Ayn Rand

"The question isn't who is going to let me; it's who is going to stop me."
"Art is a selective re-creation of reality according to an artists metaphysical value judgments."
"She knew that she could not have reached this white serenity except as the sum of all the colors, of all the violence she had known."
"Is it advisable to spread out all the conveniences of culture before people to whom a few steps up a stair to a library is a sufficient deterrent from reading?"
"Have you felt it too? Have you seen how your best friends love everything about you- except the things that count? And your most important is nothing to them; nothing, not even a sound they can recognize."
"She knew that even pain can be confessed, but to confess happiness is to stand naked, delivered to the witness, yet they could let each other see it without the need of protection."
"A government is the most dangerous threat to man's rights- it holds a legal monopoly on the use of physical force against legally disarmed victims."
"The sky is like a black sieve pierced by silver drops that tremble, ready to burst through."
"When I die I hope to go to heaven--whatever that is--and I want to be able to afford the price of admission."
"If one's actions are honest, one does not need the predated confidence of others."
"Do not let your fire go out, spark by irreplaceable spark in the hopeless swamps of the not-quite, the not-yet, and the not-at-all. Do not let the hero in your soul perish in lonely frustration for the life you deserved and have never been able to reach. The world you desire can be won. It exists.. it is real.. it is possible.. it's yours."
"The purpose of morality is to teach you, not to suffer and die, but to enjoy yourself and live."