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Honesty

“Honesty is the recognition of the fact that the unreal is unreal and can have no value, that neither love nor fame nor cash is a value if obtained by fraud.” — Ayn Rand

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Selfish Genes

“We, alone on Earth, have evolved to the extraordinary point where we can understand the selfish genes that shaped us. Because we are conscious of these forces we can work towards taming them. We can overthrow the tyranny of natural selection. Our evolved brains empower us to rebel against our selfish genes.” — Richard Dawkins

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Whatever can die is beautiful

“Whatever can die is beautiful—more beautiful than a unicorn, who lives forever, and who is the most beautiful creature in the world. Do you understand me?” — Peter S. Beagle, The Last Unicorn

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Art is a concretization of metaphysics

“Art is a concretization of metaphysics. Art brings man’s concepts to the perceptual level of his consciousness and allows him to grasp them directly, as if they were percepts.” — Ayn Rand, The Romantic Manifesto