The Fountainhead - Ann Rand


The Fountainhead
by Ayn Rand

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Topics Ayn Rand, Novel, The Fountainhead, Second-Handers, Socialist, Gary Cooper, Patricia Neal, Architect
The Fountainhead is a 1943 novel by Ayn Rand and was her first major literary success. The novel's protagonist, Howard Roark, is an individualistic young architect who refuses to compromise his artistic and personal vision for worldly recognition and success. The story follows his battle to practice modern architecture while opposed by an establishment centered on tradition. 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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Howard Roark quotes:

 Howard Roark, the "MAN OF INTEGRITY."

   01 -- H. Roark: I didn't expect it to be easy,

but those who want me will come to me.

02 - 

- Can you fight that?

- H. Roark : I never notice it.


- H. Roark : I don't care what they think

of architecture or anything else.

04 -

Harry Cameron, Howard's teacher - "the form of a building

The Fountainhead - Ann Rand; Howard Roark, the visionary architect!

The Fountainhead - Ann Rand; Howard Roark, the visionary architect!

must follow its function.

That new materials demand new forms.

That one building can't borrow

pieces of another's shape...

...just as one man can't

borrow another's soul.

Howard, every new idea in the world

comes from the mind of some one man...

...and you know the price

he has to pay for it?"


- H. Roark : I don't give or ask for help.


 - H. Roark :Is that what disturbs you

about me, Peter?

That I want to stand alone?

Is that it?


 - H. Roark : No.

If you want my work,

you take it as it is...

...or not at all.

- But why?

 - H. Roark : A building has integrity,

just like a man.

And just as seldom.

It must be true to its own idea, have

its own form and serve its own purpose.

But we can't depart from

the popular forms of architecture.

 - H. Roark : Why not?

- Because everybody's accepted them.

 - H. Roark : - I haven't.

Do you wish to defy

our common standards?

 - H. Roark : I set my own standards.

- Do you intend to fight against the world?

  - H. Roark :- lf necessary.

But after all, we are your clients,

and it's your job to serve us.

  - H. Roark : I don't build in order to have clients.

I have clients in order to build.



Roark, this is sheer insanity.

Can't you give in just once?

After all, you have to live.

  - H. Roark : - Not that way.

- How else?

Don't you have to work?

  - H. Roark : I'd rather work as a day laborer,

if necessary.

09 - 

 - Roark.

- Mr. Enright.


Mr. Enright.-- Don't pay attention to that public howling.

H.R. -- I don't.

Mr. Enright.- I've been denounced so much,

it doesn't bother me anymore.

I started out in life as a coal miner.

Got where I am by acting...

...on my own honest judgment

whether others liked it or not.

When you grow older, you'll see

that's the only way to succeed.

 H.R. - - I know it.

Mr. Enright- They're tough.

They're gonna get tougher, don't worry.

- You'll win.

H.R. - I have.

 Mr. Enright- That's the only defense you need.

 H.R. -- I'll rest on the evidence.

  Mr. Enright - That's exactly what I'm going to do.

I'll be the first tenant to move in.

I'll give a party to celebrate the

opening of Enright House.

I'll invite them: The press,

the architects, the critics. Let them see.

They think we're gonna apologize.

We'll celebrate instead.

Mr. Enright. -  I have nothing to say

about this building.

God gave you eyes and a mind to use. If

you fail to do so, the loss is yours not mine.

Invited guest - Don't you want to convince me?

Mr. Enright - Is there any reason

why that should be my concern?

10 - 


It's great, Mr. Roark. It's wonderful.

Ever since I saw the Enright House,

I knew you were the man I wanted.

But I was afraid you wouldn't do

an unimportant gas station...

...for me after doing


H. R. -No building is unimportant.

I'll build for any man who wants me.

Anywhere, so long as I build my way.

Journalist - Your career has been as unprecedented

as your buildings.

I never knew anybody to survive

one of the Banner's smear campaigns.

Everything was against you.

How'd you break through?

- What'd you think of the Banner's campaign?

- It was a vicious appeal to fools.

H. R. - Haven't you answered

your own question?

Journalist -But you had years torn out of your life,

wasted by the Banner.

H. R. - No. All these years, I've found some one

man who wanted my work... man who saw through his own eyes

and thought with his own brain.

Such men may be rare, they may be

unknown, but they move the world.

