Every man builds his world in his own image; he has the power to choose, but no power to escape the necessity of choice. If he abdicates his power, he abdicates the status of man, and the grinding chaos of the irrational is what he achieves as his sphere of existence—by his own choice.

Ayn Rand

Ayn Rand

Profession: Author
Nationality: American

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He stood looking at her. She knew that he did not see her. No, she thought, it was not that exactly. He always looked straight at people and his damnable eyes never missed a thing, it was only that he made people feel as if they did not exist. He just stood looking.

I do not recognize anyone's right to one minute of my life. Nor to any part of my energy. Nor to any achievement of mine. No matter who makes the claim, how large their number or how great their need.

Integrity is the recognition of the fact that you cannot fake your consciousness, just as honesty is the recognition of the fact that you cannot fake existence.

You can't be hard on a man who needs you, it will prey on your conscience for the rest of your life. It won't. You've got to be kind, Henry. I'm not. You've got to have some pity. I haven't. A good man knows how to forgive. I don't. You wouldn't want me to think that you're selfish.

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.

I am, therefore I'll think.

This country—the product of reason—could not survive on the morality of sacrifice. It was not built by men who sought self-immolation or by men who sought handouts.

We are those who do not disconnect the values of their minds from the actions of their bodies, those who do not leave their values to empty dreams, but bring them into existence, those who give material form to thoughts, and reality to values.

As a matter of fact, the person who loves everybody and feels at home everywhere is the true hater of mankind. He expects nothing of men, so no form of depravity can outrage him.

You've got to be kind...

The relief was not in the surrender of responsibility, but in the sight of a man able to assume it.

Accepting a man's hospitality is a token of good will, a declaration that you and your host stand on terms of a civilized relationship.

Who pays for the orgy?

I think its agreeable to look back occasionally as one's perspective widens and one grows richer spiritually with the years.