I can say-not as a patriotic bromide, but with full knowledge of the necessary metaphysical, epistemological , ethical, political and esthetic roots-that the United States of America is the greatest, the noblest and, in its original founding principles, the only moral country in the history of the w
She thought how strange it would be if she ever said 'Hello' to him. One did not greet oneself each morning.
My greatest personal mistake is ever to allow a word or moment that â€œdoesnâ€™t count,â€ i.e., that I do not refer to my own basic principles. Every word, every action, every moment counts. (This is the pattern on which everybody makes mistakes [or] becomes irrational â€” not relating their one act
Faith is the wors curse of mankind, as the exact antithesis and enemy of thought.
If you write a line of zeroes, itÂ´s still nothing.
There is no such thing as a lousy job - only lousy men who don't care to do it.
Americaâ€™s founding ideal was the principle of individual rights. Nothing more-and nothing less. The rest-everything that America achieved, everything she became, everything 'noble and just,' and heroic, and great, and unprecedented in human history-was the logical consequence of fidelity to that o
You'll come back, because yours is an error of knowledge, not a moral failure, not an act of surrender to evil, but only the last act of being victim to your own virtue. We'll wait for you and when you come back, you will have discovered that there need never be any conflict among your desires, nor
There's only one passion in most artists more violent than their desire for admiration: their fear of identifying the nature of such admiration as they do receive.
It is not death that we wish to avoid, but life that we wish to live.
Capitalism is not the system of the past; it is the system of the future -- if mankind is to have a future
I worship individuals for their highest possibilities as individuals and I loathe humanity for its failure to live up to these possibilities.
Man cannot survive except through his mind. He comes on earth unarmed. His brain is his only weapon. Animals obtain food by force. man had no claws, no fangs, no horns, no great strength of muscle. He must plant his food or hunt it. To plant, he needs a process of thought. To hunt, he needs weapons,
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
You know, I think that only if one feels immensely important can one feel truly light.
If you want to feel good, be rational.
A creative man is motivated by the desire to achieve, not by the desire to beat others. Ayn Ran
A culture is made â€” or destroyed â€” by its articulate voices.
I refuse to accept as guilt the fact of my own existence.
There is nothing to take a manâ€™s freedom away from him, save other men (pg. 101).
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
Have you ever felt a potential love for someone? Like, you don't actually love them and you know you don't, but you know you could. You realise that you could easily fall in love with them. It's almost like the bud of a flower, ready to blossom but it's just not quite there yet. And you like them a
An animal is equipped for sustaining its life; its senses provide it with an automatic code of action, an automatic knowledge of what is good for it or evil... Man has no automatic code of survival. His particular distinction from all other living species is the necessity to act in the face of alter
And questions give us no rest. We know not why our curse makes us seek we know not what, ever and ever. But we cannot resist it. It whispers to us that there are great things on this earth of ours, and that we can know them if we try, and that we must know them. We ask, why must we know, but it has
Love is an expression and assertion of self-esteem, a response to one's own values in the person of another. One gains a profoundly personal, selfish joy from the mere existence of the person one loves. It is one's own personal, selfish happiness that one seeks, earns, and derives from love....
There is only one source of authentic self-confidence: reason.
Whoever defends his own rights defends the rights of all.
A man doesn't borrow pieces of his body. A building doesn't borrow hunks of its soul. Its maker gives it the soul and every wall, window and stairway to express it.
Congress shall make no law abridging the freedom of production and trade...
You love only those who deserve it.