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Ayn Sayings By Ayn Rand: Many errors and tragic disillusionments are possible in this process of emotional recognition, since a Many errors and tragic disillusionments are possible in this process of emotional recognition, since a sense of life, by itself, is not a reliable cognitive guide. And if there are degrees of evil, then one of the most evil consequences of mysticism - in terms of human suffering - is the belief that love is a matter of "the heart," not the mind, that love is an emotion independent of reason, that love is blind and impervious to the power of philosophy. — Ayn Rand
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Ayn Sayings By Ayn Rand: In a world that proclaims the non-existence of the mind, the moral righteousness of rule In a world that proclaims the non-existence of the mind, the moral righteousness of rule by brute force, the penalizing of the competent in favor of the incompetent, the sacrifice of the best to the worst - in such a world, the best have to turn against society and have to become its deadliest enemies. — Ayn Rand
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Ayn Sayings By Ayn Rand: It's easy to run to others. It's so hard to stand on one's own record. It's easy to run to others. It's so hard to stand on one's own record. You can fake virtue for an audience. You can't fake it in your own eyes. Your ego is your strictest judge. They run from it. They spend their lives running. It's easier to donate a few thousand to charity and think oneself noble than to base self-respect on personal standards of personal achievement. It's simple to seek substitutes for competence
such easy substitutes: love, charm, kindness, charity. But there is no substitute for competence. — Ayn Rand
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Ayn Sayings By Ayn Rand: Even in dialogue, your own style rules your selection. Do not give yourself a blank Even in dialogue, your own style rules your selection. Do not give yourself a blank check of this kind: 'I'll merely reproduce what I think a character like so-and-so would say.' You have to reproduce it in the way your literary premises dictate. — Ayn Rand
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Ayn Sayings By Ayn Rand: For my purpose, the non-fiction form of abstract knowledge doesn't interest me; the final, applied For my purpose, the non-fiction form of abstract knowledge doesn't interest me; the final, applied form of fiction, of story, does. — Ayn Rand
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Ayn Sayings By Ayn Rand: She did not know what it was about him that had always made her want She did not know what it was about him that had always made her want to see him broken. — Ayn Rand
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Ayn Sayings By Ayn Rand: It was the only thing I ever really wanted. And that's the sin that can't It was the only thing I ever really wanted. And that's the sin that can't be forgiven
that I hadn't done what I wanted. It feels so dirty and pointless and monstrous, as one feels about insanity, because there's no sense to it, no dignity, nothing but pain
and wasted pain ... why do they always teach us that it's easy and evil to do what we want and that we need discipline to restrain ourselves? It's the hardest thing in the world
to do what we want. And it takes the greatest kind of courage. — Ayn Rand
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Ayn Sayings By Ayn Rand: Dominique, it's abnormal to feel so strongly about anything." "That's the only way I can Dominique, it's abnormal to feel so strongly about anything." "That's the only way I can feel. Or not at all. — Ayn Rand
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Ayn Sayings By Ayn Rand: Guilt is a rope that wears thin. Guilt is a rope that wears thin. — Ayn Rand
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Ayn Sayings By Ayn Rand: It's only a matter of getting through the next few moments, she thought: take care It's only a matter of getting through the next few moments, she thought: take care of the next few moments, and then the next, a few at a time, and after a while it will be easier; you'll get over it, after a while. — Ayn Rand
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Ayn Sayings By Ayn Rand: There is a level of cowardice lower than that of the conformist: the fashionable non-conformist. There is a level of cowardice lower than that of the conformist: the fashionable non-conformist. — Ayn Rand
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Ayn Sayings By Ayn Rand: As there can be no causeless wealth, so there can be no causeless love or As there can be no causeless wealth, so there can be no causeless love or any sort of causeless emotion. An emotion is a response to a fact of reality, an estimate dictated by your standards. To love is to value. — Ayn Rand
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Ayn Sayings By Ayn Rand: A majority vote is not an epistemological validation of an idea. Voting is merely a A majority vote is not an epistemological validation of an idea. Voting is merely a proper political device
within a strictly, constitutionall y delimited sphere of action
for choosing the practical means of implementing a society's basic principles. But those principles are not determined by vote. — Ayn Rand
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Ayn Sayings By Ayn Rand: She marveled at the futility of his method: he was acting as if, by naming She marveled at the futility of his method: he was acting as if, by naming her opinion in advance, he would make her unable to alter it. — Ayn Rand
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Ayn Sayings By Ayn Rand: Money will always remain an effect and refuse to replace you as the cause. Money Money will always remain an effect and refuse to replace you as the cause. Money is the product of virtue, but it will not give you virtue and it will not redeem your vices. Money will not give you the unearned, neither in matter nor in spirit. Is this the root of your hatred of money? — Ayn Rand
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Ayn Sayings By Ayn Rand: Do I strike you as a man with a miserable inferiority complex?""Good God, no!""Only that Do I strike you as a man with a miserable inferiority complex?"
