Ayn Rand

Ayn Rand

He had a big head and a face so ugly it became almost fascinating.

Thanksgiving is a typically American holiday...The lavish meal is a symbol of the fact that abundant consumption is the result and reward of production.

Guilt is a rope that wears thin.

There is a level of cowardice lower than that of the conformist: the fashionable non-conformist.

I can accept anthing, except what seems to be the easiest for most people: the half-way, the almost, the just-about, the in-between.

Civilization is the process of setting man free from men.

My philosophy, in essence, is the concept of man as a heroic being, with his own happiness as the moral purpose of his life, with productive achievement as his noblest activity, and reason as his only absolute.

Doctors are not servants of their patients, they are traders like everyone else in a free society and they should bear that title proudly considering the crucial importance of the services they offer.

The secrets of this earth are not for all men to see, but only for those who seek them.

I need no warrant for being, and no word of sanction upon my being. I am the warrant and the sanction.

Pride is the recognition of the fact that you are your own highest value and, like all of man?s values, it has to be earned.

Honesty is the recognition of the fact that the unreal is unreal and can have no value, that neither love nor fame nor cash is a value if obtained by fraud.

Integrity is the recognition of the fact that you cannot fake your consciousness, just as honesty is the recognition of the fact that you cannot fake existence.

Independence is the recognition of the fact that yours is the responsibility of judgment and nothing can help you escape it.

Rationality is the recognition of the fact that nothing can alter the truth and nothing can take precedence over that act of perceiving it.

Love is our response to our highest values. Love is self-enjoyment. The noblest love is born out of admiration of another?s values.

Happiness is possible only to a rational man, the man who desires nothing but rational goals, seeks nothing but rational values and finds his joy in nothing buy rational actions.

He was guilty of nothing, except that he earned his own fortune and never forgot that it was his.

The evil of the world is made possible by nothing but the sanction you give it.

James, you ought to discover some day that words have an exact meaning.

If men want to oppose war, it is *statism* that they must oppose.

The spread of evil is the symptom of a vacuum. whenever evil wins, it is only by default: by the moral failure of those who evade the fact that there can be no compromise on basic principles.

An artist does not fake reality--he *stylizes* it.

Art is the indespensible medium for the communication of a moral idea.

A good novel is an indivisible sum; every scene, sequence and passage of a good novel has to involve, contribute to and advance all three of its major attributes: theme, plot, characterization.