That which you call your soul or spirit is your consciousness, and that which you call 'free will' is your mind's freedom to think or not, the only will you have, your only freedom, the choice that controls all the choices you make and determines your life and your character.
There are only two means by which men can deal with one another: guns or logic. Force or persuasion. Those who know that they cannot win by means of logic, have always resorted to guns.
Man cannot demand that others give up their lives to make him happy.
Toohey: "Mr. Roark, we're alone here. Why don't you tell me what you think of me? In any words you wish. No one will hear us." Roark: "But I don't think of you.
She did not know what it was about him that had always made her want to see him broken.
Whatever their future, at the dawn of their lives, men seek a noble vision of man's nature and of life's potential.
Dagny, we can never lose the things we live for. We may have to change their form at times, if we've made an error, but the purpose remains the same and the forms are ours to make.
To achieve, you need thought. You have to know what you are doing and that's real power. Ayn
If you know that this life is all that you have, wouldn't you make the most of it?
If any part of your uncertainty, is a conflict between your heart and your mind - follow your mind.
An emotion as much tells you nothing about reality, beyond the fact that something makes you feel something.
Love is the expression of one's values, the greatest reward you can earn for the moral qualities you have achieved in your character and person, the emotional price paid by one man for the joy he receives from the virtues of another.
Potentially, a government is the most dangerous threat to man's rights; it holds a legal monopoly on the use of physical force against legally disarmed victims. When unlimited and unrestricted by individual rights, a government is man's deadliest enemy. It is not as protection against private action
Married people dont look like they have bedrooms on their minds when they look at each other. In this world, either you're virtuous or you enjoy yourself. Not both...Not both.
You are damned, and we wish to share your damnation.
An idea is a light turned on in a man's soul. Comic-strip artists are in the habit of representing it by means of a light bulb flashing on, above the head of a character who has suddenly grasped an idea. In simple, primitive terms, this is an appropriate symbol.
An artist reveals his naked soul in his work.
It does not matter that only a few in each generation will grasp and achieve the full reality of man's proper stature-and the rest will betray it. It is those few that move the world and give life its meaning-and it is those few that I have always sought to address. The rest are no concern of mine;
The truth is not for all men, but only for those who seek it.
The end does not justify the means. No one's rights can be secured by the violation of the rights of others.
But you see," said Roark quietly, "I have, letâ€™s say, sixty years to live. Most of that time will be spent working. Iâ€™ve chosen the work I want to do. If I find no joy in it, then Iâ€™m only condemning myself to sixty years of torture. And I can find the joy only if I do my work in the best way
In order to deal with reality successfully - to pursue and achieve the values which his life requires - man needs self-esteem; he needs to be confident of his efficacy and worth.
If that's the price of getting together, then I'll be damned if I want to live on the same earth with any human beings! If the rest of them can survive only by destroying us, then why should we wish them to survive? Nothing can make self-immolation proper. Nothing can give them the right to turn men
I can accept anything, except what seems to be the easiest for most people: the half-way, the almost, the just-about, the in-between.
Men have been taught that their first concern is to relieve the suffering of others. ... To make that the highest test of virtue is to make suffering the most important part of life. Then man must wish to see others suffer in order that he may be virtuous. Such is the nature of altruism.
The more neurotic and evasive a person is, the shorter the range of his interests.
Did it ever occur to you, that there is no conflict of interests among men, neither in business nor in trade nor in their most personal desires - if they omit the irrational from their view of the possible and destruction from their view of the practical?
The only proper, moral purpose of a government is to protect man's rights, which means: to protect him from physical violence - to protect his right to his own life, to his own liberty, to his own property and to the pursuit of his own happiness. Without property rights, no other rights are possible
My dear fellow, who will let you?" "That's not the point. The point is, who will stop me?
Compromise does not satisfy, but dissatisfies everybody; it does not lead to any general fulfillment, but to general frustration; those who try to become everything to all people end up by not being anything to anyone.