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Aristotle may be regarded as the cultural barometer of Western history. Whenever his
influence dominated the scene, it paved the way for one of history's brilliant eras; whenever
it fell, so did mankind.
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Competition is a by-product of productive work, not its goal.
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I worship individuals for their highest possibilities as individuals and I loathe humanity for its
failure to live up to these possibilities.
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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.
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The question isn't who is going to let me; it's who is going to stop me.
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Learn to value yourself, which means: Fight for your happiness.
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Let no man posture as an advocate of peace if he proposes or supports any social system
that initiates the use of force against individual men, in any form.
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An artist reveals his naked soul in his work.
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It only stands to reason that where there's sacrifice, there's someone collecting the
sacrificial offerings. Where there's service, there is someone being served. The man who
speaks to you of sacrifice is speaking of slaves and masters, and intends to be the master.
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The skyline of New York is a monument of a splendour that no pyramids or palaces will ever
equal or approach.
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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.
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The worst evil that you can do, psychologically, is to laugh at yourself. That means spitting
in your own face.
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When a man declares: "There are no blacks and whites in morality" he is making a
psychological confession, and what he means is: "I am unwilling to be wholly good - and
please don't regard me as wholly evil!"
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Reason is not automatic. Those who deny it cannot be conquered by it. Do not count on
them. Leave them alone.
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The truth is not for all men but only for those who seek it.
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When you consider socialism, do not fool yourself about its nature. Remember that there is
no such dichotomy as "human rights" versus "property rights." No human rights can exist
without property rights.
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I could die for you. But I couldn't, and wouldn't, live for you.
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There are only two means by which men can deal with one another: Guns or logic. Force or
persuasion. Those who know that they cannot win by means of logic, have always resorted
to guns.
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The mind is the attribute of man. When man is born, he comes into existence with only one
weapon with him: The reasoning mind.
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Poverty, ignorance, illness and other problems of that kind are not metaphysical emergencies.
By the metaphysical nature of man and of existence, man has to maintain his life by his own
effort; the values he needs - such as wealth or knowledge - are not given to him
automatically, as a gift of nature, but have to be discovered and achieved by his own
thinking and work.
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Freedom (n.): To ask nothing. To expect nothing. To depend on nothing.
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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.
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The man who lies to the world, is the world's slave from then on.
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There is nothing to take a man's freedom away from him, save other men. To be free, a man
must be free of his brothers.
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Government "help" to business is just as disastrous as government persecution… the only way
a government can be of service to national prosperity is by keeping its hands off.
Ayn Rand

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