Productive achievement is a consequence and an expression of health, self-esteem, not its cause
There is overwhelming evidence that the higher the level of self-esteem, the more likely one will be to treat others with respect, kindness, and generosity.
Self esteem is the reputation we acquire with ourselves.
The first step toward change is awareness. The second step is acceptance.
An emotion is both a mental and a physical event.
The first step toward change is awareness. The second step is acceptance
When your principles seem to be demanding suicide, clearly its time to check your premises.
In a world in which the total of human knowledge is doubling about every ten years, our security can rest only on our ability to learn
A depression is a large-scale decline in production and trade... there is nothing in the nature of a free-market economy to cause such an event.
In any culture, subculture, or family in which belief is valued above thought, and self-surrender is valued above self-expression, and conformity is valued above integrity, those who preserve their self-esteem are likely to be heroic exceptions
Pride is the emotional reward of achievement. It is not a vice to be overcome but a virtue to be attained.
It would be hard to name a more certain sign of poor self-esteem than the need to perceive some other group as inferior.
Most of the time, I regard the judgment of people as a waste of time. I regard the judgment of behavior as imperative.
Objectivism comes on, sometimes, as if the most important issue you have to understand is the issue of egoism versus altruism. But thats nowhere near the beginning of the process.
For somebody who presents herself as a champion of the joy of living, [Rand] has very rigid rules about the path you must walk on in your pursuit of enjoyment. Of all the objections to Objectivism, none is stupider than the claim that we are a hedonistic philosophy. Man, we are as rigid as the Catholic Church in the 13 th century, you know?