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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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Reality confronts man with a great many "musts," but all of them are conditional; the formula of rea...
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Government "help" to business is just as disastrous as government persecution... the only way a gove...
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Art is too serious to be taken seriously.
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Only the man who does not need it, is fit to inherit wealth, the man who would make his fortune no m...
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The Argument from Intimidation is a confession of intellectual impotence.
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The evil of the world is made possible by nothing but the sanction you give it.
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Love should be treated like a business deal, but every business deal has its own terms and its own c...
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She did not know the nature of her loneliness. The only words that named it were: This is not the wo...
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The right to vote is a *consequence*, not a primary cause, of a free social system -- and its value ...
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Upper classes are a nation's past; the middle class is its future.
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The hardest thing to explain is the glaringly evident which everybody had decided not to see.
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The truth is not for all men, but only for those who seek it.
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The question isn't who is going to let me; it's who is going to stop me.
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Government 'help' to business is just as disastrous as government persecution... the only wa...
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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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Of course I need you. I go insane when I see you. You can do almost anything you wish with me. Is th...
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America's abundance was created not by public sacrifices to the common good, but by the productive g...
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The action required to sustain human life is primarily intellectual: everything man needs has to be ...
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I don't want to see you. I don't like you. I don't like your face. You look like an insufferable ego...
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Don't fool yourself, my dear. You're much worse than a bitch. You're a saint. Which shows why saints...
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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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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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Definitions are the guardians of rationality, the first line of defense against the chaos of mental ...
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I need no warrant for being, and no word of sanction upon my being. I am the warrant and the sanctio...
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In the name of the best within you, do not sacrifice this world to those who are its worst. In the n...
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A code of values accepted by choice is a code of morality
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To say 'I love you' one must first be able to say the 'I.'
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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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An Individualist is a man who lives for his own sake and by his own mind; he neither sacrifices hims...
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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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But you see," said Roark quietly, "I have, let’s say, sixty years to live. Most of that time will ...
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Now you see, Dr. Stadler, you're speaking as if this book were addressing to a thinking audience. If...
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There is no such thing as "the right to enslave".A nation can do it , just as a man can become a cri...
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The man who refuses to judge, who neither agrees nor disagrees, who declares that there are no absol...
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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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Just as a concept becomes a unit when integrated with others into a wider concept, so a genus become...
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A quest for self-respect is proof of its lack
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And what, incidentally, do you think integrity is? The ability not to pick a watch out of your neigh...
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Art is a selective re-creation of reality according to an artists metaphysical value judgments.
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His view of the world was simple: there were the able and there were the incompetent; he was not con...
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Man’s mind is his basic tool of survival. Life is given to him, survival is not. His body is given...
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What is man? He's just a collection of chemicals with delusions of grandeur.
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I think, therefore I'll think.
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Never think of pain or danger or enemies a moment longer than is necessary to fight them.
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Happiness is that state of consciousness which proceeds from the achievement of one's values.
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Rationalization is a process of not perceiving reality, but of attempting to make reality fit one’...
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Evil requires the sanction of the victim.
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Devotion to the truth is the hallmark of morality; there is no greater, nobler, more heroic form of ...
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