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Quotes by Ayn Rand

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Wikipedia Summary for Ayn Rand

Alice O'Connor (born Alisa Zinovyevna Rosenbaum; February 2, [O.S. January 20] 1905 – March 6, 1982), known by her pen name Ayn Rand (), was a Russian-American writer and philosopher. She is known for her fiction and for developing a philosophical system she named Objectivism. Born and educated in Russia, she moved to the United States in 1926. She had a play that opened on Broadway in 1935. After two early novels that were initially unsuccessful, she achieved fame with her 1943 novel, The Fountainhead. In 1957, Rand published her best-known work, the novel Atlas Shrugged. Afterward, she turned to non-fiction to promote her philosophy, publishing her own periodicals and releasing several collections of essays until her death in 1982.

Rand advocated reason as the only means of acquiring knowledge and rejected faith and religion. She supported rational and ethical egoism and rejected altruism. In politics, she condemned the initiation of force as immoral and opposed collectivism, statism, as well as anarchism, instead supporting laissez-faire capitalism, which she defined as the system based on recognizing individual rights, including property rights. Although she was opposed to libertarianism, seeing the ideology as anarchism, she is often associated with the modern libertarian movement. In art, Rand promoted romantic realism. She was sharply critical of most philosophers and philosophical traditions known to her, except for Aristotle, Thomas Aquinas and classical liberals.

Literary critics received Rand's fiction with mixed reviews.

Although there was some growth of academic interest in her ideas in the early 2000s, academic philosophers have generally ignored or rejected her philosophy due to her polemical approach and lack of methodological rigor. The Objectivist movement attempts to spread her ideas, both to the public and in academic settings. She has been a significant influence among libertarians and American conservatives.

Quote: Money is only a tool. It will take you wherever you wish, but it will not replace you as the driver. by author Ayn Rand overlaid on photo of man on running field
Photo Credit: Braden Collum

Money is only a tool. It will take you wherever you wish, but it will not replace you as the driver.


Quote: The ladder of success is best climbed by stepping on the rungs of opportunity. by author Ayn Rand overlaid on photo of woman lying on white lounge chair in the middle of pool
Photo Credit: Jane Palash

The ladder of success is best climbed by stepping on the rungs of opportunity.


Quote: A creative man is motivated by the desire to achieve, not by the desire to beat others. by author Ayn Rand overlaid on photo of yellow, orange, red, green, and blue abstract painting
Photo Credit: Markus Spiske

A creative man is motivated by the desire to achieve, not by the desire to beat others.


Quote: If you don't know, the thing to do is not to get scared, but to learn. by author Ayn Rand overlaid on photo of photo of author Ayn Rand with quote

If you don't know, the thing to do is not to get scared, but to learn.


Quote: In the temple of his spirit, each man is alone. by author Ayn Rand overlaid on photo of blue mountains at daytime
Photo Credit: Antoine Rault

In the temple of his spirit, each man is alone.


Quote: To say I love you one must first be able to say the I. by author Ayn Rand overlaid on photo of two dragonflies on green cornate leaf
Photo Credit: mike mcgrath

To say I love you one must first be able to say the I.


Quote: Money is the barometer of a society's virtue. by author Ayn Rand overlaid on photo of pink pig figurine on white surface
Photo Credit: Fabian Blank

Money is the barometer of a society's virtue.


Quote: Every aspect of Western culture needs a new code of ethics -- a rational ethics -- as a precondition of rebirth. by author Ayn Rand overlaid on photo of photo of author Ayn Rand with quote

Every aspect of Western culture needs a new code of ethics -- a rational ethics -- as a precondition of rebirth.


Quote: The argument from intimidation is a confession of intellectual impotence. by author Ayn Rand overlaid on photo of photo of author Ayn Rand with quote

The argument from intimidation is a confession of intellectual impotence.


Quote: Altruism does not mean mere kindness or generosity, but the sacrifice of the best among men to the worst, the sacrifice of virtues to flaws, of ability to incompetence, of progress to stagnation-and the subordinating of all life and of all values to the claims of anyone's suffering. by author Ayn Rand overlaid on photo of Ayn Rand quote: Altruism does not mean mere kindness or generosity, but the sacrifice of the best among men to the worst, the sacrifice of virtues to flaws, of ability to incompetence, of progress to stagnation-and the subordinating of all life and of all values to the claims of anyone's suffering.- black text on quotes background

Altruism does not mean mere kindness or generosity, but the sacrifice of the best among men to the worst, the sacrifice of virtues to flaws, of ability to incompetence, of progress to stagnation-and the subordinating of all life and of all values to the claims of anyone's suffering.


Quote: Capitalism and altruism are incompatible; they are philosophical opposites; they cannot co-exist in the same man or in the same society. by author Ayn Rand overlaid on photo of photo of author Ayn Rand with quote

Capitalism and altruism are incompatible; they are philosophical opposites; they cannot co-exist in the same man or in the same society.


Quote: The attack on selfishness is an attack on man's self-esteem; to surrender one, is to surrender the other. by author Ayn Rand overlaid on photo of photo of author Ayn Rand with quote

The attack on selfishness is an attack on man's self-esteem; to surrender one, is to surrender the other.


Quote: Religion is a primitive form of philosophy, the attempt to offer a comprehensive view of reality. by author Ayn Rand overlaid on photo of photo of author Ayn Rand with quote

Religion is a primitive form of philosophy, the attempt to offer a comprehensive view of reality.


Quote: For the first time since her return, she felt pain, a violent pain, but it made her feel alive, because it was worth feeling. by author Ayn Rand overlaid on photo of photo of author Ayn Rand with quote

For the first time since her return, she felt pain, a violent pain, but it made her feel alive, because it was worth feeling.


