Show me your achievement, and the knowledge will give me courage for mine.
Do not ever say that the desire to 'do good' by force is a good motive. Neither power-lust nor stupidity are good motives.
The political function of 'the right of free speech' is to protect dissenters and unpopular minorities from forcible suppression - not to guarantee them the support, advantages, and rewards of a popularity they have not gained.
He despised causeless affection, just as he despised unearned wealth. They professed to love him for some unknown reason and they ignored all the things for which he could wish to be loved.
The man who refuses to judge, who neither agrees nor disagrees, who declares that there are no absolutes and believes that he escapes responsibility, is the man responsible for all the blood that is now spilled in the world
That which is not worth contemplating in life, is not worth recreating in art.
If men want to oppose war, it is statism that they must oppose.
The art of writing is the art of doing what you think you're doing. This is not as simple as it sounds. It implies a very difficult undertaking: the necessity to think. And it implies the requirement to think out three separate, very hard problems: What is it you want to say? How are you going to sa
Kill reverence and you've killed the hero in man.
The more neurotic and evasive a person is, the shorter the range of his interests.
I refuse to accept as guilt the fact of my own existence.
Thanksgiving is a typically American holiday...The lavish meal is a symbol of the fact that abundant consumption is the result and reward of production.
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.
...If peace were the goal of today's intellectuals, a failure of that magnitude -- and the evidence of unspeakable suffering on so large a scale -- would make them pause and check their statist premises. Instead, blind to everything but their hatred for capitalism, they are now asserting that 'pover
In a capitalist society, all human relationships are voluntary.
The man who does not value himself, cannot value anything or anyone.
The difference between a welfare state and a totalitarian state is a matter of time.
Your emotional capacity is an empty motor, and your values are the fuel with which your mind fills it. If you choose a mix of contradictions, it will clog your motor, corrode your transmission and wreck you on your first attempt to move with a machine which you, the driver, have corrupted.
A culture is made â€” or destroyed â€” by its articulate voices.
The first society in history whose leaders were neither Attilas nor Witch Doctors, a society led, dominated and created by the Producers, was the United States of America.
To fear to face an issue is to believe that the worst is true.
A story is an end in itself. It is not written to teach, sell, explain or destroy anything. It is not written even to entertain. It is written as a man is born - an organic whole, dictated only by its own laws and its own necessity - an end in itself, not a means to an end.
People want nothing but mirrors around them. To reflect them while theyâ€™re reflecting too ... Reflections of reflections and echoes of echoes. No beginning and no end. No center and no purpose.
The purpose of morality is to teach you, not to suffer and die, but to enjoy yourself and live.
To interpose the threat of physical destruction between a man and his perception of reality, is to negate and paralyze his means of survival to force him to act against his own judgment, is like forcing him to act against his own sight
The end does not justify the means. No one's rights can be secured by the violation of the rights of others.
It is futile to fight against, if one does not know what one is fighting for.
Self respect is something that can't be killed. The worst thing is to kill a man's pretense at it.
If any part of your uncertainty, is a conflict between your heart and your mind - follow your mind.
Each man must live as an end in himself and follow his own rational self-interest.