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Force and mind are opposites; morality ends where a gun begins.
– Ayn Rand
Every man builds his world in his own image. He has the power to choose, but no power to escape the necessity of choice.
Individual rights are the means of subordinating society to moral law.
Wealth is the product of man’s capacity to think.
Money demands that you sell, not your weakness to men’s stupidity, but your talent to their reason.
The purpose of morality is to teach you, not to suffer and die, but to enjoy yourself and live.
The truth is not for all men, but only for those who seek it.
The ladder of success is best climbed by stepping on the rungs of opportunity.
If any civilization is to survive, it is the morality of altruism that men have to reject.
So you think that money is the root of all evil. Have you ever asked what is the root of all money?
Money is only a tool. It will take you wherever you wish, but it will not replace you as the driver.
Happiness is that state of consciousness which proceeds from the achievement of one’s values.
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.
To say ‘I love you’ one must first be able to say the ‘I.’
It only stands to reason that where there’s sacrifice, there’s someone collecting the sacrificial offerings. Where there’s service, there is someone being served. The man who speaks to you of sacrifice is speaking of slaves and masters, and intends to be the master.
When I die, I hope to go to Heaven, whatever the Hell that is.
The hardest thing to explain is the glaringly evident which everybody had decided not to see.
A creative man is motivated by the desire to achieve, not by the desire to beat others.
Achieving life is not the equivalent of avoiding death.
God… a being whose only definition is that he is beyond man’s power to conceive.
When man learns to understand and control his own behavior as well as he is learning to understand and control the behavior of crop plants and domestic animals, he may be justified in believing that he has become civilized.
The worst guilt is to accept an unearned guilt.
Upper classes are a nation’s past; the middle class is its future.
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.
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.
Money is the barometer of a society’s virtue.
A desire presupposes the possibility of action to achieve it; action presupposes a goal which is worth achieving.
Contradictions do not exist. Whenever you think you are facing a contradiction, check your premises. You will find that one of them is wrong.
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).
The man who lets a leader prescribe his course is a wreck being towed to the scrap heap.