Quote: If you want to feel good, be rational. by author Ayn Rand overlaid on photo of photo of author Ayn Rand with quote

If you want to feel good, be rational.


Quote: A rational process is a moral process. by author Ayn Rand overlaid on photo of photo of author Ayn Rand with quote

A rational process is a moral process.

Longer Version/[Notes]:

A rational process is a moral process. You may make an error at any step of it, with nothing to protect you but your own severity, or you may try to cheat, to fake the evidence and evade the effort of the quest -- but if devotion to truth is the hallmark of morality, then there is no greater, nobler, more heroic form of devotion than the act of a man who assumes the responsibility of thinking.


Quote: Existence is Identity, consciousness is identification. by author Ayn Rand overlaid on photo of photo of author Ayn Rand with quote

Existence is Identity, consciousness is identification.


Quote: Mediocrity doesn't mean average intelligence, it means an average intelligence that resents and envies its betters. by author Ayn Rand overlaid on photo of photo of author Ayn Rand with quote

Mediocrity doesn't mean average intelligence, it means an average intelligence that resents and envies its betters.


Quote: A genius is a genius, regardless of the number of morons who belong to the same race and a moron is a moron, regardless of the number of geniuses who share his racial origin. by author Ayn Rand overlaid on photo of photo of author Ayn Rand with quote

A genius is a genius, regardless of the number of morons who belong to the same race and a moron is a moron, regardless of the number of geniuses who share his racial origin.


Quote: Ethics is a code of values which guide our choices and actions and determine the purpose and course of our lives. by author Ayn Rand overlaid on photo of photo of author Ayn Rand with quote

Ethics is a code of values which guide our choices and actions and determine the purpose and course of our lives.


Quote: One method of destroying a concept is by diluting its meaning. Observe that by ascribing rights to the unborn, the nonliving, the anti-abortionists obliterate the rights of the living. by author Ayn Rand overlaid on photo of photo of author Ayn Rand with quote

One method of destroying a concept is by diluting its meaning. Observe that by ascribing rights to the unborn, the nonliving, the anti-abortionists obliterate the rights of the living.


Quote: When you see that trading is done, not by consent, but by compulsion...th at in order to produce, you need to obtain permission from men who produce nothing-you may know that your society is doomed. by author Ayn Rand overlaid on photo of photo of author Ayn Rand with quote

When you see that trading is done, not by consent, but by compulsion...th at in order to produce, you need to obtain permission from men who produce nothing-you may know that your society is doomed.


Quote: Let me give you a tip on a clue to men's characters: the man who damns money has obtained it dishonorably; the man who respects it has earned it. by author Ayn Rand overlaid on photo of photo of author Ayn Rand with quote

Let me give you a tip on a clue to men's characters: the man who damns money has obtained it dishonorably; the man who respects it has earned it.


Quote: There is no affirmation without the one who affirms. in this sense, everything to which you grant your love is yours. by author Ayn Rand overlaid on photo of photo of author Ayn Rand with quote

There is no affirmation without the one who affirms. in this sense, everything to which you grant your love is yours.


Quote: When the law no longer protects you from the corrupt, but protects the corrupt from you, you know your nation is doomed. by author Ayn Rand overlaid on photo of photo of author Ayn Rand with quote

When the law no longer protects you from the corrupt, but protects the corrupt from you, you know your nation is doomed.


Quote: Money will not purchase happiness for the man who has no concept of what he wants. by author Ayn Rand overlaid on photo of photo of author Ayn Rand with quote

Money will not purchase happiness for the man who has no concept of what he wants.


Quote: I don't wish to be the symbol of anything. I'm only myself. by author Ayn Rand overlaid on photo of photo of author Ayn Rand with quote

I don't wish to be the symbol of anything. I'm only myself.


Quote: Do it first and feel about it afterwards. by author Ayn Rand overlaid on photo of photo of author Ayn Rand with quote

Do it first and feel about it afterwards.


Quote: Worry is a waste of emotional reserve. by author Ayn Rand overlaid on photo of photo of author Ayn Rand with quote

Worry is a waste of emotional reserve.




Quote: Capitalism is our only moral system. All other systems take advantage of man's rights and liberties. by author Ayn Rand overlaid on photo of photo of author Ayn Rand with quote

Capitalism is our only moral system. All other systems take advantage of man's rights and liberties.


Quote: We are on strike against the doctrine that life is guilt. by author Ayn Rand overlaid on photo of photo of author Ayn Rand with quote

We are on strike against the doctrine that life is guilt.


Quote: A code of values accepted by choice is a code of morality. by author Ayn Rand overlaid on photo of photo of author Ayn Rand with quote

A code of values accepted by choice is a code of morality.


Quote: Since time immemorial and pre-industrial, 'greed' has been the accusation hurled at the rich by the concrete-bound illiterates who were unable to conceive of the source of wealth or of the motivation of those who produce it. by author Ayn Rand overlaid on photo of photo of author Ayn Rand with quote

Since time immemorial and pre-industrial, 'greed' has been the accusation hurled at the rich by the concrete-bound illiterates who were unable to conceive of the source of wealth or of the motivation of those who produce it.


Quote: The essential characteristic of socialism is the denial of individual property rights. by author Ayn Rand overlaid on photo of photo of author Ayn Rand with quote

The essential characteristic of socialism is the denial of individual property rights.


Quote: 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. by author Ayn Rand overlaid on photo of Ayn Rand quote: 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.- black text on quotes background

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.




Quote: But what is freedom? Freedom from what? There is nothing to take a man's freedom away from him, save other men. To be free, a man must be free of his brothers. That is freedom. That and nothing else. by author Ayn Rand overlaid on photo of photo of author Ayn Rand with quote

But what is freedom? Freedom from what? There is nothing to take a man's freedom away from him, save other men. To be free, a man must be free of his brothers. That is freedom. That and nothing else.