 Journalist -- How did you look for them?

H. R. - - I didn't. They called for me.

Any man who calls for me

is my kind of man.


Dominique Francon quotes:

Patricia Neal as Dominique Francon

G. W. - Gail Wynand

D. F. - Dominique Francon



 G. W. - Whom would you recommend?

D. F. - No one.

Patricia Neal as Dominique Francon

Patricia Neal as Dominique Francon

I don't know a single architect of ability.

And you're not looking

for ability, Mr. Wynand.

G . W. -  And if I left the choice up to you?

D. F. -- I wouldn't care to make it.

G . W. - - No?

G . W. - Ellsworth Toohey is very anxious

to get the commission for Peter Keating.

D. F. - Peter Keating is

a third-rate architect.

G . W. -- Is he? He's your father's partner.

D. F. -- Oh, yes.

G . W. -- Aren't you engaged to Peter Keating?

D. F. -- Yes.

D. F. -If you found it amusing to tempt me

by offering to help Peter's career... miscalculated.

D. F. -I have no desire

to help his career.

G . W. - I was trying to tempt you,

but I didn't find it amusing.

G . W. -I should like to meet Peter Keating.

G . W. -Will you have dinner with me this

evening? We'll discuss the commission.

D. F. -- lf you wish.

02 - 


D. F. -I know it.

D. F. -- Shall I consider myself fired?

G . W. -- You want to be?

D. F. -Don't really care

one way or another.

G . W. - You know, you could do much more

than write a small column about buildings.

G . W. - You could make a brilliant career

on the Banner...

G . W. - ...if you asked me for it.

D. F. -I never wanted a career

on the Banner.

G . W. - Tell me, what would you

consider as tempting?

G . W. - I'd like to find

something you could want.

D. F. - Don't try to, Mr. Wynand.

D. F. - I'll never want anything.

D. F. - Do you know what I was doing

when you came in?

D. F. - I had a statue which I found in Europe,

the statue of a god.

D. F. - I think I was in love with it...

...but I broke it.

G . W. -- What do you mean?

D. F. - - I threw it down the air shaft.

G . W. -- Why?

D. F. - So that I wouldn't have to love it.

I didn't wanna be tied to anything. I wanted

to destroy it rather than let it be...

...part of a world where beauty and

genius and greatness have no chance.

D. F. - The world of the mob

and of the Banner.

D. F. - Do you still want me to have

dinner with you tonight?

G . W. - More than ever.

03 - 

D. F. -Why did you do this?

Did you believe I'd agree like Peter? Did you

expect to win me by your usual methods?

04 - 

 You see?

I suppose I'm one of those freaks

you hear about.

A woman completely incapable of feeling.

I was engaged to Peter Keating...

...because he was the most safely,

unimportant person I could find.

And I knew I'd never be in love.

G.W. - Haven't you ever loved anyone?

No, and I never will.

If I fell in love, it'd be like

the statue of the Greek god again.

G. W. - I know it. I accept it.

I want you to marry me.

D. F. - If I ever decide to punish myself

for some terrible guilt...

...l'll marry you.

G. W. -- I'll wait.

G. W. --No matter what reason you choose for it.

G. W. --- Will you let me see you again?

D.F. - I'm leaving the city in a few days.

G. W. - - Where are you going?

D. F. - - To Father's place in Connecticut.

I'm going there so

I won't have to see anyone.

G. W. - What are you really seeking?

Freedom: to want nothing, to expect

nothing, to depend on nothing.

 05 - 

D. F. - - Who's that man?

What man, Miss Francon?

No, never mind.

D. F. -Why do you always stare at me?

H. R.  - For the same reason

you've been staring at me.

D. F. -I don't know what you're talking about.

H. R. - If you didn't, you'd be more astonished

and much less angry.

D. F. - So you know my name.

H. R. - You've been advertising it

loudly enough.

D. F. - You'd better not be insolent.

I can have you fired at a moment's notice.

H. R. - - Shall I call the superintendent?

D. F. -- No, of course not.

D. F. - But since you know who I am, you'd better

stop looking at me when I come here.

D. F. - It might be misunderstood.

H. R. - I don't think so.

 06 - 

H.R. - -I think this is an atrocious fireplace.

D. F. Really? This house was

designed by my father.

There's no point in your

discussing architecture.

H.R. - None at all.

