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Francisco d’Anconia on Contradictions

“Contradictions do not exist. Whenever you think that you are facing a contradiction, check your premises. You will find that one of them is wrong.”

— Francisco d’Anconia in Ayn Rand’s Atlas Shrugged, Part I, Chapter VII

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Francisco d’Anconia on America

“…the rebirth … of the world … has to start here, in the United States. This country was the only country in history born, not of chance and blind tribal warfare, but as a rational product of man’s mind. This country was built on the supremacy of reason — and, for one magnificent century, it redeemed the world. It will have to do so again.”

— Francisco d’Anconia in Ayn Rand’s Atlas Shrugged, Part III, Chapter II

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July 10, 2009 · 3:27 pm

Ragnar Danneskjöld on Robin Hood

“It is said that [Robin Hood] fought against the looting rulers and returned the loot to those who had been robbed, but that is not the meaning of the legend which has survived. He is remembered, not as a champion of property, but as a champion of need, not as a defender of the robbed, but as a provider of the poor. He is held to be the first man who assumed a halo of virtue by practicing charity with wealth which he did not own, by giving away goods which he had not produced, by making others pay for the luxury of his pity. He is the man who became the symbol of the idea that need, not achievement, is the source of rights, that we don’t have to produce, only to want, that the earned does not belong to us, but the unearned does. He became a justification for every mediocrity who, unable to make his own living, has demanded the power to dispose of the property of his betters, by proclaiming his willingness to devote his life to his inferiors at the price of robbing his superiors. It is this foulest of creatures — the double-parasite who lives on the sores of the poor and the blood of the rich — whom men have come to regard as a moral ideal. And this has brought us to a world where the more a man produces, the closer he comes to the loss of all his rights, until, if his ability is great enough, he becomes a rightless creature delivered as prey to any claimant — while in order to be placed above rights, above principles, above morality, placed where anything is permitted to him, even plunder and murder, all a man has to do is be in need. Do you wonder why the world is collapsing around us? That is what I am fighting… Until men learn that of all human symbols, Robin Hood is the most immoral and the most contemptible, there will be no justice on earth and no way for mankind to survive.”

— Ragnar Danneskjöld in Ayn Rand’s Atlas Shrugged, Part II, Chapter VII

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July 10, 2009 · 2:46 pm

Floyd Ferris on Genius

“Genius is a superstition… There’s no such thing as the intellect. A man’s brain is a social product. A sum of influences that he’s picked up from those around him. Nobody invents anything, he merely reflects what’s floating in the social atmosphere. A genius is an intellectual scavenger and a greedy hoarder of the ideas which rightfully belong to society, from which he stole them. All thought is theft. If we do away with private fortunes, we’ll have a fairer distribution of wealth. If we do away with the genius, we’ll have a fairer distribution of ideas.”

— Dr. Floyd Ferris in Ayn Rand’s Atlas Shrugged, Part II, Chapter VI

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July 10, 2009 · 1:11 pm

Hank Rearden on Character

“But what a man does out of despair, is not necessarily a key to his character. I have always thought that the real key is in that which he seeks for his enjoyment.”

— Hank Rearden in Ayn Rand’s Atlas Shrugged, Part II, Chapter IV

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July 10, 2009 · 1:05 pm

Hank Rearden on Justice

“A prisoner brought to trial can defend himself only if there is an objective principle of justice recognized by his judges, a principle upholding his rights, which they may not violate and which he can invoke.”

— Hank Rearden in Ayn Rand’s Atlas Shrugged, Part II, Chapter IV

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July 10, 2009 · 1:00 pm

Francisco d’Anconia on Guilt

“The worst guilt is to accept an undeserved guilt…”

— Francisco d’Anconia in Ayn Rand’s Atlas Shrugged, Part II, Chapter III

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July 10, 2009 · 12:56 pm