"Good God, no!"
"Only that kind of man spends his life running after women. — Ayn Rand
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Ayn Sayings By Ayn Rand: The vase was a solid, dark green stone carved into plain surfaces; the texture of The vase was a solid, dark green stone carved into plain surfaces; the texture of its smooth curves provoked an irresistible desire to touch it. It seemed startling in that office, incongruous with the sternness of the rest: it was a touch of sensuality. — Ayn Rand
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Ayn Sayings By Ayn Rand: Ah, there's nothing like tea in the afternoon. When the British Empire collapses, historians will 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. — Ayn Rand
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Ayn Sayings By Ayn Rand: That is the psychology of a murderer who's committed the perfect crime and then confesses That is the psychology of a murderer who's committed the perfect crime and then confesses because he can't bear the idea that nobody knows it's a perfect crime. — Ayn Rand
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Ayn Sayings By Ayn Rand: A desire presupposes the possibility of action to achieve it; action presupposes a goal that A desire presupposes the possibility of action to achieve it; action presupposes a goal that is worth achieving. — Ayn Rand
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Ayn Sayings By Ayn Rand: Well, I always know what I want. And when you know what you wantyou go 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. — Ayn Rand
Ayn Sayings By Ayn Rand: His face gave her nothing in answer: it had that look of respectful severity with His face gave her nothing in answer: it had that look of respectful severity with which a man stands before the fact that the truth is the truth. — Ayn Rand
Ayn Sayings By Ayn Rand: clothes displayed an artist's infinite attention to details. He wished, as he descended the steps, clothes displayed an artist's infinite attention to details. He wished, as he descended the steps, that this were a — Ayn Rand
Ayn Sayings By Ayn Rand: Hence the sterile, uninspiring futility of a great many theoretical discussions of ethics, and the Hence the sterile, uninspiring futility of a great many theoretical discussions of ethics, and the resentment which many people feel towards such discussions: moral principles remain in their minds as floating abstractions, offering them a goal they cannot grasp and demanding that they reshape their souls in its image, thus leaving them with a burden of undefinable moral guilt. — Ayn Rand
Ayn Sayings By Ayn Rand: Dagny listened to the Fourth Concerto, her head thrown back, her eyes closed. She lay Dagny listened to the Fourth Concerto, her head thrown back, her eyes closed. She lay half-stretched across the corner of a couch, her body relaxed and still; but tension stressed the shape of her mouth on her motionless face, a sensual shape drawn in lines of longing. — Ayn Rand
Ayn Sayings By Ayn Rand: Whenever anyone accuses some person of being 'unfeeling,' he means that that person is just. Whenever anyone accuses some person of being 'unfeeling,' he means that that person is just. — Ayn Rand
Ayn Sayings By Ayn Rand: He did not know why her presence made him confess things unconfessed in his own He did not know why her presence made him confess things unconfessed in his own mind. — Ayn Rand
Ayn Sayings By Ayn Rand: If he can give his readers no reason why they should read his book, except If he can give his readers no reason why they should read his book, except that the events happened to him, it is not a valid book. — Ayn Rand
Ayn Sayings By Ayn Rand: She thought: at this moment, the glass stem between his fingers feels just like the She thought: at this moment, the glass stem between his fingers feels just like the one between mine. We have this much in common. — Ayn Rand
Ayn Sayings By Ayn Rand: As she looked at him, her dark gray eyes went slowly from astonishment to stillness, As she looked at him, her dark gray eyes went slowly from astonishment to stillness, then to a strange expression that resembled a look of weariness, except that it seemed to reflect much more than the endurance of this one moment. — Ayn Rand
Ayn Sayings By Ayn Rand: ... if the majority of men cannot know what is good for them, each for ... if the majority of men cannot know what is good for them, each for himself, how can they know what is good for others by proxy? If they are to be controlled by specialists, how and by what standard can they choose the specialist? — Ayn Rand
Ayn Sayings By Ayn Rand: The man who lets a leader prescribe his course is a wreck being towed to The man who lets a leader prescribe his course is a wreck being towed to the scrap heap. — Ayn Rand
Ayn Sayings By Ayn Rand: We can ignore reality, but we cannot ignore the consequences of ignoring reality. We can ignore reality, but we cannot ignore the consequences of ignoring reality. — Ayn Rand
Ayn Sayings By Calvin Trillin: Paull has his own style, which is folksy, not canned.Religion? He's got one. His prophet's Paull has his own style, which is folksy, not canned.
