There is no such thing as duty. If you know that a thing is right, you want to do it. If you don't want to do it - it isn't right. If it's right and you don't want to do it - you don't know what right is and you're not a man.
Because I never have any definite destination. This ship is not for going to places, but for getting away from them. When I stop at a port, it's only for the sheer pleasure of leaving it. I always think: here's one more place that can't hold me.
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.
Volumes can be and have been written about the issue of freedom versus dictatorship, but, in essence, it comes down to a single question: do you consider it moral to treat men as sacrificial animals and to rule them by physical force?
The desire not to be anything is the desire not to be.
He wanted nothing, for the time being, except to understand .... Without advice, assistance or plan, he began reading an incongruous assortment of books; he would find some passage which he could not understand in one book, and he would get another on that subject .... There was no order in his read
In the temple of his spirit, each man is alone.
Even in dialogue, your own style rules your selection. Do not give yourself a blank check of this kind: 'I'll merely reproduce what I think a character like so-and-so would say.' You have to reproduce it in the way your literary premises dictate.
Love, friendship, respect, admiration are the emotional response of one man to the virtues of another, the spiritual payment given in exchange for the personal, selfish pleasure which one man derives from the virtues of another manâ€™s character.
The right to life means that a man has the right to support his life by his own work (on any economic level, as high as his ability will carry him); it does not mean that others must provide him with the necessities of life.
Any material element or resource which, in order to become of use or value to men, requires the application of human knowledge and effort, should be private property-by the right of those who apply the knowledge and effort.
She knew that even pain can be confessed, but to confess happiness is to stand naked, delivered to the witness...
Who was it that said he needed a fulcrum? Give me an unobstructed right-of-way and I'll show them how to move the earth!
If you want to know the one reason that's taking me back, I'll tell you: I cannot bring myself to abandon to destruction all the greatness of the world, all that which was mine and yours, which was made by us and is still ours by right - because I cannot believe that men refuse to see, that they can
I need no warrant for being, and no word of sanction upon my being. I am the warrant and the sanction.
We are now moving towards complete collectivism or socialism, a system under which everybody is enslaved to everybody.
The man who produces while others dispose of his product is a slave.
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.
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.
Faith and force ... are corollaries: every period of history dominated by mysticism, was a period of statism, of dictatorship, of tyranny.
I'm working to improve my methods, and every hour I save is an hour added to my life.
Money is just a tool. It will take you anywhere you want, but you have to be the driver
Productive work is the central purpose of a rational man's life, the central value that integrates and determines the hierarchy of all his other values. Reason is the source, the precondition of his productive work, pride is the result.
We are on strike against the doctrine that life is guilt.
Those who say theory and practice are two unrelated realms are fools in one and scoundrels in the other.
To demand 'sense' is the hallmark of nonsense. Nature does not make sense. Nothing makes sense.
In order to be in control of your life, you have to have a purpose-a productive purpose...
Do not help your jailers to pretend that their jail is your natural state of existence.
I think that when in doubt about the truth of an issue, it's safer and in better taste to select the least numerous of the adversaries.
Professional intellectuals are the voice of a culture and are, therefore, its leaders, its integrators and its bodyguards.