D. F. - Shall we choose some other subject?

H. R. - Yes, Miss Francon.

Generally, there are three kinds of marble:

The white, the onyx and the green.

This last must not be considered

a true marble.

True marble is the metamorphic form

of limestone produced by heat and pressure.

Pressure is a powerful factor.

It leads to consequences which,

once started, cannot be controlled.

D. F.  - What consequences?

H. R. - The infiltration of foreign elements

from the surrounding soil.

They form the colored streaks

found in most marbles.

This is pure white marble.

You should be very careful, Miss Francon.

To accept nothing but a stone

of the same quality.

This is Alabama marble,

very high grade, very hard to find.

What shall I do with the stone?

D. F.  Leave it here. I'll have it removed.

H. R. - All right.

I'll order a new piece cut to measure

and have it delivered to you.

- Do you wish me to set it?

D. F. - Yes, certainly.

H.R. - I'll let you know when it comes.

D. F.  - How much do I owe you?

Keep the change.

H. R. - Thank you, Miss Francon.

D. F.  - Good night.

H.R. - - Good night, Miss Francon.

07 - 

D. F. - Why didn't you come set the marble?

H. R. - I didn't think it would make any difference

to you who came, or did it, Miss Francon?

08 -

D. F.- You know that this Enright House

is a great building.

E. T - Perhaps one of the greatest.

D. F. - Ellsworth, what are you after?

E. T. - I daresay nobody knows what I'm after.

They will, though.

When the time comes.

09 - 

D. F. - You approved a campaign

against the Enright House?

G. W. - Yes, of course.

It'll stir up a lot of noise.

I'm sailing next week.

I'll be gone all winter.

This will keep them busy.

D. F. - Have you seen drawings

of the Enright House?

 G. W. - No.

D. F. - - Please send for them.

G. W. - What for?

D. F. - That building is a magnificent

architectural achievement.

- Is that of no importance?

 G. W. - - None.

D. F. - You're willing to destroy it

to amuse the mob... give them something

to scream about?

G. W. - That is the policy which has made the

Banner the newspaper of largest circulation.

Don't expect me to change it.

D. F. - You asked me once to tell you

of something I wanted.

I've tried never to ask favors of anyone...

...but I'm going to now.

Please call off this campaign.

G. W. - Is the architect a friend of yours?

D. F. - I've never set eyes on him.

I don't know who he is nor care.

G. W. - Why should you plead for that building?

D. F. - Because it's great.

There's so little in life

that's noble or beautiful.

I'm pleading for a man's achievement.

I'm pleading for greatness.

G. W. - Are you reproaching me

for the Banner?

D. F. - I'm begging you, Mr. Wynand.

G. W. - Dominique, I would give you

anything I owned...

...except the Banner.

My whole life and an unspeakable

struggle have gone to make it.

I will not sacrifice it for anyone on earth.

D. F. - It's your right to do as you wish.

It's mine to take no part

in what you're doing.

D.F. - Please accept my resignation

from the Banner.

G. W. - I'm sorry.

It's quite useless, my dear.

You can't fight me. You have no chance.

D. F. - I know it.

10 - 

D. F. -I dread to think of the fate

of Hward Roark, whoever he is.

- Why? You don't think he's good?

- He's too good.

- Dominique.

- Hello, Peter.

P. K.- What a pleasure to see you again.

You look more beautiful than ever.

What do you think of this building?

I'm taking a poll of the guests...

- A what?

- A poll of opinion about it.

What for? In order to find out

what you think of it yourself?

P. K. - We have to consider

public opinion, don't we?

11 - 

- Mr. Enright - Hello. I've been waiting for you.

You're the guest of honor tonight,

in more than just the social sense.

Whom do you want to meet first?

- Mr. Enright - - There's Dominique Francon looking at us.

Come on.

- Mr. Enright - Miss Francon, may I present

Howard Roark?


...Howard Roark?

- Yes, Miss Francon.

- Mr. Enright -  You don't know it, but Miss Francon

has a connection with you.

She resigned from the Banner to

protest their attack on your building.

 D. F. - - How did you know that?

- Mr. Enright -- I heard about it.

 D. F. - - I didn't want Mr. Roark to know it.

H. R. -- Why not, Miss Francon?

 D. F. - It was a perfectly futile gesture

on my part.

- Mr. Enright - Dominique won't admit it, but she admires

your buildings. She understands them.