Religion? He's got one. His prophet's Ayn Rand.
By Rand's eerie theories he's fervently gripped,
So he won't do flip-flops. He long ago flipped. — Calvin Trillin
Ayn Sayings By Ayn Rand: If I can't, then that would make it an absolute and you said there aren't If I can't, then that would make it an absolute and you said there aren't any absolutes." "That's different." "How is it different?" "It's the government." "You mean, there aren't any absolutes except the government?" "I mean, if they say it's important, then it is. — Ayn Rand
Ayn Sayings By Ayn Rand: ... because happiness was the greatest agent pf purification. ... because happiness was the greatest agent pf purification. — Ayn Rand
Ayn Sayings By Ayn Rand: Every loneliness is a pinnacle Every loneliness is a pinnacle — Ayn Rand
Ayn Sayings By Ayn Rand: Every man builds his world in his own image; he has the power to choose, Every man builds his world in his own image; he has the power to choose, but no power to escape the necessity of choice. If he abdicates his power, he abdicates the status of man, and the grinding chaos of the irrational is what he achieves as his sphere of existence - by his own choice. — Ayn Rand
Ayn Sayings By Ayn Rand: The man-worshipers, in my sense of the term, are those who see man's highest potential The man-worshipers, in my sense of the term, are those who see man's highest potential and strive to actualize it. The man-haters are those who regard man as a helpless, depraved, contemptible creature-and struggle never to let him discover otherwise. — Ayn Rand
Ayn Sayings By Ayn Rand: In this world, either you're virtuous or you enjoy yourself. Not both, lady, not both. In this world, either you're virtuous or you enjoy yourself. Not both, lady, not both. — Ayn Rand
Ayn Sayings By Ayn Rand: her face lay still on the air under his face... her face lay still on the air under his face... — Ayn Rand
Ayn Sayings By Ayn Rand: He had to choke the knowledge. He had to kill the vision. He had to He had to choke the knowledge. He had to kill the vision. He had to obey and draw the lines as instructed. — Ayn Rand
Ayn Sayings By Ayn Rand: Always feel as if I were reading to you a carbon copy of myself and Always feel as if I were reading to you a carbon copy of myself and you've already seen the original. You seem to hear everything I say a minute in advance. We're unsynchronized." "You call that unsynchronized?" "All right. Too well synchronized. — Ayn Rand
Ayn Sayings By Ayn Rand: Rules?" said Roark. "Here are my rules: what can be done with one substance must Rules?" said Roark. "Here are my rules: what can be done with one substance must never be done with another. No two materials are alike. No two sites on earth are alike. No two buildings have the same purpose. The purpose, the site, the material determine the shape. Nothing can be reasonable or beautiful unless it's made by one central idea, and the idea sets every detail. A building is alive, like a man. Its integrity is to follow its own truth, its one single theme, and to serve its own single purpose. A man doesn't borrow pieces of his body. A building doesn't borrow hunks of its soul. Its maker gives it the soul and every wall, window and stairway to express it. — Ayn Rand
Ayn Sayings By Ayn Rand: Keating leaned back with a sense of warmth and well-being. He liked this book. It Keating leaned back with a sense of warmth and well-being. He liked this book. It had made the routine of his Sunday morning breakfast a profound spiritual experience; he was certain that it was profound, because he didn't understand it. — Ayn Rand
Ayn Sayings By Ayn Rand: Don't consider our interests or desires. You have no duty to anyone but yourself. Don't consider our interests or desires. You have no duty to anyone but yourself. — Ayn Rand
Ayn Sayings By Ayn Rand: Don't set out to raze all shrines, you'll frighten men. enshrine mediocrity-and the shrines are Don't set out to raze all shrines, you'll frighten men. enshrine mediocrity-and the shrines are razed. — Ayn Rand
