I want it real. I want to know that there is someone, somewhere, who wants it, too. Or else what is the use of seeing it, and working, and burning oneself for an impossible vision? A spirit, too, needs fuel. It can run dry

-Ayn Rand
Ayn Rand

The worst guilt is to accept an unearned guilt. Ayn Ran

Ayn Rand
That something happened to you is of no importance to anyone, not even to you. The important thing about you is what you choose to make happen - your values and choices. That which happened by accident - what family you were born into, in what country, and where you went to school - is totally unimportant....
Ayn Rand

It is easier to donate a few thousand to charity and think oneself noble than to base self-respect on personal standards of personal achievement.

Ayn Rand
Allies never trust each other, but that doesn't spoil their effectiveness.
Ayn Rand

Joy is the goal of existence, and joy is not to be stumbled upon, but to be achieved, and the act of treason is to let its vision drown in the swamp of the moment's torture.

Ayn Rand
The virtue involved in helping those one loves is not 'selflessness' or 'sacrifice,' but integrity.
Ayn Rand

A man's ego is the fountainhead of human progress.

Ayn Rand
Living in a society, instead of on a desert island, does not relieve a man of the responsibility of supporting his own life.
Ayn Rand

Racism is the lowest, most crudely primitive form of collectivism.

Ayn Rand
The moral justification of capitalism does not lie in the altruist claim that it represents the best way to achieve 'the common good.' It is true that capitalism does -- if that catch-phrase has any meaning -- but this is merely a secondary consequence. The moral justification for capitalism lies in the fact that it is the only system consonant with man's rational nature, that it protects man's survival qua man, and that its ruling principle is: justice