Love is an expression and assertion of self-esteem, a response to one's own values in the person of another. One gains a profoundly personal, selfish joy from the mere existence of the person one loves. It is one's own personal, selfish happiness that one seeks, earns, and derives from love....
Do not make the mistake...of thinking that a worker is a slave and that he holds his job by his employer's permission. He does not hold it by permission - but by contract, that is, by a voluntary mutual agreement. A worker can quit his job; a slave cannot.
There is no such dichotomy as 'human rights' versus 'property rights.' No human rights can exist without property rights.
When I die, I hope to go to Heaven, whatever the Hell that is.
Unjust laws have to be fought ideologically; they cannot be fought or corrected by means of mere disobedience and futile martyrdom.
My philosophy, in essence, is the concept of man as a heroic being, with his own happiness as the moral purpose of his life, with productive achievement as his noblest activity, and reason as his only absolute.
A 'mixed economy' is a society in the process of committing suicide.
That love is reverence, and worship, and glory, and the upward glance. Not a bandage for dirty sores. But they donâ€™t know it. Those who speak of love most promiscuously are the ones whoâ€™ve never felt it. They make some sort of feeble stew out of sympathy, compassion, contempt, and general indiff
Every movement that seeks to enslave a country, every dictatorship or potential dictatorship, needs some minority group as a scapegoat which it can blame for the nation's troubles and use as a justification of its own demands for dictatorial powers. In Soviet Russia, the scapegoat was the bourgeoisi
That which exists possesses identity; he could keep it out of existence by refusing to identify it.
Contrary to the vulgar belief that men are motivated primarily by materialistic considerations, we now see the capitalist system being discredited and destroyed all over the world, even though this system has given men the greatest material comforts.
It was the joy of admiration and of one's own ability, growing together.
I am not morally obligated to care more for a man than he cares for himself.
He never felt lonliness except when he was happy.
Laissez-faire capitalism is the only social system based on the recognition of individual rights and, therefore, the only system that bans force from social relationships.
Do you mean to tell me that you're thinking seriously of building that way, when and if you are an architect?" Yes." My dear fellow, who will let you?" That's not the point. The point is, who will stop me?
When a man feels fear without reason, you call him to the attention of a psychiatrist; you are not so careful to protect the meaning, the nature and the dignity of love.
Needless to say, under either system [socialism or fascism], the inequalities of income and standard of living are greater than anything possible under a free economy -- and a man's position is determined, not by his productive ability and achievement, but by political pull and force. Under both sys
The man who produces while others dispose of his product is a slave.
In a capitalist society, all human relationships are voluntary.
Whether you know the shape of a pebble or the structure of a solar system, the anxioms remain the same: that it exists and that you know it.
The creator's concern is the conquest of nature. The parasite's concern is the conquest of men.
Joy is the goal of existence, and joy is not to be stumbled upon, but to be achieved, and the act of treason is to let its vision drown in the swamp of the moment's torture.
It is a free market that makes monopolies impossible.
In a capitalist society, all human relationships are voluntary. Men are free to cooperate or not, to deal with one another or not, as their own individual judgments, convictions and interests dictate.
All "public interest' legislation (and any distribution of money taken by force from some men for the unearned benefit of others) comes down ultimately to the grant of an undefined undefinable, non-objective, arbitrary power to some government officials. The worst aspect of it is not that such a pow
A moment or an eternityâ€”did it matter? Life, undefeated, existed and could exist.
Did it ever occur to you, that there is no conflict of interests among men, neither in business nor in trade nor in their most personal desires - if they omit the irrational from their view of the possible and destruction from their view of the practical?
Do not set out to write with your eyes on the box office. It can't be done.
Existence is Identity, Consciousness is Identification.