The art of writing is the art of doing what you think you're doing. This is not as simple as it sounds. It implies a very difficult undertaking: the necessity to think. And it implies the requirement to think out three separate, very hard problems: What is it you want to say? How are you going to sa
We can evade reality, but we cannot evade the consequences of evading reality
Nobody stays here by faking reality in any manner whatever.
Show me your achievement, and the knowledge will give me courage for mine.
I am. I think. I will.
But Aristotle's philosophy was the intellect's Declaration of Independence.
Roark smiled, "Gail, if this boat were sinking, I'd give my life to save you. Not because it's any kind of duty. Only because I like you, for reasons and standards of my own. I could die for you. But I couldn't and wouldn't live for you.
Happiness is not something you have in your hands; it's something you carry in your heart. Happiness is one thing that multiplies by division. Happiness is that peculiar sensation you acquire when you are too busy to be miserable. Happiness is that state of consciousness which proceeds from the achi
Faith is the commitment of one's consciousness to beliefs for which one has no sensory evidence or rational proof. A mystic is a man who treats his feelings as tools of cognition. Faith is the equation of feeling with knowledge.
Don't think of them now. Never think of pain or danger or enemies a moment longer than is necessary to fight them. You're here. It's our time and our life, not theirs. Don't struggle not to be happy. You are." - John Gault
The worst guilt is to accept an unearned guilt. Ayn
If a drought strikes them, animals perish--man builds irrigation canals; if a flood strikes them, animals perish--man builds dams; if a carnivorous pack attacks them, animals perish--man writes the Constitution of the United States.
A man's ego is the fountainhead of human progress.
Political freedom cannot exist without economic freedom; a free mind and a free market are corollaries.
This was the great clarity of being beyond emotion, after the reward of having felt everything one could feel.
Patience is always rewarded and romance is always round the corner!
Is it advisable to spread out all the conveniences of culture before people to whom a few steps up a stair to a library is a sufficient deterrent from reading?
One must never allow oneself to acquire an exaggerated sense of one's own importance. There's no necessity to burden oneself with absolutes
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.
God... a being whose only definition is that he is beyond man's power to conceive. Ayn Ran
Integrity is the ability to stand by an idea.
To say 'I love you' one must first be able to say the 'I.' Ayn Ran
Devotion to the truth is the hallmark of morality; there is no greater, nobler, more heroic form of devotion than the act of a man who assumes the responsibility of thinking.
The world you desire can be won, it exists, it is real, it is possible, it is yours.
No one's happiness but my own is in my power to achieve or to destroy.
There is no such thing as a lousy job - only lousy men who don't care to do it.
Only the man who extols the purity of love devoid of desire, is capable of the depravity of a desire devoid of love.
She stood at the window, her arms spread wide, holding on to each side of the frame, it was as if she held a piece of the city.
One must never fail to pronounce moral judgment.
Man cannot demand that others give up their lives to make him happy.