"We are fast approaching the stage of the ultimate inversion: the stage where the government is free to do anything it pleases, while the citizens may act only by permission which is the stage of the darkest periods of human history, the stage of rule by brute force."
"A wise and frugal Government, which shall restrain men from injuring one another, which shall leave them otherwise free to regulate their own pursuits of industry and improvement, and shall not take from the mouth of labor the bread it has earned. This is the sum of good government, and this is necessary to close the circlue of our felicities."Ayn Rand on Thomas Jefferson
"The best argument against democracy is a five-minute conversation with the average voter."Ayn Rand on Winston Churchill
"I hope we shall crush in its birth the aristocracy of our monied corporations which dare already to challenge our government to a trial by strength, and bid defiance to the laws of our country."Ayn Rand on Thomas Jefferson
"Government is not reason it is not eloquent it is force. Like fire, it is a dangerous servant and a fearful master."Ayn Rand on George Washington
"Government, even in its best state, is but a necessary evil in its worst state, an intolerable one."Ayn Rand on Thomas Paine
"Reason is not automatic. Those who deny it cannot be conquered by it. Do not count on them. Leave them alone."
"I don't build in order to have clients. I have clients in order to build."
"A building has integrity just like a man. And just as seldom."
"The ladder of success is best climbed by stepping on the rungs of opportunity."
"Government 'help' to business is just as disastrous as government persecution... the only way a government can be of service to national prosperity is by keeping its hands off."