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Ayn Rand
« on: March 21, 2019, 10:49:08 am »
"Did you really think we want those laws observed?" said Dr. Ferris. "We want them to be broken. You'd better get it straight that it's not a bunch of boy scouts you're up against... We're after power and we mean it... There's no way to rule innocent men. The only power any government has is the power to crack down on criminals. Well, when there aren't enough criminals one makes them. One declares so many things to be a crime that it becomes impossible for men to live without breaking laws. Who wants a nation of law-abiding citizens? What's there in that for anyone? But just pass the kind of laws that can neither be observed nor enforced or objectively interpreted ? and you create a nation of law-breakers ? and then you cash in on guilt. Now that's the system, Mr. Reardon, that's the game, and once you understand it, you'll be much easier to deal with."--Ayn Rand, Atlas Shrugged

"No space was given by the newspapers to the progress of the construction of the John Galt Line. No reporter was sent to look at the scene. The general policy of the press had been stated by a famous editor five years ago. 'There are no objective facts,' he had said. 'Every report on facts is only somebody?s opinion. It is, therefore, useless to write about facts.' "--Ayn Rand, Atlas Shrugged

"The reporters who came to the press conference in the office of the John Galt Line were young men who had been trained to think that their job consisted of concealing from the world the nature of its events.  It was their daily duty to serve as audience for some public figure who made utterances about the public good, in phrases carefully chosen to convey no meaning.  It was their daily job to sling words together in any combination they pleased, so long as the words did not fall into a sequence saying something specific.  They could not understand the interview now being given to them."--Ayn Rand, Atlas Shrugged

"Everyone has the right to make his own decisions, but none has the right to force his decision on others."--Ayn Rand, The Early Ayn Rand: A Selection from Her Unpublished Fiction

"The hardest thing to explain is the glaringly evident which everybody has decided not to see."--Ayn Rand, The Fountainhead

"There are two sides to every issue: one side is right and the other is wrong, but the middle is always evil."--Ayn Rand

"One does not bargain over inches of evil."--Ayn Rand

"The question isn't who is going to let me; it's who is going to stop me."--Ayn Rand

"We can ignore reality, but we cannot ignore the consequences of ignoring reality."--Ayn Rand

"...I don?t like people who try to say only what they think I think."--Ayn Rand, The Fountainhead

"The only proper purpose of a government is to protect man's rights, which means: to protect him from physical violence. A proper government is only a policeman, acting as an agent of man's self-defense, and, as such, may resort to force only against those who start the use of force. 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 breaches or fraud by the others, to settle disputes by rational rules, according to objective law. But a government that initiates the employment of force against men who had forced no one, the employment of armed compulsion against disarmed victims, is a nightmare infernal machine designed to annihilate morality: such a government reverses its only moral purpose and switches from the role of protector to the role of man's deadliest enemy, from the role of of policeman to the role of a criminal vested with the right to the wielding of violence against the victims deprived of the right of self-defense. Such a government substitutes for morality the following rule of social conduct: you may do whatever you please to your neighbor, provided your gang is bigger than his."--Ayn Rand, Atlas Shrugged

"Money is the barometer of a society?s virtue. When you see that trading is done, not by consent, but by compulsion?when you see that in order to produce, you need to obtain permission from men who produce nothing?when you see that money is flowing to those who deal, not in goods, but in favors?when you see that men get richer by graft and by pull than by work, and your laws don?t protect you against them, but protect them against you?when you see corruption being rewarded and honesty becoming a self-sacrifice?you may know that your society is doomed. Money is so noble a medium that does not compete with guns and it does not make terms with brutality. It will not permit a country to survive as half-property, half-loot"--Ayn Rand, Atlas Shrugged

"An attempt to achieve the good by force is like an attempt to provide a man with a picture gallery at the price of cutting out his eyes."--Ayn Rand

"If you don't know, the thing to do is not to get scared, but to learn."--Ayn Rand, Atlas Shrugged

"Freedom (n.): To ask nothing. To expect nothing. To depend on nothing."--Ayn Rand, The Fountainhead

