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By Anonym 13 Sep

Ayn Rand

Force and mind are opposites; morality ends where a gun begins.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Ayn Rand

Altruism holds that man has no right to exist for his own sake, that service to others is the only moral justification of his existence, and that self-sacrifice is his highest moral duty. The political expression of altruism is collectivism or statism, which holds that man's life and work belong to the state - to society, to the group, the gang, the race, the nation - and that the state may dispose of him in any way it pleases for the sake of whatever it deems to be its own tribal, collective good.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Ayn Rand

A rational process is a moral process. You may make an error at any step of it, with nothing to protect you but your own severity, or you may try to cheat, to fake the evidence and evade the effort of the quest - but if devotion to the truth is the hallmark of morality, then there is no greater, nobler, more heroic form of devotion than the act of a man who assumes the responsibility of thinking.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Ayn Rand

Because I never have any definite destination. This ship is not for going to places, but for getting away from them. When I stop at a port, it's only for the sheer pleasure of leaving it. I always think: here's one more place that can't hold me.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Ayn Rand

To arrive at a contradiction is to confess an error in one's thinking; to maintain a contradiction is to abdicate one's mind and to evict oneself from the realm of reality.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Ayn Rand

A government is the most dangerous threat to man

By Anonym 18 Sep

Ayn Rand

She stopped for the duration of a glance around her, as if to recapture the place, but there was no recognition of persons in her eyes, the glance merely swept through the room, as if making a swift inventory of physical objects.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Ayn Rand

Because the beauty of the human body is that it hasn't a single muscle which doesn't serve its purpose; that there's not a line wasted; that every detail of it fits one idea, the idea of a man and the life of a man.

By Anonym 19 Sep

Ayn Rand

There was a time when men were afraid that somebody would reveal some secret of theirs that was unknown to their fellows. Nowadays, they’re afraid that somebody will name what everybody knows.

By Anonym 18 Sep

Ayn Rand

The course led them to the moment when, in answer to the highest of one's values, one's spirit makes one's body become the tribute, recasting it--as proof, as sanction, as reward--into a single sensation of such intensity of joy that no other sanction of one's existence is necessary.

By Anonym 19 Sep

Ayn Rand

We lived by that which we held to be good and punished that which we held to be evil. You live by that which you denounce as evil and punish that which you know to be good.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Ayn Rand

Men have died in torture chambers, on the stake, in concentration camps, in front of firing squads, rather than renounce their convictions. The appeaser renounces his under the pressure of a frown on a vacant face.

By Anonym 18 Sep

Ayn Rand

She drove fast, as a matter of habit, an even speed without a sense of haste.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Ayn Rand

The freedom of speech of private individuals includes the right to not agree, not to listen, and not to finance one's own antagonists.

By Anonym 16 Sep

Ayn Rand

Happiness is the successful state of life, pain is an agent of death. Happiness is that state of consciousness which proceeds from the achievement of one’s values. A morality that dares to tell you to find happiness in the renunciation of your happiness—to value the failure of your values—is an insolent negation of morality.

By Anonym 16 Sep

Ayn Rand

He saw the article...which was not an expression of ideas, but a bucket of slime emptied in public—an article that did not contain a single fact, not even an invented one, but poured a stream of sneers and adjectives in which nothing was clear except the filthy malice of denouncing without considering proof necessary.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Ayn Rand

Every coercive monopoly was created by government intervention into the economy: by special privileges, such as franchises or subsidies, which closed the entry of competitors into a given field, by legislative action.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Ayn Rand

A man who seeks escape from the responsibility of supporting his life by his own thought and effort, and wishes to survive by conquering, ruling and exploiting others, is NOT an Individualist.

By Anonym 17 Sep

Ayn Rand

Now he was contemplating, impersonally and for the first time, the real heart of terror: being delivered to destruction with one's hands tied behind one's back.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Ayn Rand

Individualism regards man - every man - as an independent, sovereign entity who possesses an inalienable right to his own life, a right derived from his nature as a rational being. Individualism holds that a civilized society, or any form of association, cooperation or peaceful co-existence among men, can be achieved only on the basis of the recognition of individual rights - and that a group, as such, has no rights other than the individual rights of its members.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Ayn Rand

But, in fact, a person's sexual choice is the result and sum of their fundamental convictions. Tell me what a person finds sexually attractive and I will tell you their entire philosophy of life.

By Anonym 20 Sep

Ayn Rand

When you are in love, it means that the person you love is of great personal, selfish importance to you and to your life.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Ayn Rand

Collectivism requires self-sacrifice, the subordination of one's interests to those of others.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Ayn Rand

It's the hardest thing in the world - to do what we want. And it takes the greatest kinds of courage.

