virtue

A Quote by Baruch Spinoza on absence, benevolence, confidence, justice, mind, peace, virtue, and war

Peace is not an absence of war, it is a virtue, a state of mind, a disposition for benevolence, confidence, justice.

Baruch Spinoza (1632 - 1677)

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A Quote by Barry M. Goldwater on extremism, justice, liberty, moderation, vices, and virtue

I would remind you that extremism in the defence of liberty is no vice. And let me remind you also that moderation in pursuit of justice is no virtue.

Barry M. Goldwater (1909 - 1998)

Source: Acceptance Speech at the Republican Convention; 1964

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A Quote by Barbara Paley on good, habits, and virtue

A large part of virtue consists in good habits.

Barbara Paley

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A Quote by Ayn Rand on conflict, desires, discovery, errors, evil, failure, knowledge, needs, tragedy, and virtue

You'll come back, because yours is an error of knowledge, not a moral failure, not an act of surrender to evil, but only the last act of being victim to your own virtue. We'll wait for you and when you come back, you will have discovered that there need never be any conflict among your desires, nor so tragic a clash of values as the one you've borne so well.

Ayn Rand (1905 - 1982)

Source: (Atlas 744)

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A Quote by Ayn Rand on corruption, death, envy, evil, fortune, life, mind, money, needs, power, reason, virtue, wealth, and world

Only the man who does not need it, is fit to inherit wealth - the man who would make his own fortune no matter where he started. If an heir is equal to his money, it serves him; if not, it destroys him. But you look on and you cry that money corrupted him. Did it? Or did he corrupt his money? Do not envy a worthless heir; his wealth is not yours and you would have done no better with it. Do not think that it should have been distributed among you; loading the world with fifty parasites instead of one, would not bring back the dead virtue which was the fortune. Money is a living power that dies without its root. Money will not serve the mind that cannot match it. Is this the reason why you call it evil?

Ayn Rand (1905 - 1982)

Source: (Atlas 384

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A Quote by Ayn Rand on acceptance, desires, selfishness, value, and virtue

Why is it immoral for you to desire, but moral for others to do so? Why is it immoral to produce a value and keep it, but moral to give it away? And if it is not moral for you to keep a value, why is it moral for others to accept it? If you are selfless and virtuous when you give it, are they not selfish and vicious when they take it?

Ayn Rand (1905 - 1982)

Source: Atlas Shrugged, 1957

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A Quote by Ayn Rand on achievement, assumptions, charity, fighting, giving, ideas, legends, life, luxury, meaning, mediocrity, needs, pity, power, virtue, and wealth

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, had 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.

Ayn Rand (1905 - 1982)

Source: (Atlas 534)

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A Quote by Ayn Rand on achievement, competence, disillusionment, enemies, existence, failure, force, ideas, incompetence, logic, mind, observation, reason, sacrifice, society, virtue, and world

I want you to observe, that those who cry the loudest about their disillusionment, about the failure of virtue, the futility of reason, the impotence of logic - are those who have achieved the full, exact, logical result of the ideas they preached, so mercilessly logical that they dare not identify it. In a world that proclaims the non-existence of the mind, the moral righteousness of rule by brute force, the penalizing of the competent in favour of the incompetent, the sacrifice of the best to the worst - in such a world, the best have to turn against society and have to become it's deadliest enemies.

Ayn Rand (1905 - 1982)

Source: (Atlas 729)

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A Quote by Ayn Rand on acceptance, endurance, evil, goals, leadership, motives, murder, needs, power, sacrifice, satisfaction, suicide, support, survival, and virtue

Did you ask me to name man's motive power? Man's motive power is his moral code. Ask yourself where their code is leading you and what it offers you as your final goal. A viler evil than to murder a man, is to sell him suicide as an act of virtue. A viler evil than to throw a man into a sacrificial furnace, is to demand that he leap in, of his own will, and that he build the furnace, besides. By their own statement, it is they who need you and have nothing to offer you in return. By their own statement, you must support them because they cannot survive without you. Consider the obscenity of offering their impotence and their need - their need of you - as a justification for your torture. Are you willing to accept it? Do you care to purchase - at the price of your great endurance, at the price of your agony - the satisfaction of the needs of your own destroyers?

Ayn Rand (1905 - 1982)

Source: (Atlas 423-4)

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A Quote by Ayn Rand on blindness, delusion, dependence, duty, enemies, existence, facts, fame, fraud, honesty, intelligence, love, mind, practice, reality, sacrifice, selfishness, slavery, stupidity, thinking, value, and virtue

Honesty is the recognition of the fact that the unreal is unreal and can have no value, that neither love nor fame nor cash is a value if obtained by fraud - that an attempt to gain a value by deceiving the mind of others is an act of raising your victims to a position higher than reality, where you become a pawn of their blindness, a slave of their non-thinking and their evasions, while their intelligence, their rationality, their perceptiveness become the enemies you have to dread and flee - that you do not care to live as a dependent, least of all a dependent on the stupidity of others, or as a fool whose source of values is the fools he succeeds in fooling - that honesty is not a social duty, not a sacrifice for the sake of others, but the most profoundly selfish virtue man can practice: his refusal to sacrifice the reality of his own existence to the deluded consciousness of others.

Ayn Rand (1905 - 1982)

Source: (Atlas 937)

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