"All the heads of the Council turned to us as we entered" (Rand 24).
"A street sweeper! A street sweeper walking in upon the World Council of Scholars! It is not to be believed! It is against all the rules and all the laws!" (Rand 25)
"Our brothers!" we said. "...listen to our words, for we bring you a gift such has never been brought to men. Listen to us, for we hold the future of mankind in our hands." (Rand 25)
"We placed our glass box on the table before them. We spoke of it, and of our long quest... Then we put the wires to the box, and they all bent forward and sat still, watching... And slowly, slowly as a flush of blood, a red flame trembled in the wire. Then the wire glowed." (Rand 25)
'How dared you think that your mind held greater wisdom than the minds of your brothers? And if the Council had decreed that you be a Street Sweeper, how dared you think that you could be of greater use to men than in sweeping the streets?" (Rand 26)
"We seized our box, we shoved them aside, and we ran to the window. We turned and we looked at them for the last time, and a rage, such as is not fit for humans to know, choked our voice in our throat." (Rand 27)
"You fools!" we cried. "You fools! You thrice-damned fools!" (Rand 27)