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  • The fortune my spirit is not to be blown into coins of brass and flung to the winds as alms for the poor of the spirit. I guard my treasures: my thought, my will, my freedom. And the greatest of these is freedom.
    (Ayn Rand, "Anthem")

  • At a time like this, we can't afford the luxury of thinking!
    (Ayn Rand, "Atlas Shrugged")

  • I started my life with a single absolute: that the world was mine to shape in the image of my highest values and never to be given up to a lesser standard, no matter how long or hard the struggle.
    (Ayn Rand, "Atlas Shrugged")

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

  • The course led them to the moment when, in answer to the highest of one's values, one's spirit makes one's body become the tribute, recasting it--as proof, as sanction, as reward--into a single sensation of such intensity of joy that no other sanction of one's existence is necessary.
    (Ayn Rand, "Atlas Shrugged")


  • When a man feels fear without reason, you call him to the attention of a psychiatrist; you are not so careful to protect the meaning, the nature and the dignity of love.
    (Ayn Rand, "Atlas Shrugged")

  • Ask anything of men. Ask them to achieve wealth, fame, love, brutality, murder, self-sacrifice. But don't ask them to achieve self-respect. They will hate your soul.
    (Ayn Rand, "The Fountainhead")

  • 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")

  • It's so much easier to pass judgment on a man than on an idea. Though how in hell one passes judgment on a man without considering the content of his brain is more than I'll ever understand.
    (Ayn Rand, "The Fountainhead")

  • The age of the skyscraper is gone. This is the age of the housing project. Which is always a prelude to the age of the cave.
    (Ayn Rand, "The Fountainhead")

  • The leaves had edges of silver that trembled and rippled like a river of green and fire flowing high above us.
    (Ayn Rand, "Anthem")

  • But there are people who'll try to hurt you through the good they see in you--knowing that it's the good, needing it and punishing you for it. Don't let it break you when you discover that.
    (Ayn Rand, "Atlas Shrugged")

  • I take no pride in hopeless longing; I wouldn't hold a stillborn aspiration. I'd want to have it, to make it, to live it.
    (Ayn Rand, "Atlas Shrugged")

  • Money will not purchase happiness for the man who has no concept of what he wants.
    (Ayn Rand, "Atlas Shrugged")

  • The nation which once held the creed that greatness is achieved by production, is now told that it is achieved by squalor.
    (Ayn Rand, "Atlas Shrugged")


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