The only man never to be redeemed is the man without passion.
Let me by the child in that story and declare that the Emperor is naked-or that America is culturally bankrupt.
For the first time since her return, she felt pain, a violent pain, but it made her feel alive, because it was worth feeling.
The worst guilt is to accept an unearned guilt.
The symbol of all relationships among such men, the moral symbol of respect for human beings, is the trader. We, who live by values, not by loot, are traders, both in matter and in spirit. A trader is a man who earns what he gets and does not give or take the undeserved.
The genius must have his freedom and his independence.
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.
It is a policemanâ€™s duty to retrieve stolen property and return it to its owners. But when robbery becomes the purpose of the law, and the policemanâ€™s duty becomes, not protection, but the plunder of property - then it is an outlaw who has to become a policeman.
You'd let the whole world perish rather than soil that immaculate self of yours with a single spot of which you'd have to be ashamed.
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
When I disagree with a rational man, I let reality be our final arbiter; if I am right, he will learn; if I am wrong, I will; one of us will win, but both will profit.
Individual rights are the means of subordinating society to moral law. Ayn Ran
Never ask people about your work.
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.
Never ask people. Not about your work. Don't you know what you want? How can you stand it, not to know?
No concept man forms is valid unless he integrates it without contradiction into the sum of his knowledge.
Since only an individual man can possess rights, the expression "individual rights"? is a redundancy (which one has to use for purposes of clarification in today's intellectual chaos). But the expression "collective rights"? is a contradiction in terms.
Show me your achievement, and the knowledge will give me courage for mine.
The right to life is the source of all rights -- and the right to property is their only implementation. Without property rights, no other rights are possible. Since man has to sustain his life by his own effort, the man who has no right to the product of his effort has no means to sustain his life.
Aquinas brought an Aristotelian view of reason back into European culture, and lighted the way toward the Renaissance.
Namely, if I am challenging the base of all these institutions, I'm challenging the moral code of altruism. The precept that man's moral duty is to live for others. That man must sacrifice himself to others. Which is the present day morality.
There were things in my past which I have not liked. But all the things of which I was proud will remain.
Life is the reward of virtue. And happiness is the goal and reward of life.
A man's sexual choice is the result and the sum of his fundamental convictions.... He will always be attracted to the woman who reflects his deepest vision of himself, the woman whose surrender permits him to experience a sense of self-esteem. The man who is proudly certain of his own value, will wa
No speech is ever considered, but only the speaker. It's so much easier to pass judgement on a man than on an idea.
An irresponsible person is a person who makes vague promises, then breaks his word, blames it on circumstances and expects other people to forgive it.
Dictatorship nations are outlaws. Any free nation had the right to invade Nazi Germany and, today, has the right to invade Soviet Russia, Cuba, or any other slave pen. Whether a free nation chooses to do so or not is a matter of its own self-interest, not of respect for the nonexistent 'rights' of g
A free mind and a free market are corollaries.
Defiance, not obedience, is the American's answer to overbearing authority.
No happy person can be quite so impervious to pain (Gail Wynand to Dominique Francon)