H. R. - - I expected her to understand them.

D. F. -- Did you?

 D. F. -- But you didn't know me.

 H.R. -- I used to read your column, Miss Francon.

D. F. - I admire your work

more than anything I've ever seen.

You may realize that this is not a tie,

but a gulf between us...

...if you remember what you read

 - in my column.

I remember every line of it.

D. F. -I wish I had never seen your building.

It's the things that we admire or want...

...that enslave us,

D. F. - I'm not easy to bring into submission.

H. R. - That depends upon the strength

of your adversary, Miss Francon.

12 - 

 H. R. - Come in.

I expected you to come here.

D. F. - I didn't know your name.

You knew mine.

But you haven't tried to find me

in all these months.

H. E. - I wanted you to find me

and have to come to me.

D. F. - If it gives you pleasure

that you're breaking me down...

...l'll give you a greater satisfaction.

I love you, Roark.

D. F. - Would it please you to hear

that I've lived in torture all these months...

...hoping never to find you,

wishing to give my life...

...just to see you once more?

But you knew that, of course. That's

what you wanted me to live through.

H. R. -- Yes.

D. F. -- Why don't you laugh at me now? You won.

I have no pride left to stop me.

I love you without dignity,

without regret.

I came to tell you this...

...and to tell you

that you'll never see me again.

H. R. - You want to know whether

you can make me suffer, don't you?

You can.

D. F. - Roark, you're everything

 - I've always wanted.

And that's why I hoped

I'd never meet anyone like you.

D. F. -I'll give you up now myself

rather than watch you destroyed... a world where you have no chance.

 H. R. - - Why are you afraid?

- I know what they'll do to you.

You had the genius

that made the Enright House.

But you were working like a convict

in a granite quarry.

 H. R. - - I chose to do it.

D. F. -- Why?

H. R. - Don't you know why?

D. F. - Yes. Because you won't conform.

They'll drive you down again.

Stone quarry's all you can expect.

 H. R. -- I got out of the quarry.

D. F. -- Did you?

Do you think the Enright House

is your beginning?

It's your death sentence.

Has any other client come to you?

H. R. - No.

D. F. -They won't.

They hate you for the greatness

of your achievement.

D. F. - - They hate you for your integrity.

They hate you because they know

they can neither corrupt you nor rule you.

D. F. - - They won't let you survive.

Roark, they'll destroy you.

But I won't be there to see it happen.

H. R. --Do you want to leave me?

I've loved you from the first moment

I saw you, and you knew it.

You tried to escape from it.

I had to let you learn to accept it.

Are you gonna leave me?

D. F. - Yes.

H. R. - I won't stop you.

D. F. - Roark, don't you see?

I don't want to leave you.

Will you marry me?

I want to stay with you.

We'll take a house in some small town,

I'll keep it for you.

Don't laugh. I can. I'll cook, I'll wash

your clothes, I'll scrub the floor...

...and you'll give up architecture.

If you give it up,

I'll remain with you forever...

...but I can't bear to stand by and see you

moving to some terrible disaster.

It can't end any other way.

Save yourself from tragedy.

Take a meaningless job.

We'll live only for each other.

H. R. - I wish I could tell you

it was a temptation.

D. F. - Roark, yes or no?


H. R. - You must learn not to be afraid

of the world, not to take any notice.

I must let you learn it.

When you have,

you'll come back to me.

They won't destroy me, Dominique.

I'll wait for you.

I love you.

I'm saying it now

for all the years we'll have to wait.

D. F. - I'd do anything to escape from you.

13 - 

D. F. - Thank you for the house you designed for

us. It's one of your most beautiful.

H. R. -  If you like it, I've fulfilled

your husband's order.

D. F. - What was the order?

H. R. - To design a house as a temple

to you, Mrs. Wynand.

D. F. - Shall I accept it as a tribute

from Gail or from you?

H. R. - From both of us.

D. F. - I appreciate it.

D. F. - Particularly since I would have expected you

to refuse the commission.

H. R. - Why?

D. F. - Was there nothing in your past

to make you refuse it?

H. R. - - No.

G. W. -  Thank you, Howard.

 D. F. - I never expected you

to forget and give in.

D. F. - Isn't Mr. Roark the man you said

you'd break?

