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  • "La différence entre un Etat-providence et un Etat totalitaire est une question de temps" - Ayn Rand
  • La plus petite minorité sur Terre est l'individu. Ceux qui nient les droits individuels ne peuvent pas prétendre être des défenseurs des minorités. Les droits individuels ne peuvent pas être soumis au vote du public. - Ayn Rand
  • « La raison n’est pas automatique. Ceux qui la nient ne peuvent pas être conquis par elle. Ne comptez pas sur eux. Laissez-les seuls. » - Ayn Rand
  • « La seule fonction morale de l'état est de protéger les droits individuels» - Ayn Rand
  • Le racisme est la forme la plus abjecte et la plus brutalement primitive du collectivisme. - Ayn Rand, La vertu d'égoïsme
  • "Les idées nauséabondes ne sont dangereuses qu'en l'absence d'hommes pour en défendre de meilleures." - Ayn Rand
  • L'homme n'est ni un loup solitaire ni un animal social. L'homme est un animal contractuel - A. Rand
  • "Ne laisse pas périr ce héros qui habite ton âme dans les regrets frustrés d’une vie que tu aurais méritée, mais que tu n’as jamais pu atteindre." - Ayn Rand


  • A creative man is motivated by the desire to achieve, *not* by the desire to beat others. - A Rand
  • An attempt to achieve the good by force is like an attempt to provide a man with a picture gallery at the price of cutting out his eyes. - Ayn Rand
  • All the reasons which make the initiation of physical force an evil, make the retaliatory use of physical force a moral imperative - A Rand
  • Any alleged "right" of one man, which necessitates the violation of the rights of another, is not and cannot be a right. - A Rand
  • Any attempt to act for the 'good of others' is a piece of vicious impertinence. - A Rand
  • A person who exists only for the sake of his loved one is not an independent entity, but a spiritual parasite. - A Rand
  • A refusal to vote represents a definite expression of political opinion, a rejection of the candidates & the programs offered. - A Rand
  • Civilization is the process of setting man free from men. - A Rand
  • Credit is not ... a magic piece of paper that reverses cause and effect, and transforms consumption into a source of production. - A Rand
  • Dependence breeds hatred. Only free men can afford to be benevolent. Only free men can love and respect one another. - Ayn Rand
  • Freedom, in a political context ... means freedom from the coercive power of the state---and nothing else. - Ayn Rand
  • Government was set to protect man from criminals, and the constitution was written to protect man from the government. - A Rand
  • Ideas are the meaning of life, the only things that make a human life, as distinguished from an animal one. - A Rand
  • if men want to oppose war, it is *statism* that they must oppose - A Rand
  • If one's actions are honest, one does not need the predated confidence of others, only their rational perception. - A Rand
  • In a civilized society, force may be used only in retaliation, and only against those who initiate its use. - Ayn Rand
  • In any hour and issue of his life, man is free to think or to evade that effort. - Ayn Rand
  • In order to fight any issue, it is necessary to fight for something, not merely against something. - A Rand
  • Inflation is a man-made scourge, made possible by the fact that most men do not understand it. - A Rand
  • Instead of prosperity, socialism has brought economic paralysis and/or collapse to every country that tried it. - Ayn Rand
  • In the realm of cognition, the special sciences are the trees, but philosophy is the soil which makes the forest possible. - A Rand
  • I do not surrender my reason or deal with men who surrender theirs - A Rand
  • I shall choose friends among men, but neither slaves nor masters. - A Rand
  • Joy is not the absence of pain. - A Rand
  • Just as man can't exist without his body, so no rights can exist without the right to translate one's rights into reality, to think, to work and keep the results, which means: the right of property. - Ayn Rand
  • Life is a value to be bought and ... thinking is the only coin noble enough to buy it. - Ayn Rand
  • Living in a society, instead of on a desert island, does not relieve a man of the responsibility of supporting his own life. - Ayn Rand
  • Man cannot survive except by gaining knowledge, and reason is his only means to gain it. - A Rand
  • Man is not a lone wolf and he is not a social animal. He is a contractual animal. - Ayn Rand
  • Men prosper or fail, survive or perish in proportion to the degree of their rationality. - A Rand
  • "My school of writing is romantic realism: "romantic" in that I present man as he ought to be ; "realistic" in that I place men here and now on this earth, in terms applicable to every rational reader who shares these values and wants to apply them to himself. It's realistic in that it's possible to man and applies to this earth ; it's romantic in that it projects man and values as they ought to be, not as stastical averages. The writer I consider my closest ancestor literarily is Victor Hugo. He is a romantic writer who presented values as they apply to human life. He's one of the few who [...] wrote a great novel in contemporary terms, Les Misérables. Offhand i can't think of another romantic novel presented in realistic terms." - Ayn Rand, Answers, New American Library, 2005, 241 pages, p.188.
  • No mater how vast your knowledge or how modest, it is your own mind that has to acquire it. - Ayn Rand
  • Of any achievements open to you, the one that makes all others possible is the creation of your own character. - A Rand
  • Once men have accepted the idea of self-sacrifice as the good, they have accepted the idea of sacrificing others, too. - A Rand
  • One cannot force men - or nations - to live as human beings if they prefer to be swine in a collectivist pig pen. - A Rand
  • One of the most dangerous things a man can do is to surrender his moral autonomy to others. - A Rand
  • One should never attempt to deprive a man of the consequences of his actions, good or evil - A Rand
  • Paper [money] is a check drawn by legal looters upon an account which is not theirs: upon the virtue of the victims. - A Rand
  • Paper [money] is a mortgage on wealth that does not exist, backed by a gun aimed at those who are expected to produce it. - A Rand
  • Philosophy is the soil which makes the forest possible - A Rand
  • "Reason is the most selfish human faculty: it has to be used in and by a man's own mind, and its producted -truth- makes him inflexible, intransigent, impervious to the power of any pack or any ruler. Deprived of the ability to reason, man becomes a docile, pliant, impotent chunck of clay, to be shaped into any subhuman form and used for any purpose by anyone who wants to bother. There has never been a philosophy, a theory or a doctrine that attacked (or "limited") reason, which did not also preach submission to the power of some authority." - Ayn Rand, Return of the Primitive: The Anti-Industrial Revolution, Meridian, 1999 (1971 pour la première édition états-unienne), 290 pages, p.84-85
  • The businessman's tool is values; the bureaucrat's tool is fear. - A Rand
  • The creator's concern is the conquest of nature. The parasite's concern is the conquest of men. - A Rand
  • The creator originates. The parasite borrows. The creator faces nature alone. The parasite faces nature through an intermediary. - A Rand
  • The degree of a country's freedom is the degree of its prosperity. - Ayn Rand
  • The free-enterpriser works for what he gets. The modern american collectivist grabs what he can get away with. - A Rand
  • The hardest thing to explain is the glaringly evident which everybody has decided not to see. (Voir Déni) - Ayn Rand
  • The human characteristic required by statism is docility, which is the product of hopelessness and intellectual stagnation - A Rand
  • The man who does not value himself, cannot value anything or anyone - Ayn Rand
  • The man who produces while others dispose of his product is a slave - A Rand
  • The moral is the chosen, not the forced; the understood, not the obeyed. - Ayn Rand
  • "The most damning refutation of the theories of all the hippies-activist-Marcusian hordes is the drug-glazed eyes of their members. Men who have found the right way of life do not seek to escape from awareness, to obliterate their consciousness and to drug themselves out of existence. Drug addiction is the confession of an unbearable inner state." - Ayn Rand, Return of the Primitive: The Anti-Industrial Revolution, Meridian, 1999 (1971 pour la première édition états-unienne, 290 pages, p.92)
  • The only cardinal evil on earth is that of placing your prime concern within other men. - A Rand
  • The original talent is the rarest thing in the world. - A Rand
  • The power of production is not the same thing as the power of coercion by physical force. - Ayn Rand
  • The power that determines the establishment, the changes, the evolution, and the destruction of social systems is philosophy - A Rand
  • The precept: “Judge not, that ye be not judged” . . . is an abdication of moral responsibility: it is a moral blank check one gives to others in exchange for a moral blank check one expects for oneself.