Quote: There is fear hanging in the air of the sleeping halls, and the air of the streets. Fear walks through the city, fear without name, without shape. All men feel it and none dare speak. by author Ayn Rand overlaid on photo of photo of author Ayn Rand with quote

There is fear hanging in the air of the sleeping halls, and the air of the streets. Fear walks through the city, fear without name, without shape. All men feel it and none dare speak.


Quote: There is nothing to take a man's freedom away from him, save other men. by author Ayn Rand overlaid on photo of photo of author Ayn Rand with quote

There is nothing to take a man's freedom away from him, save other men.


Quote: This miracle of me is mine to own and keep, and mine to guard, and mine to use, and mine to kneel before. by author Ayn Rand overlaid on photo of photo of author Ayn Rand with quote

This miracle of me is mine to own and keep, and mine to guard, and mine to use, and mine to kneel before.


Quote: You'll get everything society can give a man. You'll keep all the money. You'll take any fame or honor anyone might want to grant. You'll accept such gratitude as the tenants might feel. And I -- I'll take what nobody can give a man, except himself. I will have built Cortlandt.
 -- Howard Roark. by author Ayn Rand overlaid on photo of Ayn Rand quote: You'll get everything society can give a man. You'll keep all the money. You'll take any fame or honor anyone might want to grant. You'll accept such gratitude as the tenants might feel. And I -- I'll take what nobody can give a man, except himself. I will have built Cortlandt.
 -- Howard Roark.- black text on quotes background

You'll get everything society can give a man. You'll keep all the money. You'll take any fame or honor anyone might want to grant. You'll accept such gratitude as the tenants might feel. And I -- I'll take what nobody can give a man, except himself. I will have built Cortlandt.
-- Howard Roark.


Quote: Paper is a check drawn by legal looters upon an account which is not theirs: upon the virtue of the victims. Watch for the day when it bounces, marked: 'Account Overdrawn.' by author Ayn Rand overlaid on photo of photo of author Ayn Rand with quote

Paper is a check drawn by legal looters upon an account which is not theirs: upon the virtue of the victims. Watch for the day when it bounces, marked: 'Account Overdrawn.'


Quote: When men reject reason, they have no means left for dealing with one another -- except brute, physical force. by author Ayn Rand overlaid on photo of photo of author Ayn Rand with quote

When men reject reason, they have no means left for dealing with one another -- except brute, physical force.


Quote: Professional intellectuals are the voice of a culture and are, therefore, its leaders, its integrators and its bodyguards. by author Ayn Rand overlaid on photo of photo of author Ayn Rand with quote

Professional intellectuals are the voice of a culture and are, therefore, its leaders, its integrators and its bodyguards.


Quote: The charming aspect of Christmas is the fact that it expresses good will in a cheerful, happy, benevolent, non-sacrificial way. by author Ayn Rand overlaid on photo of photo of author Ayn Rand with quote

The charming aspect of Christmas is the fact that it expresses good will in a cheerful, happy, benevolent, non-sacrificial way.

Longer Version/[Notes]:

The charming aspect of Christmas is the fact that it expresses good will in a cheerful, happy, benevolent, non-sacrificial way. One says: "Merry Christmas"-not "Weep and Repent." And the good will is expressed in a material, earthly form-by giving presents to one's friends, or by sending them cards in token of remembrance. .


Quote: The structures were austere and simple, until one looked at them and realized what work, what complexity of method, what tension of thought had achieved the simplicity. by author Ayn Rand overlaid on photo of photo of author Ayn Rand with quote

The structures were austere and simple, until one looked at them and realized what work, what complexity of method, what tension of thought had achieved the simplicity.


Quote: That which is not worth contemplating in life, is not worth recreating in art. by author Ayn Rand overlaid on photo of photo of author Ayn Rand with quote

That which is not worth contemplating in life, is not worth recreating in art.


Quote: Dangers, to Francisco, were merely opportunities for another brilliant performance; there were no battles he could lose, no enemies to beat him. by author Ayn Rand overlaid on photo of photo of author Ayn Rand with quote

Dangers, to Francisco, were merely opportunities for another brilliant performance; there were no battles he could lose, no enemies to beat him.


Quote: The desire not to be anything is the desire not to be. by author Ayn Rand overlaid on photo of photo of author Ayn Rand with quote

The desire not to be anything is the desire not to be.


Quote: The concept of free competition enforced by law is a grotesque contradiction in terms. by author Ayn Rand overlaid on photo of photo of author Ayn Rand with quote

The concept of free competition enforced by law is a grotesque contradiction in terms.


Quote: He thought...that man's work should be a higher step, an improvement on nature, not a degradation. He did not want to despise men; he wanted to love and admire them. by author Ayn Rand overlaid on photo of photo of author Ayn Rand with quote

He thought...that man's work should be a higher step, an improvement on nature, not a degradation. He did not want to despise men; he wanted to love and admire them.




Quote: Every man is free to rise as far as he's able or willing, but the degree to which he thinks determines the degree to which he'll rise. by author Ayn Rand overlaid on photo of photo of author Ayn Rand with quote

Every man is free to rise as far as he's able or willing, but the degree to which he thinks determines the degree to which he'll rise.


Quote: Do not keep silent when your own ideas and values are being attacked. If a dictatorship ever comes to this country, it will be by the fault of those who keep silent. We are still free enough to speak. Do we have time? No one can tell. by author Ayn Rand overlaid on photo of photo of author Ayn Rand with quote

Do not keep silent when your own ideas and values are being attacked. If a dictatorship ever comes to this country, it will be by the fault of those who keep silent. We are still free enough to speak. Do we have time? No one can tell.




