Individualist Quotes from Red Flag
by on 26 сентября, 2016 in Articles and Interviews

Individualist Quotes
Words of Inspiration and Enlightenment
     Unlike most quotation collections, Individualist Quotes does not require as a prerequisite for an author’s inclusion that he or she be widely known. The value of a quotation lies primarily in the quality of the ideas expressed. If most of the sources here are «famous,» it is only because the ideas of lesser known sources are harder to find.

     The following quotations were selected because of their strong individualistic messages. Their inclusion, however, does not imply that their authors were consistent individualists. Many thinkers featured here have strayed from individualist principles in much of their thinking. But they all have made enlightening and inspiring statements in support of some aspect of individualism.


«The good of the one, out weighs the good of the many.» -Mark G. Reynolds

«I am the master of my fate; I am the captain of my soul.» -William Ernest Henly

«The ultimate pain is a life that is not authentically one’s own.» -Daniel N. Robinson

«Thinking men cannot be ruled.» -Ayn Rand

«Society everywhere is in conspiracy against the manhood of every one of its members. …Whoso would be a man must be a nonconformist.» -Ralph Waldo Emerson

«The strongest man in the world is he who stands most alone.» -Henrik Ibsen

«I am a man who does not exist for others.» -Howard Roark

«Stop going with the flow in your life. Start your own river instead.» -Phillip C. McGraw

«The free man will ask neither what his country can do for him nor what he can do for his country.» -Milton Friedman

«All of the darkness of the world cannot put out the light of one small candle.» -Anonymous

«Our culture overlooks the wonder in the day to day yet makes television spectacles out of the tiniest bits of novelty.» -Greg Bell

«The unexamined life is not worth living.» -Socrates

«Thought does not bow to authority.» -Ayn Rand

«Conformity is the death of individualism.» — Ralph Waldo Emerson

«There isn’t any society to disapprove, to disallow, to denounce or to ostracize you. It’s a myth. I wonder how many millions of lives have been tossed on the junkpile to appease an entity that never existed.» -Harry Browne

«The liberty of the individual is no gift of civilization. It was greatest before there was any civilization.» -Sigmund Freud

«[Schooling] rears disciples, imitators, and routinists, not pioneers of new ideas and creative geniuses. The schools are not nurseries of progress and improvement, but conservatories of tradition and unvarying modes of thought.» -Ludwig von Mises

«Loyalty to petrified opinion never yet broke a chain or freed a human soul.» -Mark Twain

«I have never been able to conceive how any rational being could propose happiness to himself from the exercise of power over others.» -Thomas Jefferson

«There is nothing on earth intended for innocent people so horrible as a school» — George Bernard Shaw

«It is easy in the world to live after the world’s opinion; it is easy in solitude to live after our own; but the great man is he who in the midst of the crowd keeps with perfect sweetness the independence of solitude.» Ralph Waldo Emerson

«He that is master of himself, and his own life, has a right to the means of preserving it» -John Locke

«If a life could have a theme song — and I believe every worthwhile one has — mine is a religion, an obsession or a mania, or all of these expressed in one word: individualism. I was born with that obsession and have never seen and do not know now a cause more worthy, more misunderstood, more seemingly hopeless, and more tragically needed.» -Ayn Rand

«A minority is powerless while it conforms to the majority.» -Henry David Thoreau

«An individualist is a man who says: ‘I will not run anyone’s life—nor let anyone run mine. I will not rule nor be ruled. I will not be a master nor a slave. I will not sacrifice myself to anyone—nor anyone to myself.» -Ayn Rand

The man
Of virtuous soul commands not, nor obeys:
Power, like a desolating pestilence,
Pollutes whate’er it touches, and obedience,
Bane of all genius, virtue, freedom, truth,
Makes slaves of men, and, of the human frame,
A mechanised automaton.
-Percy Bysshe Shelley

«Whenever one looks in the world of human organization, collective responsibility brings a lowering of moral standards.» -Freeman Dyson

«I need no warrant for being, and no word of sanction upon my being. I am the warrant and the sanction.» -Ayn Rand

