The human shapes moving past him in the streets of the city were physical objects without any meaning.
Ethics is not a mystic fantasy–nor a social convention–nor a dispensable, subjective luxury…Ethics is an objective necessity of man’s survival–not by the grace of the supernatural nor of your neighbors nor of your whims, but the grace of reality and the nature of life.
What subjectivism is in the realm of ethics, collectivism is in the realm of politics. Just as the notion that “anything I do is right because I chose to do it,” is not a moral principle, but a negation of morality–so the notion that “anything society does is right because society chose to do it,” is not a moral principle, but a negation of moral principles an the banishment of morality from social issues.
Roark walked now to these drawings; they were the first things to be packed.
In the eyes of his contemporaries, he was a man who had committed the one unforgivable sin; he was proud of his wealth.
The philosophers of the past were superficial,
Man cannot survive except by gaining knowledge, and reason is his only means to gain it. Reason is the faculty that perceives, identifies and integrates the material provided by his senses. The task of his senses is to give him the evidence of existence, but the task of identifying it belongs to his reason, his senses tell him only that something is, but what it is must be learned by his mind.
If you know that this life is all that you have, wouldn’t you make the most of it?
-A qué le llamas libertad? -A no pedir nada. A no esperar nada. A no depender de nada. -Y si encontraras algo que quisieras? -No lo encontraré. Elegiré no verlo.
There is no difference between the principles, policies and practical results of socialism-and those of any historical or prehistorical tyranny. Socialism is merely democratic absolute monarchy-that is, a system of absolutism without a fixed head, open to seizure of power by all corners, by any ruthless climber, opportunist, adventurer, demagogue or thug.