The government's only proper job is to protect individual rights against violence by force or fraud ... to protect men from foreign invaders ... to settle disputes among men according to objective laws ... The greatness of the Founding Fathers was how well they understood this issue and how close so
Science was born as a result and consequence of philosophy; it cannot survive without a philosophical base. If philosophy perishes, science will be next to go.
A rational process is a moral process.
I need no warrant for being, and no word of sanction upon my being. I am the warrant and the sanction.
The more propaganda . . . conservatives spread for capitalist economics while at the same time preaching collectivism morally and philosophically , the more nails theyâ€™ll drive into capitalismâ€™s coffin.
Patience is always rewarded and romance is always round the corner!
Whatever their future, at the dawn of their lives, men seek a noble vision of man's nature and of life's potential.
Morality pertains only to the sphere of man's free will - only to those actions which are open to his choice.
Truth is the recognition of reality; reason, man's only means of knowledge, is his only standard of truth.
The alleged short-cut to knowledge, which is faith, is only a short-circuit destroying the mind
Any alleged 'right' of one man, which necessitates the violation of the rights of another, is not and cannot be a right.
A reader has to be concerned only with the end result; unless he chooses to analyze it, he does not have to know by what means that result was achieved-but it is my job to know.
People don't want to think. And the deeper they get into trouble, the less they want to think. But by some sort of instinct, they feel that they ought to and it makes them feel guilty. So they'll bless and follow anyone who gives them a justification for not thinking. Anyone who makes a virtue - a h
The only proper functions of a government are: the police, to protect you from criminals; the army, to protect you from foreign invaders; and the courts, to protect your property and contracts from breach or fraud by others, and to settle disputes by rational rules, according to objective law.
My views on charity are very simple. I do not consider it a major virtue and, above all, I do not consider it a moral duty. There is nothing wrong in helping other people, if and when they are worthy of the help and you can afford to help them. I regard charity as a marginal issue. What I am fightin
Man holds these rights [life, liberty and property], not from the Collective nor for the Collective, but against the Collective - as a barrier which the Collective cannot cross... these rights are man's protection against all other men.
A leash is a rope with a noose at both ends.
Happiness is a state of non-contradictory joy . . . Happiness is possible only to a rational man, the man who desires nothing but rational goals,seeks nothing but rational values, and finds his joy in nothing but rational actions.
Existence is Identity, Consciousness is Identification.
Faith is the commitment of one's consciousness to beliefs for which one has no sensory evidence or rational proof. A mystic is a man who treats his feelings as tools of cognition. Faith is the equation of feeling with knowledge.
In order to deal with reality successfully - to pursue and achieve the values which his life requires - man needs self-esteem; he needs to be confident of his efficacy and worth.
Talent alone is helpless today. Any success requires both talent and luck. And the 'luck' has to be helped along and provided by someone.
Serenity comes from the ability to say â€œYesâ€ to existence. Courage comes from the ability to say â€œNoâ€ to the wrong choices made by others.
Unjust laws have to be fought ideologically; they cannot be fought or corrected by means of mere disobedience and futile martyrdom.
God... a being whose only definition is that he is beyond man's power to conceive.
I want to be prepared to claim the greatest virtue of all - that I was a man who made money
It's such a waste to be subtle and vicious with people who don't even know that you're being subtle and vicious
Pleasure is nought but virtue's gayer name-- I wrong her still, I rate her worth too low: Virtue the root, and pleasure is the flow'r.
Why no. Iâ€™m too conceited. If you want to call it that. I donâ€™t make comparisons. I never think of myself in relation to anyone else. I just refuse to measure myself as part of anything. Iâ€™m an utter egotist.
Art is a selective re-creation of reality according to an artists metaphysical value judgments.