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Ayn Rand



    Happiness is that state of consciousness which proceeds from the achievement of one's values.

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    A creative man is motivated by the desire to achieve, not by the desire to beat others.

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    The ladder of success is best climbed by stepping on the rungs of opportunity.

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    A building has integrity just like a man. And just as seldom.

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    I don't build in order to have clients. I have clients in order to build.

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    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.

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    Money is only a tool. It will take you wherever you wish, but it will not replace you as the driver.

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    Every man builds his world in his own image. He has the power to choose, but no power to escape the necessity of choice.

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    To achieve, you need thought. You have to know what you are doing and that's real power.

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    Achieving life is not the equivalent of avoiding death.

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    The action required to sustain human life is primarily intellectual: everything man needs has to be discovered by his mind and produced by his effort

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    Run for your life from any man who tells you that money is evil. That sentence is the leper's bell of an approaching looter.

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    I swear, by my life and my love of it, that I will never live for the sake of another man, nor ask another man to live for mine.

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    Achievement of your happiness is the only moral purpose of your life, and that happiness, not pain or mindless self-indulgence, is the proof of your moral integrity, since it is the proof and the result of your loyalty to the achievement of your values.

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    The only purpose of education is to teach a student how to live his life-by developing his mind and equipping him to deal with reality. The training he needs is theoretical, i.e., conceptual. He has to be taught to think, to understand, to integrate, to prove. He has to be taught the essentials of the knowledge discovered in the past-and he has to be equipped to acquire further knowledge by his own effort.

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    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.

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    In the name of the best within you, do not sacrifice this world to those who are its worst. In the name of the values that keep you alive, do not let your vision of man be distorted by the ugly, the cowardly, the mindless in those who have never achieved his title. Do not lose your knowledge that man's proper estate is an upright posture, an intransigent mind and a step that travels unlimited roads. Do not let your fire go out, spark by irreplaceable spark, in the hopeless swamps of the approximate, the not-quite, the not-yet, the not-at-all. Do not let the hero in your soul perish, in lonely frustration for the life you deserved, but have never been able to reach. Check your road and the nature of your battle. The world you desired can be won, it exists, it is real, it is possible, it's yours.

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    Contrary to the vulgar belief that men are motivated primarily by materialistic considerations, we now see the capitalist system being discredited and destroyed all over the world, even though this system has given men the greatest material comforts

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    Money is the barometer of a society's virtue.

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    To say 'I love you' one must first be able to say the 'I.'

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