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The question isn't who is going to let me; it's who is going to stop me. - Ayn Rand Quotes
The question isn't who is going to let me; it's who is going to stop me.
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The smallest minority on earth is the individual. Those who deny individual rights cannot claim to be defenders of minorities.
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I swear, by my life and my love of it, that I will never live for the sake of another man, nor ask another man to live for mine.
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There is no difference between communism and socialism, except in the means of achieving the same ultimate end: communism proposes to enslave men by force, socialism - by vote. It is merely the difference between murder and suicide.
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We can evade reality, but we cannot evade the consequences of evading reality - Ayn Rand Quotes
We can evade reality, but we cannot evade the consequences of evading reality
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A creative man is motivated by the desire to achieve, not by the desire to beat others. - Ayn Rand Quotes
A creative man is motivated by the desire to achieve, not by the desire to beat others.
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To say 'I love you' one must first be able to say the 'I.' - Ayn Rand Quotes
To say 'I love you' one must first be able to say the 'I.'
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If the truth shall kill them, let them die. - Ayn Rand Quotes
If the truth shall kill them, let them die.
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Throughout the centuries there were men who took first steps, down new roads, armed with nothing but their own vision.
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Money is the barometer of a society's virtue. - Ayn Rand Quotes
Money is the barometer of a society's virtue.
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Wealth is the product of man's capacity to think. - Ayn Rand Quotes
Wealth is the product of man's capacity to think.
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Do not let your fire go out, spark by irreplaceable spark in the hopeless swamps of the not-quite, the not-yet, and the not-at-all. Do not let the hero in your soul perish in lonely frustration for the life you deserved and have never been able to reach. The world you desire can be won. It exists.. it is real.. it is possible.. it's yours.
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A businessman cannot force you to buy his product; if he makes a mistake, he suffers the consequences; if he fails, he takes the loss. If bureaucrat makes a mistake, you suffer the consequences; if he fails, he passes the loss on to you.
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When you see that trading is done, not by consent, but by compulsion - when you see that in order to produce, you need to obtain permission from men who produce nothing - when you see that money is flowing to those who deal, not in goods, but in favors - when you see that men get richer by graft and by pull than by work, and your laws don't protect you against them, but protect them against you - when you see corruption being rewarded and honesty becoming a self-sacrifice - you may know that your society is doomed.
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Contradictions do not exist. Whenever you think you are facing a contradiction, check your premises. You will find that one of them is wrong.
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Potentially, a government is the most dangerous threat to man's rights: it holds a legal monopoly on the use of physical force against legally disarmed victims.
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When you see corruption being rewarded and honesty becoming a self-sacrifice, you may know that your society is doomed
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The truth is not for all men, but only for those who seek it. - Ayn Rand Quotes
The truth is not for all men, but only for those who seek it.
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So you think that money is the root of all evil. Have you ever asked what is the root of all money? - Ayn Rand Quotes
So you think that money is the root of all evil. Have you ever asked what is the root of all money?
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The only power any government has is the power to crack down on criminals. Well, when there aren't enough criminals, one makes them. One declares so many things to be a crime that it becomes impossible for men to live without breaking laws.
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Every aspect of Western culture needs a new code of ethics - a rational ethics - as a precondition of rebirth.
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From the smallest necessity to the highest religious abstraction, from the wheel to the skyscraper, everything we are and everything we have comes from one attribute of man - the function of his reasoning mind.
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But I don't think of you. - Howard Roark - Ayn Rand Quotes
But I don't think of you. - Howard Roark
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You can ignore reality, but you can't ignore the consequences of ignoring reality. - Ayn Rand Quotes
You can ignore reality, but you can't ignore the consequences of ignoring reality.
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The ladder of success is best climbed by stepping on the rungs of opportunity. - Ayn Rand Quotes
The ladder of success is best climbed by stepping on the rungs of opportunity.
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Do not make the mistake of the ignorant who think that an individualist is a man who says: “I’ll do as I please at everybody else’s expense.” An individualist is a man who recognizes the inalienable individual rights of man—his own and those of others.
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Government 'help' to business is just as disastrous as government persecution... the only way a government can be of service to national prosperity is by keeping its hands off.
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Racism is the lowest, most crudely primitive form of collectivism. - Ayn Rand Quotes
Racism is the lowest, most crudely primitive form of collectivism.
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Money is only a tool. It will take you wherever you wish, but it will not replace you as the driver.
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The government was set to protect man from criminals, and the Constitution was written to protect man from the government.
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Run for your life from any man who tells you that money is evil. That sentence is the leper's bell of an approaching looter.
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Learn to value yourself, which means: fight for your happiness. - Ayn Rand Quotes
Learn to value yourself, which means: fight for your happiness.
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I would give the greatest sunset in the world for one sight of New York's skyline. - Ayn Rand Quotes
I would give the greatest sunset in the world for one sight of New York's skyline.
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I came here to say that I do not recognize anyone's right to one minute of my life. Nor to any part of my energy. Nor to any achievement of mine. No matter who makes the claim, how large their number or how great their need. I wished to come here and say that I am a man who does not exist for others." - Howard Roark
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The purpose of morality is to teach you, not to suffer and die, but to enjoy yourself and live. - Ayn Rand Quotes
The purpose of morality is to teach you, not to suffer and die, but to enjoy yourself and live.
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America's abundance was not created by public sacrifices to the common good, but by the productive genius of free men who pursued their own personal interests and the making of their own private fortunes.
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To demand 'sense' is the hallmark of nonsense. Nature does not make sense. Nothing makes sense. - Ayn Rand Quotes
To demand 'sense' is the hallmark of nonsense. Nature does not make sense. Nothing makes sense.
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Political freedom cannot exist without economic freedom; a free mind and a free market are corollaries.
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We are fast approaching the stage of the ultimate inversion: the stage where the government is free to do anything it pleases, while the citizens may act only by permission; which is the stage of the darkest periods of human history, the stage of rule by brute force.
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The difference between [socialism and fascism] is superficial and purely formal, but it is significant psychologically: it brings the authoritarian nature of a planned economy crudely into the open. The main characteristic of socialism (and of communism) is public ownership of the means of production, and, therefore, the abolition of private property. The right to property is the right of use and disposal. Under fascism, men retain the semblance or pretense of private property, but the government holds total power over its use and disposal.
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Do not let your fire go out. - Ayn Rand Quotes
Do not let your fire go out.
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Racism is the lowest, most crudely primitive form of collectivism. It is the notion of ascribing moral, social or political significance to a man’s genetic lineage-the notion that a man’s intellectual and characterologic al traits are produced and transmitted by his internal body chemistry.
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I owe nothing to my brothers, nor do I gather debts from them. I ask none to live for me, nor do I live for any others. I covet no man's soul, nor is my soul theirs to covet.
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