Ayn Sayings By Ayn Rand: He had surrendered to it, on a few rare occasions through the years, with women He had surrendered to it, on a few rare occasions through the years, with women he had thought he liked. He had been left feeling an angry emptiness - because he had sought an act of triumph, though he had not known of what nature, but the response he received was only a woman's acceptance of a casual pleasure, and he knew too clearly that what he had won had no meaning. He was left, not with a sense of attainment, but with a sense of his own degradation. He grew to hate his desire. He fought it. He came to believe the doctrine that this desire was wholly physical, a desire, not of consciousness, but of matter, and he rebelled against the thought that his flesh could be free to choose and that its choice was impervious to the will of his mind. — Ayn Rand
Ayn Sayings By Ayn Rand: They stopped and looked at each other. She knew, only when he did it, that They stopped and looked at each other. She knew, only when he did it, that she had known he would. He seized her, she felt her lips in his mouth, felt her arms grasping him in violent answer ... — Ayn Rand
Ayn Sayings By Ayn Rand: And now I see the face of god, and I raise this god over the And now I see the face of god, and I raise this god over the earth, this god whom men have sought since men came into being, this god who will grant them joy and peace and pride. This god, this one word: 'I. — Ayn Rand
Ayn Sayings By Ayn Rand: Do not let the hero in your soul parish, in lonely frustration, for the life Do not let the hero in your soul parish, in lonely frustration, for the life you deserved but never have been able to reach. Check your road and the nature of your battle. The world you desired can be won. It exists, it is real, it is possible, it is yours. — Ayn Rand
Ayn Sayings By Ayn Rand: We lived by that which we held to be good and punished that which we We lived by that which we held to be good and punished that which we held to be evil. You live by that which you denounce as evil and punish that which you know to be good. — Ayn Rand
Ayn Sayings By Ayn Rand: Capitalism is the only system that can make freedom, individuality, and the pursuit of values Capitalism is the only system that can make freedom, individuality, and the pursuit of values possible in practice. When I say 'capitalism,' I mean a pure, uncontrolled, unregulated laissez-faire capitalism - with a separation of economics, in the same way and for the same reasons as a separation of state and church. — Ayn Rand
Ayn Sayings By Ayn Rand: The right to vote is a consequence, not a primary cause, of a free social 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. — Ayn Rand
Ayn Sayings By Nathaniel Branden: The thing I want you to understand," Ayn was saying, "is that no matter how The thing I want you to understand," Ayn was saying, "is that no matter how hard the battle, it can be won. You can break through. — Nathaniel Branden
Ayn Sayings By Ayn Rand: What is man? He's just a collection of chemicals with delusions of grandeur. What is man? He's just a collection of chemicals with delusions of grandeur. — Ayn Rand
Ayn Sayings By Ayn Rand: Everything that isn't permitted by The Law is forbidden. Everything that isn't permitted by The Law is forbidden. — Ayn Rand
Ayn Sayings By Ayn Rand: Achievement of your happiness is the only moral purpose of your life, and that happiness, Achievement of your happiness is the only moral purpose of your life, and that happiness, not pain or mindless self-indulgence, is the proof of your moral integrity, since it is the proof and the result of your loyalty to the achievement of your values. — Ayn Rand
Ayn Sayings By Ayn Rand: When he stood up, we suddenly turned dead-still. It was the way he held his When he stood up, we suddenly turned dead-still. It was the way he held his head. He was tall and slim - and I remember thinking that any two of us could have broken his neck without trouble - but what we all felt was fear. He stood like a man who knew that he was right. 'I will put an end to this, once and for all,' he said. His voice was clear and without any feeling. That was all he said and started to walk out. He walked down the length of the place, in the white light, not hurrying and not noticing any of us. Nobody moved to stop him. Gerald Starnes cried suddenly after him, 'How?' He turned and answered, 'I will stop the motor of the world.' Then he walked out. We never saw him again. We never heard what became of him. — Ayn Rand
Ayn Sayings By Ayn Rand: Let's stop and think for a moment. Is sacrifice a virtue? Can a man sacrifice Let's stop and think for a moment. Is sacrifice a virtue? Can a man sacrifice his integrity? His honor? His freedom? His ideal? His convictions? The honesty of his feeling? The independence of his thought? — Ayn Rand
