But I don't think of you. - Howard Roark
A free mind and a free market are corollaries.
I am an intransigent atheist, though not a militant one. This means that I am not fighting against religion - I am fighting for reason.
I am not the means to any end others may wish to accomplish. I am not a tool for their use. I am not a servant of their needs. I am not a bandage for their wounds, I am not a sacrifice on their altars.
The moral justification of capitalism does not lie in the altruist claim that it represents the best way to achieve 'the common good.' It is true that capitalism does -- if that catch-phrase has any meaning -- but this is merely a secondary consequence. The moral justification for capitalism lies in
Living in a society, instead of on a desert island, does not relieve a man of the responsibility of supporting his own life.
God help us, ma'am! Do you see what we saw? We saw that we'd been given a law to live by, a moral law, they called it, which punished those who observed it - for observing it. The more you tried to live up to it, the more you suffered; the more you cheated it, the bigger reward you got. Your honesty
When you see corruption being rewarded and honesty becoming a self-sacrifice, you may know that your society is doomed
You must be the kind of man who can get things done. But to get things done, you must love the doing, not the secondary consequences.
you are never called upon to prove a negative. that's a law of logic.
The ladder of success is best climbed by stepping on the rungs of opportunity. Ayn Ran
Economic power is exercised by means of a positive, by offering men a reward, an incentive, a payment, a value; political power is exercised by means of a negative, by the threat of punishment, injury, imprisonment, destruction. The businessman's tool is values; the bureaucrat's tool is fear.
No concept man forms is valid unless he integrates it without contradiction into the sum of his knowledge.
The ladder of success is best climbed by stepping on the rungs of opportunity.
Government holds a legal monopoly on the use of physical force.
So you think that money is the root of all evil? [...] Have you ever asked what is the root of money? Money is a tool of exchange, which can't exist unless there are goods produced and men able to produce them. Money is the material shape of the principle that men who wish to deal with one another m
I do not seek the good of others as a sanction for my right to exist, nor do I recognize the good of others as a justification for their seizure of my property or their destruction of my life.
Capitalism has been called a system of greedâ€”yet it is the system that raised the standard of living of its poorest citizens to heights no collectivist system has ever begun to equal, and no tribal gang can conceive of.
Self respect is something that can't be killed. The worst thing is to kill a man's pretense at it.
But a few understand that building is a great symbol we live in our minds, and existence is the attempt to bring that life into physical reality, to state it in gesture and form. For the man who understands this, a house he owns is a statement of his life.
Rationalization is a process of not perceiving reality, but of attempting to make reality fit oneâ€™s emotions.
Do not open your mouth to tell me that your mind has convinced you of your right to force my mind. Force and mind are opposites. Morality ends where a gun begins.
The three of them set out every morning on adventures of their own kind. Once, an elderly professor of literature, Mrs. Taggart's friend, saw them on top of a pile in a junk yard, dismantling the carcass of an automobile. He stopped, shook his head and said to Francisco, 'A young man of your positio
She's a writer. The kind of writer who wouldn't be published outside. She believes that when one deals with words, one deals with the mind.
Creation comes before distribution - or there will be nothing to distribute. The need of the creator comes before the need of any possible beneficiary. Yet we are taught to admire the second-hander who dispenses gifts he has not produced above the man who made the gifts possible. We praise an act of
It's good to suffer. Dont complain. Bear, bow, accept - and be grateful that God has made you suffer. For this makes you better than the people who are laughing and happy.
If you want to feel good, be rational.
Money is only a tool. It will take you wherever you wish, but it will not replace you as the driver.
Reason can be fought with reason. How are you going to fight the unreasonable? The trouble with you, my dear, and with most people, is that you donâ€™t have sufficient respect for the senseless. The senseless is the major factor in our lives. You have no chance if it is your enemy.
A building has integrity, just as a man and just as seldom! It must be true to its own idea, have its own form, and serve its own purpose!