G. W. -  I tried it and lost.

D. F. -  Are you admitting defeat?

D. F. -  Both of you?

H. R. - Do you wish to call it that?

H. R. - I think it was a victory for both of us.

D. F. -  Your feeling, once granted...

...will you ever withdraw it?

H. R. - Never.

14 - 

D. F. -  - You think I could ever live in that house?

G. W. -  - Why not?

D. F. -  - I can't. Please.

- Don't ask me to live in it.

G. W. -  - - Why not?

Dominique, what is it?

D. F. -  -Nothing.

Only the constant reminder.

D. F. -  -- After the Enright House, we have no right.

H. R. - - Please, forget the Enright House.

D. F. - Yes, Mr. Roark.

14 - 

D, F, - Roark, don't go with him.

I can't stand this much longer.

I am jealous...

...of you and of every moment you give him,

of your impossible friendship.

- I don't want you to come here or like him.

H, R. - - I don't want to discuss it, Mrs. Wynand.

15 - 




Gail Wynand quotes:

Gail Wynand quotes:

G. W. - Gail Wynand

D. F. -  Dominique Francon

P. K. - Peter Keating

          01- G. W. - My dear Toohey,

don't confuse me with my readers.

02 - 

You're succeeding.

Your Keating is worthless... he's probably

 Raymond Massey as Gail Wynand

Raymond Massey as Gail Wynand

the right choice for that building.

He's sure to be popular.

You wouldn't expect me

to pick a man of merit, would you?

I've never hired a good architect

for any of the banks, hotels...

...or other commercial

structures I've built.

I give the public what it wants,

including your column, Mr. Toohey.

03 - 

Am I to understand

you will choose Peter Keating?

I really don't care. One of those fashionable

architects is just as inept as another.

I think you have a good idea, however.

I think I will decide according to the advice

of the Banner's "Architectural Experts."

Yes, indeed, Mr. Wynand.

But you're not my only expert,

Mr. Toohey. You have a rival.

I should consult Dominique Francon,

as well.

04 - 

You know, Toohey?

One of these days, you'll bore me.



You can't expect her

to share your attitude.

You're the only person in New York

who'd refuse me admittance.

06 - 

I hoped you'd take note of that.

I wanted to ask your advice...

...about a matter which

will be of great interest to you.

I must pick an architect for the Security

Bank building. Whom would you recommend?

07 - 

G.W. - That may be the right phrase.

Everything in life has its price.

In this instance, the price is that you

break your engagement to Miss Francon.

My engagement?


G.W. -  For any reason

you care to imagine.

You may think what you wish about my

motives but that is the condition I demand.

- Dominique?

D. F. - - No, I'm not going to help you.

I'd like to see it decided

between Mr. Wynand and yourself.

- But would you agree?

D. F. -- The choice is yours.

Our engagement helped you

to become my father's partner.

Mr. Wynand's patronage

will help you much more.

P. K. - I'm sure this is a joke, Mr. Wynand.

Things like this aren't being done.

G. W. - They're done all the time

but not talked about.

I grant you that

I'm behaving abominably.

It's extremely cruel to be honest.


P. K. - I don't know what I'm supposed to do.

G. W. - It's simple. You're supposed

to slap my face.

You were supposed to do that

several minutes ago.


You don't wanna do that?

Of course, you don't have to

and you don't have to accept.

Would you rather refuse the commission?

P. K. - - No.

G. W. - - Fine, Mr. Keating.

Now I think it would be best if you left.

Call up my office in the morning,

and we'll sign the contract.

P. K. - If that's what you want,

I'm not going to interfere.

We should be grown-up

about it, shouldn't we?

P. K. - I'm sure we'll have

no trouble, Mr. Wynand.

Good night.

 08 - 

G. W. -Of course not. I merely wanted to show you

that all men are corrupt, anyone be bought.

And that you're wrong

in your contempt for me.

There is no honest way

to deal with people.

We have no choice except

to submit or to rule them.

I chose to rule.

09 - 

D.F. - A man of integrity would do neither.

G.W . - There are no men of integrity.

I have many years behind me to prove it.

I was born in Hell's Kitchen.

I rose out of the gutter

by creating the Banner.

It's a contemptible paper, isn't it?

But it has achieved my purpose.

- What was your purpose?

- Power.


 10 - 

 Mr. Gail Wynand.- I don't think you'll want to work for me.

H.R .- - Why?