Ayn Sayings By Ayn Rand: Ask yourself whether the dream of heaven and greatness should be left waiting for us Ask yourself whether the dream of heaven and greatness should be left waiting for us in our graves-or whether it should be ours here and now and on this earth. — Ayn Rand
Ayn Sayings By Ayn Rand: She had won the battle against her memories. But one form of torture remained, untouched She had won the battle against her memories. But one form of torture remained, untouched by the years, the torture of the word why? — Ayn Rand
Ayn Sayings By Ayn Rand: Most people build as they live - as a matter of routine and senseless accident. Most people build as they live - as a matter of routine and senseless accident. But a few understand that building is a great symbol. We live in our minds, and existence is the attempt to bring that life into physical reality, to state it in gesture and form. For the man who understands this, a house he owns is a statement of his life. If he doesn't build, when he has the means, it's because his life has not been what he wanted. — Ayn Rand
Ayn Sayings By Ayn Rand: Roark stood before them as each man stands in the innocence of his own mind. Roark stood before them as each man stands in the innocence of his own mind. But Roark stood like that before a hostile crowd - and they knew suddenly that no hatred was possible to him. — Ayn Rand
Ayn Sayings By Ayn Rand: I understand that centuries of chains and lashes will not kill the spirit of man I understand that centuries of chains and lashes will not kill the spirit of man nor the sense of truth within him.

~Equality 7-2521 (as Prometheus), pg 98 — Ayn Rand
Ayn Sayings By Ayn Rand: He does not achieve through other men nor for other men, he achieves through and He does not achieve through other men nor for other men, he achieves through and for himself alone, then offers it to others. — Ayn Rand
Ayn Sayings By Ayn Rand: She sat listening to the music. It was a symphony of triumph. The notes flowed She sat listening to the music. It was a symphony of triumph. The notes flowed up, they spoke of rising and they were the rising itself, they were the essence and the form of upward motion, they seemed to embody every human act and thought that had ascent as its motive. It was a sunburst of sound, breaking out of hiding and spreading open. It had the freedom of release and the tension of purpose. It swept space clean, and left nothing but the joy of an unobstructed effort. Only a faint echo within the sounds spoke of that from which the music had escaped, but spoke in laughing astonishment at the discovery that there was no ugliness or pain, and there never had to be. It was the song of an immense deliverance. — Ayn Rand
Ayn Sayings By Corey Robin: Saint Petersburg in revolt gave us Vladimir Nabokov, Isaiah Berlin, and Ayn Rand. The first Saint Petersburg in revolt gave us Vladimir Nabokov, Isaiah Berlin, and Ayn Rand. The first was a novelist, the second a philosopher. The third was neither but thought she was both. — Corey Robin
Ayn Sayings By Ayn Rand: Jim, I studied engineering in college. When I see things, I see them. Jim, I studied engineering in college. When I see things, I see them. — Ayn Rand
Ayn Sayings By Ayn Rand: I am opposed to all forms of control. I am for an absolute, laissez-faire, free, I am opposed to all forms of control. I am for an absolute, laissez-faire, free, unregulated economy. — Ayn Rand
Ayn Sayings By Ayn Rand: We're the only ones who know how little value or meaning there is in material We're the only ones who know how little value or meaning there is in material objects as such, because we're the ones who create their value and meaning. — Ayn Rand
Ayn Sayings By Ayn Rand: Your emotional capacity is an empty motor, and your values are the fuel with which 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
Ayn Sayings By Ayn Rand: The pursuit of truth is not important. The pursuit of that truth is important which The pursuit of truth is not important. The pursuit of that truth is important which helps you in reaching your goal that is provided you have one. — Ayn Rand
Ayn Sayings By Ayn Rand: Guilt is altruism's stock in trade, and the inducing of guilt is its only means Guilt is altruism's stock in trade, and the inducing of guilt is its only means of self-perpetuati on. — Ayn Rand
