quotes tagged with 'AynRand'

There are only two means by which men can deal with one another: guns or logic.  Force or persuasion.  Those who know that they cannot win by means of logic, have always resorted to guns.

Author: Ayn Rand, Source: UnknownSaved by ImaWriterIII in government persuasion logic AynRand guns 9 years ago[save this] [permalink]

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

Author: Ayn Rand, Source: UnknownSaved by ImaWriterIII in liberty government freedom AynRand individuals 9 years ago[save this] [permalink]

The [U.S.] Constitution is a limitation on the government, not on private individuals.. it does not prescribe the conduct of private individuals, only the conduct of the government...it is not a charter for government power, but a charter of the citizen's protection against the government.

Author: Ayn Rand, Source: UnknownSaved by ImaWriterIII in liberty government freedom AynRand individuals 9 years ago[save this] [permalink]

Individual rights are not subject to a public vote; a majority has no right to vote away the rights of a minority; the political function of rights is precisely to protect minorities from oppression by majorities (and the smallest minority on earth is the individual).

Author: Ayn Rand, Source: UnknownSaved by ImaWriterIII in liberty government freedom rights tyranny vote AynRand individuals 13 years ago[save this] [permalink]
Power-lust is a weed that grows only in the vacant lots of an abandoned mind.
Author: Ayn Rand, Source: Atlas Shrugged, p. 957Saved by ritu in power AynRand 13 years ago[save this] [permalink]
A lie is an act of self-abdication, because one surrenders one's reality to the person to whom one lies, making that person one's master, condemning oneself from then on to faking the sort of reality that person's view requires to be faked.
Author: Ayn Rand, Source: Atlas Shrugged, p. 788Saved by ritu in lie AynRand 13 years ago[save this] [permalink]
Is it ever proper to help another man? No, if he demands it as his right or as a duty that you owe him. Yes, if it’s your own free choice based on your judgment of the value of that person and his struggle.
Author: Ayn Rand, Source: Atlas ShruggedSaved by ritu in AynRand 13 years ago[save this] [permalink]
Money is the barometer of a society's virtue. When you see that trading is done, not by consent, but by compulsion—when you see that in order to produce, you need to obtain permission from men who produce nothing—when you see that money is flowing to those who deal, not in goods, but in favors—when you see that men get richer by graft and by pull than by work, and your laws don't protect you against them, but protect them against you—when you see corruption being rewarded and honesty becoming a self-sacrifice—you may know that your society is doomed.
Author: Ayn Rand, Source: Atlas Shrugged, p. 383Saved by ImaWriterIII in politics government socialism society money AynRand 13 years ago[save this] [permalink]

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