Quote: Contrary to the ecologists, nature does not stand still and does not maintain the kind of equilibrium that guarantees the survival of any particular species -- least of all the survival of her greatest and most fragile product: man. by author Ayn Rand overlaid on photo of photo of author Ayn Rand with quote

Contrary to the ecologists, nature does not stand still and does not maintain the kind of equilibrium that guarantees the survival of any particular species -- least of all the survival of her greatest and most fragile product: man.


Quote: Man is a being with free will; therefore, each man is potentially good or evil, and it's up to him and only him (through his reasoning mind) to decide which he wants to be. by author Ayn Rand overlaid on photo of photo of author Ayn Rand with quote

Man is a being with free will; therefore, each man is potentially good or evil, and it's up to him and only him (through his reasoning mind) to decide which he wants to be.


Quote: The pursuit of truth is not important. The pursuit of that truth is important which helps you in reaching your goal that is provided you have one. by author Ayn Rand overlaid on photo of photo of author Ayn Rand with quote

The pursuit of truth is not important. The pursuit of that truth is important which helps you in reaching your goal that is provided you have one.


Quote: There's only one passion in most artists more violent than their desire for admiration: their fear of identifying the nature of such admiration as they do receive. by author Ayn Rand overlaid on photo of photo of author Ayn Rand with quote

There's only one passion in most artists more violent than their desire for admiration: their fear of identifying the nature of such admiration as they do receive.


Quote: And now I see the face of god, and I raise this god over the earth, this god whom men have sought since men came into being, this god who will grant them joy and peace and pride. This god, this one word: 'I. by author Ayn Rand overlaid on photo of photo of author Ayn Rand with quote

And now I see the face of god, and I raise this god over the earth, this god whom men have sought since men came into being, this god who will grant them joy and peace and pride. This god, this one word: 'I.


Quote: Those who wish to deal with me, must do so on my terms or not at all. I do not make terms with incompetence. by author Ayn Rand overlaid on photo of photo of author Ayn Rand with quote

Those who wish to deal with me, must do so on my terms or not at all. I do not make terms with incompetence.


Quote: His view of the world was simple: there were the able and there were the incompetent; he was not concerned with the latter. by author Ayn Rand overlaid on photo of photo of author Ayn Rand with quote

His view of the world was simple: there were the able and there were the incompetent; he was not concerned with the latter.


Quote: There is no conflict of interests among men, neither in business nor in trade nor in their most personal desires--if they omit the irrational from their view of the possible and destruction from their view of the practical? by author Ayn Rand overlaid on photo of photo of author Ayn Rand with quote

There is no conflict of interests among men, neither in business nor in trade nor in their most personal desires--if they omit the irrational from their view of the possible and destruction from their view of the practical?


Quote: There's no way to make the irrational work. by author Ayn Rand overlaid on photo of photo of author Ayn Rand with quote

There's no way to make the irrational work.


Quote: Independence is the recognition of the fact that yours is the responsibility of judgment and nothing can help you escape it...
John Galt. by author Ayn Rand overlaid on photo of photo of author Ayn Rand with quote

Independence is the recognition of the fact that yours is the responsibility of judgment and nothing can help you escape it...
John Galt.


Quote: Do not help your jailers to pretend that their jail is your natural state of existence. by author Ayn Rand overlaid on photo of photo of author Ayn Rand with quote

Do not help your jailers to pretend that their jail is your natural state of existence.


Quote: When you have established that one alternative is good and the other is evil, there is no justification for the choice of a mixture. There is no justification ever for choosing any part of what you know to be evil. by author Ayn Rand overlaid on photo of photo of author Ayn Rand with quote

When you have established that one alternative is good and the other is evil, there is no justification for the choice of a mixture. There is no justification ever for choosing any part of what you know to be evil.


Quote: The fields are black and ploughed, and they lie like a great fan before us, with their furrows gathered in some hand beyond the sky, spreading forth from that hand, opening wide apart as they come toward us, like black pleats that sparkle with thin, green spangles. by author Ayn Rand overlaid on photo of Ayn Rand quote; white text on black background

The fields are black and ploughed, and they lie like a great fan before us, with their furrows gathered in some hand beyond the sky, spreading forth from that hand, opening wide apart as they come toward us, like black pleats that sparkle with thin, green spangles.


Quote: Words are a lens to focus one's mind. by author Ayn Rand overlaid on photo of photo of author Ayn Rand with quote

Words are a lens to focus one's mind.


Quote: I understood that centuries of chains and lashes will not kill the spirit of man nor the sense of truth within him. by author Ayn Rand overlaid on photo of photo of author Ayn Rand with quote

I understood that centuries of chains and lashes will not kill the spirit of man nor the sense of truth within him.


Quote: And suddenly that we were laughing out loud, laughing as if there were no power left in us save laughter. by author Ayn Rand overlaid on photo of photo of author Ayn Rand with quote

And suddenly that we were laughing out loud, laughing as if there were no power left in us save laughter.


Quote: There's no way to rule innocent men. The only power any government has is the power to crack down on criminals. Well, when there aren't enough criminals, one makes them. One declares so many things to be a crime that it becomes impossible for men to live without breaking laws. by author Ayn Rand overlaid on photo of Ayn Rand quote; white text on black background

There's no way to rule innocent men. The only power any government has is the power to crack down on criminals. Well, when there aren't enough criminals, one makes them. One declares so many things to be a crime that it becomes impossible for men to live without breaking laws.


Quote: I worship individuals for their highest possibilities as individuals and I loathe humanity for its failure to live up to these possibilities. by author Ayn Rand overlaid on photo of photo of author Ayn Rand with quote

I worship individuals for their highest possibilities as individuals and I loathe humanity for its failure to live up to these possibilities.


