Love is blind, they say; sex is impervious to reason and mocks the power of all philosophers. But, in fact, a person's sexual choice is the result and sum of their fundamental convictions. Tell me what a person finds sexually attractive and I will tell you their entire philosophy of life. Show me the person they sleep with and I will tell you their valuation of themselves. No matter what corruption they're taught about the virtue of selflessness, sex is the most profoundly selfish of all acts, an act which they cannot perform for any motive but their own enjoyment - just try to think of performing it in a spirit of selfless charity! - an act which is not possible in self-abasement, only in self-exultation, only on the confidence of being desired and being worthy of desire. It is an act that forces them to stand naked in spirit, as well as in body, and accept their real ego as their standard of value. They will always be attracted to the person who reflects their deepest vision of themselves, the person whose surrender permits them to experience - or to fake - a sense of self-esteem .. Love is our response to our highest values - and can be nothing else.


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They proclaim that every man is entitled to exist without labor and, the laws of reality to the cont...
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To interpose the threat of physical destruction between a man and his perception of reality, is to n...
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We are born into this world unarmed---our mind is our only weapon.
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Money is your means of survival. The verdict you pronounce upon the source of your livelihood is the...
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When I die, I hope to go to Heaven, whatever the Hell that is.
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Money demands that you sell, not your weakness to men's stupidity, but your talent to their reason.
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There can be no such thing, in law or in morality, as actions forbidden to an individual, but permit...
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He thought of all the living species that train their young in the art of survival, the cats who tea...
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"Money is your means of survival. The verdict you pronounce upon the source of your livelihood is th...
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An Individualist is a man who lives for his own sake and by his own mind; he neither sacrifices hims...
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Every man builds his world in his own image. He has the power to choose, but no power to escape the ...
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If you tell a beautiful woman that she is beautiful, what have you given her? It's no more than a fa...
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We are on strike, we, the men of the mind.

We are on strike against self-immolation. We a...
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All I mean is that a board of directors is one or two ambitious men--and a lot of ballast. I mean th...
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If you write a line of zeroes, it´s still nothing.
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Observe how many people evade, rationalize and drive their minds into a state of blind stupor, in dr...
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If you saw Atlas, the giant who holds the world on his shoulders, if you saw that he stood, blood ru...
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Upper classes are a nation's past; the middle class is its future.
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Self-sacrifice? But it is precisely the self that cannot and must not be sacrificed.
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It only stands to reason that where there's sacrifice, there's someone collecting the sacrif...
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Beauty is a sense of harmony.
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Art is a selective re-creation of reality according to an artists metaphysical value judgments.
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At first, man was enslaved by the gods. But he broke their chains. Then he was enslaved by the kings...
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Dagny leaned back in her chair. The short sentence was a shock. It was not merely relief: it was the...
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In the name of the best within you, do not sacrifice this world to those who are at its worst. In th...
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When you are in love, it means that the person you love is of great personal, selfish importance to ...
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I stand here on the summit of the mountain. I lift my head and I spread my arms. This, my body and s...
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If this is vise I want no virtue.

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I know what happiness is possible to me ...
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A man's sexual choice is the result and the sum of his fundamental convictions.... He will always be...
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He, too, stood looking at her for a moment--and it seemed to her that it was not a look of greeting ...
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Reality is an absolute, existence is an absolute, a speck of dust is an absolute and so is a human l...
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Definitions are the guardians of rationality, the first line of defense against the chaos of mental ...
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But why should you care what people will say? All you have to do is please yourself.
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Men have been taught that it is a virtue to agree with others. But the creator is the man who disagr...
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He liked to observe emotions; they were like red lanterns strung along the dark unknown of another's...
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The man who produces while others dispose of his product is a slave.
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The purpose of the law is not to prevent a future offense, but to punish the one actually committed
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Just as man can't exist without his body, so no rights can exist without the right to translate one'...
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The uncontested absurdities of today are the accepted slogans of tomorrow. They come to be accepted ...
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The evil of the world is made possible by nothing but the sanction you give it. - Atlas Shrugged
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God... a being whose only definition is that he is beyond man's power to conceive.
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