«The companion I have found most companionable is solitude.» -Henry David Thoreau

«[People] do things together which nobody in his right mind would do alone.» -Freeman Dyson

«Trust yourself, then you will know how to live.» -Goethe

«The purpose of morality is to teach you, not to suffer and die, but to enjoy yourself and live.» -Ayn Rand

«The strong individual … has the strength to recognize—and to live with the recognition—that the world is valueless in itself and that all values are human ones. He creates himself by fashoning his own values; he has the pride to live by the values he wills.» -Nietzsche

«Good intentions will always be pleaded for every assumption of authority.» -Noah Webster

«The public be damned.» -Cornelius Vanderbilt

«Individual rights are the means of subordinating society to moral law.» -Ayn Rand

«The less satisfaction we derive from being ourselves, the greater is our desire to be like others.» -Eric Hoffer

«The rational individualist is not the enemy of benevolence or civility, but their truest exemplar.» -David Kelley

«No man has a natural right to commit aggression on the equal rights of another, and this is all from which the laws ought to restrain him.» -Thomas Jefferson

«A great deal may be learned about society by studying man … nothing can be learned about man by studying society.» -Ayn Rand

«A society that does not recognize that each individual has values of his own which he is entitled to follow can have no respect for the dignity of the individual and cannot really know freedom.» -F.A. Hayek

«What lay before you is nothing compared to what lay within you.» -Unknown

«All greatness of character is dependent on individuality. The man who has no other existence than that which he partakes in common with all around him, will never have any other than an existence of mediocrity.» -James Fenimore Cooper

«You can’t conquer a free man; the most you can do is kill him.» -Robert Heinlein

«That something happened to you is of no importance to anyone, not even to you. The important thing about you is what you choose to make happen — your values and choices. That which happened by accident — what family you were born into, in what country, and where you went to school — is totally unimportant.» -Ayn Rand

«A sure sign of a genius is that all of the dunces are in a confederacy against him.» -Frank Lloyd Wright

«It is a very grave mistake to think that the enjoyment of seeing and searching can be promoted by means of coercion and a sense of duty.» -Albert Einstein

«Men have been taught that it is a virtue to agree with others. But the creator is the man who disagrees. Men have been taught that it is a virtue to swim with the current. But the creator is the man who goes against the current. Men have been taught that it is a virtue to stand together. But the creator is the man who stands alone.» -Howard Roark

«I alone control the energy that animates my being.» -juggle-drop (paraphrasing Rose Wilder Lane)

«All good things in life are the fruits of originality.» -John Stuart Mill

«Civilization is the process of setting man free from men.» -Ayn Rand

«All freedom is essentially self-liberation.» -Max Stirner

«Liberty is not a means to a higher political end. It is the highest political end.» -Lord Acton

«The most dangerous man to any government is the man who is able to think things out for himself, without regard to the prevailing superstitions and taboos.» -H. L. Mencken

«Disobedience is the true foundation of liberty. The obedient must be slaves.» -Henry David Thoreau

«They that give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety.» -Benjamin Franklin

«I can have only so much freedom as I procure for myself by my oneness.» -Max Stirner

«Extremism in the defense of liberty is no vice. Moderation in the pursuit of justice is no virtue.» -Barry Goldwater

«If devotion to truth is the hallmark of morality, then there is no greater, nobler, more heroic form of devotion than the act of a man who assumes the responsibility of thinking.» -Ayn Rand

«Solitary trees grow strong.» -Winston Churchill

«If all mankind minus one were of one opinion, mankind would be no more justified in silencing that one person than he, if he had the power, would be justified in silencing mankind.» -John Stuart Mill

«In the temple of his spirit, each man is alone.» -Ayn Rand

«He who dares not offend cannot be honest.» -Thomas Paine

«My own mind is my own church.» -Thomas Paine

«Ask not what your country can do for you? but what can you do for yourself. — Mark G. Reynolds

«Sine your pitty on the runny kine !»  and «Tippy ta on my capatown» — Pooty Tang

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