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Ayn Rand

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  • 1905Born
  • 1957Publication - Atlas Shrugged
  • 1943Publication - The Fountainhead
  • 1982Died
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"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."
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"It only stands to reason that where there's sacrifice, there's someone collecting the sacrificial offerings. Where there's service, there is someone being served. The man who speaks to you of sacrifice is speaking of slaves and masters, and intends to be the master."
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"Individual rights are not subject to a public vote; a majority has no right to vote away the rights of a minority; the political function of rights is precisely to protect minorities from oppression by majorities (and the smallest minority on earth is the individual)."
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But the majority do need to vote on what those individual rights are.
There are only a few self evident rights and moral hinges.

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"Happiness is that state of consciousness which proceeds from the achievement of one's values."
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"Do not ever say that the desire to "do good" by force is a good motive. Neither power-lust nor stupidity are good motives."
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"Ask yourself whether the dream of heaven and greatness should be waiting for us in our graves - or whether it should be ours here and now and on this earth."
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"No one's happiness but my own is in my power to achieve or to destroy."
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"A desire presupposes the possibility of action to achieve it; action presupposes a goal which is worth achieving."
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"Just as man can't exist without his body, so no rights can exist without the right to translate one's rights into reality, to think, to work and keep the results, which means: the right of property."
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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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"A creative man is motivated by the desire to achieve, not by the desire to beat others."
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