Alisa Rosenbaum was born in pre-revolutionary St. Petersburg to a prosperous Jewish family. When the Bolsheviks requisitioned the pharmacy owned by her father, Fronz, the Rosenbaums fled to the Crimea. Alisa returned to the city (renamed Leningrad) to attend the university, but in 1926 relatives who had already settled in America offered her the chance of joining them there.
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A building has integrity just like a man. And just as seldom.
Force and mind are opposites; morality ends where a gun begins.
Money is the barometer of a society's virtue.
Capitalism is a social system based on the recognition of individual rights, including property rights, in which all property is privately owned.
What is a demanding pleasure that demands the use of ones mind! Not in the sense of problem solving, but in the sense of exercising discrimination, judgment, awareness.
Upper classes are a nation's past; the middle class is its future.
Wealth is the product of man's capacity to think.
Man's unique reward, however, is that while animals survive by adjusting themselves to their background, man survives by adjusting his background to himself.
The man who lets a leader prescribe his course is a wreck being towed to the scrap heap.
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.
Learn to value yourself, which means fight for your happiness.
Government "help" to business is just as disastrous as government persecution.
.. the only way a government can be of service to national prosperity is by keeping its hands off.
The ladder of success is best climbed by stepping on the rungs of opportunity.
Individual rights are the means of subordinating society to moral law.
No man may initiate the use of physical force against others.
No man-or group or society or government-has the right to assume the role of a criminal and initiate the use of physical compulsion against any man. Men have the right to use physical force only in retaliation and only against those who initiate its use. The ethical principle involved is simple and clear-cut: it is the difference between murder and self-defense.
The writer who develops a beautiful style, but has nothing to say, represents a kind of arrested esthetic development; he is like a pianist who acquires a brilliant technique by playing finger-exercises, but never gives a concert.
One's own independent judgment is the means by which one must choose one's actions, but it is not a moral criterion nor a moral validation; only reference to a demonstrable principle can validate one's choices.
Rulers exist entirely through the persons of others.
Their goal is in their subjects, in the activity of enslaving. They are as dependent as the beggar, the social worker and the bandit. The form of dependence does not matter.
A man of independent judgment is a man of profound self-esteem.
Parties are intended to be celebrations, and celebrations should be only for those who have something to celebrate.
Romantic art is always stylized: the better the art, the cleaner and more attractive and intelligent the stylization.