David Gossman - Favorite Quotes

John Galt aka Ayn Rand

"To the extent to which a man is rational, life is the premise directing his actions. To the extent to which he is irrational, the premise directing his actions is death."

"The doctrine that human rights are superior to property rights simply means that some human beings have the right to make property out of others: since the competent have nothing to gain from the incompetent, it means the right of the incompetent too own their betters and to use them as productive cattle."

Lazarus Long aka Robert Heinlein

"A human being should be able to change a diaper, plan an invasion, butcher a hog, conn a ship, design a building, write a sonnet, balance accounts, build a wall, set a bone, comfort the dying, take orders, give orders, cooperate, act alone, solve equations, analyze a new problem, pitch manure, program a computer, cook a tasty meal, fight effciently, die gallantly. Specialization is for insects."

"Political tags - such as royalist, communist, democrat, populist, fascist, liberal, conservative and so forth - are never basic criteria. The human race divides politically into those who want people to be controlled and those who have no such desire. The former are idealists acting from the highest motives for the greatest good of the greatest number. The latter are surly curmudgeons, suspicious and lacking in altruism. But they are more comfortable neighbors than the other sort."

"Expertise in one field does not carry over into other fields. But experts often think so. The narrower their field of knowledge, the more likely they are to think so."

"The difference between science and the fuzzy subjects is that science requires reasoning, while those other subjects merely require scholarship."

"Does history record any case in which the majority was right?"

"Taxes are not levied for the benefit of the taxed."

"Democracy is based on the assumption that a million men are wiser than one man. How's that again? I missed something."

"All men are created unequal."

"Most scientists are bottle washers and button sorters. "

"If it can't be expressed in figures, it is not science; it is opinion."

Freeman J. Dyson

"The warnings and the promises of science cannot be seperated. The artificial improvement of human beings will come, one way or another, whether we like it or not."

von Mises

"Marx and Engels never tried to refute their opponents with argument. They insulted, ridiculed, derided, slandered, and traduced them, and in the use of these methods their followers are not less expert. Their polemic is directed never against the argument of the opponent, but always against his person. Few have been able to withstand such tactics."