The Baystate Objectivist

The Baystate Objectivist

Wednesday, June 27, 2007

Ayn Rand Quotes

Someone sent me these great Ayn Rand quotes.

A creative man is motivated by the desire to achieve, not by the desire to beat others.

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.

Achieving life is not the equivalent of avoiding death.

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.

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

Do not ever say that the desire to "do good" by force is a good motive. Neither power-lust nor stupidity are good motives.

Force and mind are opposites; morality ends where a gun begins.

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.

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.

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 (and the smallest minority on earth is the individual).

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.

Just as man can't exist without his body, so no rights can exist without the right to translate one's rights into reality, to think, to work and keep the results, which means: the right of property.

Love is the expression of one's values, the greatest reward you can earn for the moral qualities you have achieved in your character and person, the emotional price paid by one man for the joy he receives from the virtues of another.

Man is a being with free will; therefore, each man is potentially good or evil, and it's up to him and only him (through his reasoning mind) to decide which he wants to be.

Every man builds his world in his own image. He has the power to choose, but no power to escape the necessity of choice.

Money is only a tool. It will take you wherever you wish, but it will not replace you as the driver.

People create their own questions because they are afraid to look straight. All you have to do is look straight and see the road, and when you see it, don't sit looking at it - walk.

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.

So you think that money is the root of all evil. Have you ever asked what is the root of all money?

Wealth is the product of man's capacity to think.

The hardest thing to explain is the glaringly evident which everybody has decided not to see.

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

The truth is not for all men, but only for those who seek it.

The worst guilt is to accept an unearned guilt.

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

There can be no such thing, in law or in morality, as actions forbidden to an individual, but permitted to a mob.

To say "I love you" one must first be able to say the "I."

Those who say that theory and practice are two unrelated realms are fools in one and scoundrels in the other.

When I die, I hope to go to Heaven, whatever the Hell that is.

The other day I looked up to see my favorite color: The Rainbow!

I took that picture by the new market Maple Farms in Hadley, which is giving Whole Foods a run for their money in the fresh produce business.

Finally, here are some new videos by two of our internet friends Jay Brannan and Bo Burnham. That's all until tomorrow, when I will be attending the first meeting of the new Springfield Control Board.

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