Remember also that the smallest minority on earth is the individual. Those who deny individual rights, cannot claim to be defenders of minorities.

- Ayn Rand (1966) ·

I shall choose friends among men, but neither slaves nor masters. And I shall choose only such as please me, and them I shall love and respect, but neither command nor obey. And we shall join our hands when we wish, or walk alone when we so desire.

- Ayn Rand (1937) ·

Every major horror of history was committed in the name of an altruistic motive.

- Ayn Rand (1943) ·

The creator's concern is the conquest of nature. The parasite's concern is the conquest of men.

- Ayn Rand (1943) ·

The man who speaks to you of sacrifice, speaks of slaves and masters. And intends to be the master.

- Ayn Rand (1943) ·

I don't work with collectives. I don't consult, I don't co-operate, I don't collaborate.

- Ayn Rand (1943) ·

To ask nothing. To expect nothing. To depend on nothing.

- Ayn Rand (1943) ·

A house can have integrity, just like a person; and just as seldom.

- Ayn Rand (1943) ·

If you want my advice, Peter, you've made a mistake already. By asking me. By asking anyone. Never ask people. Not about your work. Don't you know what you want? How can you stand it, not to know?

- Ayn Rand (1943) ·

I don't intend to build in order to have clients; I intend to have clients in order to build.

- Ayn Rand (1943) ·

Your Greeks took marble and they made copies of their wooden structures out of it, because others had done it that way. Then your masters of the Renaissance came along and made copies in plaster of copies in marble of copies in wood. Now here we are, making copies in steel and concrete of copies in plaster of copies in marble of copies in wood. Why?

- Ayn Rand (1943) ·

That's not the point. The point is, who will stop me?

- Ayn Rand (1943) ·

Mathematics is more than a tool and language for science. It is also an end in itself, and as such, it has, over the centuries, affected our worldview in its own right.

- Stephen Hawking (2007) ·

To show this diagram properly, I would really need a four dimensional screen. However, because of government cuts, we could manage to provide only a two dimensional screen.

- Stephen Hawking (1996) ·

Just like a computer, we must remember things in the order in which entropy increases. This makes the second law of thermodynamics almost trivial. Disorder increases with time because we measure time in the direction in which disorder increases. You can’t have a safer bet than that!

- Stephen Hawking (1988) ·

The whole history of science has been the gradual realization that events do not happen in an arbitrary manner, but that they reflect a certain underlying order, which may or may not be divinely inspired.

- Stephen Hawking (1988) ·

Science predicts that many different kinds of universe will be spontaneously created out of nothing. It is a matter of chance which we are in.

- Stephen Hawking (2011) ·

I have lived with the prospect of an early death for the last 49 years. I'm not afraid of death, but I'm in no hurry to die. I have so much I want to do first... I regard the brain as a computer which will stop working when its components fail. There is no heaven or afterlife for broken down computers; that is a fairy story for people afraid of the dark.

- Stephen Hawking (2013) ·

There is a fundamental difference between religion, which is based on authority and science, which is based on observation and reason. Science will win, because it works.

- Stephen Hawking (2010) ·

The downside of my celebrity is that I cannot go anywhere in the world without being recognized. It is not enough for me to wear dark sunglasses and a wig. The wheelchair gives me away.

- Stephen Hawking (2007) ·

The victim should have the right to end his life, if he wants. But I think it would be a great mistake. However bad life may seem, there is always something you can do, and succeed at. While there's life, there is hope.

- Stephen Hawking (2006) ·

It is a waste of time to be angry about my disability. One has to get on with life and I haven't done badly. People won't have time for you if you are always angry or complaining.

- Stephen Hawking (2005) ·

My expectations were reduced to zero when I was 21. Everything since then has been a bonus.

- Stephen Hawking (2004) ·

I have no idea. People who boast about their IQ are losers.

- Stephen Hawking (2004) ·

I don't think the human race will survive the next thousand years, unless we spread into space. There are too many accidents that can befall life on a single planet. But I'm an optimist. We will reach out to the stars.

- Stephen Hawking (2001) ·