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October 17, 2008 – Comments (3)

The Trader

""The symbol of all relationships among such men , the moral symbol of respect for human beings, is the trader.
We, who live by values, not by loot, are traders, both in manner and spirit. A trader is a man who earns what he gets
and does not give or take the undeserved. A trader does not ask to be paid for his failure, he does not ask to be
loved for his flaws. A trader does not squander his body as fodder, or his soul as alms. Just as he does not give his work except in trade for material values, so he does not give the values of his spirit  -- his love, his friendship, his esteem --
except in payment and in trade for human virtue, in payment for his own selfish pleasure, which he receives from men he can respect. The mystic parasites who have, throughout the ages, reviled the trader and held him in contempt, while honoring the beggars and looters, have known the secret motive of their sneers: a trader is an entity they dread
-- a man of justice. ""

Ayn Rand
Atlas Shrugged

3 Comments – Post Your Own

#1) On October 17, 2008 at 9:00 AM, dinodelaurentis (72.54) wrote:

 i thought the Old Alstry was dreaded plenty!  :D

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#2) On October 17, 2008 at 9:09 AM, MarketBottom (29.25) wrote:

Thank you

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#3) On October 17, 2008 at 9:30 AM, Zanibel17 (97.60) wrote:

I read that book when I was 19 and in doing so was validated.   I bless Ayn Rand for writing that book.  I plan to give it to my children to read when they are old enough to grasp its meaning.

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