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  • The walls are cracked and water runs upon them within threads without sound, black and glistening as blood.
    (Ayn Rand, "Anthem")

  • Congress shall make no law abridging the freedom of production and trade...
    (Ayn Rand, "Atlas Shrugged")

  • If one's actions are honest, one does not need the predated confidence of others.
    (Ayn Rand, "Atlas Shrugged")

  • Only if one feels immensely important she had told him, can one feel truly light.
    (Ayn Rand, "Atlas Shrugged")

  • The world you desire can be won. It exists.. it is real.. it is possible.. it's yours.
    (Ayn Rand, "Atlas Shrugged")


  • Why had we let it go? Why had we both been condemned...to an exile among dreary strangers who had made us give up all desire for rest, for friendship, for the sound of human voices? Could I now reclaim a single hour spent talking to my brother, Philip, and give it to Ken Daggart? Who made it our duty to accept, as the only reward for our work, the gray torture of pretending love for those who roused nothing but contempt?
    (Ayn Rand, "Atlas Shrugged")

  • Degrees of ability vary, but the basic principle remains the same: the degree of a man's independence, initiative and personal love for his work determines his talent as a worker and his worth as a man. Independence is the only gauge of human virtue and value. What a man is and makes of himself; not what he has or hasn't done for others. There is no substitute for personal dignity. There is no standard of personal dignity except independence.
    (Ayn Rand, "The Fountainhead")

  • I dont work with collectives. I don't consult, i don't co-operate, I don't collaborate.
    (Ayn Rand, "The Fountainhead")

  • Never ask people about your work.
    (Ayn Rand, "The Fountainhead")

  • There is no affirmation without the one who affirms. in this sense, everything to which you grant your love is yours
    (Ayn Rand, "The Fountainhead")

  • There is fear hanging in the air of the sleeping halls, and the air of the streets. Fear walks through the city, fear without name, without shape. All men feel it and none dare speak.
    (Ayn Rand, "Anthem")

  • Did I feel a physical desire for him? I did. Was I moved by a passion of my body? I was. Have I experienced the most violent form of sensual pleasure? I have.
    (Ayn Rand, "Atlas Shrugged")

  • If the rest of them can survive only by destroying us, then why should we wish them to survive? . . . Nothing can make it moral to destroy the best. One can't be punished for being good. One can't be penalized for ability.
    (Ayn Rand, "Atlas Shrugged")

  • Only the man who extols the purity of love devoid of desire, is capable of the depravity of a desire devoid of love.
    (Ayn Rand, "Atlas Shrugged")

  • There are no contradictions. If you find one, check your premises.
    (Ayn Rand, "Atlas Shrugged")


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