Quote: The quickest way to kill the human spirit is to ask someone to do mediocre work. by author Ayn Rand overlaid on photo of photo of author Ayn Rand with quote

The quickest way to kill the human spirit is to ask someone to do mediocre work.


Quote: Reason can be fought with reason. How are you going to fight the unreasonable? The trouble with you, my dear, and with most people, is that you don't have sufficient respect for the senseless. The senseless is the major factor in our lives. You have no chance if it is your enemy. by author Ayn Rand overlaid on photo of Ayn Rand quote; white text on black background

Reason can be fought with reason. How are you going to fight the unreasonable? The trouble with you, my dear, and with most people, is that you don't have sufficient respect for the senseless. The senseless is the major factor in our lives. You have no chance if it is your enemy.




Quote: What is morality, she asked.
Judgement to distinguish right and wrong, vision to see the truth, and courage to act upon it, dedication to that which is good, integrity to stand by the good at any price. by author Ayn Rand overlaid on photo of photo of author Ayn Rand with quote

What is morality, she asked.
Judgement to distinguish right and wrong, vision to see the truth, and courage to act upon it, dedication to that which is good, integrity to stand by the good at any price.


Quote: I love you, Dominique. As selfishly as the fact that I exist. As selfishly as my lungs breathe air. I breathe for my own necessity, for the fuel of my body, for my survival. I've given you, not my sacrifice or my pity, but my ego and my naked need. This is the only way I can want you to love me. by author Ayn Rand overlaid on photo of Ayn Rand quote: I love you, Dominique. As selfishly as the fact that I exist. As selfishly as my lungs breathe air. I breathe for my own necessity, for the fuel of my body, for my survival. I've given you, not my sacrifice or my pity, but my ego and my naked need. This is the only way I can want you to love me.- black text on quotes background

I love you, Dominique. As selfishly as the fact that I exist. As selfishly as my lungs breathe air. I breathe for my own necessity, for the fuel of my body, for my survival. I've given you, not my sacrifice or my pity, but my ego and my naked need. This is the only way I can want you to love me.


Quote: I want to be prepared to claim the greatest virtue of all -- that I was a man who made money. by author Ayn Rand overlaid on photo of photo of author Ayn Rand with quote

I want to be prepared to claim the greatest virtue of all -- that I was a man who made money.




Quote: The men who are not interested in philosophy need it most urgently; they are most helplessly in its power. by author Ayn Rand overlaid on photo of photo of author Ayn Rand with quote

The men who are not interested in philosophy need it most urgently; they are most helplessly in its power.


Quote: The purpose of the law is not to prevent a future offense, but to punish the one actually committed. by author Ayn Rand overlaid on photo of photo of author Ayn Rand with quote

The purpose of the law is not to prevent a future offense, but to punish the one actually committed.


Quote: Humanity's darkest evil, the most destructive horror machine among all the devices of men, is non-objective law. by author Ayn Rand overlaid on photo of photo of author Ayn Rand with quote

Humanity's darkest evil, the most destructive horror machine among all the devices of men, is non-objective law.


Quote: To discuss evil in a manner implying neutrality, is to sanction it. by author Ayn Rand overlaid on photo of photo of author Ayn Rand with quote

To discuss evil in a manner implying neutrality, is to sanction it.


Quote: There are only two means by which men can deal with one another: guns or logic. Force or persuasion. Those who know that they cannot win by means of logic, have always resorted to guns. by author Ayn Rand overlaid on photo of photo of author Ayn Rand with quote

There are only two means by which men can deal with one another: guns or logic. Force or persuasion. Those who know that they cannot win by means of logic, have always resorted to guns.


Quote: A good quotation must be a complete entity. It must be like a headline -- sharp, clear, whole. by author Ayn Rand overlaid on photo of photo of author Ayn Rand with quote

A good quotation must be a complete entity. It must be like a headline -- sharp, clear, whole.


Quote: I consider promiscuity immoral. Not because sex is evil, but because sex is too good and too important. by author Ayn Rand overlaid on photo of photo of author Ayn Rand with quote

I consider promiscuity immoral. Not because sex is evil, but because sex is too good and too important.


Quote: No principle ever filled anybody's milk bottle. by author Ayn Rand overlaid on photo of photo of author Ayn Rand with quote

No principle ever filled anybody's milk bottle.


Quote: The prisoners liked to talk about their past. Their memories were the only future they had. by author Ayn Rand overlaid on photo of photo of author Ayn Rand with quote

The prisoners liked to talk about their past. Their memories were the only future they had.


Quote: You are never called upon to prove a negative. that's a law of logic. by author Ayn Rand overlaid on photo of photo of author Ayn Rand with quote

You are never called upon to prove a negative. that's a law of logic.




Quote: To know one's own desires, their meaning and their costs requires the highest human virtue: rationality. by author Ayn Rand overlaid on photo of photo of author Ayn Rand with quote

To know one's own desires, their meaning and their costs requires the highest human virtue: rationality.


Quote: When a man feels fear without reason, you call him to the attention of a psychiatrist; you are not so careful to protect the meaning, the nature and the dignity of love. by author Ayn Rand overlaid on photo of photo of author Ayn Rand with quote

When a man feels fear without reason, you call him to the attention of a psychiatrist; you are not so careful to protect the meaning, the nature and the dignity of love.


Quote: Now you see, Dr. Stadler, you're speaking as if this book were addressing to a thinking audience. If it were, one would have to be concerned with such matters as accuracy, validity, logic and the prestige of science. But it isn't. It's addressed to the public. by author Ayn Rand overlaid on photo of photo of author Ayn Rand with quote

Now you see, Dr. Stadler, you're speaking as if this book were addressing to a thinking audience. If it were, one would have to be concerned with such matters as accuracy, validity, logic and the prestige of science. But it isn't. It's addressed to the public.




