Style is not an end in itself, it is only a means to an end - the means of telling a story.

-Ayn Rand
Ayn Rand

Your emotional capacity is an empty motor, and your values are the fuel with which your mind fills it. If you choose a mix of contradictions, it will clog your motor, corrode your transmission and wreck you on your first attempt to move with a machine which you, the driver, have corrupted.

Ayn Rand
I can say-not as a patriotic bromide, but with full knowledge of the necessary metaphysical, epistemological , ethical, political and esthetic roots-that the United States of America is the greatest, the noblest and, in its original founding principles, the only moral country in the history of the world.
Ayn Rand

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.

Ayn Rand
The best, most natural dialogue is usually written as if the writer is listening to dictation. You might get stuck on any particular point and have to question yourself; but normally, dialogue writes itself.
Ayn Rand

Truth is the recognition of reality; reason, man's only means of knowledge, is his only standard of truth.

Ayn Rand
Freedom (n.): To ask nothing. To expect nothing. To depend on nothing.
Ayn Rand

In order to be in control of your life, you have to have a purpose-a productive purpose...

Ayn Rand
It's not about who's going to let me; it's about who's going to stop me.
Ayn Rand

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 or fascist, have demonstrated.

Ayn Rand
Man's unique reward, however, is that while animals survive by adjusting themselves to their background, man survives by adjusting his background to himself.