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I'm getting married in 11 months. To placate my father-in-law to be, we're going to have a Bible reading, probably (yes, I know it's cliched, but it ain't bad) 1 Corinthians.

For my own sake, I'd like to include a reading from Ayn Rand.

Anyone have a suggestion? Preferably something on topic (or I'd just use the Money Speech) that would be a good fit for a wedding and a generally non-Objectivist crowd.

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“I consider marriage a very important institution, but it is important when and if two people have found the person with whom they wish to spend the rest of their lives—a question of which no man or woman can be automatically certain. When one is certain that one’s choice is final, then marriage is, of course, a desirable state. But this does not mean that any relationship based on less than total certainty is improper. I think the question of an affair or a marriage depends on the knowledge and the position of the two persons involved and should be left up to them. Either is moral, provided only that both parties take the relationship seriously and that it is based on values.”

Ayn Rand

You might want to take out the highlighted part in

Love is an expression and assertion of self-esteem, a response to one's own values in the person of another. One gains a profoundly personal, selfish joy from the mere existence of the person one loves. It is one's own personal, selfish happiness that one seeks, earns, and derives from love.

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Fred: why not kill two birds with one stone?

I would quote from Eccliastes 3:12-13:

"12 I know that there is nothing better for people than to be happy and to do good while they live.13 That each of them may eat and drink, and find satisfaction in all their toil—this is the gift of God."

Sounds very much like something Rand would have said were she a goddess. :laugh:

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Ecclesiastes is my favorite book of the Bible.

Although I prefer 9:7

Go, eat your bread with joy, and drink your wine with a merry heart, for God has long approved of your works.

But yeah, I kinda want a Rand quote.

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I'm getting married in 11 months. To placate my father-in-law to be, we're going to have a Bible reading, probably (yes, I know it's cliched, but it ain't bad) 1 Corinthians. For my own sake, I'd like to include a reading from Ayn Rand. Anyone have a suggestion? Preferably something on topic (or I'd just use the Money Speech) that would be a good fit for a wedding and a generally non-Objectivist crowd.

I would not use the Money Speech at a wedding. For it could lead to confusion, especially with a mostly non-Objectivist guest crowd, who might connote "marrying for money" with it.

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Rand was a novelist, not a poet, a Romantic but in my view, not romantic enough for a wedding.

I think PDS's suggestion to kill the two birds with one stone is excellent. There are many beautiful passages in the Bible that are perfectly compatible with Objectivism. Check out the Song of Solomon.

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I have always liked this from Anthem:

"I shall choose my friends among men, but neither slaves nor masters. And I shall choose only such as please me, and them I shall love and respect, but neither command nor obey. And we shall join our hands when we wish, or walk alone when we so desire. For in the temple of his spirit, each man is alone. Let each man keep his temple untouched and undefiled. Then let him join hands with others if he wishes, but only beyond his holy threshold."

There may be something more suitable in this collection. I'm guessing when you find something you like it will be in "Anthem".

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Officiant: Do you Frederick take this woman.....

Groom: Only if I know that deep down she really wants to be taken! Then yeah, sure!

LOL! Good one, Carol! :D

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Officiant: Do you Frederick take this woman..... Groom: Only if I know that deep down she really wants to be taken! Then yeah, sure!
LOL! Good one, Carol! :D

A dig. A palpable dig! When the two ladies share a joke, you know they are ganging up on us.

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Not at all. Just a helpful suggestion on incorporating Rand into the ceremony with a nod to the Fountainhead. Zingier than the Money Speech!

Hmm XRay, Tony seems awfully defensive for some reason.....

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Not at all. Just a helpful suggestion on incorporating Rand into the ceremony with a nod to the Fountainhead. Zingier than the Money Speech! Hmm XRay, Tony seems awfully defensive for some reason.....
Not at all. Just a helpful suggestion on incorporating Rand into the ceremony with a nod to the Fountainhead. Zingier than the Money Speech! Hmm XRay, Tony seems awfully defensive for some reason.....

Carol, In transatlantic parlance I believe this is called a "Gotcha!" moment.

("Defensive"? Qui, moi? Non, ce ne pas vrais - comme Napoleon a dit: "L'audace, toujours l'audace!")

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An Objectivist wedding speech? What an odd thought. An Objectivist doesn’t have to give speeches. Objectivists, whether male or female always act like forceful, willful people but without the accompanying snootiness. And I don’t got to show you no stinking badges either. Peter

Michelle Cohen once quoted:

IT MUST BE GREAT TO BE A MAN, BECAUSE ........ - Your ass is never a factor in a job interview. - Your orgasms are real - always. - Your last name stays put. - You never feel compelled to stop a friend from getting laid. - A razor never comes near your pubic area. - The garage is all yours. - Wedding plans take care of themselves. - Chocolate is just another snack. - You can be president. - You can wear a thin, white tee-shirt to a water park. - Car mechanics tell you the truth. - You don't give a hoot if someone notices your new haircut. - If you retain water, it's in a canteen. - Porn movies are designed with you in mind. - You can open all your own jars. - You never have to drive to another gas station because this one's restroom is too icky. - Wrinkles add character. - Wedding dress $5,000; tux rental $100. - People never stare at your chest when you're talking to them. - New shoes don't cut, blister, or mangle your feet. - One mood, ALL the damn time. - Phone conversations are over within 60 seconds. - A week-long vacation requires only one suitcase. - You can leave the motel bed unmade. - You can kill your own food. - You get extra credit for the slightest act of thoughtfulness. - If someone forgets to invite you to something, he or she can still be your friend. - Your underwear is $5.95 for a three-pack. - You can quietly enjoy a car ride when not driving. - Three pairs of shoes are more than enough. - You can quietly watch a game with your buddy for hours without ever thinking: "He must be mad at me." - You can drop by to see a friend without having to bring a little gift. - If another guy shows up at the party in the same outfit you just might become lifelong friends. - You're not expected to know the names of more than five colors. - You don't have to stop and think of which way to turn a nut on a bolt. - You almost never have strap problems in public. - You are unable to see wrinkles in your clothes. - The same hairstyle lasts for years, maybe decades. - You don't have to shave below your neck. - You can get a dime or your keys in 3 seconds. - You can get out of bed and be out the door in 5 minutes. - One wallet and one pair of shoes, one color, all seasons. - You can do your nails with a pocketknife. - You have freedom of choice concerning growing a mustache. - Christmas shopping can be accomplished for 20 relatives, on December 24th, in 45 minutes.

"I thoroughly disapprove of duels. If a man should challenge me, I would take him kindly and forgivingly by the hand and lead him to a quiet place and kill him."----Mark Twain

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