A 'mixed economy' is a society in the process of committing suicide.
Words are a lens to focus one's mind.
Whatever may be open to disagreement, there is one act of evil that may not, the act that no man may commit against others and no man may sanction or forgive. So long as men desire to live together, no man may initiateâ€”do you hear me? no man may startâ€”the use of physical force against others.
The essential characteristic of socialism is the denial of individual property rights...
Have you felt it too? Have you seen how your best friends love everything about you- except the things that count? And your most important is nothing to them; nothing, not even a sound they can recognize.
That which you call your soul or spirit is your consciousness, and that which you call 'free will' is your mind's freedom to think or not, the only will you have, your only freedom, the choice that controls all the choices you make and determines your life and your character.
I don't build in order to have clients. I have clients in order to build. Ayn Ran
Do you know that my personal crusade in life (in the philosophical sense) is not merely to fight collectivism, nor to fight altruism? These are only consequences, effects, not causes. I am out after the real cause, the real root of evil on earth the irrational.
Remember that rights are moral principles which define and protect a man's freedom of action, but impose no obligations on other men.
Thereâ€™s nothing as significant as a human face. Nor as eloquent. We can never really know another person, except by our first glance at him. Because, in that glance, we know everything. Even though weâ€™re not always wise enough to unravel the knowledge.
A society that robs an individual of the product of his effort ... is not strictly speaking a society, but a mob held together by institutionalized gang violence.
Never ask people. Not about your work. Don't you know what you want? How can you stand it, not to know?
I don't build in order to have clients. I have clients in order to build.
No matter how vast your knowledge or how modest, it is your own mind that has to acquire it. It is only with your own knowledge that you can deal. It is only your own knowledge that you can claim to possess or ask others to consider. Your mind is your only judge of truth - and if others dissent from
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.
The only thing that matters my goal my reward my beginning my end is the work itself. My work done my way. A private personal selfish egotistical motivation. Thatâ€™s the only way I function. Thatâ€™s all I am.
Existence is Identity, Consciousness is Identification.
One's own independent judgment is the means by which one must choose one's actions, but it is not a moral criterion nor a moral validation; only reference to a demonstrable principle can validate one's choices.
In any compromise between food and poison, it is only death that can win. In any compromise between good and evil, it is only evil that can profit.
When the common good of a society is regarded as something apart from and superior to the individual good of its members, it means that the good of some men takes precedence over the good of others, with those others consigned to the status of sacrificial animals.
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.
If a man wants love he should correct his weaknesses, or his flaws, and he may deserve it. But he cannot expect the unearned, either in love or in money; either in matter or in spirit.
Whoever defends his own rights defends the rights of all.
If you get caught at some crucial point and somebody tells you that your doctrine doesn't make sense - you're ready for him. You tell him there's something above sense. That here he must not try to think, he must feel. He must believe. Suspend reason and you can play it deuces wild.
Money is only a tool. It will take you wherever you wish, but it will not replace you as the driver.
The government was set to protect man from criminals, and the Constitution was written to protect man from the government.
What objectivity and the study of philosophy requires is not an 'open mind,' but an active mind - a mind able and eagerly willing to examine ideas, but to examine them criticially.
Have you noticed that the imbecile always smiles? Man's first frown is the first touch of God on his forehead. The touch of thought.
Whenever destroyers appear among men, they start by destroying money, for money is men's protection, and the base of a moral existence.
Creation comes before distribution -- or there will be nothing to distribute.