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I love you so much that nothing can matter to me - not even you...Only my love- not your answer. Not even your indifference
No speech is ever considered, but only the speaker. It's so much easier to pass judgement on a man than on an idea.
And, after all, you’ve got to live.”“Not that way, ” said Roark.
A quest for self-respect is proof of its lack
I’ll listen if you want me to... But I think I should tell you now that nothing you can say will make any difference. If you don’t mind that, I don’t mind listening.
To sell your soul is the easiest thing in the world. That's what everybody does every hour of his life. If I asked you to keep your soul - would you understand why that's much harder?
Freedom (n.): To ask nothing. To expect nothing. To depend on nothing.
Civilization is the process of setting man free from men.
A house can have integrity, just like a person, ' said Roark, 'and just as seldom.
I take the only desire one can really permit oneself. Freedom, Alvah, freedom.”“You call that freedom?”“To ask nothing. To expect nothing. To depend on nothing.
This is pity, ” he thought, and then he lifted his head in wonder. He thought that there must be something terribly wrong with a world in which this monstrous feeling is called a virtue.
But, you see, it's not what you do that matters really. It's only you.""Me what?""Just you here. Or you in the city. Or you somewhere in the world. I don't know. Just that.
What is kinder--to believe the best of people and burden them with a nobility beyond their endurance--or to see them as they are, and accept it because it makes them comfortable?
Integrity is the ability to stand by an idea.
My real soul...? It’s real only when it’s independent...
Roark spoke quietly. He was the only man in the room who felt certain of his own words.
Art is a selective re-creation of reality according to an artists metaphysical value judgments.
You never wanted me to be real. You never wanted anyone to be. But you didn’t want me to show it. You wanted an act to help your act...
...Opinion without a rational process.
...the best is a matter of standards—and I set my own standards.
It’s a law of survival, isn’t it?—to seek the best. I didn’t come for your sake. I came for mine.
Great men can’t be ruled... The great is the rare, the difficult, the exceptional.
You can fake virtue for an audience. You can’t fake it in your own eyes. Your ego is your strictest judge. They run from it. They spend their lives running.
I could die for you. But I couldn't, and wouldn't, live for you.
I’m not capable of suffering completely. I never have. It goes only down to a certain point and then it stops. As long as there is that untouched point, it’s not really pain.
Happiness is self-contained and self-sufficient. Happy men have no time and no use for you. Happy men are free men.
To say "I love you" one must know first how to say the "I".
She found a dark satisfaction in pain—because that pain came from him.
A desire to choose the hardest might be a confession of weakness in itself.
I love doing it. Every building is like a person. Single and unrepeatable.
Self-sacrifice? But it is precisely the self that cannot and must not be sacrificed.
Men hate passion, any great passion. Henry Cameron made a mistake : he loved his work. That was why he fought. That was why he lost.
All that which proceeds from man’s independent ego is good. All that which proceeds from man’s dependence upon men is evil.
Keating stood still, because he understood for the first time what it was that artists spoke about when they spoke of beauty.
A man’s spirit is his self. That entity which is his consciousness. To think, to feel, to judge, to act are functions of the ego.
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.
..it is precisely the self that cannot and must not be sacrificed. It is the unsacrificed self that we must respect in man above all.
Never place your punch at the beginning of a column nor at the end. Sneak it in where it's least expected. Fill a whole column with drivel, just to get in that one important line.
The unrecognized genius-that's one old story. Have you ever thought of a much worse one-the genius recognized too well?
You’re so beautiful, Dominique. Its such a lovely accident on God’s part that there’s one person who matches inside and out.
To be able to say "I love you", one has to be able to say "I