The basic need of the creator is independence. The reasoning mind cannot work under any form of compulsion. It cannot be curbed, sacrificed or subordinated to any consideration whatsoever. It demands total independence in function and in motive.

-Ayn Rand
Ayn Rand

I am interested in politics so that one day I will not have to be interested in politics.

Ayn Rand
Achieving life is not the equivalent of avoiding death. Ayn Ran
Ayn Rand

There is no difference between communism and socialism, except in the means of achieving the same ultimate end: communism proposes to enslave men by force, socialism - by vote. It is merely the difference between murder and suicide.

Ayn Rand
Sacrifice is the surrender of that which you value in favor of which you dont
Ayn Rand

The genius must have his freedom and his independence.

Ayn Rand
and he said her name to fill the space of five years.
Ayn Rand

To preserve one's mind intact through a modern college education is a test of courage and endurance, but the battle is worth it and the stakes are the highest possible to man: the survival of reason.

Ayn Rand
In the temple of his spirit, each man is alone.
Ayn Rand

The first right on earth is the right of the ego. Man's first duty is to himself. His moral law is never to place his prime goal within the persons of others. His moral obligation is to do what he wishes, provided his wish does not depend primarily upon other men.

Ayn Rand
Did I feel a physical desire for him? I did. Was I moved by a passion of my body? I was. Have I experienced the most violent form of sensual pleasure? I have.