The Early Ayn Rand
"... those who tolerate a complete break between their
convictions and their lives, and still believe that they have
convictions. To them -either their ideals or their lives are
worthless- and usually both."
Quote, p206, in the introduction to the essay "Ideal", which she wrote in the early thirties.
"In her journal of this period, Miss Rand also singles out religion as the
main cause of men's lack of integrity. ... preaching sacrifice as an ideal,
religion, no matter what its intentions, systematically inculcates hypocrisy:
it teaches men that achieving values is low ('selfish'), but that giving them
up is noble. 'Giving them up,' in practice, means betraying them."
Quote from p207 of the editor's notes to the essay "Ideal".