What greater wealth is there than to own your life and to spend it on growing? Every living thing must grow. It can't stand still. It must grow or perish.
There can be no compromise on basic principles. There can be no compromise on moral issues. There can be no compromise on matters of knowledge, of truth, of rational conviction.
The more you learn, the more you know that you know nothing.
Economics departments are dominated by Marxism, which is taken straight or on the rocks, in the form of Keynesianism.
As we gain knowledge, we do not become more certain, we become certain of more.
There can be no compromise on moral principles.
It was the only thing I ever really wanted. And thatâ€™s the sin that canâ€™t be forgiven--that I hadnâ€™t done what I wanted. It feels so dirty and pointless and monstrous, as one feels about insanity, because thereâ€™s no sense to it, no dignity, nothing but pain--and wasted pain...why do they alw
There's only one passion in most artists more violent than their desire for admiration: their fear of identifying the nature of such admiration as they do receive.
There is no hope for the world unless and until we formulate, accept and state publicly a true moral code of individualism, based on man's inalienable right to live for himself. Neither to hurt nor to serve his brothers, but to be independent of them in his function and in his motive. Neither to sac
Romantic art is the fuel and the spark plug of a Man's soul. It's task is to set a soul on fire and never let it go out.
Worry is a waste of emotional reserve".
To achieve, you need thought. You have to know what you are doing and that's real power.
Capitalism is not the system of the past; it is the system of the future -- if mankind is to have a future
It's a rare gift, you know, to feel reverence for your own life and to want the best, the greatest, the highest possible, here, now, for your very own.
Whenever anyone accuses some person of being 'unfeeling,' he means that that person is just.
Do you mean to tell me that you're thinking seriously of building that way, when and if you are an architect?" Yes." My dear fellow, who will let you?" That's not the point. The point is, who will stop me?
All life is a purposeful struggle, and your only choice is the choice of a goal.
When you have civilized men fighting savages, you support the civilized men, no matter who they are.
Capitalism is a social system based on the recognition of individual rights, including property rights, in which all property is privately owned.
I need no warrant for being, and no word of sanction upon my being. I am the warrant and the sanction.
I refuse to accept as guilt the fact of my own existence.
Force and mind are opposites; morality ends where a gun begins. Ayn Ran
It was the greatest sensation of existence: not to trust but to know.
The man of authentic self-confidence is the man who relies on the judgment of his own mind. Such a man is not malleable; he may be mistaken, he may be fooled in a given instance, but he is inflexible in regard to the absolutism of reality, i.e., in seeking and demanding truth.
Man holds these rights [life, liberty and property], not from the Collective nor for the Collective, but against the Collective - as a barrier which the Collective cannot cross... these rights are man's protection against all other men.
Live a life as a monument to your soul.
It only stands to reason that where there's sacrifice, there's someone collecting the sacrificial offerings. Where there's service, there is someone being served. The man who speaks to you of sacrifice is speaking of slaves and masters, and intends to be the master.
A society that robs an individual of the product of his effort ... is not strictly speaking a society, but a mob held together by institutionalized gang violence.
A mystic is a man who treats his feelings as tools of cognition.
If workers struggle for higher wages, this is hailed as "social gains", if businessmen struggle for higher profits, this is damned as "selfish greed".