G. W. - You ought to feel contempt for me

if you've seen the kind of buildings I put up.

H.R .-- You're honest, aren't you?

G. W. -- Thank you.

That's the first time

anyone said that about me...

...and it's one of the few times

when I am.

G. W. - What I want you to build

is not for the public. It's for me.

H. R. - - What is it?

G. W. -- My home...

A country house

just for my wife and me.

H. R. - Did Mrs. Wynand choose me for the job?

G. W. - No, Mrs. Wynand doesn't know anything

about this. It's my own project.

I've looked at buildings all over the country.

Every time I saw one that I liked...

...and asked who designed it,

the answer was always Howard Roark.

I want you to know that I have

very little respect for anything on earth.

The only thing I worship,

and I've seen so little of it in life... man's ability to produce work

such as yours.

H. R. - I believe you.

G. W. - Why do you say that as if it hurt you?

H.  R. - It doesn't.

G. W. - Don't hold them against me,

the things I've built.

Those worthless commercial structures

and papers like the Banner made it possible...

...for me to have a house by you.

They're the means, you're the end.

H. R. - Don't apologize for your past.

It isn't necessary.

G. W. -You do have courage, don't you?

No one else would dare

say that to me.

But you're right. I was apologizing.

You see, I need you.

That house means a great deal to me,

and you're the only one who can design it.

H. R. - What kind of a house do you want?

G. W. - Far from the city. I bought the land.

A place in Connecticut, 500 acres.

H. R. - What kind of a house?

G. W. -The cost, whatever you need.

The appearance, whatever you wish.

The purpose...

You see, I want this house because

I'm very desperately in love with my wife.

What's the matter?

You think that's irrelevant?

H. R. - No. Go on.

G. W. - - I can't stand to see my wife

among other people.

It's not jealousy.

It's much more and much worse.

I can't share her

with anyone or anything.

I want a house

that will be only mine and hers.

Think of it as you would think

of a fortress...

...and of a temple.

A temple

to Dominique Wynand.

I want you to meet her

before you design it.

I've met Mrs. Wynand some years ago.

- You have? Then you understand.

H. R. - - I do.

G. W. - Start work at once.

Drop anything else you're doing.

I'll pay whatever...

Forgive me.

Too much association

with bad architects.

I haven't asked you

whether you wanna do it.

H. R. - Yes. I'll do it.

11 - 

 D. F. -- What's the matter, Gail?

G. W. - - Good evening, dear. Why?

 D. F. -- You look as if you felt happy.

G. W. -- I feel as if I were young... I did when I was starting and

believed the road ahead was clean...

...and honesty was possible.

- You want it to be possible?

- Yes. I never realized... much I wanted to find it.

G. W. - Dominique, you look

very beautiful tonight.

No. That's not what

I wanted to say. It's this:

I feel for the first time

that I have a right to you.

- You thought you hadn't?

- No, and that I'd never earn it.

But now I believe nothing

will take you away from me...

Nothing and no one.

 D.F. - - I don't love you, Gail.

G. W. -- I know it...

G. W. -...but you'd never loved anyone else.

 D.F. -- What makes you think so?

G. W. -- It wouldn't be like you.

You'd never surrender to anyone,

but you don't hate me any longer.

 D.F. - No. I've found we have

a great deal in common, you and I.

We both had strength,

but not courage.

We've committed

the same kind of treason some way.

 G. W. - - If I have, I feel as if

I've been forgiven tonight.

 D.F. -- Why?

 G. W. -- I don't know.

You've always wanted

to escape from the world.

Would you like to live in the

country, away from everything...

...away from the Banner?

D. F. -- Yes. Yes, I would.

 G. W. - I'm having a house designed for us.

It will be my greatest gift to you.

If I've been guilty in my life,

this house will vindicate me.

 G. W. -- Who is designing it?

- The only man of genius I ever met.

His name is Howard Roark.

 D. F. - Gail.

Do you happen to remember

why I resigned from the Banner?

It was because of a campaign...

...against the Enright House.

Just one of the Banner's

smear campaigns!

Not important enough

to remember, was it, Gail?

You staged so many of them.

You were away on your yacht.

He was just some architect

whom you threw to the mob.

It built circulation. Didn't it, Gail?

 G. W. - When I spoke to him,

he didn't remind me of it.

D.F . - Why should he?

