Ayn Rand

will of man made visible — what other religion do we need?

Sense of sacred rapture— from nature, or from building or skyscraper?

Sense of the sublime?

Fountainhead

Individualist: don’t run anyones life, or let anyone un mine. I will not rule others, or be ruled. I will not be a master or a slave. I will not sacrifice myself to anyone; nor sacrifice anyone to myself.

Textbook of Americanism

Don’t advocate capitalism; advocate having a good ego.

advocate reason!

How to be more objective

philosophical movement.

laissez-faire capitalism.

Greatness: capacity to live by three fundamental values:
1. Live by reason
2. Live by PURPOSE
3. Live by self-esteem

Life in nature, without technology, is wholesale death.

Have a defined goal.

Worst evil to laugh at myself; don’t spit in my own face?

real root of evil; irrational

don’t be irrational.

individual right?

work; not blood!

land and freedom!

room to live!

Liberty. equality, fraternity

Americans: achieved ‘the rights of man’

Have my own column? my own unique newsletter?

man is an end in himself; not as a means to the ends of others. i must live for my own sake; don’t sacrifice myself to others, or sacrifice others to myself. work for my own rational self-interest, and the achievement of my own happiness as the highest moral purpose of my life.

We the living

there is no such thing as duty

if you know that a thing is right; you want to do it. if you don’t want to do it; it is not right. if something is right and you don’t want to do it; you don’t know what is right and you’re not a man.

I don’t care what life is nor what it does to me; but i care about my work.

I will.

I will do it:

I am. I think. I will.

The face of god — granting me peace joy and pride. This god, is “I”

What can I charge for $20?

I am not a tool or servant for needs of others.

a man must be free of his brothers.

i shall choose friends among men; but not slaves nor masters. don’t make anyone my slave; don’t make anyone my master.

love and respect others; but don’t command or obey others.

don’t feel too much joy; or be too happy to be alive.

Capitalism: the unknown ideal

in capitalist society; all human relationships are voluntary — i can cooperate or not.

american abundance: productive genius of free men, pursue my own personal interests, and make own private fortune

positive; offer men reward, incentive, value.

‘a gun is not an argument’

high standard of living: achievement.

The virtue of selfishness

My values; wealth and knowledge— not given automatically, but has to be discovered and achieved by my own thinking and work.

constant rise in general level of prosperity; of consumption, and enjoyment of life.

be an individual; not collective.

don’t be a racist;

fuck racism.

racism is the lowest, most crudely primitive form of collectivism. it is the notion of ascribing moral, social, or political significance to a man’s genetic lineage. a mans intellectual and characterological traits are not produced and transmitted by internal body chemistry. a man should never be judged by his chemistry; but through his own character and actions. don’t let collective of ancestors of past dictate me.

content of a mans mind is not inherited — fuck racism. values and character are not formed before we are born.

a genius is a genius; regardless of the number of morons.

the skyline of New York is a monument of splendor that no pyramids or palaces will ever equal or approach.

Apollo and Dionysus

don’t reproach achievement.

their resentment is the cornered Dionysian element baring its teeth.

without thought; there can be no love.

the hippies are a desperate herd looking for a master; to be taken over by anyone. who would tell them how to live without demanding the effort of thinking.

the hippies are the living demonstration of what it means to give up reason.

Don’t do drugs

Drug addiction: attempt to obliterate one’s consciousness, quest for deliberately-induced insanity.

look up to the stars.

The romantic manifesto

  • anyone who fights for the future; lives in it today.

Fight for future generations!

An artist reveals his naked soul in his work. ‘do you’ when you respond to it.

art is man’s metaphysical mirror. see a salute of myself in my own art.

Art and sense of life

Don’t be conformist; or non-conformist. Avoid fashion trends — follow myself.

there is a level of cowardice lower than that of the conformist; the fashionable non-conformist

Don’t desire to beat others

a creative man is motivated by the desire to achieve; not by the desire to beat others.

no need for me to beat others; I’m just desired to create my own work.

honor is self-esteem made visible in ACTION

Who needs philosophy?

United States of America is the greatest, noblest, and the only moral country in the history of the world.

Men: guns or logic — force or persuasion.

Stay true to my roots.

The voice of reason

make my own culture; or destroy old cultures i don’t believe in.

no monopoly; no intervention.

Journals

The purpose of my work: to re-introduce the original ways of human development. personal growth, education, and social doctrine. return to selfish ideals of the past.

never demand others.

All progress is the work of individuals.

How can I make progress; with my own mind?

do things that will help others; but for my own pleasure and benefit.

touch of grandeur.

Remake myself in the shape of my passionately held ideals.

Hero-worshipper.

ordinary people can be a hero!

REFUSE COMPROMISE

unbending courage; fight bitter personal disappointment.

Niggas with attitude

have an attitude.

‘unrestricted existence’