Quote of the week...please share your favourite line from Ayn Rand's writings

“Happiness is that state of consciousness which proceeds from the achievement of one's values.”

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Ayn Rand - A selection of quotable quotes (iii)

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That which you call your soul or spirit is your consciousness, and that
which you call 'free will' is your mind's freedom to think or not, the only will
you have, your only freedom, the choice that controls all the choices you make
and determines your life and your character. (Atlas Shrugged)

My philosophy, in essence, is the concept of man as a heroic being, with his own
happiness as the moral purpose of his life, with productive achievement as his
noblest activity, and reason as his only absolute.

Honesty is the recognition of the fact that the unreal is unreal and can
have no value, that neither love nor fame nor cash is a value if obtained by
fraud. (Atlas Shrugged)

Integrity is the recognition of the fact that you cannot fake your
consciousness, just as honesty is the recognition of the fact that you cannot
fake existence. (Atlas Shrugged)

Independence is the recognition of the fact that yours is the
responsibility of judgment and nothing can help you escape it.
(Atlas Shrugged)

Love is our response to our highest values. Love is self-enjoyment. The
noblest love is born outof admiration of another’s values. (Atlas Shrugged)

Happiness is possible only to a rational man, the man who desires nothing
but rational goals, seeks nothing but rational values and finds his joy in
nothing buy rational actions. (Atlas Shrugged)

Until and unless you discover that money is the root of all good, you ask
for your own destruction. When money ceases to become the means by which men deal with one another, then men become the tools of other men. Blood, whips and guns--or dollars. Take your choice--there is no other. (Atlas Shrugged)

Do not let your fire go out, spark by irreplacable spark. In the hopeless
swamps of the not quite, the not yet, and the not at all, do not let the hero in
your soul perish and leave only frustration for the life you deserved, but never
have been able to reach. The world you desire can be won, it exists, it is real,
it is possible, it is yours. (Atlas Shrugged)

The secrets of this earth are not for all men to see, but only for those
who seek them. (Anthem)

Art is the indespensible medium for the communication of a moral idea.
(Romantic Manifesto)

If men want to oppose war, it is *statism* that they must oppose.
(Capitalism: the Unknown Ideal)

Art is a selective re-creation of reality according to an artist's
metaphysical value judgments. (Romantic Manifesto)
An artist does not fake reality--he *stylizes* it. (Romantic Manifesto)
There is a fundamental conviction which some people never acquire, some
hold only in their youth, and a few hold until the end of their days--the
conviction that ideas matter . . . (The New Left: The Anti-Industrial Revolution)

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