Ayn Rand gravesite
Ayn Rand
and husband Frank O'Connor
Kensico Cemetery
Valhalla, New York

Love is a command to rise to one's highest potential, the best and noblest vision of ourself. Love is a reward, the greatest we can earn, granted to us for the moral qualities we have achieved in our life.
       —Ayn Rand, from the movie The Passion of Ayn Rand

America's abundance was created not by public sacrifices to "the common good," but by the productive genius of free men who pursued their own personal interests and the making of their own private fortunes. They did not starve the people to pay for America's industrialization. They gave the people better jobs, higher wages and cheaper goods with every new machine they invented, with every scientific discovery or technological advance—and thus the whole country was moving forward and profiting, not suffering, every step of the way.
       —Ayn Rand

Ayn Rand postage stamp
U.S. postage stamp, 1999