Ayn Rand

Anthem

Андрейhas quoted4 years ago
At first, man was enslaved by the gods. But he broke their chains. Then he was enslaved by the kings. But he broke their chains. He was enslaved by his birth, by his kin, by his race. But he broke their chains. He declared to all his brothers that a man has rights which neither god nor king nor other men can take away from him, no matter what their number, for his is the right of man, and there is no right on earth above this right. And he stood on the threshold of freedom for which the blood of the centuries behind him had been spilled.
Андрейhas quoted4 years ago
And now, sitting here in our tunnel, we wonder about these words. It is forbidden, not to be happy. For, as it has been explained to us, men are free and the earth belongs to them; and all things on earth belong to all men; and the will of all men together is good for all; and so all men must be happy
cool fellahas quoted5 years ago
I wished to know the meaning of things. I am the meaning
Polina Boyarinovahas quotedlast month
His name was Prometheus
Polina Boyarinovahas quotedlast month
the word "We" must never be spoken, save by one's choice and as a second thought. This word must never be placed first within man's soul, else it becomes a monster, the root of all the evils on earth, the root of man's torture by men, and an unspeakable lie.
Polina Boyarinovahas quotedlast month
I guard my treasures: my thought, my will, my freedom. And the greatest of these is freedom.
Polina Boyarinovahas quotedlast month
The secrets of this earth are not for all men to see, but only for those who will seek them.
Lone Tranholmhas quotedlast month
It matters only that the light is precious and we should not waste it to write when we need it for that work which is our crime.
Анастасія Бродькоhas quoted3 months ago
first blow of the lash
Анастасія Бродькоhas quoted3 months ago
stricken with convulsions
Yulia Yalinichhas quoted4 months ago
It is my eyes which see, and the sight of my eyes grants beauty to the earth. It is my ears which hear, and the hearing of my ears gives its song to the world. It is my mind which thinks, and the judgment of my mind is the only searchlight that can find the truth. It is my will which chooses, and the choice of my will is the only edict I must respect
Yulia Yalinichhas quoted4 months ago
My happiness is not the means to any end. It is the end. It is its own goal. It is its own purpose
Yulia Yalinichhas quoted4 months ago
The word "We" is as lime poured over men, which sets and hardens to stone, and crushes all beneath it, and that which is white and that which is black are lost equally in the grey of it. It is the word by which the depraved steal the virtue of the good, by which the weak steal the might of the strong, by which the fools steal the wisdom of the sages
Yulia Yalinichhas quoted4 months ago
If this is a vice, then we wish no virtue
samairaveerabhadrahas quoted4 months ago
And now I see the face of god, and I raise this god over the earth, this god whom men have sought since men came into being, this god who will grant them joy and peace and pride.

This god, this one word:

"I."
samairaveerabhadrahas quoted4 months ago
am done with the monster of "We," the word of serfdom, of plunder, of misery, falsehood and shame
samairaveerabhadrahas quoted4 months ago
am neither foe nor friend to my brothers, but such as each of them shall deserve of me. And to earn my love, my brothers must do more than to have been born. I do not grant my love without reason, nor to any chance passer-by who may wish to claim it. I honor men with my love. But honor is a thing to be earned
samairaveerabhadrahas quoted4 months ago
do not surrender my treasures, nor do I share them. The fortune of my spirit is not to be blown into coins of brass and flung to the winds as alms for the poor of the spirit. I guard my treasures: my thought, my will, my freedom. And the greatest of these is freedom
samairaveerabhadrahas quoted4 months ago
My happiness is not the means to any end. It is the end. It is its own goal. It is its own purpose
samairaveerabhadrahas quoted4 months ago
Whatever road I take, the guiding star is within me; the guiding star and the loadstone which point the way. They point in but one direction. They point to me
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