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.
Capitalism is our only moral system. All other systems take advantage of man's rights and liberties.
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.
Force and mind are opposites; morality ends where a gun begins. Ayn
If a society is to be free, its government has to be controlled.
If, before undertaking some action, you must obtain the permission of society-you are not free, whether such permission is granted to you or not. Only a slave acts on permission. A permission is not a right.
Many words have been granted me, and some are wise, and some are false, but only three are holy: "I will it!
I came here to say that I do not recognize anyone's right to one minute of my life. Nor to any part of my energy. Nor to any achievement of mine. No matter who makes the claim, how large their number or how great their need. I wished to come here and say that I am a man who does not exist for others
Words are a lens to focus one's mind.
Reason is not automatic. Those who deny it cannot be conquered by it. Do not count on them. Leave them alone.
One loses everything when one loses one's sense of humor.
One can study what exists and how consciousness functions; but one cannot analyze (or â€œproveâ€) existence as such, or consciousness as such. These are irreducible primaries. (An attempt to â€œproveâ€ them is self-contradict ory: it is an attempt to â€œproveâ€ existence by means of nonexistence, an
If any part of your uncertainty, is a conflict between your heart and your mind - follow your mind.
Aquinas brought an Aristotelian view of reason back into European culture, and lighted the way toward the Renaissance.
He liked to observe emotions; they were like red lanterns strung along the dark unknown of another's personality, marking vulnerable points.
The creed of sacrifice is a morality for the immoral.
To love is to value. Only a rationally selfish man, a man of self esteem, is capable of love - because he is the only man capable of holding firm, consistent, uncompromising, unbetrayed value. The man who does not value himself, cannot value anything or anyone
If capitalism had never existed, any honest humanitarian should have been struggling to invent it. But when you see men struggling to evade its existence, to misrepresent its nature, and to destroy its last remnants - you maybe sure that whatever their motives, love of man is not one of them.
Dominique as Gail looks at her "... there is a stage of worship which makes the worshiper himself an object of reverence."
Thereâ€™s no way to rule innocent men. The only power any government has is the power to crack down on criminals. Well, when there arenâ€™t enough criminals, one makes them. One declares so many things to be a crime that it becomes impossible for me to live without breaking laws. Who wants a nation
I love you so much that nothing can matter to me - not even you...Only my love- not your answer. Not even your indifference
When I die, I hope to go to Heaven, whatever the Hell that is.
It is easier to donate a few thousand to charity and think oneself noble than to base self-respect on personal standards of personal achievement.
The man who does not value himself, cannot value anything or anyone.
If an uncompromising stand is to be smeared as 'extremism,' then that smear is directed at any devotion to values, any loyalty to principles, any profound conviction, any consistency, any steadfastness, any passion, any dedication to an unbreached, inviolate truth -- any man of integrity.
When men abandon reason, physical force becomes their only means of dealing with one another and of settling disagreements.
Congress shall make no law abridging the freedom of production and trade...
You don't have to see through the eyes of others, hold onto yours, stand on your own judgment, you know that what is, isâ€“say it aloud, like the holiest of prayers, and don't let anyone tell you otherwise.
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
Honest people are never touchy about the matter of being trusted