My happiness is not the means to any end. It is the end. It is its own goal. It is its own purpose.
Wealth is the product of man's capacity to think.
Learn to value yourself, which means: fight for your happiness.
There can be no compromise on moral principles.
Honor is self-esteem made visible in action.
We can evade reality, but we cannot evade the consequences of evading reality
The fortune my spirit is not to be blown into coins of brass and flung to the winds as alms for the poor of the spirit. I guard my treasures: my thought, my will, my freedom. And the greatest of these is freedom.
every man is free to rise as far as he's able or willing, but the degree to which he thinks determines the degree to which he'll rise.
You'll come back, because yours is an error of knowledge, not a moral failure, not an act of surrender to evil, but only the last act of being victim to your own virtue. We'll wait for you and when you come back, you will have discovered that there need never be any conflict among your desires, nor
To preserve one's mind intact through a modern college education is a test of courage and endurance, but the battle is worth it and the stakes are the highest possible to man: the survival of reason.
In a free society, one does not have to deal with those who are irrational. One is free to avoid them.
This was solidarity. The debutante having her toenails pedicured - the housewife buying carrots from a pushcart - the bookkeeper who had wanted to be a pianist, but has the excuse of a sister to support - the businessman who hated his business - the worker who hated his work - the intellectual who h
When you force a man to act against his own choice and judgment, it's his thinking that you want him to suspend.
Do not let your fire go out, spark by irreplaceable spark in the hopeless swamps of the not-quite, the not-yet, and the not-at-all. Do not let the hero in your soul perish in lonely frustration for the life you deserved and have never been able to reach. The world you desire can be won. It exists..
Self respect is something that can't be killed. The worst thing is to kill a man's pretense at it.
Man has been called a rational being, but rationality is a matter of choice... Man has to be a man-by choice; he has to hold his life as a value-by choice; he has to learn to sustain it-by choice; he has to discover the values it requires and practice his virtues by choice. A code of values accepted
It is not fools that I seek to address.
No happy person can be quite so impervious to pain (Gail Wynand to Dominique Francon)
Patience is always rewarded and romance is always round the corner!
A society that robs an individual of the product of his effort ... is not strictly speaking a society, but a mob held together by institutionalized gang violence.
Ideas, in a free society, are not a crime- and neither can they serve as the justification of a crime.
The only proper functions of a government are: the police, to protect you from criminals; the army, to protect you from foreign invaders; and the courts, to protect your property and contracts from breach or fraud by others, and to settle disputes by rational rules, according to objective law.
If it were true that men could achieve their good by means of turning some men into sacrificial animals, and . . . if I were asked to serve the interests of society apart from, above and against my own I would refuse. . . . I would fight in the full confidence of the justice of my battle and of a li
Did I feel a physical desire for him? I did. Was I moved by a passion of my body? I was. Have I experienced the most violent form of sensual pleasure? I have.
That's a cute sentence: the years to come. Why are you so sure they're coming?
Words are a lens to focus one's mind.
If I were to speak your kind of language, I would say that man's only moral commandment is: Thou shalt think.But a 'moral commandment' is a contradiction in terms. The moral is the chosen, not the forced; the understood, not the obeyed.The moral is the rational, and reason accepts no commandments.
The charming aspect of Christmas is the fact that it expresses good will in a cheerful, happy, benevolent, non-sacrificial way. One says: â€œMerry Christmasâ€-not â€œWeep and Repent.â€ And the good will is expressed in a material, earthly form-by giving presents to one's friends, or by sending them
If you want to feel good, be rational.
...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