The right to the pursuit of happiness means…

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“The right to the pursuit of happiness means man’s right to live for himself, to choose what constitutes his own, private, personal happiness and to work for its achievement. Each individual is the sole and final judge in this choice. A man’s happiness cannot be prescribed to him by another man or by any number of other men. … These rights are the unconditional, personal, private, individual possession of every man, granted to him by the fact of his birth and requiring no other sanction.  Such was the conception of the founders of our country, who placed individual rights above any and all collective claims.” — Ayn Rand

People think that a liar gains a victory over his victim

“People think that a liar gains a victory over his victim.  What I’ve learned is that a lie is an act of self-abdication, because one surrenders one’s reality to the person to whom one lies, making that person one’s master, condemning oneself from then on to faking the sort of reality that person’s view requires to be faked.  And if one gains the immediate purpose of the lie – the price one pays is the destruction of that which was intended to serve.  The man who lies to the world, is the world’s slave from then on.” Ayn Rand (1905 – 1982)

Money is the root of all good

 

Until and unless you discover that money is the root of all good, you ask for your own destruction. When money ceases to become the means by which men deal with one another, then men become the tools of other men. Blood, whips and guns–or dollars. Take your choice–there is no other. Ayn Rand, Atlas Shrugged

 

 

Man’s life, as required by his nature…

“Man’s life, as required by his nature, is not the life of a mindless brute, of a looting thug or a mooching mystic, but the life of a thinking being-not life by means of force or fraud, but life by means of achievement-not survival at any price, since there’s only one price that pays for man’s survival: reason.” John Galt