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The following Ayn Rand quotes were supplied by chrisw@aynrand.org, Media Relations Manager, The Ayn Rand Institute. Thanks, Chris! (Chris adds: "A note on language — Ayn Rand uses the term "man" in its generic sense. — C.W.")

• Anyone who fights for the future, lives in it today.
(The Romantic Manifesto, p. viii)

• To love is to value. Only a rationally selfish man, a man of self-esteem, is capable of love—because he is the only man capable of holding firm, consistent, uncompromising, unbetrayed values. The man who does not value himself, cannot value anything or anyone.
("The Objectivist Ethics," The Virtue of Selfishness, p 32.)

• Honor is self-esteem made visible in action.
("Philosophy: Who Needs It," Philosophy: Who Needs It, p. 10)

• Men have been taught that the ego is the synonym of evil, and selflessness the ideal of virtue. But the creator is the egoist in the absolute sense, and the selfless man is the one who does not think, feel, judge or act. These are function of the self.
("The Soul of an Individualist," For the New Intellectual, p. 81)

• Happiness is that state of consciousness which proceeds from the achievement of one’s values.
("Objectivist Ethics," The Virtue of Selfishness, p. 28)

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