Force and mind are opposites; morality ends where a gun begins. Ayn Ran
The desire not to be anything is the desire not to be.
A genius is a genius, regardless of the number of morons who belong to the same race - and a moron is a moron, regardless of the number of geniuses who share his racial origin.
Capitalism is not the system of the past; it is the system of the future -- if mankind is to have a future
Whether you know the shape of a pebble or the structure of a solar system, the anxioms remain the same: that it exists and that you know it.
It meant nothing to him any longer, only a faint tinge of sadness--and somewhere within him, a drop of pain moving briefly and vanishing, like a raindrop on the glass of a window, its course in the shape of a question mark.
An emotion as much tells you nothing about reality, beyond the fact that something makes you feel something.
To deal with men by force is as impractical as to deal with nature by persuasion.
She thought: at this moment, the glass stem between his fingers feels just like the one between mine. We have this much in common.
Capitalism is our only moral system. All other systems take advantage of man's rights and liberties.
Virtue is not an end in itself. Virtue is not its own reward or sacrificial fodder for the reward of evil. Life is the reward of virtue-and happiness is the goal and the reward of life.
Even if smog were a risk to human life, we must remember that life in nature, without technology, is wholesale death.
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.
She looked at the crowd and she felt simultaneously astonishment that they should stare at her when this event was so personally her own that no communication about it was possible and a sense of fitness that they should be here that they should want to see it. Because the sight of an achievement wa
Any material element or resource which, in order to become of use or value to men, requires the application of human knowledge and effort, should be private property-by the right of those who apply the knowledge and effort.
One can study what exists and how consciousness functions; but one cannot analyze (or â€œproveâ€) existence as such, or consciousness as such. These are irreducible primaries. (An attempt to â€œproveâ€ them is self-contradict ory: it is an attempt to â€œproveâ€ existence by means of nonexistence, an
People want nothing but mirrors around them. To reflect them while theyâ€™re reflecting too ... Reflections of reflections and echoes of echoes. No beginning and no end. No center and no purpose.
Our dearest one. Fear nothing of the forest. There is no danger in solitude. We have no need of our brothers. Let us forget their good and our evil, let us forget all things save that we are together and that there is joy as a bond between us. Give us your hand. Look ahead. It is our own world, Gold
Statism needs war; a free country does not. Statism survives by looting; a free country survives by producing.
The truth is not for all men, but only for those who seek it.
The men of the press, who despised their own profession, did not know why they were enjoying it today. One of them, a young man with years of notorious success behind him and a cynical look of twice his age, said suddenly, 'I know what I'd like to be: I wish I could be a man who covers news!'
The nation which once held the creed that greatness is achieved by production, is now told that it is achieved by squalor.
In order to be in control of your life, you have to have a purpose-a productive purpose...
Faith and force ... are corollaries: every period of history dominated by mysticism, was a period of statism, of dictatorship, of tyranny.
I am speaking to those among you who have retained some sovereign shred of their soul, unsold and unstamped: '- to the order of others'. If, in the chaos of the motives that have made you listen to the radio tonight, there was an honest, rational desire to learn what is wrong with the world, you are
The Middle Ages were an era of mysticism, ruled by blind faith and blind obedience to the dogma that faith is superior to reason. The Renaissance was specifically the rebirth of reason, the liberation of man's mind, the triumph of rationality over mysticism - a faltering, incomplete, but impassioned
Get the hell out of my way!
When she had gone upstairs, he walked to a window and stood looking up at the sky. His head thrown back, he felt the pull of his throat muscles and he wondered whether the peculiar solemnity of looking at the sky comes, not from what one contemplates, but from that uplift of one's head.
The worst guilt is to accept an unearned guilt.
Degrees do not matter... one does not bargain about inches of evil.