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
The only power any government has is the power to crack down on criminals. Well, when there aren't enough criminals, one makes them. One declares so many things to be a crime that it becomes impossible for men to live without breaking laws
There's no way to rule innocent men. The only power any government has is the power to crack down on criminals. Well, when there aren't enough criminals, one makes them. One declares so many things to be a crime that it becomes impossible to live without breaking laws
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.
A desire presupposes the possibility of action to achieve it; action presupposes a goal which is worth achieving.
The desire not to be anything is the desire not to be.
What is a demanding pleasure that demands the use of ones mind! Not in the sense of problem solving, but in the sense of exercising discrimination, judgment, awareness.
We are fast approaching the stage of the ultimate inversion: the stage where the government is free to do anything it pleases, while the citizens may act only by permission; which is the stage of the darkest periods of human history, the stage of rule by brute force.
The question isn't who is going to let me; it's who is going to stop me.
If any civilization is to survive, it is the morality of altruism that men have to reject.
Every major horror of history was committed in the name of an altruistic motive.
Evil requires the sanction of the victim.
Mediocrity" doesn't mean average intelligence, it means an average intelligence that resents and envies its betters.
Love is the expression of one's values, the greatest reward you can earn for the moral qualities you have achieved in your character and person, the emotional price paid by one man for the joy he receives from the virtues of another.
The basic need of the creator is independence. The reasoning mind cannot work under any form of compulsion. It cannot be curbed, sacrificed or subordinated to any consideration whatsoever. It demands total independence in function and in motive.