Quote: A man's rights are not violated by a private individual's refusal to deal with him. by author Ayn Rand overlaid on photo of photo of author Ayn Rand with quote

A man's rights are not violated by a private individual's refusal to deal with him.


Quote: It's a rare gift, you know, to feel reverence for your own life and to want the best, the greatest, the highest possible, here, now, for your very own. by author Ayn Rand overlaid on photo of photo of author Ayn Rand with quote

It's a rare gift, you know, to feel reverence for your own life and to want the best, the greatest, the highest possible, here, now, for your very own.


Quote: Aquinas brought an Aristotelian view of reason back into European culture, and lighted the way toward the Renaissance. by author Ayn Rand overlaid on photo of photo of author Ayn Rand with quote

Aquinas brought an Aristotelian view of reason back into European culture, and lighted the way toward the Renaissance.






Quote: Ask anything of men. Ask them to achieve wealth, fame, love, brutality, murder, self-sacrifice. But don't ask them to achieve self-respect. They will hate your soul. by author Ayn Rand overlaid on photo of photo of author Ayn Rand with quote

Ask anything of men. Ask them to achieve wealth, fame, love, brutality, murder, self-sacrifice. But don't ask them to achieve self-respect. They will hate your soul.


Quote: I would step in the way of a bullet if it were aimed at my husband. It is not self-sacrifice to die protecting that which you value: If the value is great enough, you do not care to exist without it. by author Ayn Rand overlaid on photo of photo of author Ayn Rand with quote

I would step in the way of a bullet if it were aimed at my husband. It is not self-sacrifice to die protecting that which you value: If the value is great enough, you do not care to exist without it.


Quote: There are two things we must get rid of early in life: a feeling of personal superiority and an exaggerated reverence for the sexual act. by author Ayn Rand overlaid on photo of photo of author Ayn Rand with quote

There are two things we must get rid of early in life: a feeling of personal superiority and an exaggerated reverence for the sexual act.


Quote: There has never been a philosophy, a theory or a doctrine that attacked (or limited) reason, which did not also preach submission to the power of some authority. by author Ayn Rand overlaid on photo of photo of author Ayn Rand with quote

There has never been a philosophy, a theory or a doctrine that attacked (or limited) reason, which did not also preach submission to the power of some authority.


Quote: There has never been a philosophy, a theory or a doctrine, that attacked (or 'limited') reason, which did not preach submission to the power of some authority. by author Ayn Rand overlaid on photo of photo of author Ayn Rand with quote

There has never been a philosophy, a theory or a doctrine, that attacked (or 'limited') reason, which did not preach submission to the power of some authority.


Quote: A man who seeks escape from the responsibility of supporting his life by his own thought and effort, and wishes to survive by conquering, ruling and exploiting others, is NOT an Individualist. by author Ayn Rand overlaid on photo of photo of author Ayn Rand with quote

A man who seeks escape from the responsibility of supporting his life by his own thought and effort, and wishes to survive by conquering, ruling and exploiting others, is NOT an Individualist.


Quote: Observe, in politics, that the term extremism has become a synonym of evil, regardless of the content of the issue (the evil is not what you are extreme about, but that you are extreme -- i.e., consistent). by author Ayn Rand overlaid on photo of photo of author Ayn Rand with quote

Observe, in politics, that the term extremism has become a synonym of evil, regardless of the content of the issue (the evil is not what you are extreme about, but that you are extreme -- i.e., consistent).


Quote: The only thing that counts in life is solid, material assets. It's no time for theories when everything is falling to pieces around us. by author Ayn Rand overlaid on photo of photo of author Ayn Rand with quote

The only thing that counts in life is solid, material assets. It's no time for theories when everything is falling to pieces around us.


Quote: And because she worshipped joy, Kira seldom laughed and did not go to see comedies in theaters. And because she felt a profound rebellion against the weighty, the tragic, the solemn, Kira had a solemn reverence for those songs of defiant gaiety. by author Ayn Rand overlaid on photo of photo of author Ayn Rand with quote

And because she worshipped joy, Kira seldom laughed and did not go to see comedies in theaters. And because she felt a profound rebellion against the weighty, the tragic, the solemn, Kira had a solemn reverence for those songs of defiant gaiety.


Quote: If workers struggle for higher wages, this is hailed as social gains, if businessmen struggle for higher profits, this is damned as selfish greed. by author Ayn Rand overlaid on photo of photo of author Ayn Rand with quote

If workers struggle for higher wages, this is hailed as social gains, if businessmen struggle for higher profits, this is damned as selfish greed.


Quote: Mr. Ward, what is it that the foulest bastards on earth denounce us for, among other things? Oh yes, for our motto of 'Business as usual.' Well-business as usual, Mr. Ward! by author Ayn Rand overlaid on photo of photo of author Ayn Rand with quote

Mr. Ward, what is it that the foulest bastards on earth denounce us for, among other things? Oh yes, for our motto of 'Business as usual.' Well-business as usual, Mr. Ward!


Quote: A moment or an eternity--did it matter? Life, undefeated, existed and could exist. by author Ayn Rand overlaid on photo of photo of author Ayn Rand with quote

A moment or an eternity--did it matter? Life, undefeated, existed and could exist.


Quote: One's own independent judgment is the means by which one must choose one's actions, but it is not a moral criterion nor a moral validation; only reference to a demonstrable principle can validate one's choices. by author Ayn Rand overlaid on photo of photo of author Ayn Rand with quote

One's own independent judgment is the means by which one must choose one's actions, but it is not a moral criterion nor a moral validation; only reference to a demonstrable principle can validate one's choices.


