Saturday, May 16, 2009

Atlas Shrugged - Part Two

"People don't want to think. And the deeper they get into trouble, the less they want to think."

"Do you know the hallmark of a second rater? It's resentment of another man's achievement."

"There might be some sort of justification for the savage societies in which a man had to expect that enemies could murder him at any moment and had to defend himself as best he could. But there can be no justification for a society in which a man is expected to manufacture the weapons for his own murderers."

"Wealth is the product of man's capacity to think."

"An honest man is one who knows that he can't consume more that he has produced."

"Money will not purchase happiness for the man who has no concept of what he wants: money will not give him a code of values, if he's evaded the knowledge of what to value, and it will not provide him with a purpose, if he's evaded the choice of what to seek. Money will not buy intelligence for the fool, or admiration for the coward, or respect for the incompetent."

"The man who damns money has obtained it dishonorably; the man who respects it has earned it."

"Money is the barometer of a society's virture. When you see trading is done, not by consent, but by compulsion - when you see that in order to prodcuce, you need to obtain permission from men who produce nothing - when you see that money is flowing to those who deal, not in goods, but in favors - when you see that men get richer by graft and by pull than by work, and your laws don't protect you against them but protect them against you - when you see corruption being rewarded and honesty becoming a self-scarafice - you may know your society is doomed."

"Whenever destroyers appear among men, they start by destroying money, for money is men's protection and the base of moral existence."

"When you have made evil the means of survival, do not expect men to remain good. Do not expect them to stay moral and lost their lives for the purpose of becoming fodder of the immoral. Do not expect them to produce, when production is punished and looting is rewarded."

"Throughout men's history, money was always seized by the looters of one brand or another, whose names changed, but whose method remained the same: to seize wealth by force and to keep producers bound, demeaned, defamed, deprived of honor."

"Yet through all the centuries of stagnation and starvation, men exhalted the looters, as aristocrats of the sword, as aristocrats of birth, as aristocrats of the bureau, and despised the producers, as slaves, as traders, as shopkeepers - as industrialists."

"Just pass the kind of laws that can neither be observed nor enforced nor objectively interpreted."

"...who drift from failure to failure and expect you to pay their bills, who hold their wishes as an equivalent of your work and their need as a higher claim to reward than your effort..."

"...yours is only to give, but theirs is only to take, that yours is to produce, but theirs is to consume..."

"You have been called arrogant for your independent mind. You have been called greedy for the magnificence of your power to create wealth."

" You must support them because they cannot survive without you."

"If you saw Atlas, who holds the world on his shoulders, if you saw that he stood, blood running down his chest, his knees buckling, his arms trembling but still trying to hold the world aloft with the last of his strength, and the greater his effort the heavier the world bore down upon his shoulders - what would you tell him to do?"
"To shrug."

" We are able to act. They're not. So it's we who'll win in the long run, no matter what they do to us."

"Any human being that accepts the help of another, knows that good will is the giver's only motive and that good will is the payment he owes in return." "You're an object of charity who's exhausted his credit long ago." "Thanksgiving was a holiday established by productive people to celebrate the success of their work." " man had the right to seek his good through the violation of the rights of another." "They're eating us alive, and it's no use fooling anybody about how it's the rich that they're after." "If you want to defeat any kind of vicious fraud - comply with it literally."

"Pleasure is not an essential of existence."

"When in doubt, it is the weak that must be considered, not the strong."

"They have no right to fail, no matter what conditions happen to come up."

"Freedom has been given a chance and has failed."

"One had to deal with the situation of the moment without considering its cause."

"Those who are big have to serve those who aren't. If they refuse their moral duty, we've got to force them."

"If we do away with private fortunes, we'll have a fairer distribution of wealth."

"Nobody will be permitted to decide anything."

"You might have to worry about another other breed of men, but not about the modern intellectuals; they will swallow anything."

"We want to leave people with the illusion that they're still preserving their property rights."

"He was seeing a long line of men stretched through centuries from Plato onward, whose heir and final product was an incompetent little professor with the appearance of a gigolo and the soul of a thug."

"His purpose is not to operate a railroad, but to hold a job."

"It's just a journey to talk people into continuing to break their backs at making profits in order to support men who are superior by reason of not making any."

"Man can never be free of hunger, of cold, of disease, of physical accidents. He can never be free of the tyranny of nature. "

"When all of Europe put into practice the ideas he preached, he came to live in America."

"It doesn't make any difference to the poor whether their livelihood is at the mercy of an industrialist or of a bureaucrat."

"We can never lose the things we live for. We may have to change their forms at times, if we've made an error, but the purpose remains the same and the forms are ours to make."

"Wherever you are, you will always be able to produce."

"How could it be possible that the educated, the cultured, the famous men of the world could make a mistake of this size."

"There wasn't a man voting for it who didn't think that under a setup of this kind he'd muscle in on the profits of the men abler than himself."

"I'm making enough for my needs - and nobody else's."

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