Aristotle may be regarded as the cultural barometer of Western history. Whenever his influence dominated the scene, it paved the way for one of history's brilliant eras; whenever it fell, so did mankind.

-Ayn Rand
Ayn Rand

This was solidarity. The debutante having her toenails pedicured - the housewife buying carrots from a pushcart - the bookkeeper who had wanted to be a pianist, but has the excuse of a sister to support - the businessman who hated his business - the worker who hated his work - the intellectual who hated everybody - all were united as brothers in the luxury of common anger that cured boredom and took them out of themselves, and they knew well enough what a blessing it was to be taken out of themselves.

Ayn Rand
in architecture, mediocrity is more glaringly obvious than in other lines - because there's a huge, physical object such as a building to demonstrate it.
Ayn Rand

There is no affirmation without the one who affirms. in this sense, everything to which you grant your love is yours

Ayn Rand
It's not that I don't suffer, it's that I know the unimportance of suffering. I know that pain is to be fought and thrown aside, not to be accepted as part of one's soul and as a permanent scar across one's view of existence.
Ayn Rand

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.

Ayn Rand
It's such a waste to be subtle and vicious with people who don't even know that you're being subtle and vicious
Ayn Rand

The purpose of man's life...is to become an abject zombie who serves a purpose he does not know, for reasons he is not to question.

Ayn Rand
In a free society, one does not have to deal with those who are irrational. One is free to avoid them.
Ayn Rand

The man who attempts to live for others is a dependent. He is a parasite in motive and makes parasites of those he serves.

Ayn Rand
I will not die, it's the world that will end." paraphrase of unknown philosopher