Quote: To love is to value. Only a rationally selfish man, a man of self-esteem, is capable of love--because he is the only man capable of holding firm, consistent, uncompromising, unbetrayed values. The man who does not value himself, cannot value anything or anyone. by author Ayn Rand overlaid on photo of photo of author Ayn Rand with quote

To love is to value. Only a rationally selfish man, a man of self-esteem, is capable of love--because he is the only man capable of holding firm, consistent, uncompromising, unbetrayed values. The man who does not value himself, cannot value anything or anyone.


Quote: Place nothing above the verdict of your own mind. by author Ayn Rand overlaid on photo of photo of author Ayn Rand with quote

Place nothing above the verdict of your own mind.


Quote: Why struggle to discover the world if you can make it become whatever you wish -- by wishing? by author Ayn Rand overlaid on photo of photo of author Ayn Rand with quote

Why struggle to discover the world if you can make it become whatever you wish -- by wishing?


Quote: There's nothing of any importance in life--except how well you do your work. by author Ayn Rand overlaid on photo of photo of author Ayn Rand with quote

There's nothing of any importance in life--except how well you do your work.


Quote: Sacrifice does not mean the rejection of the worthless, but of the precious. by author Ayn Rand overlaid on photo of photo of author Ayn Rand with quote

Sacrifice does not mean the rejection of the worthless, but of the precious.


Quote: Reality is an absolute, existence is an absolute, a speck of dust is an absolute and so is a human life. Whether you live or die is an absolute. Whether you have a piece of bread or not, is an absolute. Whether you eat your bread or see it vanish into a looter's stomach, is an absolute. by author Ayn Rand overlaid on photo of Ayn Rand quote: Reality is an absolute, existence is an absolute, a speck of dust is an absolute and so is a human life. Whether you live or die is an absolute. Whether you have a piece of bread or not, is an absolute. Whether you eat your bread or see it vanish into a looter's stomach, is an absolute.- black text on quotes background

Reality is an absolute, existence is an absolute, a speck of dust is an absolute and so is a human life. Whether you live or die is an absolute. Whether you have a piece of bread or not, is an absolute. Whether you eat your bread or see it vanish into a looter's stomach, is an absolute.


Quote: The freedom of speech of private individuals includes the right to not agree, not to listen, and not to finance one's own antagonists. by author Ayn Rand overlaid on photo of photo of author Ayn Rand with quote

The freedom of speech of private individuals includes the right to not agree, not to listen, and not to finance one's own antagonists.




Quote: There is only one source of authentic self-confidence: reason. by author Ayn Rand overlaid on photo of photo of author Ayn Rand with quote

There is only one source of authentic self-confidence: reason.


Quote: The most depraved type of human being ... (is) the man without a purpose. by author Ayn Rand overlaid on photo of photo of author Ayn Rand with quote

The most depraved type of human being ... (is) the man without a purpose.


Quote: The best, most natural dialogue is usually written as if the writer is listening to dictation. You might get stuck on any particular point and have to question yourself; but normally, dialogue writes itself. by author Ayn Rand overlaid on photo of photo of author Ayn Rand with quote

The best, most natural dialogue is usually written as if the writer is listening to dictation. You might get stuck on any particular point and have to question yourself; but normally, dialogue writes itself.


Quote: One must differentiate between one's thoughts and one's emotions with full clarity and precision...No discussion, cooperation, agreement, or understanding is possible among men who substitute emotion for proof. by author Ayn Rand overlaid on photo of photo of author Ayn Rand with quote

One must differentiate between one's thoughts and one's emotions with full clarity and precision...No discussion, cooperation, agreement, or understanding is possible among men who substitute emotion for proof.


Quote: Is it advisable to spread out all the conveniences of culture before people to whom a few steps up a stair to a library is a sufficient deterrent from reading? by author Ayn Rand overlaid on photo of photo of author Ayn Rand with quote

Is it advisable to spread out all the conveniences of culture before people to whom a few steps up a stair to a library is a sufficient deterrent from reading?


Quote: Ever since Kant divorced reason from reality, his intellectual descendants have been diligently widening the breach. by author Ayn Rand overlaid on photo of photo of author Ayn Rand with quote

Ever since Kant divorced reason from reality, his intellectual descendants have been diligently widening the breach.


Quote: Learn to distinguish the difference between errors of knowledge and breaches of morality. by author Ayn Rand overlaid on photo of photo of author Ayn Rand with quote

Learn to distinguish the difference between errors of knowledge and breaches of morality.




Quote: Every major horror of history was committed in the name of an altruistic motive. Has any act of selfishness ever equalled the carnage perpetrated by disciples of altruism. by author Ayn Rand overlaid on photo of photo of author Ayn Rand with quote

Every major horror of history was committed in the name of an altruistic motive. Has any act of selfishness ever equalled the carnage perpetrated by disciples of altruism.


Quote: The fortune my spirit is not to be blown into coins of brass and flung to the winds as alms for the poor of the spirit. I guard my treasures: my thought, my will, my freedom. And the greatest of these is freedom. by author Ayn Rand overlaid on photo of photo of author Ayn Rand with quote

The fortune my spirit is not to be blown into coins of brass and flung to the winds as alms for the poor of the spirit. I guard my treasures: my thought, my will, my freedom. And the greatest of these is freedom.


Quote: Collectivism answers: The power of society is unlimited. Society may make any laws it wishes, and force them upon anyone in any manner it wishes. by author Ayn Rand overlaid on photo of photo of author Ayn Rand with quote

Collectivism answers: The power of society is unlimited. Society may make any laws it wishes, and force them upon anyone in any manner it wishes.


