a)There’s a particular kind of people that I despise. Those who seek some sort of a higher purpose or ‘universal goal,’ who don’t know what to live for, who moan that they must ‘find themselves”
Gail Wynand tells this to Howard, while describing his views on life and his objectives of life. Gail always believed in getting whatever he desired through hard work and action rather than depending upon some mystic power to guide him and fulfill his desires automatically.
Gail means that he despises those kinds of people who preach moral objectives like ‘universal goal’ because these goals are evidently intangible and misguide people into their ways of living.
Such high goals, according to him, only serve to give an excuse to those who don’t want to work for achieving their goals and are not confident of their powers, hence, surrender to the goal of collective progress.
Such infinitudes of moral behaviors are not observable, nor desirable, in human beings, according to Gail and they only serve to the exploitation of hard –working determined men, by the looters on the name of collective growth.
Gail, having struggled, a lot, during his childhood, had acquired sufficient knowledge of working of the welfare state and its fall-outs and describes them to Howard Roark.
Gail, describes his hatred for such kind of people, who try to dupe the society into name of high morals, into slaves of their minds and laborers of such selfish preachers.
The only goal that Gail ever aimed at in his life was ‘Power’, whose attainment does not coincide with any line of values preached in the name of ‘Universal Goal’.
b) Peter Keating (to Dominique Francon): “I’d rather you’d express an opinion, God damn it, just once!” (Part III, Chapter 2)
Peter exclaims the quote above when his wife Dominique was behaving as a person living only through mind and devoid of any soul.
Peter, who married Dominique, for the purpose of capitalizing, on her sharpness of character and abilities, finds the spiritless behavior of Dominique disturbing and agonizing.
Dominique loves Howard, and surrenders her soul and love entirely to Howard.
Peter, even though, achieves success in marrying Dominique; he fails in getting Dominique to love him.
Dominique always maintains an impersonal attitude towards Peter and works nail and tooth to help him achieve success in getting all construction projects.
She, rather than making Peter realize his weaknesses, and hating him, chooses an indirect way of punishing him.
She punishes him by giving him everything he ever desired, but she takes form him, the loveliest thing of life, love.
Peter, lost in materialistic achievements, obtained through the mind of Dominique’s, slowly and painful realizes the lifelessness of Dominique, and even though, lost in the achievements from this venture, slowly and painfully realizes the loss he has suffered by forcing this marriage.
At times, he becomes extremely frustrated and wants to envisage the warmth and vivaciousness of Dominique, which was his prime attraction towards her before marriage, but fails.
c) Howard Roark (to Ellsworth Toohey): “But I don’t think of you.” (Part II, Chapter 15)
Howard answers the above quote in response to enquiry by Ellsworth Toohey of Howard’s thoughts about him.
Howard, clearly, states that people like Ellsworth are not worthy of being given a place in minds of people like Howard.
Ellsworth, who thinks very highly of his manipulative abilities, after amply destroying the carrier of Howard, comes to Howard to see his abilities getting acknowledged.
By asking Howard for giving his views on him, Ellsworth indirectly shows the value he associates to the judgment of Howard, while Howard, through above quote, effortlessly shows the worthlessness of people like Toohey, the parasites, who want to rule the world, not on their capabilities but on the weaknesses of others.
Howard, who considers ‘hard work’ as the only ideal of life, correctly exemplifies the nature of an impersonal person, who does not care even about his manipulators, his looters.
He neither thinks highly nor reproaches Toohey, telling him, that worthless people like Toohey are not even to be thought upon, by people like Howard.
Considering the losses that Toohey subjected Howard to, he either expected Howard to hate him and crave for mercy from his ruthless power of manipulation of the collective masses on the name of collective welfare, or Toohey might have expected Howard to praise him about his smartness in running the country by his rules and his capability at bringing anyone, not submitting to his wishes, to ruins.
Howard, simply deprives him, of both the expectations and shocks him by the simplicity of his answer turning him into a worthless person not able to get any notice of Howard even after constantly ruining him.