The desire not to be anything is the desire not to be.
Did I feel a physical desire for him? I did. Was I moved by a passion of my body? I was. Have I experienced the most violent form of sensual pleasure? I have.
You'll get everything society can give a man. You'll keep all the money. You'll take any fame or honor anyone might want to grant. You'll accept such gratitude as the tenants might feel. And I - I'll take what nobody can give a man, except himself. I will have built Cortlandt. - Howard Roark
Those who grant sympathy to guilt, grant none to innocence.
The right to vote is a consequence, not a primary cause, of a free social system - and its value depends on the constitutional structure implementing and strictly delimiting the voters' power; unlimited majority rule is an instance of the principle of tyranny.
A 'whim' is a desire experienced by a person who does not know and does not care to discover its cause.
I stand here on the summit of the mountain. I lift my head and I spread my arms. This, my body and spirit, this is the end of the quest. I wished to know the meaning of all things. I am the meaning. I wished to find a warrant for being. I need no warrant for being, and no word of sanction upon my be
Talent alone is helpless today. Any success requires both talent and luck. And the 'luck' has to be helped along and provided by someone.
When the common good of a society is regarded as something apart from and superior to the individual good of its members, it means that the good of some men takes precedence over the good of others, with those others consigned to the status of sacrificial animals.
It is one's own personal, selfish happiness that one seeks, earns, and derives from love.
To abstain from condemning a torturer, is to become an accessory to the torture and murder of his victims.
It is a free market that makes monopolies impossible.
Only a man of integrity can possess the virtue of honesty, since only the faking of oneâ€™s consciousness can permit the faking of existence.
She knew that she could not have reached this white serenity except as the sum of all the colors, of all the violence she had known.
A man's ego is the fountainhead of human progress.
When you have civilized men fighting savages, you support the civilized men, no matter who they are.
To achieve, you need thought. You have to know what you are doing and that's real power.
Guilt is a rope that wears thin.
I used to call people, then I got into e-mailing, then texting, and now I just ignore everyone.
The fight we are in here, make no mistake about it, is a fight of individualism versus collectivism.
Through all the centuries of the worship of the mindless, whatever stagnation humanity chose to endure, whatever brutality to practice-it was only by the grace of the men who perceived that wheat must have water in order to grow, that stones laid in a curve will form an arch, that two and two make f
In order to live, man must act; in order to act, he must make choices; in order to make choices, he must define a code of values; in order to define a code of values, he must know what he is and where he is â€“ i.e. he must know his own nature (including his means of knowledge) and the nature of the
The truly and deliberately evil men are a very small minority; it is the appeaser who unleashes them on mankind; it is the appeaser's intellectual abdication that invites them to take over. When a culture's dominant trend is geared to irrationality, the thugs win over the appeasers. When intellectua
Self-sacrifice? But it is precisely the self that cannot and must not be sacrificed.
To achieve, you need thought
Because, you see, Godâ€”whatever anyone chooses to call Godâ€”is one's highest conception of the highest possible. And whoever places his highest conception above his own possibility thinks very little of himself and his life. It's a rare gift, you know, to feel reverence for your own life and to wa
We are one...alone...and only...and we love you who are one...alone...and only. We looked into each other's eyes and we knew the breath of a miracle had touched us, and fled, and left us groping vainly. And we felt torn, torn for some word we could not find.
If men want to oppose war, it is statism that they must oppose.
I think. I am. I will.
The smallest minority on earth is the individual. Those who deny individual rights cannot claim to be defenders of minorities.