• My greatest personal mistake is ever to allow a word or moment that “doesn’t count,” i.e., that I do not refer to my own basic principles. Every word, every action, every moment counts. (This is the pattern on which everybody makes mistakes [or] becomes irrational — not relating their one action or one conviction to another.

    Ayn Rand, Leonard Peikoff (1999). “The Journals of Ayn Rand”, p.295, Penguin