Only the man who extols the purity of love devoid of desire, is capable of the depravity of a desire devoid of love.

-Ayn Rand
Ayn Rand

Those who say theory and practice are two unrelated realms are fools in one and scoundrels in the other.

Ayn Rand
A story is an end in itself. It is not written to teach, sell, explain or destroy anything. It is not written even to entertain. It is written as a man is born - an organic whole, dictated only by its own laws and its own necessity - an end in itself, not a means to an end.
Ayn Rand

The action required to sustain human life is primarily intellectual; everything man needs has to be discovered by his mind and produced by his effort.

Ayn Rand
My greatest personal mistake is ever to allow a word or moment that “doesn’t count,†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 — not relating their one action or one conviction to another.
Ayn Rand

Force and mind are opposites; morality ends where a gun begins. Ayn

Ayn Rand
That time and those people are upon you!
Ayn Rand

I made my fortune by being able to spot a certain kind of man.

Ayn Rand
Your soul has a single basic function-the act of valuing.
Ayn Rand

Without property rights, no other rights are possible.

Ayn Rand
The first right on earth is the right of the ego. Man's first duty is to himself. His moral law is never to place his prime goal within the persons of others. His moral obligation is to do what he wishes, provided his wish does not depend primarily upon other men.