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  • #1
    Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
    “There are but two roads that lead to an important goal and to the doing of great things: strength and perseverance. Strength is the lot of but a few priveledged men; but austere perseverance, harsh and continuous, may be employed by the smallest of us and rarely fails of its purpose, for its silent power grows irresistibly greater with time.”
    Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, Faust, First Part

  • #2
    Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
    “What matters creative endless toil, When, at a snatch, oblivion ends the coil?”
    Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, Faust: Der Tragödie erster und zweiter Teil. Urfaust

  • #3
    “The price good men pay for indifference to public affairs is to be ruled by evil men.”

  • #4
    Ayn Rand
    “Do you know the hallmark of a second rater? It's resentment of another man's achievement. Those touchy mediocrities who sit trembling lest someone's work prove greater than their own - they have no inkling of the loneliness that comes when you reach the top. The loneliness for an equal - for a mind to respect and an achievement to admire. They bare their teeth at you from out of their rat holes,thinking that you take pleasure in letting your brilliance dim them - while you'd give a year of my life to see a flicker of talent anywhere among them. They envy achievement, and their dream of greatness is a world where all men have become their acknowledged inferiors. They don't know that that dream is the infallible proof of mediocrity, because that sort of world is what the man of achievement would not be able to bear. They have no way of knowing what he feels when surrounded by inferiors - hatred? no, not hatred, but boredom - the terrible, hopeless, draining, paralyzing boredom. Of what account are praise and adulation from men whom you don't respect? Have you ever felt the longing for someone you could admire? For something, not to look down at, but up to?"
    "I've felt it all my life," she said.”
    Ayn Rand, Atlas Shrugged

  • #5
    Ayn Rand
    “Do not let the hero in your soul parish, in lonely frustration, for the life you deserved but never have been able to reach. Check your road and the nature of your battle. The world you desired can be won. It exists, it is real, it is possible, it is yours.”
    Ayn Rand, Atlas Shrugged

  • #6
    Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
    “I am proud of my heart alone, it is the sole source of everything, all our strength, happiness and misery. All the knowledge I possess everyone else can acquire, but my heart is all my own”
    Goethe Wolfgang, The Sorrows of Young Werther

  • #7
    Ayn Rand
    “What is morality, she asked.
    Judgement to distinguish right and wrong, vision to see the truth, and courage to act upon it, dedication to that which is good, integrity to stand by the good at any price. ”
    Ayn Rand, Atlas Shrugged

  • #8
    Ayn Rand
    “Is it advisable to spread out all the conveniences of culture before people to whom a few steps up a stair to a library is a sufficient deterrent from reading?”
    Ayn Rand, The Fountainhead

  • #9
    Ayn Rand
    “And here, over the portals of my fort, I shall cut in the stone the word which is to be my beacon and my banner. The word which will not die should we all perish in battle. The word which can never die on this earth, for it is the heart of it and the meaning and the glory.

    The sacred word:
    Ayn Rand, Anthem

  • #10
    Ayn Rand
    “I can answer it,” he said. “I can tell you who is John Galt.” “Really? Everybody seems to know him, but they never tell the same story twice.” “They’re all true, though—all the stories you’ve heard about him.” “Well, what’s yours? Who is he?” “John Galt is Prometheus who changed his mind. After centuries of being torn by vultures in payment for having brought to men the fire of the gods, he broke his chains—and he withdrew his fire—until the day when men withdraw their vultures.”
    Ayn Rand, Atlas Shrugged

  • #11
    Frédéric Bastiat
    “When a portion of wealth is transferred from the person who owns it -- without his consent and without compensation, and whether by force or by fraud -- to anyone who does not own it, then I say that property is violated; that an act of plunder is committed.”
    Frédéric Bastiat, The Law

  • #12
    Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra
    “...without intelligence, there can be no humour.”
    Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra, Don Quixote

  • #13
    Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra
    “All the vices, Sancho, bring some kind of pleasure with them; but envy brings nothing but irritation, bitterness, and rage.”
    Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra

  • #14
    Dante Alighieri
    “They had their faces twisted toward their haunches and found it necessary to walk backward, because they could not see ahead of them. ...And since he wanted so to see ahead, he looks behind and walks a backward path.”
    Dante Alighieri, The Divine Comedy

  • #15
    “Eternity is like a child playing at draughts; the kingdom belongs to a child.”
    Heraclitus, Fragments

  • #16
    “Dog bark at what they don't understand.”