There is only one institution that can arrogate to itself the power legally to trade by means of rubber checks: the government. And it is the only institution that can mortgage your future without your knowledge or consent: government securities (and paper money) are promissory notes on future tax r
You love your work. God help you, you love it! And thats the curse. That's the brand on your forehead for all of them to see. You love it and they know it, and they know they have you. Do you ever look at the people in the street? Aren't you afraid of them? I am. They move past you and they wear hat
Government holds a legal monopoly on the use of physical force.
For centuries, the battle of morality was fought between those who claimed that your life belongs to God and those who claimed that it belongs to your neighbors - between those who preached that the good is self-sacrifice for the sake of ghosts in heaven and those who preached that the good is self-
The ladder of success is best climbed by stepping on the rungs of opportunity.
A desire presupposes the possibility of action to achieve it; action presupposes a goal which is worth achieving.
If that's the price of getting together, then I'll be damned if I want to live on the same earth with any human beings! If the rest of them can survive only by destroying us, then why should we wish them to survive? Nothing can make self-immolation proper. Nothing can give them the right to turn men
If you don't know, the thing to do is not to get scared, but to learn.
Politically, the goal of todayâ€™s dominant trend is statism. Philosophically, the goal is the obliteration of reason; psychologically, it is the erosion of ambition.
A good novel is an indivisible sum; every scene, sequence and passage of a good novel has to involve, contribute to and advance all three of its major attributes: theme, plot, characterization.
An attempt to achieve the good by force is like an attempt to provide a man with a picture gallery at the price of cutting out his eyes.
The quickest way to kill the human spirit is to ask someone to do mediocre work.
Genius is an exaggeration of dimension. So is elephantiasis. Both may be only a disease.
There are only two means by which men can deal with one another: guns or logic. Force or persuasion. Those who know that they cannot win by means of logic, have always resorted to guns.
Don't consider our interests or desires. You have no duty to anyone but yourself.
It is one's own personal, selfish happiness that one seeks, earns, and derives from love.
Contrary to the ecologists, nature does not stand still and does not maintain the kind of equilibrium that guarantees the survival of any particular species - least of all the survival of her greatest and most fragile product: man.
Power-lust is a weed that grows only in the vacant lots of an abandoned mind.
"Mediocrity" doesn't mean average intelligence, it means an average intelligence that resents and envies its betters.
Individual rights are not subject to a public vote; a majority has no right to vote away the rights of a minority; the political function of rights is precisely to protect minorities from oppression by majorities (and the smallest minority on earth is the individual).
It's such a waste to be subtle and vicious with people who don't even know that you're being subtle and vicious
For the coming of that day shall I fight, I and my sons and my chosen friends. For the freedom of Man. For his rights. For his life. For his honor.
[T]he only real moral crime that one man can commit against another is the attempt to create, by his words or actions, an impression of the contradictory, the impossible, the irrational, and thus shake the concept of rationality in his victim.
What is kinder--to believe the best of people and burden them with a nobility beyond their endurance--or to see them as they are, and accept it because it makes them comfortable?
You can avoid reality, but you cannot avoid the consequences of avoiding reality.
No happy person can be quite so impervious to pain (Gail Wynand to Dominique Francon)
Only a man of integrity can possess the virtue of honesty, since only the faking of oneâ€™s consciousness can permit the faking of existence.
All public projects are mausoleums, not always in shapes, but always in cost.
Peter Keating: "Do you always have to have a purpose? Do you always have to be so damn serious? Can't you ever do things without reason, just like everybody else? You're so serious, so old. Everything's important with you. Everything's great, significant in some way, every minute, even when you keep
The skyline of New York is a monument of a splendour that no pyramids or palaces will ever equal or approach.