Whatever their future, at the dawn of their lives, men seek a noble vision of man's nature and of life's potential.
Man cannot demand that others give up their lives to make him happy.
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..
A creative man is motivated by the desire to achieve, not by the desire to beat others. Ayn Ran
I could die for you. But I couldn't, and wouldn't, live for you.
Since only an individual man can possess rights, the expression "individual rights"? is a redundancy (which one has to use for purposes of clarification in today's intellectual chaos). But the expression "collective rights"? is a contradiction in terms.
A man's sexual choice is the result and the sum of his fundamental convictions.... He will always be attracted to the woman who reflects his deepest vision of himself, the woman whose surrender permits him to experience a sense of self-esteem. The man who is proudly certain of his own value, will wa
To be free, a man must be free of his brothers. That is freedom. This and nothing else.
Rationalization is a process of not perceiving reality, but of attempting to make reality fit oneâ€™s emotions.
In a capitalist society, all human relationships are voluntary.
I understood that centuries of chains and lashes will not kill the spirit of man nor the sense of truth within him.
He, too, stood looking at her for a moment--and it seemed to her that it was not a look of greeting after an absence, but the look of someone who had thought of her every day of that year. She could not be certain, it was only an instant, so brief that just as she caught it, he was turning...
Men prosper or fail, survive or perish in proportion to the degree of their rationality.
but their eyes were as cold blue glass buttons.
It's the hardest thing in the world - to do what we want. And it takes the greatest kinds of courage.
You have been the one encounter in my life that can never be repeated
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.
In all proper relationships there is no sacrifice of anyone to anyone. An architect needs clients, but he does not subordinate his work to their wishes. They need him, but they do not order a house just to give him commission. Men exchange their work by free, mutual consent to mutual advantage when
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
The Middle Ages were an era of mysticism, ruled by blind faith and blind obedience to the dogma that faith is superior to reason. The Renaissance was specifically the rebirth of reason, the liberation of man's mind, the triumph of rationality over mysticism - a faltering, incomplete, but impassioned
There is no hope for the world unless and until we formulate, accept and state publicly a true moral code of individualism, based on man's inalienable right to live for himself. Neither to hurt nor to serve his brothers, but to be independent of them in his function and in his motive. Neither to sac
I am unwilling to be wholly goodâ€”and please don't regard me as wholly evil!
Potentially, a government is the most dangerous threat to man's rights; it holds a legal monopoly on the use of physical force against legally disarmed victims. When unlimited and unrestricted by individual rights, a government is man's deadliest enemy. It is not as protection against private action
Every form of happiness is private. Our greatest moments are personal, self-motivated, not to be touched".
All public projects are mausoleums, not always in shapes, but always in cost.
Show me your achievement, and the knowledge will give me courage for mine.
To love is to value. Only a rationally selfish man, a man of self esteem, is capable of love - because he is the only man capable of holding firm, consistent, uncompromising, unbetrayed value. The man who does not value himself, cannot value anything or anyone
Evil requires the sanction of the victim. Ayn
While, politically, a mixed economy preserves the semblance of an organized society with a semblance of law and order, economically it is the equivalent of the chaos that had ruled China for centuries: a chaos of robber gangs looting-and draining-the productive elements of the country.
A mystic is a man who treats his feelings as tools of cognition.