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.
The only power any government has is the power to crack down on criminals. Well, when there aren't enough criminals, one makes them. One declares so many things to be a crime that it becomes impossible for men to live without breaking laws.
That love is reverence, and worship, and glory, and the upward glance. Not a bandage for dirty sores. But they donâ€™t know it. Those who speak of love most promiscuously are the ones whoâ€™ve never felt it. They make some sort of feeble stew out of sympathy, compassion, contempt, and general indiff
I don't build in order to have clients. I have clients in order to build.
It's such a waste to be subtle and vicious with people who don't even know that you're being subtle and vicious
Man's unique reward, however, is that while animals survive by adjusting themselves to their background, man survives by adjusting his background to himself.
Happiness is not something you have in your hands; it's something you carry in your heart. Happiness is one thing that multiplies by division. Happiness is that peculiar sensation you acquire when you are too busy to be miserable. Happiness is that state of consciousness which proceeds from the achi
Self-esteem is reliance on ones power to think.
America's founding Ideal was the principle of individual rights. Nothing more - and nothing less.
If you surrender everything to the government and give it total power to plan the whole economy, this will not guarantee your economic security, but it will guarantee the descent of the entire nation to a level of miserable poverty--as the practical results of every totalitarian economy, communist o
And what is the state but a servant and a convenience for a large number of people, just like the electric light and the plumbing system? And wouldnt it be preposterous to claim that men must exist for their plumbing, not the plumbing for the men.
Just as man's physical existence was liberated when he grasped that 'nature, to be commanded, must be obeyed', so his consciousness will be liberated when grasps that nature, to be apprehended, must be obeyed - that the rules of cognition must be derived from the nature of existence and the nature,
The skyline of New York is a monument of a splendour that no pyramids or palaces will ever equal or approach.
There's only one passion in most artists more violent than their desire for admiration: their fear of identifying the nature of such admiration as they do receive.
He despised causeless affection, just as he despised unearned wealth. They professed to love him for some unknown reason and they ignored all the things for which he could wish to be loved.
I want it real. I want to know that there is someone, somewhere, who wants it, too. Or else what is the use of seeing it, and working, and burning oneself for an impossible vision? A spirit, too, needs fuel. It can run dry
I know not if this earth on which I stand is the core of the universe or if it is but a speck of dust lost in eternity. I know not and I care not. For I know what happiness is possible to me on earth. And my happiness needs no higher aim to vindicate it. My happiness is not the means to any end. It
Why no. Iâ€™m too conceited. If you want to call it that. I donâ€™t make comparisons. I never think of myself in relation to anyone else. I just refuse to measure myself as part of anything. Iâ€™m an utter egotist.
Ideas, in a free society, are not a crime- and neither can they serve as the justification of a crime.
Do not ever say that the desire to 'do good' by force is a good motive. Neither power-lust nor stupidity are good motives.
We cannot fight against collectivism, unless we fight against its moral base: altruism. We cannot fight against altruism, unless we fight against its epistemological base: irrationalism. We cannot fight against anything, unless we fight for something--and what we must fight for is the supremacy of r
Life is the reward of virtue. And happiness is the goal and reward of life.
They talked about nothing in particular, sentences that had meaning only in the sound of the voices, in warm gaiety, in the ease of complete relaxation.
Toohey: "Mr. Roark, we're alone here. Why don't you tell me what you think of me? In any words you wish. No one will hear us." Roark: "But I don't think of you.
Congress shall make no law abridging the freedom of production and trade...
Creation comes before distribution -- or there will be nothing to distribute.
Freedom comes from seeing the ignorance of your critics and discovering the emptiness of their virtue.
To say â€˜I love youâ€™ one must first know how to say the â€˜I.â€™ The meaning of the â€˜Iâ€™ is an independent, self-sufficient entity that does not exist for the sake of any other person. A person who exists only for the sake of his loved one is not an independent entity, but a spiritual parasite
Observe how many people evade, rationalize and drive their minds into a state of blind stupor, in dread of discovering that those they deal with- their "loved ones" or friends or business associates or political rulers- are not merely mistaken, but evil. Observe that this dread leads them to sanctio
The ladder of success is best climbed by stepping on the rungs of opportunity. Ayn