It is vain to say that the interest of a man is in opposition to the that of another man; according to me, this is a serious and anti-social mistake.
Always and everywhere, we find that [man] looks upon toil as the disagreeable aspect, and on satisfaction as the compensatory aspect, of his condition.
God forbid that I should deny the existence of self-sacrifice. But it will be admitted that examples of it are exceptional…
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.
Excessive compensations by their very nature arouse covetousness.
Competition is that no less indomitable humanitarian force that wrests progress, as fast as it is made, from the hands of the individual and places it at the disposal of all mankind.
An individualist, a bourgeois, a trader who does not know what self-denial, self-sacrifice, fraternity, or philanthropy are.