Other people are human. They're sensitive. They can't devote their whole life to metals and engines. You're lucky- you've never had any feelings. You've never felt anything at all.
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. All that Dagny wanted of life was contained in the desire to hold her head as he did.
The inexplicable is always terrifying. But it wouldn't be so frightening if you stopped to ask yourself whether there's ever been any reason why you should have been at the top... Oh, come, Peter, smile, I'm only kidding. One loses everything when one loses one's sense of humor.
Keating stood still, because he understood for the first time what it was that artists spoke about when they spoke of beauty.
Most people feel that they rise in their own eyes, if others want them.
Love is the ultimate form of recognition one grants to superlative values.
Wheeling his bicycle by his side, the boy took the narrow path down the slope of the hill to the valley and the houses below. Roark looked after him. He had never seen that boy before and he would never see him again. He did not know that he had given someone the courage to face a lifetime.
People said it because other people said it. They did not know why it was being said and heard everywhere. they did not give or ask for reasons.
He asked simply, as if the matter of her presence were not unusual at all: Did you have a hard time climbing those stairs? She answered, A little. All climbing is hard. But it's usually worth it.