"A creative man is motivated by the desire to achieve, not by the desire to beat others."--Ayn Rand

"I swear by my life and my love of it that I will never live for the sake of another man, nor ask another man to live for mine."--Ayn Rand, Atlas Shrugged

"If you write a line of zeroes, it?s still nothing."--Ayn Rand, We the Living

"Why do they always teach us that it's easy and evil to do what we want and that we need discipline to restrain ourselves? It's the hardest thing in the world--to do what we want. And it takes the greatest kind of courage. I mean, what we really want."--Ayn Rand

"The smallest minority on earth is the individual. Those who deny individual rights cannot claim to be defenders of minorities."--Ayn Rand

"When you see that in order to produce, you need to obtain permission from men who produce nothing;
when you see that money is flowing to those who deal not in goods, but in favors;
when you see that men get rich more easily by graft than by work;
and your laws no longer protect you against them, but protect them against you;
...you may know that your society is doomed."--Ayn Rand, Atlas Shrugged

"Contradictions do not exist. Whenever you think that you are facing a contradiction, check your premises. You will find that one of them is wrong."--Ayn Rand, Atlas Shrugged

"The truth is not for all men but only for those who seek it."--Ayn Rand

"A government is the most dangerous threat to man's rights: it holds a legal monopoly on the use of physical force against legally disarmed victims."--Ayn Rand

"Run for your life from any man who tells you that money is evil. That sentence is the leper's bell of an approaching looter."--Ayn Rand, Atlas Shrugged (NB:  Jesus said "the LOVE of money is the root of all evil"

"There is no such thing as a lousy job - only lousy men who don't care to do it."--Ayn Rand, Atlas Shrugged

"Self-sacrifice? But it is precisely the self that cannot and must not be sacrificed."--Ayn Rand, The Fountainhead

"It is not death that we wish to avoid, but life that we wish to live."--Ayn Rand, Atlas Shrugged

"Do you mean to tell me that you're thinking seriously of building that way, when and if you are an architect?"
"My dear fellow, who will let you?"
"That?s not the point. The point is, who will stop me?"--Ayn Rand, The Fountainhead

"The man who darns money has obtained it dishonorably; the man who respects it has earned it."--Ayn Rand, Atlas Shrugged

"A viler evil than to murder a man, is to sell him suicide as an act of virtue."--Ayn Rand, Atlas Shrugged

"Achieving life is not the equivalent of avoiding death."--Ayn Rand

"There are two sides to every issue: one side is right and the other is wrong, but the middle is always evil."--Ayn Rand

"In any compromise between food and poison, it is only death that can win. In any compromise between good and evil, it is only evil that can profit."--Ayn Rand

"Morality is a code of black and white. When and if men attempt a compromise, it is obvious which side will necessarily lose and which will necessarily profit."--Ayn Rand, The Virtue of Selfishness: A New Concept of Egoism

"The spread of evil is the symptom of a vacuum. Whenever evil wins, it is only by default: by the moral failure of those who evade the fact that there can be no compromise on basic principles."--Ayn Rand

"You have been called selfish for the courage of acting on your own judgement and bearing sole responsibility for your own life. You have been called arrogant for your independent mind. You have been called cruel for your unyielding integrity. You have been called anti social for the vision that made you venture upon undiscovered roads."--Ayn Rand

"Civilization is the process of setting man free from men."--Ayn Rand, The Fountainhead

"When the law no longer protects you from the corrupt, but protects the corrupt from you ? you know your nation is doomed."--Ayn Rand

"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."--Ayn Rand, The Fountainhead

"And what, incidentally, do you think integrity is? The ability not to pick a watch out of your neighbor's pocket? No, it's not as easy as that. If that were all, I'd say ninety-five percent of humanity were honest, upright men. Only, as you can see, they aren't. Integrity is the ability to stand by an idea."--Ayn Rand, The Fountainhead

"Man is the only living species that has the power to act as his own destroyer - and that is the way he has acted through most of his history."--Ayn Rand, The Virtue of Selfishness: A New Concept of Egoism

