laws

A Quote by Ayn Rand on crime, government, impossibility, laws, men, and power

The only power any government has is the power to crack down on criminals. Well, when there aren't enough criminals, one makes them. One declares so many things to be a crime that it becomes impossible for men to live without breaking laws.

Ayn Rand (1905 - 1982)

Source: Dr. Floyd Ferris, in Atlas Shrugged, 1957

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A Quote by Ayn Rand on clothes, effort, food, labor, laws, and reality

They proclaim that every man is entitled to exist without labor and, the laws of reality to the contrary notwithstanding, is entitled to receive his "minimum sustenance" - his food, his clothes, his shelter with no effort on his part, as his due and his birthright. To receive it - from whom?

Ayn Rand (1905 - 1982)

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A Quote by Ayn Rand on funny, justice, laws, men, nature, people, practicality, secrets, thought, and time

I think it's funny. There was a time when men were afraid that somebody would reveal some secret of theirs that was unknown to their fellows. Nowadays, they're afraid that somebody will name what everybody knows. Have you practical people ever thought that that's all it would take to blast your whole, big, complex structure, with all your laws and guns - just somebody naming the exact nature of what you're doing?

Ayn Rand (1905 - 1982)

Source: (Atlas 379)

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A Quote by Ayn Rand on army, crime, fraud, government, laws, police, purpose, rules, and violence

The only proper purpose of a government is to protect man's rights, which means: to protect him from physical violence. . . . The only proper functions of a government are: the police, to protect you from criminals; the army, to protect you from foreign invaders; and the courts, to protect your property and contracts from breach or fraud by others, and to settle disputes by rational rules, according to objective law.

Ayn Rand (1905 - 1982)

Source: Atlas Shrugged, 1957

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A Quote by Ayn Rand on individuality, laws, and society

Individual rights are the means of subordinating society to moral law.

Ayn Rand (1905 - 1982)

Source: 1963

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A Quote by Ayn Rand on age, citizenship, crime, government, guilt, impossibility, innocence, justice, kindness, laws, men, nations, observation, power, and understanding

Did you really think that we wanted those laws to be observed? . . . We want them broken. You'd better get it straight that it's not a bunch of boy scouts you're up against - then you'll know that this is not the age for beautiful gestures. We're after power and we mean it. You fellows were pikers, but we know the real trick, and you'd better get wise to it. There's no way to rule innocent men. The only power any government has is the power to crack down on criminals. Well, when there aren't enough criminals, one makes them. One declares so many things to be a crime that it becomes impossible for men to live without breaking laws. Who wants a nation of law-abiding citizens? What's there in that for anyone? But just pass the kind of laws that can neither be observed nor enforced nor objectively interpreted - and you create a nation of law-breakers - and then you cash in on guilt. Now that's the system, that's the game, and once you understand it, you'll be much easier to deal with.

Ayn Rand (1905 - 1982)

Source: (Atlas 406)

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A Quote by Ayn Rand on cheating, god, good, goodness, honesty, laws, losing, men, mercy, observation, punishment, reward, and suffering

God help us, ma'am! Do you see what we saw? We saw that we'd been given a law to live by, a moral law, they called it, which punished those who observed it - for observing it. The more you tried to live up to it, the more you suffered; the more you cheated it, the bigger reward you got. Your honesty was like a tool left at the mercy of the next man's dishonesty. The honest ones paid, the dishonest collected. The honest lost, the dishonest won. How long could men stay good under this sort of a law of goodness?

Ayn Rand (1905 - 1982)

Source: (Atlas 613)

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A Quote by Ayn Rand on civilization, existence, laws, men, privacy, progress, and society

Civilization is the progress toward a society of privacy. The savage's whole existence is public, ruled by the laws of his tribe. Civilization is the process of setting man free from men.

Ayn Rand (1905 - 1982)

Source: The Fountainhead (1943)

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A Quote by Audrey Hepburn on ballet, common sense, good, health, instinct, laws, life, logic, motherhood, nature, and theory

My life isn't theories and formulas. It's part instinct, part common sense. Logic is as good a word as any, and I've absorbed what logic I have from everything and everyone . . . from my mother, from training as a ballet dancer, from magazine, from the laws of life and health and nature.

Audrey Hepburn (1929 - 1993)

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A Quote by Arthur G. Trudear on character, confidence, decisions, errors, god, honesty, laws, life, and nature

Character is something each one of us must build for himself, out of the laws of God and nature, the examples of others, and - most of all - out of the trials and errors of daily life. Character is the total of thousands of small daily strivings to live up to the best that is in us. Character is the final decision to reject whatever is demeaning to oneself or to others and with confidence and honest to choose the right.

Arthur G. Trudear

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