- Roark's totally deadpan reactions to boss-to-be Henry Cameron's raging interrogations when they first meet.
Cameron: How much money have you got left?
Roark: Seventeen dollars and thirty cents.
- The best moment comes right at the end, when Cameron hires him:
: I'm perfectly happy with the drooling dolts I've got here, who never had anything and never will have and it makes no difference what becomes of them. That's all I want.
Why did you have to come here? You're setting out to ruin yourself, you know that, don't you? And I'll help you do it. I don't want to see you. I don't like you. I don't like your face. You look like an insufferable egotist
. You're impertinent. You're too sure of yourself. Twenty years ago I'd have punched your face with the greatest of pleasure. You're coming to work here tomorrow at nine o'clock sharp.
- Roark and Mike wage some hilariously awesome Snark-to-Snark Combat, when they meet for the first time.
Roark: You're wasting your time.
- Dominique and Roark's first pillow-talk session gets pretty cute, pretty quick:
Roark: You're very lovely, Dominique.
Roark: You're lovely.
Dominique: Roark, I...I'll still want to destroy you.
Roark: You want to hear it again? Part of it? I want you, Dominique. I want you. I want you.
Roark: No. Not yet. You won't say that yet. Go to sleep.
Dominique: Here? With you?
Roark: Here. With me. I'll fix breakfast for you in the morning. Did you know that I fix my own breakfast? You'll like seeing that. Like the work in the quarry. Then you'll go home and think about destroying me. Good night, Dominique.
- Peter Keating's reactions to Dominique's two Sarcastic Confessions when he asks her whom she slept with before him.
- Roark's introduction to Steve Mallory has the latter as a pretty comical drunk, albeit in Black Comedy fashion. Bonus points for Snark-to-Snark Combat:
: You can speak normal. I'm not drunk.
Not all the way. I understand.
Mallory: Why did you pick me.
Roark: Because you're a good sculptor.
Mallory: That's not true.
Roark: That you're good?
Mallory: No. That it's your reason. Who asked you to hire me?
Roark: No one.
Mallory: Some woman I laid?
Roark: I don't know any women you laid.
Mallory: Stuck on your building budget?
Roark: No. The budget's unlimited.
Mallory: Feel sorry for me?
Roark: No. Why should I?
Mallory: Want to get publicity out of that shooting-Toohey business?
Roark: Good God, no!
- Wynand's response to the "We Don't Read Wynand" campaign — a bumper sticker that says "We Don't Either."
- Wynand calling out Toohey when he finds out Steven Mallory sculpted Dominique's statue:
- Howard's description of Roger Enright uncovering the Stealth Compliments in Dominique's article about the Enright House.
- Dominique tries to damage her fireplace as an excuse to get the quarry worker she's lusting after into her house, but she only succeeds in scratching the marble a little bit. Nevertheless, she finds the worker and tells him she has a slab of marble that's broken and needs to be replaced. When Roark comes and sees it, he calmly takes a hammer and wedge to it.