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The weblog of Abhilash Ravishankar, India.

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To love a woman

Lilian Rearden in Atlas Shrugged:

If you tell a beautiful woman that she is beautiful, what have you given her? It's no more than a fact and it has cost you nothing.But if you tell an ugly woman that she is beautiful, you offer her the great homage of corrupting the concept of beauty. To love a woman for her virtues is meaningless. She's earned it, it's a payment, not a gift. But to love her for her vices is a real gift, unearned and undeserved. To love her for her vices is to defile all virtue for her sake -- and that is a real tribute of love, because you sacrifice your conscience, your reason, your integrity and your invaluable self-esteem.

Abhilash in Alien Ponderings:
To love a woman is to lose everything. But, that's the real tribute I wouldn't mind giving to that woman.


  1. Aravind said...
    Hats off!

    PS: I had started to read Ayn Rand's Fountainhead, but found every line so convoluted that I had given up on it. But, after reading your blogs, I think I'm now seasoned for Ayn Rand's philosophy. I think that'll be the first book that will be (re)read as soon as I get back home...
    Tony Sebastian said...
    dint knw my roomie was a philosophical blogger!!blog on!! :D
    Anonymous said...
    no...i don't agree...u don't lose anything...u can only love a woman when she is a manifestation of urself...and in loving an image of urself...u lose nothing..
    Abhilash Ravishankar said...
    Probably, 'YOU' haven't loved a woman who is not an image of yourself ;)
    Ashwini Suresh said...
    I partly agree with u abhilash...u should love a woman for her vices but you should never ignore the virtues before you love her..every bit of admiration for her virtue, every bit of gratitude for her goodness,every bit of "thank you" for her love she gives you brings you closer to her by a step and draws her closer to you by miles!!
    Abhilash Ravishankar said...
    The moment you say 'Thank you!' to a person who loves you for the love he/she gives you - it is the end of sanity, of reason, of love!

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