Ayn Sayings By Ayn Rand: You are never too old to set another goal or to dream a new dream. You are never too old to set another goal or to dream a new dream. — Ayn Rand
Ayn Sayings By Ayn Rand: The power of the sky can be made to do men's bidding. There are no The power of the sky can be made to do men's bidding. There are no limits to its secrets and its might, and it can be made to grant us anything if we but choose to ask. — Ayn Rand
Ayn Sayings By Ayn Rand: To what level of depravity has a society descended when it condemns a man simply To what level of depravity has a society descended when it condemns a man simply because he is strong and great? — Ayn Rand
Ayn Sayings By Ayn Rand: There is no conflict, and no call for sacrifice, and no man is a threat There is no conflict, and no call for sacrifice, and no man is a threat to the aims of another - if men understand that reality is an absolute not to be faked, that lies do not work, that the unearned cannot be had, that the undeserved cannot be given, that the destruction of a value which is, will not bring value to that which isn't. — Ayn Rand
Ayn Sayings By Ayn Rand: We the Living is not a novel 'about Soviet Russia.' It is a novel about We the Living is not a novel 'about Soviet Russia.' It is a novel about Man against the State. Its basic theme is the sanctity of human life - using the word 'sanctity' not in a mystical sense, but in the sense of 'supreme value.' — Ayn Rand
Ayn Sayings By Ayn Rand: She saw the man below looking at her, she saw the insolent hint of amusement She saw the man below looking at her, she saw the insolent hint of amusement tell her that he knew she did not want him to look at her now. She turned her head away. — Ayn Rand
Ayn Sayings By Ayn Rand: Competition is a by-product of productive work, not its goal. Competition is a by-product of productive work, not its goal. — Ayn Rand
Ayn Sayings By Ayn Rand: The best, most natural dialogue is usually written as if the writer is listening to 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
Ayn Sayings By Ayn Rand: He wanted nothing, for the time being, except to understand ... Without advice, assistance or He wanted nothing, for the time being, except to understand ... Without advice, assistance or plan, he began reading an incongruous assortment of books; he would find some passage which he could not understand in one book, and he would get another on that subject ... There was no order in his reading; but there was order in what remained of it in his mind. — Ayn Rand
Ayn Sayings By Ayn Rand: Don't help me or serve me, but let me see it once, because I need Don't help me or serve me, but let me see it once, because I need it. Don't work for my happiness, my brothers-show me yours-show me that it is possible-show me your achievement-and the knowledge will give me the courage for mine. Mallory (the young artist) to Roark in "The Fountainhead" — Ayn Rand
Ayn Sayings By Gregor Collins: Live your life somewhere in between Ayn Rand and Mother Theresa. It's just as important Live your life somewhere in between Ayn Rand and Mother Theresa. It's just as important to better yourself as it is to better others. — Gregor Collins
Ayn Sayings By Ayn Rand: The basic purpose of art is not to teach, but to show - to hold The basic purpose of art is not to teach, but to show - to hold up to man a concretized image of his nature and his place in the universe. — Ayn Rand
Ayn Sayings By Jeff Britting: Most of Ayn Rand's major characters are already formed at the start of the stories. Most of Ayn Rand's major characters are already formed at the start of the stories. — Jeff Britting
Ayn Sayings By Ayn Rand: It seemed natural; natural to the moment's peculiar reality that was sharply clear, but cut It seemed natural; natural to the moment's peculiar reality that was sharply clear, but cut off from everything, immediate, but disconnected, like a bright island in a wall of fog, the heightened, unquestioning reality one feels when one is drunk. — Ayn Rand
Ayn Sayings By Ayn Rand: The touch of his skin against hers was not a caress, but a wave of The touch of his skin against hers was not a caress, but a wave of pain, it became pain by being wanted too much, by releasing in fulfillment all the past hours of desire and denial. It was an act of clenched teeth and hatred, it was the unendurable, the agony, an act of passion - the word born to mean sunering - it was the moment made of hatred, tension, pain - the moment that broke its own elements, inverted them, triumphed, swept into a denial of all suffering, into its antithesis, into ecstasy. — Ayn Rand
