I don't keep a running list of favorite authors, but if I did, Ayn Rand would be darn near the top. Rand wrote during the 40s and 50s, warning America of the path its government and big corporations would take if we did not begin standing up as the individuals we are, instead of letting socialism run its course. Ayn Rand believed in the power of the individual: both their power to corrupt but more importantly, their power to have integrity.
A writer should make people truly consider their lives, and if a writer doesn't convince a person to change their lives they should at least make said person realize why they chose not to change their lives. When I read The Fountainhead this past year, I changed my life.
The wisdom and sensibility Rand possessed was unreal. If you don't read, which you absolutely should, then watch her interview on YouTube with Tom Snyder.
Ask yourself whether the dream of heaven and greatness should be waiting for us in our graves – or whether it should be ours here and now and on this earth. - Ayn Rand
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. - Ayn Rand
It only stands to reason that where there’s sacrifice, there’s someone collecting the sacrificial offerings. Where there’s service, there is someone being served. The man who speaks to you of sacrifice is speaking of slaves and masters, and intends to be the master. - Ayn Rand
People create their own questions because they are afraid to look straight. All you have to do is look straight and see the road, and when you see it, don’t sit looking at it – walk. - Ayn Rand