"This god, this one word: I."
Playboy: "Has no religion, in your estimation, ever offered anything of constructive value to human life?"
Ayn Rand: "If I were to speak your kind of language, I would say that man's only moral commandment is: Thou shalt think. But a 'moral commandment' is a contradiction in terms. The moral is the chosen, not the forced; the understood, not the obeyed. The moral is the rational, and reason accepts no commandments."
- "(The Doctrine of Original Sin) declares that (man) ate the fruit of the tree of knowledge - he acquired a mind and became a rational being. It was the knowledge of good and evil - he became a moral being/ He was sentenced to earn his bread by his labor - he became a productive being. He was sentenced to experience desire - he acquired the capacity of sexual enjoyment. The evils for which (the preachers) damn him are reason, morality, creativeness joy - all the cardinal values of his existence."
- "Faith is the worst curse of mankind, as the exact antithesis and enemy of thought."
To rest one's case on faith means to concede that reason is on the side of one's enemies- that one has no rational arguments to offer."