To tamper with man’s freedom is not only to injure him, to degrade him; it is to change his nature…
Free will implies the possibility of error, and error in turn implies pain and suffering as its inevitable consequences.
No two men find themselves in identical circumstances, nor is there any one man whose circumstances do not vary from day to day.
Individualism, then, accomplishes the task that the sentimentalists of our day would entrust to brotherhood, to self-sacrifice, or to some other motive opposed to self-love.
The accusation that competition tends toward inequality is far from true. On the contrary, all artificial inequality is due to the absence of competition;
And, as each person is the sole judge of the desire he feels and the effort demanded of him, the essential character of these transactions is that they are free.