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The Fountainhead

The Fountainhead is a 1943 novel by Russian-American author Ayn Rand, her first major literary success. The novel's protagonist, Howard Roark, is an individualistic young architect who designs modernist buildings and refuses to compromise with an architectural establishment unwilling to accept innovation. Roark embodies what Rand believed to be the ideal man, and his struggle reflects Rand's belief that individualism is superior to collectivism.

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The Fountainhead First and Last Words

The first and last words of The Fountainhead by Ayn Rand

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"Howard Roark laughed" is the first line of the Fountainhead

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One of Ayn Rand's approved inspirations of Howard Roark's work. Perhaps even for the whole book.

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Another cover version.

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“I don’t wish to be the symbol of anything. I’m only myself.” — Howard Roark

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“To sell your soul is the easiest thing in the world. That’s what everybody does every hour of his life. If I asked you to keep your soul—would you understand why that’s much harder?” — Howard Roark, The Fountainhead

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“Every form of happiness is private. Our greatest moments are personal, self-motivated, not to be touched. The things which are sacred or precious to us are the things we withdraw from promiscuous sharing.” — Howard Roark

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1968 Cover

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Rand disliked the portrayal of Roark's architecture in the 1949 film adaption.

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I love the cover art of all incarnations of The Fountainhead.

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