The most depraved type of human being ... (is) the man without a purpose.
She thought how strange it would be if she ever said 'Hello' to him. One did not greet oneself each morning.
That an error made on your own is safer than ten truths accepted on faith, because the first leaves you the means to correct it but the second destroys your capacity to distinguish truth from error.
All "public interest' legislation (and any distribution of money taken by force from some men for the unearned benefit of others) comes down ultimately to the grant of an undefined undefinable, non-objective, arbitrary power to some government officials. The worst aspect of it is not that such a pow
The more propaganda . . . conservatives spread for capitalist economics while at the same time preaching collectivism morally and philosophically , the more nails theyâ€™ll drive into capitalismâ€™s coffin.
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.
Truth is the recognition of reality; reason, man's only means of knowledge, is his only standard of truth.
There's nothing of any importance in life-except how well you do your work.
Force and mind are opposites; morality ends where a gun begins. Ayn Ran
Just as man's physical existence was liberated when he grasped that 'nature, to be commanded, must be obeyed', so his consciousness will be liberated when grasps that nature, to be apprehended, must be obeyed - that the rules of cognition must be derived from the nature of existence and the nature,
"Mediocrity" doesn't mean average intelligence, it means an average intelligence that resents and envies its betters.
I consider promiscuity immoral. Not because sex is evil, but because sex is too good and too important ...
I hold that such a question can never arise except in a society of cannibals.
I think. I am. I will.
But I still wonder how it was possible, in those graceless years of transition, long ago, that men did not see whither they were going, and went on, in blindness and cowardice, to their fate. I wonder, for it is hard for me to conceive how men who knew the word "I," could give it up and not know wha
About Mike the construction worker, friend of Roark: "He worshipped expertness of any kind. He loved his work passionately and had no tolerance for anything save for other single-track devotions. He was a master in his own filed and felt no sympathy except for mastery. His view of the world was simp
If you want to know the one reason that's taking me back, I'll tell you: I cannot bring myself to abandon to destruction all the greatness of the world, all that which was mine and yours, which was made by us and is still ours by right - because I cannot believe that men refuse to see, that they can
Money demands that you sell, not your weakness to men's stupidity, but your talent to their reason.
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
Only a man of integrity can possess the virtue of honesty, since only the faking of oneâ€™s consciousness can permit the faking of existence.
If you tell an amateur that his story is not good, he always declares indignantly: 'Oh, but it really happened just like this!' The writer who doesn't understand that this is beside the point is not a writer at all.
For centuries, the mystics of spirit had existed by running a protection racket - by making life on earth unbearable, then charging you for consolation and relief, by forbidding all the virtues that make existence possible, then riding on the shoulders of your guilt, by declaring production and joy
There can be no compromise on moral principles.
Through all the centuries of the worship of the mindless, whatever stagnation humanity chose to endure, whatever brutality to practice-it was only by the grace of the men who perceived that wheat must have water in order to grow, that stones laid in a curve will form an arch, that two and two make f
Fransisco, you're some kind of very high nobility, aren't you?" He answered, "Not yet. The reason my family has lasted for such a long time is that none of us has ever been permitted to think he is born a d'Anconia. We are expected to become one.
He had a big head and a face so ugly it became almost fascinating.
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.
Why have you been staring at me ever since we met? Because Iâ€™m not the Gail Wynand youâ€™d heard about. You see, I love you. And love is exception-making. If you were in love youâ€™d want to be broken, trampled, ordered, dominated, because thatâ€™s the impossible, in the inconceivable for you in y
Not selfishness, but precisely the absence of a self. Look at them. The man who cheats and lies, but preserves a respectable front. He knows himself to be dishonest, but others think heâ€™s honest and he derives his self-respect from that, second-hand. The man who takes credit for an achievement whi
Reason can be fought with reason. How are you going to fight the unreasonable? The trouble with you, my dear, and with most people, is that you donâ€™t have sufficient respect for the senseless. The senseless is the major factor in our lives. You have no chance if it is your enemy.