A man who seeks escape from the responsibility of supporting his life by his own thought and effort, and wishes to survive by conquering, ruling and exploiting others, is NOT an Individualist.
Observe, in politics, that the term extremism has become a synonym of evil, regardless of the content of the issue (the evil is not what you are extreme about, but that you are extreme -- i.e., consistent).
The only thing that counts in life is solid, material assets. It's no time for theories when everything is falling to pieces around us.
And because she worshipped joy, Kira seldom laughed and did not go to see comedies in theaters. And because she felt a profound rebellion against the weighty, the tragic, the solemn, Kira had a solemn reverence for those songs of defiant gaiety.
If workers struggle for higher wages, this is hailed as social gains, if businessmen struggle for higher profits, this is damned as selfish greed.
Mr. Ward, what is it that the foulest bastards on earth denounce us for, among other things? Oh yes, for our motto of 'Business as usual.' Well-business as usual, Mr. Ward!
A moment or an eternity--did it matter? Life, undefeated, existed and could exist.
One's own independent judgment is the means by which one must choose one's actions, but it is not a moral criterion nor a moral validation; only reference to a demonstrable principle can validate one's choices.
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 values. The man who does not value himself, cannot value anything or anyone.
Place nothing above the verdict of your own mind.
Why struggle to discover the world if you can make it become whatever you wish -- by wishing?
There's nothing of any importance in life--except how well you do your work.
Sacrifice does not mean the rejection of the worthless, but of the precious.
The freedom of speech of private individuals includes the right to not agree, not to listen, and not to finance one's own antagonists.
There is only one source of authentic self-confidence: reason.
The most depraved type of human being ... (is) the man without a purpose.
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.
One must differentiate between one's thoughts and one's emotions with full clarity and precision...No discussion, cooperation, agreement, or understanding is possible among men who substitute emotion for proof.
Is it advisable to spread out all the conveniences of culture before people to whom a few steps up a stair to a library is a sufficient deterrent from reading?
Ever since Kant divorced reason from reality, his intellectual descendants have been diligently widening the breach.
Learn to distinguish the difference between errors of knowledge and breaches of morality.
Every major horror of history was committed in the name of an altruistic motive. Has any act of selfishness ever equalled the carnage perpetrated by disciples of altruism.
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.
Collectivism answers: The power of society is unlimited. Society may make any laws it wishes, and force them upon anyone in any manner it wishes.
Let us destroy, but don't let us pretend that we are commiting an act of virtue.
What is the basic, the essential, the crucial principle that differentiates freedom from slavery? It is the principle of voluntary action versus physical coercion or compulsion.
A mystic is a man who treats his feelings as tools of cognition.
Emotions are not tools of cognition. They tell you nothing about the nature of reality.
To abstain from condemning a torturer, is to become an accessory to the torture and murder of his victims.
We fell, but we never let the box fall from our hands. Then we ran. We ran blindly, and men and houses streaked past us in a torrent without shape.
In order to deal with reality successfully -- to pursue and achieve the values which his life requires -- man needs self-esteem; he needs to be confident of his efficacy and worth.
Let me be the child in the story and declare that the Emperor is naked -- or that America is culturally bankrupt.
To be the kind of writer you want to be, you must first be the kind of thinker you want to be.
No man can have a right to impose an unchosen obligation , an unrewarded duty or an involuntary servitude on another man.
There can be no such thing as the right to enslave .
Faith is the commitment of one's consciousness to beliefs for which one has no sensory evidence or rational proof. A mystic is a man who treats his feelings as tools of cognition. Faith is the equation of feeling with knowledge.
Individualism regards man-every man-as an independent, sovereign entity who possesses an inalienable right to his own life, a right derived from his nature as a rational being.
The greatest threat to mankind and civilization is the spread of the totalitarian philosophy. Its best ally is not the devotion of its followers but the confusion of its enemies. To fight it, we must understand it.
One must never allow oneself to acquire an exaggerated sense of one's own importance. There's no necessity to burden oneself with absolutes.
Who was it that said he needed a fulcrum? Give me an unobstructed right-of-way and I'll show them how to move the earth!
