This is the age othe common man, they tell us-a title which any man may claim to the extent osuch distinction as he has managed not to achieve.
A creative man is motivated by the desire to achieve, not by the desire to beat others.
The only proper purpose of a government is to protect man's rights, which means: to protect him from physical violence.
Without property rights, no other rights are possible.
The problem is not those who dream, but those who can only dream.
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 rational man knows-or makes it a point to discover-the source of his emotions, the basic premises from which they come.
Man holds these rights [life, liberty and property], not from the Collective nor for the Collective, but against the Collective - as a barrier which the Collective cannot cross... these rights are man's protection against all other men.
Do not lose your knowledge that man's proper estate is an upright posture, an intransigent mind, and a step that travels unlimited roads.
It's the hardest thing in the world - to do what we want. And it takes the greatest kinds of courage.
Money is only a tool. It will take you wherever you wish, but it will not replace you as the driver.
And that night we knew that to hold the body of women in our arms in neither ugly nor shameful, but the one ecstasy granted to the race of men.
I have no faith at all. I only hold convictions.
A culture is not the anonymous product of undifferentiate d masses, but the sum of the intellectual achievements of individual men.
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
Pity for the guilty is treason to the innocent.
The ladder of success is best climbed by stepping on the rungs of opportunity. Ayn Ran
You're not sorry. You could've been here if you made the effort. But when did you ever make an effort for anybody but yourself? You're not interested in any of us or in anything we do. You think if you pay the bills, that's enough, don't you? Money! That's all you know. And all you give us is money.
Ah, there's nothing like tea in the afternoon. When the British Empire collapses, historians will find that it had made but two invaluable contributions to civilization - this tea ritual and the detective novel.
If any part of your uncertainty, is a conflict between your heart and your mind - follow your mind.
I refuse to accept as guilt the fact of my own existence.
Every aspect of Western culture needs a new code of ethics - a rational ethics - as a precondition of rebirth.
Let me give you a tip on a clue to men's characters: the man who damns money has obtained it dishonorably; the man who respects it has earned it.
To discuss evil in a manner implying neutrality, is to sanction it.
It is not advisable to venture unsolicited opinions. You should spare yourself the embarrassing discovery of their exact value to your listener.
The fact that a man has no claim on others ... does not preclude or prohibit good will among men and does not make it immoral to offer or to accept voluntary, non-sacrificial assistance.
The alleged short-cut to knowledge, which is faith, is only a short-circuit destroying the mind
When intellectual leaders fail to foster the best in the mixed, unformed, vacillating character of people at large, the thugs are sure to bring out the worst. When the ablest men turn into cowards, the average men turn into brutes.
The world you desire can be won, it exists, it is real, it is possible, it is yours.
Well, I always know what I want. And when you know what you want--you go toward it. Sometimes you go very fast, and sometimes only an inch a year. Perhaps you feel happier when you go fast. I don't know. I've forgotten the difference long ago, because it really doesn't matter, so long as you move.