyone? Its not just the body. Its ... its the soul.
D: What is the soul?
P: Its - you. The thing inside you.
D: The thing that values and makes decisions? So there are 2 things one cant give up: one's thoughts and one's desires?
P: Yes! Oh you do understand! So you see, you're like a corpse to everybody around you. A kindof walking death. Thats worse than any active crime. Its...
D: Negation?
P: Yes. Just blank negation. You're not here. You've never been here. If you'd tell me that the curtains in this room are ghastly and if you'd rip them off and put up some you like - something of you would be real, here, in this room. But you never have. You've never told the cook what dessert you liked for dinner. You're not here, Dominique. You're not alive. Where's your I?
D: Where's yours, Peter?

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

FountainHead Dialogue#9 - pg 354

Dominique came to Roark's room on the evening when Stoddard announced his lawsuit.
R: You're wrong. I dont feel that.
D: I dont want to know.
R: I want you to know. What you're thinking is much worse than the truth. I dont believe it matters to me - that they're going to destroy it. Maybe it hurts so much that I dont even know I'm hurt. But I dont think so. If you want to carry it for my sake, dont carry more than I do. I'm not capable of suffering completely. I never have. It goes only down to a certain point and then it stops. As long as there is that untouched point, its not really pain. You mustnt look like that.
D: Where does it stop?
R: Where I can think of nothing and feel nothing except that I designed that temple. I built it. Nothing else can seem very important.
D: You shouldnt have built it. You shouldnt have delivered it to the sort of thing they are doing.
R: That doesnt matter. Not even that they'll destroy it. Only that it had existed.

FountainHead Dialogue#8 - pg 353

Roark to Austen Heller after refusing to hire an attorney for his trial.
R: Austen, there are some rules I'm perfectly willing to obey. I'm willing to wear the kind of clothes everybody wears, to eat the same food and use the same subways. But there are some things which I cant do their way - and this is one of them.
A: What do you know abt the courtroom and laws? Hes going to win.
R: To win what?
A: His case.
R: Is the case of any importance? Theres nothing I can do to stop him from touching the building. He owns it. He can blast it off the face of the earth or make a glue factory out of it. He can do it whether I win the suit or lose it.

FountainHead Dialogue#7 - pg 340

After Roark appointed Mallory the sculptor for the Stoddard Temple...

M:You said something yesterday about a first law. A law demanding that man seek the best ... It was funny... The unrecognized genius - thats an old story. Have you ever thought of a much worse one - the genius recognized too well? That a great many men are poor fools who cant see the best - thats nothing. One cant get angry at that. But do you understand about the men who see it and dont want it?

R: No.

M: No. You wouldnt. I spent all night thinking about you. I didnt sleep at all. Do you know what your secret is? Its your terrible innocence. No its not funny. I know what I'm talking about - and you dont. You cant know. Its because of that absolute health of yours. You're so healthy that you cant conceive of disease. You know of it. But you dont really believe it. I do. I'm wiser than you are about some things, b/c I'm weaker. I understand - the other side. Thats what it did to me ... you saw yesterday.

Saturday, November 21, 2009

People mag: Sexiest men alive 2009

Well George Clooney didnt make it to the top 15 which leaves me a bit disappointed but am elated that Johnny Depp is tops ;) Atleast someone agrees =D I see our "desi" boys like Hrithik and John Abraham never make to the top 20. If Indian people also started voting we could also get Vikram and Surya on the list!! =)hmmm...

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Thursday, November 19, 2009

FountainHead Dialogue#6 - pg 327

Hopton Stoddard to Roark on building his temple of faith..

H:"So you see Mr.Roark, though it is to be a religious edifice, it is also more than that. You notice that we call it the Temple of the Human Spirit. We want to capture in stone, as others capture in music - not some narow creed, but the essence of all religion. And what is the essence of all religion? The great aspiration of the human spirit toward the highest, the noblest, the best. The human spirit as the creator and the conqueror of the ideal. The great life-giving force of the universe. The heroic human spirit. That is your assignment, Mr.Roark."

R:"Mr.Stoddard, I'm afraid you've made a mistake. I dont think I'm the man you want. I dont think it would be right for me to undertake it. I dont believe in God"

H:"That doesnt matter. You're a profoundly religious man, Mr.Roark -in your own way. I can see that in your buildings.
I wish to call it God. You may choose any other name. But what I want in that building is your spirit, Give me the best of that- and you will have done your job"

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Ali maula - Kurbaan

Okay a teeny weeny break from my Fountain Head dialogues. The song stuck in my head currently is from the movie Kurbaan which would be released by the end of this month I believe. The song Ali Maula has a strong vibe ... atleast for me. I was actually looking for the english translation of this song but could not find yet; so let me be first to do the needful. Looks like its persian, I actually thought it was urdu. I can decipher some words not all.

