The smallest minority on earth is the individual. Those who deny individual rights cannot claim to be defenders of minorities.

-Ayn Rand
Ayn Rand

I came here to say that I do not recognize anyone's right to one minute of my life. Nor to any part of my energy. Nor to any achievement of mine. No matter who makes the claim, how large their number or how great their need. I wished to come here and say that I am a man who does not exist for others." - Howard Roark

Ayn Rand
If a man speculates on what 'society' should do for the poor, he accepts thereby the collectivist premise that men's lives belong to society and that he, as a member of society, has the right to dispose of them...that psychological confession reveals the enormity of the extent to which altruism erodes men's capacity to grasp the concept of rights or the value of an individual life.
Ayn Rand

Do not ever say that the desire to 'do good' by force is a good motive. Neither power-lust nor stupidity are good motives.

Ayn Rand
Why no. I’m too conceited. If you want to call it that. I don’t make comparisons. I never think of myself in relation to anyone else. I just refuse to measure myself as part of anything. I’m an utter egotist.
Ayn Rand

A free mind and a free market are corollaries.

Ayn Rand
I consider promiscuity immoral. Not because sex is evil, but because sex is too good and too important ...
Ayn Rand

Definitions are the guardians of rationality, the first line of defense against the chaos of mental disintegration.

Ayn Rand
Never ask people about your work.
Ayn Rand

I refuse to accept as guilt the fact of my own existence.

Ayn Rand
Because the beauty of the human body is that it hasn't a single muscle which doesn't serve its purpose; that there's not a line wasted; that every detail of it fits one idea, the idea of a man and the life of a man.