Andrew Bernstein

Andrew
Bernstein
1949

American Professor of Philosophy and Proponent of Ayn Rand's Objectivist Philosophy

Author Quotes

leads inevitably to the most hideous oppression.

Stress is not the spice of life any more than arsenic is. And without it, you won't feel bored.

We need to distinguish between stress and stimulation. Having deadlines, setting goals, and pushing yourself to perform at capacity are stimulating. Stress is when you're anxious, upset, or frustrated, which dramatically reduce your ability to perform.

A hero has faced it all: he need not be undefeated, but he must be undaunted.

Look closer at the stress in your own life and you can identify that negative emotions are always built on counterfactual statements.

Stress is the negative whirlwind of emotions that gets imposed on top of our stimulation and engagement.

When a friend is sick, I see the situation for what it is, not what it isn't, and I offer to help as much as she wants, not as much as I want.

A hero holds purposes appropriate to man and is, therefore, a thinker.

Many argue that Christianity is "different" from other religions - that it is primarily about love of one's fellow man. The Crusades, The Inquisition, Calvin's Geneva all prove that this is not the case. These events were pre-eminently about obedience to authority.

Stress never comes directly from your circumstances. It comes from your thoughts about your circumstances.

You can't tell yourself that your stress is produced in your head and feel better. You still need to learn how to create a change.

Altruism demands that an individual serve others, but doesn?t stipulate whether those others should be one?s family, or the homeless, or society as a whole. Collectivism states that, in politics, society comes first and the individual must obey. Collectivism is the application of the altruist ethics to politics.

Negative thoughts stick around because we believe them, not because we want them or choose them.

The deadline for compliance with very costly internal control reporting regulations is next year and I think lot of companies are evaluating how to avoid the costs.

You might think that shifting your thoughts is as easy as setting your mind to it. But stressful thoughts aren't held in place through choice or will power. They're held in place through perceived truth value.

Capitalism is the greatest benefactor man has ever had. It is time for the thinking men and women of every nation to recognize that fact and to fully embrace the system of the mind and of individual rights. Men and women of all countries unite - in your support of capitalism. You have a world of joyous achievement to win.

Nothing is given to man on earth - struggle is built into the nature of life, and conflict is possible - the hero is the man who lets no obstacle prevent him from pursuing the values he has chosen.

The elusive truth is that there is nothing stress-producing in the physical world. Things simply are. Molecules move. Light and sound appear.

Collectivism is the political theory that states that the will of the people is omnipotent, an individual must obey; that society as a whole, not the individual, is the unit of moral value. ... Collectivism is the application of the altruist ethics to politics.

Our group is trying to convince the Securities Exchange Commission (SEC) to make its deregistration rules more flexible.

The hero is valorous because he stands up to every threat directed against his values. Heroism requires value conflict.

During the financial crisis, I worked with hundreds of executives who struggled as a result of their thoughts about job security. When their beliefs changed, so did their emotional experience - and they were then able to focus on the task at hand more effectively.

People around the world now complain about stressors every day, and the word shows up throughout professional and lay literature. But in reality there is no such thing as a stressor. Why not? Because nothing has the inherent power to provoke stress.

The less you think counterfactually, the less you experience stress. Stress, in this light, isn't a bad thing. It's simply a warning system telling you that your mind has lost touch with what's real.

Each one of us has the power ? and must develop the will ? to be the hero of his own life. We believe in goals, in purposes, in achievement and in the joy of living

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First Name
Andrew
Last Name
Bernstein
Birth Date
1949
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American Professor of Philosophy and Proponent of Ayn Rand's Objectivist Philosophy