He knows he's won.

He could afford to be generous.

 G. W. - I don't accept generosity.

D. F. - I never thought

he could win against you, but he has.

Maybe we're wrong

about the world, you and I.

He's the one who's earned

the right to despise us.

 G. W. - Has he? That's a right

I'll never grant to anyone on earth.

D. F. - There are no men of integrity, are there?

Well, you've met one.

 G. W. - There aren't.

He's not any better than the rest of us.

 D. F. -- What if he is?

 G. W. -- lf he were, I'd break him.

D.F. -Nobody can break him.

 G. W. -I'll find out.


 G. W. - Why did you accept this commission?

Don't you hate me?

H. R. - No. Why should I?

 G. W. -- Do you want me to speak of it first?

H. R. -- Of what?

 G. W. --The Enright House.

H. R. -You had forgotten that, hadn't you?

H. R. --Let it remain forgotten.

G. W. - I know what the Banner has done to you,

but I stand by every word... the Banner.

H. R. -- I haven't asked you to retract it.

G. W. - Mr. Roark, I was away

at the time of that campaign...

...but my editor was doing

what I had taught him.

Had I been in town,

I'd have done the same.

H. R. --- That was your privilege.

G. W. -- You don't believe I would have done it.

H. R. -- No.

G. W. -- I haven't asked you...

...for compliments or for pity.

G. W. - Sit down.

I wish to sign a contract

to make you sole architect...

...for all the future buildings I may erect.

If you accept, you will make a


If you refuse, I will see to it

that you never build again.

You may have heard.

I don't like to be refused.

G. W. - I want you to design

my future commercial structures... the public wishes

them to be designed.

You will build colonial houses,

Rococo hotels...

...and semi-Grecian office buildings.

You will take your spectacular talent

and make it subservient... the taste of the masses.

G. W. - That is what I want.

H. R. - Of course. I'll be glad to do it.

H. R. - It's easy.

H. R. - This what you want?

H. R. - Good heavens, no.

H. R. - Then shut up and don't ever let me hear

any architectural suggestions.

H. R. - I didn't think anyone would waste time

trying to tempt me again.

 G. W. - - I meant it until I saw that.

H. R. - - I knew you meant it.

 G. W. -  You were taking a terrible chance.

H. R. -  Not at all. I had an ally I could trust.

 G. W. - - What, your integrity?

 H. R. - - Yours, Gail.

 G. W. - Why do you think that about me?

 H. R. - Why don't you admit to yourself

what we both knew the moment we met?

 G. W. - - What?

H. R. - - That we are alike, you and I.

 G. W. - You're saying it about Gail Wynand

of the New York Banner?

H. R. - I'm saying it.

Gail Wynand of Hell's Kitchen...

...who had the strength and spirit

to rise by his own effort...

...but who made a bad mistake

about the way he chose.

G. W. - No. You shouldn't deal with me.

G. W. -You shouldn't remain here.

H. R. - - You wish to throw me out?

G. W. -- You know I can't.

G. W. - Shall I tell you now what I think of this?

H. R. - You told me.

G. W. - I'll take this drawing home

to show my wife.

G. W. - I want her to see it

and to thank you in person.

G. W. - Will you come

and have dinner with us tonight?

Will you?

H. R. - Yes.

13 - 

G. W. - I won't try to guess your motive...

...but I'd know your work anywhere.

Howard, I never expected

to feel gratitude to anyone...

...but I'm grateful to you every moment

of the day in the house you built.

I'm learning so many things

I never expected to feel.

H. R . - What?

G. W. - - The wonder of ownership.

I'm a millionaire who's never

owned anything. I've been public property... a city billboard.

But this is mine. Here I'm safe.

Why didn't you come here yesterday?

I missed you.

H. R. - - Too much work in the office.

G. W. - - You're killing yourself.

- You've worked too hard for years.

H. R. - Haven't you?

G. W. - Yes. We need a rest, both of us.

My yacht's been refitted.

I'm planning a long cruise.

I've meant to for years.

Go with me.

D. F. - Gail, is this an obsession?

What is Mr. Roark to you?

G. W. - My youth.

D. F. - - Is he what you were in your youth?

G. W. - - Oh, no, much more than that.

What I thought I'd be when I was 16.

D. F. - I'm sure Mr. Roark

can't go on a yacht cruise.

