Ayn Rand was a very controversial author, and you either love her or hate her.
"A creative man is motivated by the desire to achieve, not by the desire to beat others."
"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."
"If you don't know, the thing to do is not to get scared, but to learn."
"Learn to value yourself, which means: fight for your happiness."
"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."
"The man who does not value himself, cannot value anything or anyone."
"If it's worth doing, it's worth overdoing."
"I regret nothing. There have been things I missed, but I ask no questions, because I have loved it, such as it has been, even the moments of emptiness, even the unanswered-and that I loved it, that is the unanswered in my life."
"The purpose of morality is to teach you, not to suffer and die, but to enjoy yourself and live."
"You have been the one encounter in my life that can never be repeated"
"But why should you care what people will say? All you have to do is please yourself."
What do you think? I truly adore her. As if we share the exact same thoughts! Amazing...