"If a drought strikes them, animals perish--man builds irrigation canals; if a flood strikes them, animals perish--man builds dams; if a carnivorous pack attacks them, animals perish--man writes the Constitution of the United States."--Ayn Rand

"But I don?t understand. Why do you want me to think that this is great architecture? He pointed to the picture of the Parthenon.
That, said the Dean, is the Parthenon.
- So it is.
- I haven?t the time to waste on silly questions.
- All right, then. - Roark got up, he took a long ruler from the desk, he walked to the picture. - Shall I tell you what?s rotten about it?
- It?s the Parthenon! - said the Dean.
- Yes, God darn it, the Parthenon!
The ruler struck the glass over the picture.
- Look,- said Roark. - The famous flutings on the famous columns ? what are they there for? To hide the joints in wood ? when columns were made of wood, only these aren?t, they?re marble. The triglyphs, what are they? Wood. Wooden beams, the way they had to be laid when people began to build wooden shacks. Your Greeks took marble and they made copies of their wooden structures out of it, because others had done it that way. Then your masters of the Renaissance came along and made copies in plaster of copies in marble of copies in wood. Now here we are, making copies in steel and concrete of copies in plaster of copies in marble of copies in wood. Why?"--Ayn Rand, The Fountainhead

"But what man does out of despair, is not necessarily a key to his character. I have always thought that the real key is in that which he seeks for his enjoyment."--Ayn Rand

"That, precisely, is the deadliness of second-handers. They have no concern for facts, ideas, work. They're concerned only with people. They don't ask: 'Is this true?' They ask: 'Is this what others think is true?' Not to judge, but to repeat. Not to do, but to give the impression of doing. Not creation, but show. Not ability, but friendship. Not merit, but pull. What would happen to the world without those who do, think, work, produce? Those are the egotists. You don't think through another's brain and you don't work through another's hands. When you suspend your faculty of independent judgment, you suspend consciousness. To stop consciousness is to stop life."--Ayn Rand, The Fountainhead

"The necessary consequence of man's right to life is his right to self-defense. In a civilized society, force may be used only in retaliation and only against those who initiate its use. All the reasons which make the initiation of physical force an evil, make the retaliatory use of physical force a moral imperative.
"If some "pacifist" society renounced the retaliatory use of force, it would be left helplessly at the mercy of the first thug who decided to be immoral. Such a society would achieve the opposite of its intention: instead of abolishing evil, it would encourage and reward it."--Ayn Rand, The Virtue of Selfishness: A New Concept of Egoism

"Every government interference in the economy consists of giving an unearned benefit, extorted by force, to some men at the expense of others."--Ayn Rand

"We are fast approaching the stage of the ultimate inversion: the stage where the government is free to do anything it pleases, while the citizens may act only by permission; which is the stage of the darkest periods of human history, the stage of rule by brute force."--Ayn Rand

"When one acts on pity against justice, it is the good whom one punishes for the sake of the evil; when one saves the guilty from suffering, it is the innocent whom one forces to suffer. There is no escape from justice, nothing can be unearned and unpaid for in the universe, neither in matter nor in spirit?and if the guilty do not pay, then the innocent have to pay it."--Ayn Rand, Atlas Shrugged

"The hint of his smile grew harder and more stressed; this was as near as he came to showing an emotion; the emotion was anger. But he answered in his even, unhurried drawl, "You know, Dr. Stadler once said that the first word of ?Free, scientific inquiry? was redundant. He seems to have forgotten it. Well, I?ll just say that ?Governmental scientific inquiry? is a contradiction in terms." "--Ayn Rand

"When one observes the nightmare of the desperate efforts made by hundreds of thousands of people struggling to escape from the socialized countries of Europe, to escape over barbed-wire fences, under machine-gun fire?one can no longer believe that socialism, in any of its forms, is motivated by benevolence and by the desire to achieve men?s welfare."--Ayn Rand

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Re: Ayn Rand
« Reply #1 on: March 21, 2019, 03:41:53 pm »
One of the great minds of all time. Thanks, Michael! :smile: