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Ayn Rand to C.S. Lewis
Rand, author of The Fountainhead detested Lewis, author of the Narnia Chronicles, and felt that he was a "cheap, awful, miserable, touchy, social-metaphysical mediocrity.” Which, sure. It makes sense that Rand would hate Lewis, whose philosophies on religion and politics were antithetical toward her own. But it was a pleasant surprise to see that Rand—whose talent as a writer is questionable at best—could come up with the perfectly worded insults that she did. It was hard to choose just one, but the following is my favorite.
"The lousy bastard who is a pickpocket of concepts, not a thief, which is too big a word for him...This monstrosity is not opposed to science — oh no! — not to pure science, only to applied science, only to anything that improves man’s life on earth!"