Just in time for Valentine’s Day, Letters of Note has this flowery response from Ayn Rand to a fan who had a question about a particular line in The Fountainhead – “To say ‘I love you’ one must first know how to say the ‘I’.”
Any person who wants to live for others — for one sweetheart or for the whole of mankind — is a selfless nonentity. An independent “I” is a person who exists for his own sake. Such a person does not make any vicious pretense of self-sacrifice and does not demand it from the person he loves. Which is the only way to be in love and the only form of a self-respecting relationship between two people.
(snif) Tears. Streaming down my face. Where is the line of greeting cards we have been waiting for?