There is no escape from the fact that men have to make choices; so long as men have to make choices, there is no escape from moral values; so long as moral values are at stake, no moral neutrality is possible. To abstain from condemning a torturer, is to become an accessory to the torture and murder of his victims. The moral principle to adopt in this issue, is: “Judge, and be prepared to be judged.”

  • The precondition of a civilized society is the barring of physical force from social relationships - Ayn Rand
  • The protection of individual rights is the only proper purpose of a government - A Rand
  • The smallest minority on earth is the individual. - A Rand
  • The vilest form of self-abasement and self-destruction is the subordination of your mind to the mind of another. - Ayn Rand
  • There are no evil thoughts except one: the refusal to think - A Rand
  • There are two potential violators of man's rights: the criminals and the government. - A Rand
  • There comes a point, in the defeat of any man of virtue, when his own consent is needed for evil to win. - A Rand
  • There is only one standard of justice in the field of economics: the verdict of a free market. - A Rand
  • There's only one form of human depravity, the man without a purpose. - A Rand
  • Thinking men cannot be ruled. - Ayn Rand
  • To love the ideal and also those who betray it, is only to betray the ideal. - A Rand
  • Tribalism is a product of fear, and fear is the dominant emotion of any person, culture or society that rejects reason. - A Rand
  • 'We can ignore reality, but we cannot ignore the consequences of ignoring reality.' - Ayn Rand
  • We must learn to reject the conception that the common good is served by the abolition of individual rights. - A Rand
  • What greater wealth is there than to own your life and to spend it on growing ? - A Rand
  • What you owe yourself is to work for your living; what you owe your neighbor is not to interfere with his work. - A Rand
  • When men live by trade, it is the best product that wins, the best performance, the man of best judgment and highest ability. - A Rand
  • When personal judgment is inoperative or forbidden, men's first concern is not how to choose, but how to justify their choice. - A Rand
  • When you have made evil the means of survival, do not expect men to remain good. - A Rand
  • “[W]hen you see that in order to produce, 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 rich more easily by graft than by work, and your laws no longer protect you against them, but protect them against you ... you may know that your society is doomed.” - Ayn Rand
  • Whoever claims the "right" to "redistribute" the wealth produced by others is claiming the "right" to treat human beings as chattel. - A Rand
  • You cannot convert others to your ideas, if you have no consistent, logical arguments and proofs to offer. - A Rand

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