All depressions are caused by government interference and the cure is always offered to take more of the poison that caused the disaster. Depressions are not the result of a free economy.
Their eyes were dark and hard and glowing, with no fear in them, no kindness and no guilt.
Here, we trade achievements, not failures--values, not needs. We're free of one another, yet we all grow together.
We do not tell--we show. We do not claim--we prove.
It is here, it exists--but one must enter it naked and alone, with no rags from the falsehoods of centuries, with the purest clarity of mind--not an innocent heart, but that which is much rarer: an intransigent mind--as one's only possession and key.
Nobody stays in this valley except by a full, conscious choice based on a full, conscious knowledge of every fact involved in his decision. Nobody stays here by faking reality in any manner whatever.
We will not deal with men on any terms but ours--and our terms are a moral code which holds that man is an end in himself and not the means to any end of others. We do not seek to force our code upon them. They are free to believe what they please.
If one's actions are honest, one does not need the predated confidence of others.
He had a big head and a face so ugly it became almost fascinating.
An idea is a light turned on in a man's soul. Comic-strip artists are in the habit of representing it by means of a light bulb flashing on, above the head of a character who has suddenly grasped an idea. In simple, primitive terms, this is an appropriate symbol.
For they have nothing to fight me with, save the brute force of their numbers. I have my mind.
It's the hardest thing in the world -- to do what we want. And it takes the greatest kinds of courage.
Romantic art is always stylized: the better the art, the cleaner and more attractive and intelligent the stylization.
In order to be in control of your life, you have to have a purpose-a productive purpose.
You are damned, and we wish to share your damnation.
Only the man who extols the purity of love devoid of desire, is capable of the depravity of a desire devoid of love.
But Aristotle's philosophy was the intellect's Declaration of Independence.
Don't ever give up what you want in life. The struggle is worth it.
What is man? He's just a collection of chemicals with delusions of grandeur.
Whenever destroyers appear among men, they start by destroying money, for money is men's protection, and the base of a moral existence.
Fear walks through the City, fear without name, without shape. All men feel it and none dare to speak.
In this world, either you're virtuous or you enjoy yourself. Not both, lady, not both.
A reader has to be concerned only with the end result; unless he chooses to analyze it, he does not have to know by what means that result was achieved-but it is my job to know.
Love, friendship, respect, admiration are the emotional response of one man to the virtues of another, the spiritual payment given in exchange for the personal, selfish pleasure which one man derives from the virtues of another man's character.
Some day, the world will discover that, without thought, there can be no love.
Kant is the most evil man in mankind's history.
There are no evil thoughts except one; the refusal to think.
Have you felt it too? Have you seen how your best friends love everything about you- except the things that count? And your most important is nothing to them; nothing, not even a sound they can recognize.
There's so much nonsense about human inconstancy and the transience of all emotions. I've always thought that a feeling which changes never existed in the first place.
The creator's concern is the conquest of nature. The parasite's concern is the conquest of men.
The basic need of the creator is independence. The reasoning mind cannot work under any form of compulsion. It cannot be curbed, sacrificed or subordinated to any consideration whatsoever. It demands total independence in function and in motive.
Your soul has a single basic function-the act of valuing.
No man can use his brain to think for another.
You have been the one encounter in my life that can never be repeated.
Creation comes before distribution -- or there will be nothing to distribute.
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 charity. We shrug at an act of achievement.
In all proper relationships there is no sacrifice of anyone to anyone.
Show me your achievement, and the knowledge will give me courage for mine.
Do not lose your knowledge that man's proper estate is an upright posture, an intransigent mind, and a step that travels unlimited roads.
All the evils, abuses, and iniquities, popularly ascribed to businessmen and to capitalism, were not caused by an unregulated economy or by a free market, but by government intervention into the economy.
The fact that a man has no claim on others ... does not preclude or prohibit good will among men and does not make it immoral to offer or to accept voluntary, non-sacrificial assistance.
But I still wonder how it was possible, in those graceless years of transition, long ago, that men did not see whither they were going, and went on, in blindness and cowardice.