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Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Ayn Rand – A selection of quotable quotes (ii)

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It is not advisable, James, to venture unsolicited opinions. You should spare
yourself the embarrassing discovery of their exact value to your listener.
(Atlas Shrugged)

The evil of the world is made possible by nothing but the
sanction you give it. (Atlas Shrugged)

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.
(Capitalism: The Unknown Ideal)

The Argument from Intimidation is a
confession of intellectual impotence. (The Virtue of Selfishness)

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)

There is a level of cowardice lower than
that of the conformist: the fashionable non-conformist.

The right to vote is a *consequence*, not a
primary cause, of a free social system -- and its value depends on the
constitutional structure implementing and strictly delimiting the voters' power;
unlimited majority rule is an instance of the principle of tyranny.

Doctors are not servants of their patients,
they are traders like everyone else in a free society and they should bear that
title proudly considering the crucial importance of the services they offer.

Whatever their future, at the dawn of
their lives, men seek a noble vision of man's nature and of life's potential.
(The Fountainhead)

I can accept anthing, except what seems to be the easiest for most people: the half-way, the almost, the just-about, the in-between. (The Fountainhead)

Civilization is the process of setting man free from men.

Men have been taught that it is a virtue to
agree with others. But the creator is the man who disagrees. Men have been
taught that it is a virtue to swim with the current. But the creator ithe man
who goes against the current. Men have been taught that it is a virtue to stand
together. But the creator is the man who stands alone.

1 comment:

  1. Here is a site which has more quotes