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Quotes About Individualism

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George Carlin
“I like it when a flower or a little tuft of grass grows through a crack in the concrete. It's so fuckin' heroic.”
George Carlin

Fyodor Dostoyevsky
“I say let the world go to hell, but I should always have my tea.”
Fyodor Dostoyevsky, Notes from Underground

José Martí
“The first duty of a man is to think for himself”
José Martí

John Lennon
“It's weird not to be weird.”
John Lennon

Robert Frost
“I hold it to be the inalienable right of anybody to go to hell in his own way.”
Robert Frost

Malcolm X
“You show me a capitalist, and I'll show you a bloodsucker”
Malcolm X

Vladimir Lenin
“Freedom in capitalist society always remains about the same as it was in ancient Greek republics: Freedom for slave owners.”
Vladimir Lenin

Albert Einstein
“The Revolution introduced me to art, and in turn, art introduced me to the Revolution!”
Albert Einstein

Leon Trotsky
“Everything is relative in this world, where change alone endures.”
Leon Trotsky

Malcolm X
“The only way we'll get freedom for ourselves is to identify ourselves with every oppressed people in the world. We are blood brothers to the people of Brazil, Venezuela, Haiti, Cuba -- yes Cuba too.”
Malcolm X

Vladimir Lenin
“Despair is typical of those who do not understand the causes of evil, see no way out, and are incapable of struggle.”
Vladimir Lenin

Adam Smith
“Civil government, so far as it is instituted for the security of property, is in reality instituted for the defense of the rich against the poor, or of those who have some property against those who have none at all.”
Adam Smith

Ayn Rand
“The word "We" is as lime poured over men, which sets and hardens to stone, and crushes all beneath it, and that which is white and that which is black are lost equally in the grey of it. It is the word by which the depraved steal the virtue of the good, by which the weak steal the might of the strong, by which the fools steal the wisdom of the sages.

What is my joy if all hands, even the unclean, can reach into it? What is my wisdom, if even the fools can dictate to me? What is my freedom, if all creatures, even the botched and impotent, are my masters? What is my life, if I am but to bow, to agree and to obey?

But I am done with this creed of corruption.

I am done with the monster of "We," the word of serfdom, of plunder, of misery, falsehood and shame.

And now I see the face of god, and I raise this god over the earth, this god whom men have sought since men came into being, this god who will grant them joy and peace and pride.

This god, this one word:

"I.”
Ayn Rand, Anthem

Oscar Wilde
“Art is the most intense mode of individualism that the world has known.”
Oscar Wilde, The Soul of Man under Socialism

Terry Brooks
“Who would you be but who you are?”
Terry Brooks, The Black Unicorn

Tallulah Bankhead
“Nobody can be exactly like me. Sometimes even I have trouble doing it.”
Tallulah Bankhead

Hermann Hesse
“I have no right to call myself one who knows. I was one who seeks, and I still am, but I no longer seek in the stars or in books; I'm beginning to hear the teachings of my blood pulsing within me. My story isn't pleasant, it's not sweet and harmonious like the invented stories; it tastes of folly and bewilderment, of madness and dream, like the life of all people who no longer want to lie to themselves.”
Hermann Hesse, Demian

مي زيادة
“كل إمرىء يحيا حياتهُ وعليه أن يجد طريقهُ بين متشعب المسالك, وهو مسؤول عن كل عملٍ يأتيه ويتحمل نتاجه, إن فائدة وإن أذى. فالفتاة التي اعتادت الإنقياد لآراء والديها وعجزت عن إتيان عمل فردي تدفعها إليه إرادتها بالإشتراك مع ضميرها, ما هي إلا عبدة قد تصير في المستقبل "والدة" ولكنها لا تصير "أماً" وإن دعاها أبنائها بهذا الإسم. لأن في الأمومة معنى رفيعاً يسمو بالمرأة إلى الإشراف على النفوس والأفكار والعبدة لا تربي إلا عبيداً. ولا خير في رجالٍ ليس لهم من الرجولة غير ما يدعون, إن هم سادوا فعلوا بالقوة الوحشية وهي مظهر من مظاهر العبودية. أولئك سوف يكونون أبداً أسرى الأهواء وعبيد الصغائر الهابطة بهم إلى حيث لا يعلمون, إلى الفناء المعنوي, إلى الموت في الحياة.”
مي زيادة