H. R. - Why, yes, Mrs. Wynand,

I'd be glad to go.

D. F. - I thought, that you'd never give up

your work for anyone.

H. R. - I won't give it up.

I'll take my first vacation.

D. F. - You're willing to be away for months?

H. R. - I'd enjoy it.

14 - 

G. W. - Howard, that's where I was born,

Hell's Kitchen.

I own most of it now.

All those blocks.

I decided when I was 16 that that's

where the Wynand building would stand...

...and that it'd be

the tallest structure of the city.

What's the matter?

Do you want to build it?

- Do you want it pretty badly?

H. R. - - I think I'd almost give my life for it.

- Is that what you wanted?

G. W. - - Something like that.

I won't demand your life,

but it's nice to shock you.

G. W. - I'll start to build it in a few years.

Do you know how much

it means to me?

H. R. - - Yes. I know what you want.

G. W. - - A monument to my life, Howard.

After I'm gone, that building

will be Gail Wynand.

My last and greatest achievement

will also be your greatest.

The Wynand building by Howard Roark.

I've waited for it from the day I was born.

From the day you were born...'ve waited for your one great chance.

There it is, on the site of Hell's Kitchen.

G. W. - Yours from me.

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Elworth Toohey quotes:



I'm sure you know that I seek nothing

for myself, Mr. Wynand.

My only motive is a selfless concern

for my fellow men.

The new building of the Security Bank

is such an important undertaking...

...and you hold

Robert Douglas as Ellsworth M. Toohey

Robert Douglas as Ellsworth M. Toohey

the controlling interest, Mr. Wynand.

The board of directors has attempted

to pick an architect quite unsuccessfully.

They will accept anyone you choose.

And I felt it my duty

to offer you my advice.

02 -

But surely you're not in favor

of so-called modern architecture?

It's worthless because it's merely the work

of a few unbridled individualists.

Artistic value is achieved collectively... each man subordinating himself

to the standards of the majority.

- I read that in your column yesterday.

- You did?

Thank you.

03 - 

The greatness in Peter Keating's personality

lies in the fact that there's no personality...

...stamped upon his buildings.

- Quite true.

Thus he represents not himself

but the multitude of all men together.

04 - 

You know, Toohey?

One of these days, you'll bore me. 

I shall endeavor not to do so

until the right time.

05 - 

 - My dear, it depends on how you handle it.

It's an outrage against art and a threat to

public safety. It might collapse any moment.

- Nobody's ever used that structural method.

- Yeah?

The owner of it is Roger Enright,

one of those self-made men.

Stubborn and rich as blazes.

It's always safe to denounce the rich.

Everyone will help you...

- The rich first.

06 - 

E. T. - I daresay nobody knows what I'm after.

They will, though.

When the time comes.

07 - 


While so many

are in need of shelter...

... effort is being wasted to erect

a structural monstrosity...

... known as the Enright House.

It is designed by one Howard Roark,

an incompetent amateur...

... who has the arrogance

to hold his own ideas above all rules.

You are architects and you should realize

that a man like Howard Roark... a threat to all of you.

The conflict of forms is too great.

Can your buildings stand

by the side of his?

I believe you understand me, gentlemen.

If you'll sign a protest

against the Enright House...

...the Banner will be glad to publish it...

...and we shall win

because there are thousands of us...

...thousands against one.

08 - 

 Ellsworth, you're wonderful.

How could you ever foresee

a public trend so well?

-09 - 

No, don't ever hire an architect

who's a genius.

- I don't like geniuses. They're dangerous.

- How?

A man abler than his brothers

insults them by implication.

He must not aspire

to any virtue which cannot be shared.

10 - 

I play the stock market of the spirit...

...and I sell short.

11 - 

 E. T. - Hello, Mr. Roark.

I hoped I'd meet you someday,

like this, alone.

- You shouldn't mind talking to me.

H. R. - - What about?

E. T. - There's a building

that should've been yours.

There are buildings going up all over the city,

chances refused to you and given to fools.

You're walking the streets while they do

the work you love but cannot obtain.

This city is closed to you.

It is I who have done it.

E. T. - - Don't you want to know my motive?

H. R. -- No.

E. T. - I'm fighting you, and I shall fight you

in every way I can.

H. R. -- You're free to do what you please.

E. T. -- Mr. Roark, we're alone here.

Why don't you tell me what you think of me