Ayn Sayings By Ayn Rand: He was seeing the final contradiction, the grotesque absurdity at the end of the irrationalists' He was seeing the final contradiction, the grotesque absurdity at the end of the irrationalists' game — Ayn Rand
Ayn Sayings By Ayn Rand: Self respect is something that can't be killed. The worst thing is to kill a Self respect is something that can't be killed. The worst thing is to kill a man's pretense at it. — Ayn Rand
Ayn Sayings By Ayn Rand: She never knew where he was, in what city or on what continent, the day She never knew where he was, in what city or on what continent, the day after she had seen him. He always came to her unexpectedly - and she liked it, because it made him a continuous presence in her life, like the ray of a hidden light that could hit her at any moment. — Ayn Rand
Ayn Sayings By Ayn Rand: He had always wanted to write music, and he could give no other identity to He had always wanted to write music, and he could give no other identity to the thing he sought. If you want to know what it is, he told himself, listen to the first phrases of Tchaikovsky's First Concerto
or the last movement of Rachmaninoff's Second. Men have not found the words for it, nor the deed nor the thought, but they have found the music. Let me see that in one single act of man on earth. Let me see it made real. Let me see the answer to the promise of that music. Not servants nor those served; not altars and immolations; but the final, the fulfilled, innocent of pain. Don't help me or serve me, but let me see it once, because I need it. Don't work for my happiness, my brothers
show me yours
show me that it is possible
show me your achievement
and the knowledge will give me courage for mine. — Ayn Rand
Ayn Sayings By Ayn Rand: Of course I'm all right, professor. I had to be. A is A.- John Galt Of course I'm all right, professor. I had to be. A is A.- John Galt — Ayn Rand
Ayn Sayings By Ayn Rand: Life is a value to be bought and thinking is the only coin noble enough Life is a value to be bought and thinking is the only coin noble enough to buy it. — Ayn Rand
Ayn Sayings By Ayn Rand: No view of men except as sacrificial animals and profiteers-on-sacrifice, as victims and parasites - No view of men except as sacrificial animals and profiteers-on-sacrifice, as victims and parasites - that it permits no concept of a benevolent co-existence — Ayn Rand
Ayn Sayings By Ayn Rand: You love only those who deserve it. You love only those who deserve it. — Ayn Rand
Ayn Sayings By Ayn Rand: [Howard Roark] was asked for a statement, and he received a group of reporters in [Howard Roark] was asked for a statement, and he received a group of reporters in his office. He spoke without anger. He said:
'I can't tell anyone anything about my building. If I prepared a hash of words to stuff into other people's brains, it would be an insult to them and to me. But I am glad you came here. I do have something to say. I want to ask every man who is interested in this to go and see the building, to look at it and then to use words of his own mind, if he cares to speak.'
The Banner printed the interview as follows:
'Mr. Roark, who seems to be a publicity hound, received reporters with an air of swaggering insolence and stated that the public mind was hash. He did not choose to talk, but seemed well aware of the advertising angles of the situation. All he cared about, he explained, was to have his building seen by as many people as possible. — Ayn Rand
Ayn Sayings By Ayn Rand: The concept of free competition enforced by law is a grotesque contradiction in terms. The concept of free competition enforced by law is a grotesque contradiction in terms. — Ayn Rand
Ayn Sayings By Ayn Rand: The social system based on and consonant with the altruist morality-with the code of self-sacrifice- The social system based on and consonant with the altruist morality-with the code of self-sacrifice- is socialism, in all or any of its variants: fascism, Nazism, communism. All of them treat man as a sacrificial animal to be immolated for the benefit of the group, the tribe, the society, the state. — Ayn Rand