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Quote from David Kelley,

"To say "I have to" is to speak the language of compulsion, duty, authority -- the language of injunctions imposed on us from without. Objectivism is not a duty ethic, but an ethic of values, the ultimate value being one's own life and happiness. The language of values is "I want" and "I will": I want this, and I will do what it takes to get it."


David Kelley (more quotes by David Kelley or books by/about David Kelley)

Executive Director Institute for Objectivist Studies, Ph.D.


I Don't Have To, IOS Journal, Volume 6, Number 1, April 1996.


Compulsion, Duty, Ethics, Responsibility, Self-Determination


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