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  • The shadows of leaves fall upon their arms, as they spread the branches apart, but their shoulders are in the sun. The skin of their arms is like a blue mist, but their shoulders are white and glowing, as if the light fell not from above, but rose from under their skin. We watch the leaf which has fallen upon their shoulder and it lies at the curve of their neck, and a drop of dew glistens upon it like a jewel.
    (Ayn Rand, "Anthem")

  • But you see, the measure of hell you're able to endure is the measure of your love.
    (Ayn Rand, "Atlas Shrugged")

  • I think it's a sin to sit down and let your life go without making a try for it.
    (Ayn Rand, "Atlas Shrugged")

  • Never think of pain or danger or enemies a moment longer than is necessary to fight them.
    (Ayn Rand, "Atlas Shrugged")

  • The view that man was ever to be drawn by some vision of the unattainable shining ahead, doomed ever to aspire, but not to achieve, my life and my values could not bring me to that.
    (Ayn Rand, "Atlas Shrugged")


  • When I die I hope to go to heaven--whatever that is--and I want to be able to afford the price of admission.
    (Ayn Rand, "Atlas Shrugged")

  • 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.
    (Ayn Rand, "The Fountainhead")

  • I don't want to see you. I don't like you. I don't like your face. You look like an insufferable egotist. You're impertinent. You're too sure of yourself. Twenty years ago I would have punched your face with the greatest of pleasure.
    (Ayn Rand, "The Fountainhead")

  • Keating stood still, because he understood for the first time what it was that artists spoke about when they spoke of beauty.
    (Ayn Rand, "The Fountainhead")

  • The first right on earth is the right of the ego. Man's first duty is to himself. His moral law is never to place his prime goal within the persons of others. His moral obligation is to do what he wishes, provided his wish does not depend primarily upon other men.
    (Ayn Rand, "The Fountainhead")

  • The sky is like a black sieve pierced by silver drops that tremble, ready to burst through.
    (Ayn Rand, "Anthem")

  • By the grace of reality and the nature of life, man-every man-is an end in himself, he exists for his own sake, and the achievement of his own happiness is his highest moral purpose
    (Ayn Rand, "Atlas Shrugged")

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

  • No principle ever filled anybody's milk bottle
    (Ayn Rand, "Atlas Shrugged")

  • The world is ours, whenever we choose to claim it, by virtue and grace of the fact that ours is the Morality of Life.
    (Ayn Rand, "Atlas Shrugged")


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