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Money is only a tool. It will take you wherever you wish, but it will not replace you as the driver.
We are born into this world unarmed - our mind is our only weapon.
Whenever a man denounces the mind, it is because his goal is of a nature the mind would not permit him to confess.
Live and act within the limit of your knowledge and keep expanding it to the limit of your life.
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.
Power-lust is a weed that grows only in the vacant lots of an abandoned mind.
I never found beauty in longing for the impossible and never found the possible to be beyond my reach.
Joy is the goal of existence, and joy is not to be stumbled upon, but to be achieved, and the act of treason is to let its vision drown in the swamp of the moment's torture.
The desire not to be anything is the desire not to be.
I think, therefore I'll think.
To the extent to which a man is rational, life is the premise directing his actions. To the extent to which he is irrational, the premise directing his actions is death.
Sacrifice does not mean the rejection of the worthless, but of the precious
Sacrifice is the surrender of that which you value in favor of which you dont
Existence is Identity, Consciousness is Identification.
He walked, groping for a sentence that hung in his mind as an empty shape. He could neither fill it or dismiss it.
Do it first and feel about it afterwards.' - Dagny Taggart
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.
You know, I think that only if one feels immensely important can one feel truly light.
You always play it open, don’t you?” he asked.“I’ve never noticed you doing otherwise.”“I thought I was the only one who could afford to.
She lay on her back, looking up at the sky, feeling no desire to move or think or know that there was any time beyond this moment.
Most people feel that they rise in their own eyes, if others want them.”“I feel that others live up to me, if they want me...
Throughout his life, whenever he became convinced that a course of action was right, the desire to follow it had come automatically.
...she stood beside him, sagging in his arms, abandoning herself to anything he wished, in open acknowledgment of his power to reduce her to helplessness by the pleasure he had the power to give her.
At a time like this, we can't afford the luxury of thinking!
...there’s nothing of any importance in life—except how well you do your work. Nothing. Only that. Whatever else you are, will come from that. It’s the only measure of human value.
Don’t tell me your evaluation. Give me the facts.
Dont switch the blame to her, that's the oldest trick of all cowards
She had been proved right so eloquently, she had thought, that comments were unnecessary.
No action could be lower or more futile than for one person to throw upon another the burden of his abdication of choice.
Well, whose opinion did you take?”“I don’t ask for opinions.”“What do you go by?”“Judgment.”“Well, whose judgment did you take?”“Mine.”“But whom did you consult about it?”“Nobody.
...there was no guilt in his face, no doubt, nothing but the calm of an inviolate self-confidence.
Why yes, I can, ' said Midas Mulligan, when he was asked whether he could name a person more evil than the man with a heart closed to pity. 'The man who uses another's pity for him as a weapon.
The only thing that counts in life is solid, material assets. It's no time for theories when everything is falling to pieces around us.
Reason is your means of survival — so that for you, who are a human being, the question ‘to be or not to be’ is the question 'to think or not to think..'.
He knew that the dread in these men’s minds was not of the fact, but of his naming it—as if the fact had not existed, but his words held the power to make it exist.
...man's life must be a straight line of motion from goal to farther goal, each leading to the next and to a single growing sum, like a journey...
It was the smile of a man who is able to see, to know and to create the glory of existence. It was the mocking, challenging smile of a brilliant intelligence.
This, in every hour and every issue, is your basic moral choice: thinking or non-thinking, existence or non-existence, A or non-A, entity or zero.
Logic rests on the axiom that existence exists. Logic is the art of non-contradictory identification.
To exist is to be something, as distinguished from the nothing of non-existence, it is to be an entity of a specific nature made of specific attributes.
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.
The anti-mind is the anti-life.
Man has the power to act as his own destroyer—and that is the way he has acted through most of his history.
If it is now the belief of my fellow men, who call themselves the public, that their good requires victims, then I say: 'The public good be damned, I will have no part of it!
Money is a living power that dies without its root. Money will not serve the mind that cannot match it. Is this the reason why you call it evil?
The source of work? Man’s mind...man’s reasoning mind.
...they want us to pretend that we see the world as they pretend they see it. They need some sort of sanction from us.
Joy is the goal of existence, and joy is not to be stumbled upon, but to be achieved, and the act of treason is to let its vision drown in the swamp of the moment’s torture.
The statue was of a young man with a tall, gaunt body and an angular face. He held his head as if he faced a challenge and found joy in his capacity to meet it.
He did not know that he was expected to attempt to buy his way into society and that they anticipated the pleasure of rejecting him. He had no time to notice their disappointment.