A creative man is motivated by the desire to achieve, not by the desire to beat others.
A culture is made- or destroyed- by its articulate voices.
A genius is a genius, regardless of the number of morons who belong to the same race- and a moron is a moron, regardless of the number of geniuses who share his racial origin.
A good quotation must be a complete entity. It must be like a headline-sharp, clear, whole.
A gun is not an argument.
A leash is only a rope with a noose on both ends.
Anyone who fights for the future, lives in it today.
Ayn Rand makes Mickey Spillane look like Dostoevsky.
Civilization is the process of setting man free from men.
Context-dropping is one of the chief psychological tools of evasion.
Contradictions do not exist. Whenever you think you are facing a contradiction, check your premises. You will find that one of them is wrong.
Don't try to talk anyone out of concentrating his hatred on Ayn Rand or any other dead person. It can't harm the dead. Diverted to a living person, it might actually do harm.
I am interested in politics so that one day I will not have to be interested in politics.
Individual rights are not subject to a public vote; a majority has no right to vote away the rights of a minority; the political function of rights is precisely to protect minorities from oppression by majorities.
It's not about who's going to let me; it's about who's going to stop me.
n any compromise between good and evil, it is only evil that can profit.
One loses everything when one loses one's sense of humor.
The alleged short-cut to knowledge, which is faith, is only a short-circuit destroying the mind.
The men who are not interested in philosophy need it the most urgently; they are the most helplessly in its power.
The purpose of the law is not to prevent a future offense, but to punish the one actually committed.
The smallest minority on earth is the individual. Those who deny individual rights cannot claim to be defenders of minorities.
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.
There can be no such thing, in law or in morality, as actions forbidden to an individual, but permitted to a mob.
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 to live without breaking laws.
They don't want to live; they want you to die.
To discuss evil in a manner implying neutrality, is to sanction it.
Wasn't Ayn Rand a pseudonym of L. Ron Hubbard?
When personal judgment is inoperative (or forbidden), men's first concern is not how to choose, but how to justify their choice.
You can avoid reality, but you cannot avoid the consequences of avoiding reality.
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