You know, I think that only if one feels immensely important can one feel truly light.
The three of them set out every morning on adventures of their own kind. Once, an elderly professor of literature, Mrs. Taggart's friend, saw them on top of a pile in a junk yard, dismantling the carcass of an automobile. He stopped, shook his head and said to Francisco, 'A young man of your positio
Money is the root of all good.
The cult of moral grayness is a revolt against moral values.
but their eyes were as cold blue glass buttons.
...if men are to be ruled, then the enemy is reason.
We can evade reality, but we cannot evade the consequences of evading reality
Nobody stays here by faking reality in any manner whatever.
Capitalism is not the system of the past; it is the system of the future -- if mankind is to have a future
You have been the one encounter in my life that can never be repeated
No man may initiate the use of physical force against others. No man-or group or society or government-has the right to assume the role of a criminal and initiate the use of physical compulsion against any man. Men have the right to use physical force only in retaliation and only against those who i
We didn't really have to take everything so seriously, did we?
The man of authentic self-confidence is the man who relies on the judgment of his own mind. Such a man is not malleable; he may be mistaken, he may be fooled in a given instance, but he is inflexible in regard to the absolutism of reality, i.e., in seeking and demanding truth.
If any civilization is to survive, it is the morality of altruism that men have to reject. Ayn Ran
Action without thought is mindlessness, and thought without action is hypocritical.
A mystic is a man who treats his feelings as tools of cognition.
Statism needs war; a free country does not. Statism survives by looting; a free country survives by producing.
Force and mind are opposites; morality ends where a gun begins. Ayn Ran
It's the person who would sell his soul for a nickel, who is loudest in proclaiming his hatred of money.... Let me give you a tip on men's characters: the man who damns money has obtained it dishonorably; the man who respects it has earned it. Run for your life from any man who tells you that money
There's something I want you to know,' said Cherryl, her voice taut and harsh, 'so that there won't be any pretending about it. I'm not going to put on the sweet relative act. I know what you've done to Jim and how you've made him miserable all his life. I'm going to protect him against you. I'll pu
Our dearest one. Fear nothing of the forest. There is no danger in solitude. We have no need of our brothers. Let us forget their good and our evil, let us forget all things save that we are together and that there is joy as a bond between us. Give us your hand. Look ahead. It is our own world, Gold
That's a cute sentence: the years to come. Why are you so sure they're coming?
It is true that the welfare-statists are not socialists, that they never advocated or intended the socialization of private property, that they want to 'preserve' private property-with government control of its use and disposal. But that is the fundamental characteristic of fascism.
What whip lashed them to their knees in shame and submission? The worship of the word "We.
Do not let your fire go out ... Do not let the Hero in your soul perish ... Check your road and the nature of your battle. The world you desired can be won. It exists, it is real, it is possible, it is yours.
Needless to say, under either system [socialism or fascism], the inequalities of income and standard of living are greater than anything possible under a free economy -- and a man's position is determined, not by his productive ability and achievement, but by political pull and force. Under both sys
What is morality, she asked. Judgement to distinguish right and wrong, vision to see the truth, and courage to act upon it, dedication to that which is good, integrity to stand by the good at any price.
Reality confronts man with a great many musts, but all of them are conditional the formula of realistic necessity is You must, if and the if stands for man's choice
Their eyes were dark and hard and glowing, with no fear in them, no kindness and no guilt.
Peter Keating: "Do you always have to have a purpose? Do you always have to be so damn serious? Can't you ever do things without reason, just like everybody else? You're so serious, so old. Everything's important with you. Everything's great, significant in some way, every minute, even when you keep