Tuesday, September 08, 2009

Ayn Rand Quotes

I saw the following quote today from Ayn Rand and it inspired me to find other truthful quotes from this strident defender of the individual.

In any compromise between food and poison, it is only death that can win. In any compromise between good and evil, it is only evil that can profit.


Other quotes below:

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.

Evil requires the sanction of the victim.

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

The purpose of morality is to teach you, not to suffer and die, but to enjoy yourself and live.

The smallest minority on earth is the individual. Those who deny individual rights cannot claim to be defenders of minorities.

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

We are fast approaching the stage of the ultimate inversion: the stage where the government is free to do anything it pleases, while the citizens may act only by permission; which is the stage of the darkest periods of human history, the stage of rule by brute force.

1 comment:

Dr. Cole Bradburn said...

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.

If any civilization is to survive, it is the morality of altruism that men have to reject.

Capitalism demands the best of every man – his rationality – and rewards him accordingly. It leaves every man free to choose the work he likes, to specialize in it, to trade his product for the products of others, and to go as far on the road of achievement as his ability and ambition will carry him.