Throughout the centuries there were men who took first steps, down new roads, armed with nothing but their own vision.
The moral absolute should be: if and when, in any dispute, one side initiates the use of physical force, that side is wrong - and no consideration or discussion of the issues is necessary or appropriate.
Do not let your fire go out, spark by irreplaceable spark in the hopeless swamps of the not-quite, the not-yet, and the not-at-all. Do not let the hero in your soul perish in lonely frustration for the life you deserved and have never been able to reach. The world you desire can be won. It exists..
Happiness is not something you have in your hands; it's something you carry in your heart. Happiness is one thing that multiplies by division. Happiness is that peculiar sensation you acquire when you are too busy to be miserable. Happiness is that state of consciousness which proceeds from the achi
We are on strike against the doctrine that life is guilt.
The evasion of responsibility is the major cause of most peoples frustrations and defeats.
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.
She did not know the nature of her loneliness. The only words that named it were: This is not the world I expected.
But a few understand that building is a great symbol we live in our minds, and existence is the attempt to bring that life into physical reality, to state it in gesture and form. For the man who understands this, a house he owns is a statement of his life.
Because I never have any definite destination. This ship is not for going to places, but for getting away from them. When I stop at a port, it's only for the sheer pleasure of leaving it. I always think: here's one more place that can't hold me.
Within the extent of your knowledge, you are right.
I'm not brave enough to be a coward; I see the consequences too clearly.
A rational mind does not work under compulsion; it does not subordinate its grasp of reality to anyoneâ€™s orders, directives, or controls; it does not sacrifice its knowledge, its view of the truth, to anyoneâ€™s opinions, threats, wishes, plans, or 'welfare.' Such a mind may be hampered by others,
A creative man is motivated by the desire to achieve, not by the desire to beat others.
The lust that drives others to enslave an empire, had become, in her limits, a passion for power over him. She had set out to break him, as if, unable to equal his value, she could surpass it by destroying it, as if the measure of his greatness would thus become the measure of hers, as if the vandal
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.
...if men are to be ruled, then the enemy is reason.
Nobody has ever given a reason why men should be their brother's keepers.
The worst guilt is to accept an unearned guilt. Ayn
A 'whim' is a desire experienced by a person who does not know and does not care to discover its cause.
To abstain from condemning a torturer, is to become an accessory to the torture and murder of his victims.
Fransisco, you're some kind of very high nobility, aren't you?" He answered, "Not yet. The reason my family has lasted for such a long time is that none of us has ever been permitted to think he is born a d'Anconia. We are expected to become one.
A gun is not an argument.
If a man wants love he should correct his weaknesses, or his flaws, and he may deserve it. But he cannot expect the unearned, either in love or in money; either in matter or in spirit.
Your soul has a single basic function-the act of valuing.
There are two sides to every issue: one side is right and the other is wrong, but the middle is always evil.
Each man must live as an end in himself and follow his own rational self-interest.
Any work is creative work if done by a thinking mind.
The nation which once held the creed that greatness is achieved by production, is now told that it is achieved by squalor.
To know one's own desires, their meaning and their costs requires the highest human virtue: rationality.