Robert Louis Stevenson
“To know what you prefer instead of humbly saying Amen to what the world tells you you ought to prefer, is to have kept your soul alive.”
Robert Louis Stevenson, An Inland Voyage

Ralph Waldo Emerson
“Insist on yourself; never imitate. Your own gift you can present every moment with the cumulative force of a whole life's cultivation; but of the adopted talent of another you have only an extemporaneous half possession. That which each can do best, none but his Maker can teach him.”
Ralph Waldo Emerson, Self-Reliance

Christopher Hitchens
“I have always found it quaint and rather touching that there is a movement [Libertarians] in the US that thinks Americans are not yet selfish enough.”
Christopher Hitchens

José Martí
“A child who does not think about what happens around him and is content with living without wondering whether he lives honestly is like a man who lives from a scoundrel's work and is on the road to being a scoundrel.”
José Martí

Christopher Hitchens
“When the Washington Post telephoned me at home on Valentine's Day 1989 to ask my opinion about the Ayatollah Khomeini's fatwah, I felt at once that here was something that completely committed me. It was, if I can phrase it like this, a matter of everything I hated versus everything I loved. In the hate column: dictatorship, religion, stupidity, demagogy, censorship, bullying, and intimidation. In the love column: literature, irony, humor, the individual, and the defense of free expression. Plus, of course, friendship—though I like to think that my reaction would have been the same if I hadn't known Salman at all. To re-state the premise of the argument again: the theocratic head of a foreign despotism offers money in his own name in order to suborn the murder of a civilian citizen of another country, for the offense of writing a work of fiction. No more root-and-branch challenge to the values of the Enlightenment (on the bicentennial of the fall of the Bastille) or to the First Amendment to the Constitution, could be imagined. President George H.W. Bush, when asked to comment, could only say grudgingly that, as far as he could see, no American interests were involved…”
Christopher Hitchens, Hitch-22: A Memoir

Ayn Rand
“She smiled. She knew she was dying. But it did not matter any longer. She had known something which no human words could ever tell and she knew it now. She had been awaiting it and she felt it, as if it had been, as if she had lived it. Life had been, if only because she had known it could be, and she felt it now as a hymn without sound, deep under the little whole that dripped red drops into the snow, deeper than that from which the red drops came. A moment or an eternity- did it matter? Life, undefeated, existed and could exist. She smiled, her last smile, to so much that had been possible.”
Ayn Rand, We the Living

José Martí
“But love, like the sun that it is, sets afire and melts everything. what greed and privilege to build up over whole centuries the indignation of a pious spirit, with its natural following of oppressed souls, will cast down with a single shove.”
José Martí

Vladimir Lenin
“Unity is a great thing and a great slogan. But what the workers’ cause needs is the unity of Marxists, not unity between Marxists, and opponents and distorters of Marxism.”
Vladimir Lenin

Michael  Collins
“I knew I was alone in a way that no earthling has ever been before.”
Michael Collins

Terry Goodkind
“If you want to be a slave in life, then continue going around asking others to do for you. They will oblige, but you will find the price is your choices, your freedom, your life itself. They will do for you, and as a result you will be in bondage to them forever, having given your identity away for a paltry price. Then, and only then, you will be a nobody, a slave, because you yourself and nobody else made it so.”
Terry Goodkind, The Pillars of Creation

Salman Rushdie
“perhaps, if one wishes to remain an individual in the midst of the teeming multitudes, one must make oneself grotesque.”
Salman Rushdie, Midnight's Children

Ludwig von Mises
“All rational action is in the first place individual action. Only the individual thinks. Only the individual reasons. Only the individual acts.”
Ludwig von Mises, Socialism: An Economic and Sociological Analysis

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