The biggest adventure you can ever take is to live the life of your dreams.

The human contribution is the essential ingredient. It is only in the giving of oneself to others that we truly live.

From the point of view of the playwright, then, the essence of a tragedy, or even of a serious play, is the spiritual awakening, or regeneration, of his hero.

Appear weak when you are strong, and strong when you are weak.

I heard what you said. I’m not the silly romantic you think. I don’t want the heavens or the shooting stars. I don’t want gemstones or gold. I have those things already. I want…a steady hand. A kind soul. I want to fall asleep, and wake, knowing my heart is safe. I want to love, and be loved.

The whole secret of a successful life is to find out what is one's destiny to do, and then do it.

Don't spend time beating on a wall, hoping to transform it into a door.

For me, it is far better to grasp the Universe as it really is than to persist in delusion, however satisfying and reassuring.

The possession of knowledge does not kill the sense of wonder and mystery. There is always more mystery.

Reading furnishes the mind only with materials of knowledge; it is thinking that makes what we read ours.

“[Dean] “My dear fellow, who will let you?” [Roark] “That’s not the point. The point is, who will stop me?”

You have to write the book that wants to be written. And if the book will be too difficult for grown-ups, then you write it for children.

I'm the one that's got to die when it's time for me to die, so let me live my life the way I want to.