24 November, 2003

Why I bow to Ann Rand

For those of you who are not familiar with the works of Ayn Rand, here are some selections.
As Heinlein gives me hope and a path for the future, Ayn Rand gives me practical applications for the present.
If you know my books, you know me.
If you are familiar with Ayn Rand, you would know that she would consider it an insult for me to bow to her, but I hope her memory understands the respect I intend when I say I bow to her mind.
In Memory of Ayn Rand(1905-1982)
  • 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, 1946
  • It is not advisable, James, to venture unsolicited opinions. You should spare yourself the embarrassing discovery of their exact value to your listener. Atlas Shrugged, 1957
  • The evil of the world is made possible by nothing but the sanction you give it. Atlas Shrugged, 1957
  • 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, 1966
  • The Argument from Intimidation is a confession of intellectual impotence. The Virtue of Selfishness, 1964
  • 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 (1943)
  • Upper classes are a nation’s past; the middle class is its future.
  • 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.
  • Whatever their future, at the dawn of their lives, men seek a noble vision of man’s nature and of life’s potential The Fountainhead
  • I can accept anything, except what seems to be the easiest for most people: the half-way, the almost, the just-about, the in-between.
  • Civilization is the process of setting man free from men.
  • Men have been taught that it is a virtue to agree with others. But the creator is the man who disagrees. Men have been taught that it is a virtue to swim with the current. But the creator is the man who goes against the current. Men have been taught that it is a virtue to stand together. But the creator is the man who stands alone.
  • 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 as his noblest activity, and reason as his only absolute.
  • The theory of objectivism states that what truly goes on in the world is beyond our understanding because it’s all about how we perceive the world, which isn’t always accurate and is often way off the mark.
  • 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.
  • 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
  • Honesty is the recognition of the fact that the unreal is unreal and can have no value, that neither love nor fame nor cash is a value if obtained by fraud. Atlas Shrugged
  • Integrity is the recognition of the fact that you cannot fake your consciousness, just as honesty is the recognition of the fact that you cannot fake existence. Atlas Shrugged
  • Independence is the recognition of the fact that yours is the responsibility of judgment and nothing can help you escape it. 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
  • Love is our response to our highest values. Love is self-enjoyment. The noblest love is born out of admiration of another’s values. Atlas Shrugged
  • Happiness is possible only to a rational man, the man who desires nothing but rational goals, seeks nothing but rational values and finds his joy in nothing but rational actions. 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, 1966

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