Quotes of the Day for 2 February 2011 – Ayn Rand
Alisa Rosenbaum was born at Petrograd, Russia (Saint Petersburg) on this day in 1905, and saw the Bolshevik Revolution during her school years. After she graduated from the university with honors in history, her father's shop was confiscated and she took the first chance to "visit" the US, where she took the name Ayn Rand, an abbreviation of her Russian name. A chance meeting with Cecil B. DeMille led to a job as an extra, later working wardrobe, a script reader, and eventually a writer, espousing a concept shed called Objectivism. She is best known for The Fountainhead and Atlas Shrugged.
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Great men can't be ruled.
Every major horror of history was committed in the name of an altruistic motive. Has any act of selfishness ever equaled the carnage perpetrated by disciples of altruism?
Power-lust is a weed that grows only in the vacant lots of an abandoned mind.
The man who lets a leader prescribe his course is a wreck being towed to the scrap heap, and the man who makes another man his goal is a hitchhiker no driver should ever pick up
All the reasons which made the initiation of physical force evil make the retaliatory use of physical force a moral imperative.
Force and mind are opposites; morality ends where the gun begins.
Money demands that you sell, not your weakness to men's stupidity, but your talent to their reason.
All from Ayn Rand, 1905 - 1982
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