La fatah illa ali
(Theres no man as strong/brave as Ali)
La saife illa zulfiqar
(Theres no true sword except Zulfiqar [the sword given by prophet Mohammed])

Himmatein ataa karo
O madadgaar maula
(Give me strength oh God the helper)

Aap hi ho quwwate
Parwardigaar maula
(Thou art the power/energy oh God)

O shahe mardaan, shere yazdaan
Jaan fida tumpe maula
(Oh King of men, the lion of yazdan
my life is on you oh Lord)

below is pure guess... ;)

Jazbaat kya hain maula
(what are feelings oh lord)
Haalat kya hain maula
(what are situations )
Ke shaatir iske
(shaatir - excellent)
Saare vaar hain
(everyone is defeated? ... even the best are defeated?)
Har saanse khwahish sile
(theres a dream in every breath)
Saazish hai kuch hain gile
(there are some conspiracies and some complaints )
Ke mushkilaatein
Beshumaar hain
(there are countless problems)

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Wednesday, November 11, 2009

FountainHead Dialogue#5 - pg300

Ellsworth M. Toohey to Peter Keating

"Kindness, Peter, kindness. That is the first commandment, perhaps the only one. That is why I had to pan that new play, in my column yesterday. That play lacked essential kindness. We must be kind, Peter, to everybody around us. We must accept and forgive- there is so much to be forgiven in each one of us. If you learn to love everything, the humblest, the least, the meanest, then the meanest in you will be loved. Then we'll find the sense of universal equality, the great peace of brotherhood, a new world, Peter, a beautiful new world..."

FountainHead Dialogue#4 - pg299

Gordon L. Prescott making a speech on architecture in Toohey's Council of American builders...

"I shall state this in simpler terms - for sake of clarity: "nothing" is superior to "something". The architect is a metaphysical priest dealing in basic essentials, who has the courage to face the primal conception of reality as nonreality - since there is nothing and he creates nothingness. "

Monday, November 09, 2009

FountainHead dialogue#3 - pg 245

Keating discussing w/ Cook on the plan for her new house...

C: "And, Keating, I want the house to be ugly. Magnificiently ugly. I want it to be the ugliest house in New York."
K: "The ... ugliest, Miss Cook?"
C: "Sweetheart, the beautiful is so commonplace!"
K: "Yes, but ... but I ... well, I dont see how I could permit myself to ..."
C: "Keating, wheres your courage? Arent you capable of a sublime gesture on occasion? They all work so hard and struggle and suffer, trying to achieve beauty, trying to surpass one another in beauty. Lets surpass them all! Lets throw their sweaat in their face. Lets destroy them at one stroke. Lets be gods. Lets be ugly."

Foutainhead Dialogue#2 - pg163

Roark explaining Janss on buildings...

"I dont know that I've ever thought anything about why a building was beautiful, one way or another," Mr.Janss confessed, "but I guess thats what the public wants."

R: "why do you suppose they want it?"
J: "You've got to consider the public"
R: "Dont you know thats most people take most things because thats what given to them, and they have no opinion whatever? Do you wish to be guided by what they expect you to think they think or by your own judgement?"
J: "You cant force it down their throats."
R: "You dont have to. You must only be patient. Because on your side you have reason -oh, I know, its something no one really wants to have on his side - and against you, you have just a vague, fat, blind inertia"
J: "Why do you think I dont want reason on my side?"
R: "Its not you, Mr.Janss. Its the way most people feel. They have to take a chance, everything they do is taking a chance, but they feel so much safer when they take it on something they know to be ugly, vain and stupid."

Saturday, November 07, 2009

The Fountainhead... dialogue#1

After lot of unsuccessful attempts to finish this book ... I never got to ever finish it. But this time I'm very much determined to complete it... I'll be posting some of my favorite dialogues as I read it...
======Page 141=======
Dialogue b/n Alvah and Dominique
A:"What do you want? Perfection?"
D:"__or nothing. So, you see, I take the nothing."
A:"That doesnt make sense."
D:"I take the only desire one can permit oneself. Freedom, Alvah, freedom."
A:"You call that freedom?"
D:"To ask nothing. To expect nothing. To depend on nothing."

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The sixth wife of Henry VIII

Written by Jean Plaidy pen name for author Eleanor Hibbert. It was strange to know that kings in those days took the liberty to behead their wives if he got interested in another. Not sure if thats entirely true. But Catherine Parr the sixth wife was the only one in Henry VIII's life who survived or rather escaped going to the tower as he was old and needed her as a nurse. His other wives were either beheaded or divorced and one died during childbirth leaving behind King Edward VI.

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