-Ayn Rand, Atlas Shrugged (New York: Dutton Centennial Edition, 2005), p. 480.
- “When I disagree with a rational man, I let reality be our final arbiter; if I am right, he will learn; if I am wrong, I will; one of us will win, but both will profit.”
- “My morality, the morality of reason, is contained in a single axiom: existence exists—and in a single choice: to live.”
- “Every form of causeless self-doubt, every feeling of inferiority and secret unworthiness is, in fact, man’s hidden dread of his inability to deal with existence.”
- “Reason does not work automatically; thinking is not a mechanical process; the connections of logic are not made by instinct. The function of your stomach, lungs or heart is automatic; the function of your mind is not. In any hour and issue of your life, you are free to think or to evade that effort. But you are not free to escape from your nature, from the fact that reason is your means of survival—so that for you, who are a human being, the question ‘to be or not to be’ is the question ‘to think or not to think.’”
- “There are two sides to every issue: one side is right and the other is wrong, but the middle is always evil.”