But there are people who'll try to hurt you through the good they see in you--knowing that it's the good, needing it and punishing you for it. Don't let it break you when you discover that.
That something happened to you is of no importance to anyone, not even to you. The important thing about you is what you choose to make happen - your values and choices. That which happened by accident - what family you were born into, in what country, and where you went to school - is totally unimp
It is not fools that I seek to address.
The world you desire can be won, it exists, it is real, it is possible, it is yours.
It stands to reason that if sacrifices are being given, somebody is collecting sacrifices.
A rational man is guided by his thinking - by a process of Reason - not by his feelings and desires.
The men who attempt to survive, not by means of reason, but by means of force, are attempting to survive by the method of animals.
Genius is an exaggeration of dimension. So is elephantiasis. Both may be only a disease.
The purpose of man's life...is to become an abject zombie who serves a purpose he does not know, for reasons he is not to question.
Man cannot survive except through his mind. He comes on earth unarmed. His brain is his only weapon. Animals obtain food by force. man had no claws, no fangs, no horns, no great strength of muscle. He must plant his food or hunt it. To plant, he needs a process of thought. To hunt, he needs weapons,
One must never fail to pronounce moral judgment.
If a life can have a 'theme-song' - and I believe every worthwhile one has - mine is [best] expressed in one word: Individualism.
Self-esteem is reliance on one's power to think... The man of authentic self-confidence is the man who relies on the judgment of his own mind.
Rulers exist entirely through the persons of others. Their goal is in their subjects, in the activity of enslaving. They are as dependent as the beggar, the social worker and the bandit. The form of dependence does not matter.
Namely, if I am challenging the base of all these institutions, I'm challenging the moral code of altruism. The precept that man's moral duty is to live for others. That man must sacrifice himself to others. Which is the present day morality.
Civilization is the progress toward a society of privacy. The savage's whole existence is public, ruled by the laws of his tribe. Civilization is the process of setting man free from men.
When you force a man to act against his own choice and judgment, it's his thinking that you want him to suspend.
If you ask me to name the proudest distinction of Americans, I would choose . . . the fact that they were the people who created the phrase "to make money." No other language or nation had ever used these words before. . . . Americans were the first to understand that wealth has to be created.
But why should you care what people will say? All you have to do is please yourself.
Happiness is not to be achieved at the command of emotional whims.
Dominique as Gail looks at her "... there is a stage of worship which makes the worshiper himself an object of reverence."
He wanted her. He knew where to find her. He waited. It amused him to wait, because he knew that the waiting was unbearable to her. He knew that his absence bound her to him in a manner more complete and humiliating than his presence could enforce. He was giving her time to attempt an escape, in ord
The best, most natural dialogue is usually written as if the writer is listening to dictation. You might get stuck on any particular point and have to question yourself; but normally, dialogue writes itself.
The age of the skyscraper is gone. This is the age of the housing project. Which is always a prelude to the age of the cave.
Are you in a universe which is ruled by natural laws and, therefore, is stable, firm, absolute - and knowable? Or are you in an incomprehensible chaos, a realm of inexplicable miracles, an unpredictable, unknowable flux, which your mind is impotent to grasp? The nature of your actions - and of your
There is a level of cowardice lower than that of the conformist: the fashionable non-conformist.
Two world wars, three monstrous dictatorships-in Soviet Russia, Nazi Germany, Red China-plus every lesser variant of devastating socialist experimentation in a global spread of brutality and despair, have not prompted modern intellectuals to question or revise their dogma. They still think that it i
and he said her name to fill the space of five years.
It's so graceless, being a martyr. It's honoring your adversaries too much.
Why have you been staring at me ever since we met? Because Iâ€™m not the Gail Wynand youâ€™d heard about. You see, I love you. And love is exception-making. If you were in love youâ€™d want to be broken, trampled, ordered, dominated, because thatâ€™s the impossible, in the inconceivable for you in y