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  • 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 his noblest activity, and reason as his only absolute.
  • The smallest minority on earth is the individual. Those who deny individual rights cannot claim to be defenders of minorities.
  • Intellectual freedom cannot exist without political freedom; political freedom cannot exist without economic freedom; a free mind and a free market are corollaries.
  • Guilt is a rope that wears thin.
  • Happiness is that state of consciousness which proceeds from the achievement of one's values.
  • Thanksgiving is a typically American holiday...The lavish meal is a symbol of the fact that abundant consumption is the result and reward of production.
  • I need no warrant for being, and no word of sanction upon my being. I am the warrant and the sanction. (Anthem)
  • Pride is the recognition of the fact that you are your own highest value and, like all of man’s values, it has to be earned. (Atlas Shrugged)
  • Rationality is the recognition of the fact that nothing can alter the truth and nothing can take precedence over that act of perceiving it. (Atlas Shrugged)
  • 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)
  • It is not advisable, James, to venture unsolicited opinions. hYou 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.
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