I cannot stand Tolstoy, and reading him was the most boring literary duty I ever had to perform, his philosophy and his sense of life are not merely mistaken, but evil, and yet, from a purely literary viewpoint, on his own terms, I have to evaluate him as a good writer.

-Ayn Rand
Ayn Rand

Force and mind are opposites; morality ends where a gun begins. Ayn

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

A code of values accepted by choice is a code of morality.

Ayn Rand
The worst evil that you can do, psychologically, is to laugh at yourself. That means spitting in your own face.
Ayn Rand

the important consideration is not your opponents, but yourself. It is bad to scream at them, not because it hurts them, they ought to be hurt, but because it hurts you. Anger is a form of recognition. It amounts to admitting that those people are important to you and that they have the power to hurt you. Actually, they haven't.

Ayn Rand
You don't build for the way people live, but for the way they should live. I don't write about people as they are, but as they could be and should be.
Ayn Rand

The ladder of success is best climbed by stepping on the rungs of opportunity. Ayn

Ayn Rand
I have no faith at all. I only hold convictions.
Ayn Rand

The hardest thing to explain is the glaringly evident which everybody had decided not to see.

Ayn Rand
Virtue is not an end in itself. Virtue is not its own reward or sacrificial fodder for the reward of evil. Life is the reward of virtue-and happiness is the goal and the reward of life.