Wishful Wednesday…Dagny Taggart

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topic this week:

‘I wish’ …. I could play a character’s role in a book and it would be __________!

Include the fictional characters name and novel too!

I have many favorite books and favorite characters, such as Richard and Kahlan in Wizard’s First Rule, or Dorothy and Ozma in the Wizard of Oz series. I also loved Anne Shirley in the Anne of Green Gables series growing up. In particular, I adored  Anne of Windy Poplars, Anne’s House of Dreams and Rilla of Ingleside

‘I wish’ …. I could play a character’s role in a book and it would be Dagny Taggart from Atlas Shrugged

I read Atlas Shrugged by Ayn RandAtlas Shrugged about every other year. It’s known as Ayn Rand’s last novel about the mysterious disappearance of the world’s greatest innovators and industrialists. It’s my favorite book because all the characters are fascinating. Hank Reardon, John Galt, Francisco d’Anconia, and Dagny Taggart are full of integrity and idealism. I also enjoy Ragnar Danneskjöld, the pirate with ideological principles. 

Dagny Taggart is the herione of the novel. She is much more than the Vice President of the Taggart Transcontinental Railroad. More than a powerful woman engineer, she’s a fair and strong leader, an adventurer with a dynamic personality. Who wouldn’t want to be Dagny with her confidence, beauty and intelligence? 

Here are some of my favorite quotes from Atlas Shrugged:

“This was reality, she thought, this sense of clear outlines, of purpose, of lightness, of hope.”
— Narrator (referring to Dagny Taggart)
Atlas Shrugged (Part 1, Chapter 4, Page 87)

“Don’t ever get angry at a man for stating the truth.”
— Dagny Taggart
Atlas Shrugged (Part 1, Chapter 10, Page 297)

“Love is our response to our highest values — and can be nothing else.”
— Francisco d’Anconia
Atlas Shrugged (Part 2, Chapter 4, Page 490)

“No one’s happiness but my own is in my power to achieve or to destroy.”
— John Galt
Atlas Shrugged (Part 3, Chapter 2, Page 798)

“To love is to value.”
— John Galt
Atlas Shrugged (Part 3, Chapter 7, Page 1,033)

11 thoughts on “Wishful Wednesday…Dagny Taggart

  1. Teresa

    Ooooh Emily!
    You must be a BIG TIME reader to read this every year!!!!
    My mom read this book last summer and was fascinated by it! It’s a LOOOOOONNNG one!

  2. Courtney

    The Stone of Tears is the next book on my shelf to read – I’ve been saving it since i only brought a few to Budapest with me. Have you watched any of the TV show for it? I actually enjoyed it, though it’s not the whole book in visual, it keeps the major points and does it justice.

  3. Kelly Marie

    I just got your comment & came to check out your Wishful Wednesday. I haven’t read Atlas Shrugged yet, BUT my favorite book of all time is Fountainhead (: I LOVE Howard Roark!

  4. Sara

    One of my all-time favorite books by one of my all-time favorite authors! I only wish my husband liked the name Dagny enough that I could use it for a little girl. Love your blog!


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