By Anonym 20 Sep

Ayn Rand

You can fake virtue for an audience. You can’t fake it in your own eyes. Your ego is your strictest judge. They run from it. They spend their lives running.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Ayn Rand

You have been the one encounter in my life that can never be repeated

By Anonym 14 Sep

Ayn Rand

Only the man who extols the purity of love devoid of desire, is capable of the depravity of a desire devoid of love.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Ayn Rand

Romantic art is always stylized: the better the art, the cleaner and more attractive and intelligent the stylization.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Ayn Rand

When you see that trading is done, not by consent, but by compulsion...th at in order to produce, you need to obtain permission from men who produce nothing-you may know that your society is doomed.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Ayn Rand

There’s nothing as significant as a human face. Nor as eloquent. We can never really know another person, except by our first glance at him. Because, in that glance, we know everything. Even though we’re not always wise enough to unravel the knowledge.

By Anonym 16 Sep

Ayn Rand

His face was like a law of nature—a thing one could not question, alter or implore. It had high cheekbones over gaunt, hollow cheeks; gray eyes, cold and steady; a contemptuous mouth, shut tight, the mouth of an executioner or a saint.

By Anonym 18 Sep

Ayn Rand

Socialism may be established by force, as in the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics—or by vote, as in Nazi (National Socialist) Germany. The degree of socialization may be total, as in Russia—or partial, as in England. Theoretically, the differences are superficial; practically, they are only a matter of time. The basic principle, in all cases, is the same.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Ayn Rand

The right to life means that a man has the right to support his life by his own work (on any economic level, as high as his ability will carry him); it does not mean that others must provide him with the necessities of life.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Ayn Rand

Genius is an exaggeration of dimension. So is elephantiasis. Both may be only a disease.

By Anonym 16 Sep

Ayn Rand

It was as if he were a single whole, grasped by her first glance at him, like some irreducible absolute, like an axiom not to be explained any further, as if she knew everything about him by direct perception, and what awaited her now was only the process of identifying her knowledge.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Ayn Rand

If you agree with some tenets of Objectivism, but disagree with others, do not call yourself an Objectivist; give proper authorship credit for the parts you agree with

By Anonym 13 Sep

Ayn Rand

Gold was an objective value, an equivalent of wealth produced. Paper is a mortgage on wealth that does not exist, backed by a gun aimed at those who are expected to produce it.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Ayn Rand

The best, most natural dialogue is usually written as if the writer is listening to dictation. You might get stuck on any particular point and have to question yourself; but normally, dialogue writes itself.

By Anonym 16 Sep

Ayn Rand

I'm not asking you to do your best. I'm asking you to do your job." -Dagny Taggart

By Anonym 18 Sep

Ayn Rand

She sat looking at him as she always did; her glance had tenderness without scorn and sadness without pity.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Ayn Rand

You will follow me, if we are what we are, you and I, if we live, if the world exists, if you know the meaning of this moment and can't let it slip by, as others let it slip, into the senselessness of the unwilled and unreached.

By Anonym 19 Sep

Ayn Rand

We can ignore reality, but we cannot ignore the consequences of ignoring reality.

By Anonym 16 Sep

Ayn Rand

If this is vise I want no virtue. ... I know what happiness is possible to me on earth. And my happiness needs no higher aim to vindicate it. My happiness is not the means to any end. It is the end. It is its own goal. It is its own purpose. Neither am I the means to any end others may wish to accomplish. I am not a tool for their use. I am not a servant of their needs. I am not a bandage for their wounds. I am not a sacrifice on their altars. ... But what is freedom? Freedom from what? There is nothing to take a man’s freedom away from him, save other men. To be free, a man must be free of his brothers. That is freedom. That and nothing else.

By Anonym 16 Sep

Ayn Rand

It is impossible to be consumed by a single passion without knowing its nature, no matter what rationalizations one constructs to hide it from oneself.

By Anonym 16 Sep

Ayn Rand

Her face was made of angular planes, the shape of her mouth clear-cut, a sensual mouth held closed with inflexible precision. She kept her hands in the coat pockets, her posture taut, as if she resented immobility...

By Anonym 19 Sep

Ayn Rand

We are those who do not disconnect the values of their minds from the actions of their bodies, those who do not leave their values to empty dreams, but bring them into existence, those who give material form to thoughts, and reality to values.

By Anonym 16 Sep

Ayn Rand

It's not only that, Alvah. It's not you alone. If I found a job, a project, an idea or a person I wanted--I'd have to depend on the whole world. Everything has strings leading to everything else. We're all so tied together. We're all in a net, the net is waiting, and we're pushed into it by one single desire. You want a thing and it's precious to you. Do you know who is standing ready to tear it out of your hands? You can't know, it may be so involved and so far away, but someone is ready, and you're afraid of them all. And you cringe and you crawl and you beg and you accept them--just so they'll let you keep it. And look at whom you come to accept.

By Anonym 18 Sep

Ayn Rand

So you think that money is the root of all evil?” said Francisco d.‘Anconia. “Have you ever asked what is the root of money? Money is a tool of exchange, which can’t exist unless there are goods produced and men able to produce them. Money is the material shape of the principle that men who wish to deal with one another must deal by trade and give value for value.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Ayn Rand

You have no choice about your capacity to feel that something is good for you or evil, but what you will consider good or evil, what will give you joy or pain, what you will love or hate, desire or fear, depends on your standard of value.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Ayn Rand

There are two sides to every issue: one side is right and the other is wrong, but the middle is always evil.