Life is the reward of virtue. And happiness is the goal and reward of life.
You love people, not for what you do for them or what they do for you. You love them for their values; their virtues.
Aquinas brought an Aristotelian view of reason back into European culture, and lighted the way toward the Renaissance.
We [entrepreneurs] required that you leave us free to function -- free to think and work as we choose ... -- free to earn our own profits and make our own fortunes ... Such was the price we asked, which you chose to reject as too high.
What is greatness? I will answer: it is the capacity to live by the three fundamental values of John Galt: reason, purpose, self-esteem.
A â€œcollectiveâ€ mind does not exist. It is merely the sum of endless numbers of individual minds. If we have an endless number of individual minds who are weak, meek, submissive and impotent â€“ who renounce their creative supremacy for the sake of the â€œwholeâ€ and accept humbly that the â€œwhol
Whoever claims the right to redistribute the wealth produced by others is claiming the right to treat human beings as chattel.
There can be no such thing, in law or in morality, as actions forbidden to an individual, but permitted to a mob
In order to be in control of your life, you have to have a purpose-a productive purpose...
every man is free to rise as far as he's able or willing, but the degree to which he thinks determines the degree to which he'll rise.
No man may initiate the use of physical force against others. No man-or group or society or government-has the right to assume the role of a criminal and initiate the use of physical compulsion against any man. Men have the right to use physical force only in retaliation and only against those who i
What is morality, she asked. Judgement to distinguish right and wrong, vision to see the truth, and courage to act upon it, dedication to that which is good, integrity to stand by the good at any price.
You'd let the whole world perish rather than soil that immaculate self of yours with a single spot of which you'd have to be ashamed.
If a society is to be free, its government has to be controlled.
Mr. Ward, what is it that the foulest bastards on earth denounce us for, among other things? Oh yes, for our motto of 'Business as usual.' Well-business as usual, Mr. Ward!
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.
The charming aspect of Christmas is the fact that it expresses good will in a cheerful, happy, benevolent, non-sacrificial way. One says: â€œMerry Christmasâ€-not â€œWeep and Repent.â€ And the good will is expressed in a material, earthly form-by giving presents to one's friends, or by sending them
Or did you say it's the love of money that's the root of all evil? To love a thing is to know its nature. To love money is to known and love the fact that money is the creation of the best power within you, and your passkey to trade your effort for the effort of the best among men. It's the person w
Civilization does not have to perish. The brutes are winning only by default.
Censorship' is a term pertaining only to governmental action. No private action is censorship. No private individual or agency can silence a man or suppress a publication; only the government can do so. The freedom of speech of private individuals includes the right not to agree, not to listen and n
There were things in my past which I have not liked. But all the things of which I was proud will remain.
There is no affirmation without the one who affirms. in this sense, everything to which you grant your love is yours
In the temple of his spirit, each man is alone.
The question of whether one alleges the Superiority or Inferiority of any given race is irrelevant; racism has only one psychological root: the racist's sense of his own Inferiority.
Live a life as a monument to your soul.
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
Under the antitrust laws, a man becomes a criminal from the moment he goes into business, no matter what he does. If he complies with one of these laws, he faces criminal prosecution under several others. For instance, if he charges prices which some bureaucrats judge as too high, he can be prosecut
The quickest way to kill the human spirit is to ask someone to do mediocre work.
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.
...if men are to be ruled, then the enemy is reason.