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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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Do not let your fire go out ... Do not let the Hero in your soul perish ... Check your road and the nature of your battle. The world you desired can be won. It exists, it is real, it is possible, it is yours.
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Civilization is the progress toward a society of privacy. The savage's whole existence is public, ruled by the laws of his tribe. Civilization is the process of setting man free from men.
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The spread of evil is the symptom of a vacuum. Whenever evil wins, it is only by default: by the moral failure of those who evade the fact that there can be no compromise on basic principles.
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Peter Keating: "Do you always have to have a purpose? Do you always have to be so damn serious? Can't you ever do things without reason, just like everybody else? You're so serious, so old. Everything's important with you. Everything's great, significant in some way, every minute, even when you keep still. Can't you ever be comfortable-and unimportant?" | Howard Roark: "No."
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The skyline of New York is a monument of a splendour that no pyramids or palaces will ever equal or approach.
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In a capitalist society, all human relationships are voluntary. Men are free to cooperate or not, to deal with one another or not, as their own individual judgments, convictions and interests dictate.
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Achievement of your happiness is the only moral purpose of your life, and that happiness, not pain or mindless self-indulgence, is the proof of your moral integrity, since it is the proof and the result of your loyalty to the achievement of your values.
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The majority of those who are loosely identified by the term 'liberals' are afraid to let themselves discover that what they advocate is statism. They want to keep all the advantages and effects of capitalism, while destroying the cause, and they want to establish statism without its necessary effects. They do not want to know or to admit that they are the champions of dictatorship and slavery.
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There are two sides to every issue: one side is right and the other is wrong, but the middle is always evil.
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Individual rights are not subject to a public vote; a majority has no right to vote away the rights of a minority.
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To say ‘I love you’ one must first know how to say the ‘I.’ The meaning of the ‘I’ is an independent, self-sufficient entity that does not exist for the sake of any other person. A person who exists only for the sake of his loved one is not an independent entity, but a spiritual parasite. The love of a parasite is worth nothing.
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Individual rights are not subject to a public vote; a majority has no right to vote away the rights of a minority; the political function of rights is precisely to protect minorities from oppression by majorities (and the smallest minority on earth is the individual).
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Live a life as a monument to your soul. - Ayn Rand Quotes
Live a life as a monument to your soul.
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It's true that there's no such thing as free will. We can't help what we are or what we do. It's not our fault. Nobody's to blame for anything. It's all in your background ... and your glands. If you're good, that's no achievement of yours - you were lucky in your glands. If you're rotten, nobody should punish you - you were unlucky, that's all.
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An irresponsible person is a person who makes vague promises, then breaks his word, blames it on circumstances and expects other people to forgive it.
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The difference between a welfare state and a totalitarian state is a matter of time. - Ayn Rand Quotes
The difference between a welfare state and a totalitarian state is a matter of time.
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Let no man posture as an advocate of peace if he proposes or supports any social system that initiates the use of force against individual men, in any form.
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When you have made evil the means of survival, do not expect men to remain good. Do not expect them to stay moral and lose their lives for the purpose of becoming the fodder of the immoral. Do not expect them to produce, when production is punished and looting rewarded. Do not ask, "Who is destroying the world?" You are.
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If men want to oppose war, it is statism that they must oppose. So long as they hold the tribal notion that the individual is sacrificial fodder for the collective, that some men have the right to rule others by force, and that some (any) alleged “good” can justify it-there can be no peace within a nation and no peace among nations.
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Capitalism has been called a system of greed—yet it is the system that raised the standard of living of its poorest citizens to heights no collectivist system has ever begun to equal, and no tribal gang can conceive of.
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Freedom (n.): To ask nothing. To expect nothing. To depend on nothing. - Ayn Rand Quotes
Freedom (n.): To ask nothing. To expect nothing. To depend on nothing.
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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.
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Even if smog were a risk to human life, we must remember that life in nature, without technology, is wholesale death.
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People are not embracing collectivism because they have accepted bad economics. They are accepting bad economics because they have embraced collectivism.
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Lobbying' is the activity of attempting to influence legislation by privately influencing the legislators. It is the result and creation of a mixed economy-of government by pressure groups. Its methods range from mere social courtesies and cocktail-party or luncheon "friendships" to favors, threats, bribes, blackmail.
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Man needs knowledge in order to survive, and only reason can achieve it; men who reject the responsibility of thought and reason, can exist only as parasites on the thinking of others.
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If any part of your uncertainty, is a conflict between your heart and your mind - follow your mind. - Ayn Rand Quotes
If any part of your uncertainty, is a conflict between your heart and your mind - follow your mind.
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It was the only thing I ever really wanted. And that’s the sin that can’t be forgiven--that I hadn’t done what I wanted. It feels so dirty and pointless and monstrous, as one feels about insanity, because there’s no sense to it, no dignity, nothing but pain--and wasted pain...why do they always teach us that it’s easy and evil to do what we want and that we need discipline to restrain ourselves? It’s the hardest thing in the world--to do what we want. And it takes the greatest kind of courage.
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Whoever claims the right to redistribute the wealth produced by others is claiming the right to treat human beings as chattel.
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Every movement that seeks to enslave a country, every dictatorship or potential dictatorship, needs some minority group as a scapegoat which it can blame for the nation's troubles and use as a justification of its own demands for dictatorial powers. In Soviet Russia, the scapegoat was the bourgeoisie; in Nazi Germany, it was the Jewish people; in America, it is the businessmen.
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There can be no compromise between freedom and government controls; to accept 'just a few controls' is to surrender the principle of inalienable individual rights and to substitute for it the principle of the government’s unlimited, arbitrary power, thus delivering oneself into gradual enslavement. As an example of this process, observe the present domestic policy of the United States.
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A man's sexual choice is the result and the sum of his fundamental convictions.... He will always be attracted to the woman who reflects his deepest vision of himself, the woman whose surrender permits him to experience a sense of self-esteem. The man who is proudly certain of his own value, will want the highest type of woman he can find, the woman he admires, the strongest, the hardest to conquer--because only the possession of a heroine will give him the sense of an achievement.
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He liked to observe emotions; they were like red lanterns strung along the dark unknown of another's personality, marking vulnerable points.
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If you don't know, the thing to do is not to get scared, but to learn. - Ayn Rand Quotes
If you don't know, the thing to do is not to get scared, but to learn.
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If one doesn't respect oneself one can have neither love nor respect for others. - Ayn Rand Quotes
If one doesn't respect oneself one can have neither love nor respect for others.
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"Mediocrity" doesn't mean average intelligence, it means an average intelligence that resents and envies its betters.
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The [U.S.] Constitution is a limitation on the government, not on private individuals ... it does not prescribe the conduct of private individuals, only the conduct of the government ... it is not a charter for government power, but a charter of the citizen's protection against the government.
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