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Do not let your fire go out, spark by irreplaceable spark in the hopeless swamps of the not-quite, the not-yet, and the not-at-all. Do not let the hero in your soul perish in lonely frustration for the life you deserved and have never been able to reach. The world you desire can be won. It exists.. it is real.. it is possible.. it's yours.
If you don't know, the thing to do is not to get scared, but to learn.
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…The man who lies to the world, is the world’s slave from then on…There are no white lies, there is only the blackest of destruction, and a white lie is the blackest of all.
I swear by my life and my love of it that I will never live for the sake of another man, nor ask another man to live for mine.
I started my life with a single absolute: that the world was mine to shape in the image of my highest values and never to be given up to a lesser standard, no matter how long or hard the struggle.
If you saw Atlas, the giant who holds the world on his shoulders, if you saw that he stood, blood running down his chest, his knees buckling, his arms trembling but still trying to hold the world aloft with the last of his strength, and the greater his effort the heavier the world bore down upon his shoulders - What would you tell him?" I…don't know. What…could he do? What would you tell him?" To shrug.
A man's sexual choice is the result and the sum of his fundamental convictions.... He will always be attracted to the woman who reflects his deepest vision of himself, the woman whose surrender permits him to experience a sense of self-esteem. The man who is proudly certain of his own value, will want the highest type of woman he can find, the woman he admires, the strongest, the hardest to conquer--because only the possession of a heroine will give him the sense of an achievement.
Devotion to the truth is the hallmark of morality; there is no greater, nobler, more heroic form of devotion than the act of a man who assumes the responsibility of thinking.
Never think of pain or danger or enemies a moment longer than is necessary to fight them.
Let me give you a tip on a clue to men's characters: the man who damns money has obtained it dishonorably; the man who respects it has earned it.
She did not know the nature of her loneliness. The only words that named it were: This is not the world I expected.
I never found beauty in longing for the impossible and never found the possible to be beyond my reach.
What greater wealth is there than to own your life and to spend it on growing? Every living thing must grow. It can't stand still. It must grow or perish.
Live and act within the limit of your knowledge and keep expanding it to the limit of your life.
Run for your life from any man who tells you that money is evil. That sentence is the leper's bell of an approaching looter.
There is no such thing as a lousy job - only lousy men who don't care to do it.
Joy is the goal of existence, and joy is not to be stumbled upon, but to be achieved, and the act of treason is to let its vision drown in the swamp of the moment's torture.
If one's actions are honest, one does not need the predated confidence of others.
Money is only a tool. It will take you wherever you wish, but it will not replace you as the driver.
What is man? He's just a collection of chemicals with delusions of grandeur.
It is not death that we wish to avoid, but life that we wish to live.
Power-lust is a weed that grows only in the vacant lots of an abandoned mind.
In this world, either you're virtuous or you enjoy yourself. Not both, lady, not both.
Ask yourself whether the dream of heaven and greatness should be left waiting for us in our graves-or whether it should be ours here and now and on this earth.