This month marks the 75th anniversary of Ayn Rand’s novel The Fountainhead. The book has been translated into 29 languages and was Ayn Rand’s first major novel and first expression of her philosophy, Objectivism. To this day, The Fountainhead endures, as Ms. Rand put it, not to politics but to man’s soul and is a powerful expression of and testament to individualism.
Below is Hoard Roarke’s speech from the 1949 movie The Fountainhead that starred Gary Cooper. The Hoard Roark speech is a ringing defense of the creators and men of the mind who are the entrepreneurs and laborers (such as those who work in the computer and fossil fuel industries) and seek to create and labor and live, in the end, for their own sake.