The Ego and His Own

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A. C. Fifield, 1913 - Egoism - 506 pages
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This is a work of unabashed egoism, the sort of unrestrained self-interest that makes Ayn Rand look like a 'pinko hippie'. It's fascinating, even if you want to hate Stirner's guts afterwards. He ... Read full review



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Page 445 - In works of labour or of skill I would be busy too: For Satan finds some mischief still For idle hands to do.
Page 383 - And we have known and believed the love that God has for us. God is love, and he who abides in love abides in God, and God in him.
Page 474 - The truth, my dear Pilate, is — the Lord, and all who seek the truth are seeking and praising the Lord. Where does the Lord exist? Where else but in your head? He is only spirit, and, wherever you believe you really see him, there he is a — ghost; for the Lord is merely something that is thought of, and it was only the Christian pains and agony to make the invisible visible, the spiritual corporeal, that generated the ghost and was the frightful misery of the belief in ghosts. As long as you...
Page 235 - I sacrifice nothing to it, I only utilize it; but to be able to utilize it completely I transform it rather into my property and my creature,—t. e.
Page 251 - I think it belongs to him who knows how to take it, or who does not let it be taken from him, does not let himself be deprived of it. If he appropriates it, then not only the earth, but the right to it too, belongs to him. This is egoistic right: it is right for me, therefore it is right. Aside from this, right does have 'a wax nose'.
Page 3 - What is not supposed to be my concern f ! First and foremost, the Good Cause, J then God's cause, the cause of mankind, of truth, of freedom, of humanity, of justice ; further, the cause of my people, my prince, my fatherland ; finally, even the cause of Mind, and a thousand other causes. Only my cause is never to be my concern. " Shame on the egoist who thinks only of himself!
Page 41 - Let us, in brief, set Feuerbach's theological view and our contradiction over against each other! "The essence of man is man's supreme being; now by religion, to be sure, the supreme being is called God and regarded as an objective essence, but in truth it is only man's own essence; and therefore the turning point of the world's history is that henceforth no longer God, but man, is to appear to man as God.
Page 485 - ... it is not I. But I am not an ego along with other egos, but the sole ego: I am unique. Hence my wants too are unique, and my deeds; in short, everything about me is unique. And it is only as this unique I that I take everything for my own, as I set myself to work, and develop myself, only as this. I do not develop men, nor as man, but, as I, I develop — myself.
Page 257 - He who, to hold his own, must count on the absence of will in others is a thing made by these others, as the master is a thing made by the servant. If submissiveness ceased, it would be all over with lordship. The own wiU of Me is the State's destroyer; it is therefore branded by the State as
Page 300 - The State seeks to hinder every free activity by its censorship, its supervision, its police, and holds this hindering to be its duty, because it is in truth a duty of self-preservation. The State wants to make something out of man, therefore there live in it only made men; every one who wants to be his own self is its opponent THE OWNER 299 and is nothing.

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