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

A rational man never distorts or corrupts his own standards and judgment in order to appeal to the irrationality, stupidity, or dishonesty of others.

Ayn Rand
If the Humanists wish to be champions of reason, they should consider the following: just as they would not admit mystics into their camp, since no rational discussion is possible with men who substitute supernatural revelations for rational evidence-so they cannot admit advocates of force into their camp, because no rational discussion or agreement is possible with men who substitute guns for rational persuasion.
Ayn Rand

Government holds a legal monopoly on the use of physical force.

Ayn Rand
A creative man is motivated by the desire to achieve, not by the desire to beat others.
Ayn Rand

What I am fighting is the idea that charity is a moral duty and a primary virtue.

Ayn Rand
As long as men are free to speak, a small, rational minority will always prevail over an irrational majority.
Ayn Rand

Self respect is something that can't be killed. The worst thing is to kill a man's pretense at it.

Ayn Rand
She thought: at this moment, the glass stem between his fingers feels just like the one between mine. We have this much in common.
Ayn Rand

When a man feels fear without reason, you call him to the attention of a psychiatrist; you are not so careful to protect the meaning, the nature and the dignity of love.

Ayn Rand
Whether it’s a symphony or a coal mine, all work is an act of creating and comes from the same source: from an inviolate capacity to see through one’s own eyes-which means: the capacity to perform a rational identification- which means: the capacity to see, to connect and to make what had not been seen, connected and made before.