Mark Twain

"Keep away from people who try to belittle your ambitions. Small people always do that, but the really great make you feel that you, too, can become great."

- Mark Twain

Friday, June 22, 2012

Ayn Rand

"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."
The Fountainhead, 1943
"Great men can't be ruled."
The Fountainhead, 1943
"Kill reverence and you've killed the hero in man."
The Fountainhead, 1943
"It had to be said: the world is perishing from an orgy of self-sacrifice."
The Fountainhead, 1943
"'We never make assertions, Miss Taggart,' said Hugh Akston. 'That is the moral crime peculiar to our enemies. We do not tell - we show. We do not claim - we prove.'"
Atlas Shrugged
"I swear - by my life and my love for it -- that I will never live for the sake of another man, nor ask another man to live for mine."
Atlas Shrugged
"To deal with men by force is as impractical as to deal with nature by persuasion."
"The Metaphysical Versus the Man-Made," Philosophy: Who Needs It
"Intellectual freedom cannot exist without political freedom; political freedom cannot exist without economic freedom; a free mind and a free market are corollaries."
For The New Intellectual
"What objectivity and the study of philosophy requires is not an 'open mind,' but an active mind - a mind able and eagerly willing to examine ideas, but to examine them critically. "
"Philosophical Detection," Philosophy: Who Needs It
"Competition is a by-product of productive work, not its goal. A creative man is motivated by the desire to achieve, not by the desire to beat others. "
The Moratorium on Brains
"An emotion as such tells you nothing about reality, beyond the fact that something makes you feel something."
"Philosophical Detection," Philosophy: Who Needs It
"It is not justice or equal treatment that you grant to men when you abstain equally from praising men's virtues and from condemning men's vices. When your impartial attitude declares, in effect, that neither the good nor the evil may expect anything from you - whom do you betray and whom do you encourage?"
"How Does One Lead A Rational Life in An Irrational Society," The Virtue of Selfishness

Featured Books
The following books and tapes are available through

  • Anthem 50th Anniversary Edition Hardcover by Ayn Rand - Still my favorite of all her books. The science fiction feel of the novel allows me to step out of our own society and explore the dangers of "we."
  • The Fountainhead Hardcover by Ayn Rand - This beautiful book is perfect for the library of any full blown capitalist (I must admit that I have the paperback). The novel follows Howard Roark, an architect with a style all his own. See how he refuses to allow "The Man" to crush his will and determination.
  • The Fountainhead VHS Tape starring Gary Cooper - This movie was so enjoyable for me to watch. Gary Cooper, everyone's favorite actor of the day, played the architect, Howard Roark. Great viewing!
  • Atlas Shrugged Hardcover by Ayn Rand - The book that sent my psyche over the edge may be less damaging for you (especially if you're not 15 years old). Follow the adventures of Hank Rearden, Dagny Taggart, and the elusive John Galt. Don't forget your dollar sign cigarettes.

For more information about Ayn Rand, try these links:

Articles - The Quotations Page

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