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  • We, Equality 7-2521, were not happy in those year in the Home of the Students. It was not that the learning was too hard for us. It was that the learning was too easy. This is a great sin, to be born with a head which is too quick. It is not good to be different from our brothers, but it is evil to be superior to them. The Teachers told us so, and they frowned when they looked at us.
    (Ayn Rand, "Anthem")

  • Things stood still, not a leaf trembled on the branches, while the sky slowly lost its color and became an expanse that looked like the spread of glowing water.
    (Ayn Rand, "Atlas Shrugged")

  • Patience is always rewarded and romance is always round the corner!
    (Ayn Rand, "The Fountainhead")

  • Happiness is a state of non-contradictory joy--a joy without penalty or guilt, a joy that does not clash with any of your values and does not work for your own destruction, not the joy of escaping from your mind, but of using your mind's fullest power, not the joy of faking reality, but of achieving values that are real, not the joy of a drunkard, but of a producer.
    (Ayn Rand, "Atlas Shrugged")

  • You know, I think that only if one feels immensely important can one feel truly light.
    (Ayn Rand, "Atlas Shrugged")


  • They have to take a chance, everything they do is taking a chance, but they feel so much safer when they take it on something they know to be ugly, vain and stupid.
    (Ayn Rand, "The Fountainhead")

  • I think, therefore I'll think.
    (Ayn Rand, "Atlas Shrugged")

  • Compromise now, because you'll have to later, anyway, only then you'll have gone through things you'll wish you hadn't.
    (Ayn Rand, "The Fountainhead")

  • Money is the product of virtue, but it will not give you virtue and it will not redeem your vices
    (Ayn Rand, "Atlas Shrugged")

  • He wondered whether he really liked his mother. But she was his mother and this fact was recognized by everybody as meaning automatically that he loved her, and so he took for granted that whatever he felt for her was love. He did not know whether there was any reason why he should respect her judgment. She was his mother; this was supposed to take the place of reasons.
    (Ayn Rand, "The Fountainhead")

  • My dearest one, it is not proper for men to be without names. There was a time when each man had a name of his own to distinguish him from all other men. So let us choose our names. I have read of a man who lived many thousands of years ago, and of all the names in these books, his is the one I wish to bear. He took the light of the gods and brought it to men, and he taught men to be gods. And he suffered for his deed as all bearers of light must suffer. His name is Prometheus.
    (Ayn Rand, "Anthem")

  • She watched the prairies the rivers, the towns slipping past at an untouchable distance below - and she noted that the sense of detachment one feels when looking at the earth from a plane was the same sense she felt when looking at people: only her distance from people seemed longer. - Dagny Taggart
    (Ayn Rand, "Atlas Shrugged")

  • Is it advisable to spread out all the conveniences of culture before people to whom a few steps up a stair to a library is a sufficient deterrent from reading?
    (Ayn Rand, "The Fountainhead")

  • You are damned, and we wish to share your damnation.
    (Ayn Rand, "Anthem")

  • Until and unless you discover that money is the root of all good, you ask for your own destruction. When money ceases to become the means by which men deal with one another, then men become the tools of other men. Blood, whips and guns--or dollars. Take your choice--there is no other.
    (Ayn Rand, "Atlas Shrugged")


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