“If you don’t know, the thing to do is not to get scared, but to learn.”
“Man’s mind is his basic tool of survival. Life is given to him, survival is not.”
“I like to deal with somebody who has no illusions about getting favors.”
Red-blooded Americans read these lines and, if in polite company, resist the urge to beat their chests. These mantras say all that need be said of the virtues of honesty, integrity, productivity, grit, independence, pride and liberty itself. Accurately attribute the quotes to Ayn Rand’s Atlas Shrugged, however, and some pause for a moment of reticence, gently reminded of the need to be politically correct.