Quote: Let us destroy, but don't let us pretend that we are commiting an act of virtue. by author Ayn Rand overlaid on photo of photo of author Ayn Rand with quote

Let us destroy, but don't let us pretend that we are commiting an act of virtue.




Quote: What is the basic, the essential, the crucial principle that differentiates freedom from slavery? It is the principle of voluntary action versus physical coercion or compulsion. by author Ayn Rand overlaid on photo of photo of author Ayn Rand with quote

What is the basic, the essential, the crucial principle that differentiates freedom from slavery? It is the principle of voluntary action versus physical coercion or compulsion.




Quote: A mystic is a man who treats his feelings as tools of cognition. by author Ayn Rand overlaid on photo of photo of author Ayn Rand with quote

A mystic is a man who treats his feelings as tools of cognition.


Quote: Emotions are not tools of cognition. They tell you nothing about the nature of reality. by author Ayn Rand overlaid on photo of photo of author Ayn Rand with quote

Emotions are not tools of cognition. They tell you nothing about the nature of reality.


Quote: To abstain from condemning a torturer, is to become an accessory to the torture and murder of his victims. by author Ayn Rand overlaid on photo of photo of author Ayn Rand with quote

To abstain from condemning a torturer, is to become an accessory to the torture and murder of his victims.




Quote: We fell, but we never let the box fall from our hands. Then we ran. We ran blindly, and men and houses streaked past us in a torrent without shape. by author Ayn Rand overlaid on photo of photo of author Ayn Rand with quote

We fell, but we never let the box fall from our hands. Then we ran. We ran blindly, and men and houses streaked past us in a torrent without shape.


Quote: In order to deal with reality successfully -- to pursue and achieve the values which his life requires -- man needs self-esteem; he needs to be confident of his efficacy and worth. by author Ayn Rand overlaid on photo of photo of author Ayn Rand with quote

In order to deal with reality successfully -- to pursue and achieve the values which his life requires -- man needs self-esteem; he needs to be confident of his efficacy and worth.


Quote: Let me be the child in the story and declare that the Emperor is naked -- or that America is culturally bankrupt. by author Ayn Rand overlaid on photo of photo of author Ayn Rand with quote

Let me be the child in the story and declare that the Emperor is naked -- or that America is culturally bankrupt.


Quote: To be the kind of writer you want to be, you must first be the kind of thinker you want to be. by author Ayn Rand overlaid on photo of photo of author Ayn Rand with quote

To be the kind of writer you want to be, you must first be the kind of thinker you want to be.


Quote: There is no such thing as the right to enslave.A nation can do it , just as a man can become a criminal -- but neither can do it by right.
 It doesn't matter in this context, whether a nation was enslaved by force (like soviet Russia), or by vote (like Nazi Germany). by author Ayn Rand overlaid on photo of Ayn Rand quote; white text on black background

There is no such thing as the right to enslave.A nation can do it , just as a man can become a criminal -- but neither can do it by right.
It doesn't matter in this context, whether a nation was enslaved by force (like soviet Russia), or by vote (like Nazi Germany).


Quote: No man can have a right to impose an unchosen obligation , an unrewarded duty or an involuntary servitude on another man.
There can be no such thing as  the right to enslave . by author Ayn Rand overlaid on photo of photo of author Ayn Rand with quote

No man can have a right to impose an unchosen obligation , an unrewarded duty or an involuntary servitude on another man.
There can be no such thing as the right to enslave .


Quote: Faith is the commitment of one's consciousness to beliefs for which one has no sensory evidence or rational proof. A mystic is a man who treats his feelings as tools of cognition. Faith is the equation of feeling with knowledge. by author Ayn Rand overlaid on photo of photo of author Ayn Rand with quote

Faith is the commitment of one's consciousness to beliefs for which one has no sensory evidence or rational proof. A mystic is a man who treats his feelings as tools of cognition. Faith is the equation of feeling with knowledge.


Quote: Individualism regards man-every man-as an independent, sovereign entity who possesses an inalienable right to his own life, a right derived from his nature as a rational being. by author Ayn Rand overlaid on photo of photo of author Ayn Rand with quote

Individualism regards man-every man-as an independent, sovereign entity who possesses an inalienable right to his own life, a right derived from his nature as a rational being.


Quote: The greatest threat to mankind and civilization is the spread of the totalitarian philosophy. Its best ally is not the devotion of its followers but the confusion of its enemies. To fight it, we must understand it. by author Ayn Rand overlaid on photo of photo of author Ayn Rand with quote

The greatest threat to mankind and civilization is the spread of the totalitarian philosophy. Its best ally is not the devotion of its followers but the confusion of its enemies. To fight it, we must understand it.


Quote: One must never allow oneself to acquire an exaggerated sense of one's own importance. There's no necessity to burden oneself with absolutes. by author Ayn Rand overlaid on photo of photo of author Ayn Rand with quote

One must never allow oneself to acquire an exaggerated sense of one's own importance. There's no necessity to burden oneself with absolutes.




Quote: Who was it that said he needed a fulcrum? Give me an unobstructed right-of-way and I'll show them how to move the earth! by author Ayn Rand overlaid on photo of photo of author Ayn Rand with quote

Who was it that said he needed a fulcrum? Give me an unobstructed right-of-way and I'll show them how to move the earth!


Quote: All depressions are caused by government interference and the cure is always offered to take more of the poison that caused the disaster. Depressions are not the result of a free economy. by author Ayn Rand overlaid on photo of photo of author Ayn Rand with quote

All depressions are caused by government interference and the cure is always offered to take more of the poison that caused the disaster. Depressions are not the result of a free economy.


Quote: Their eyes were dark and hard and glowing, with no fear in them, no kindness and no guilt. by author Ayn Rand overlaid on photo of photo of author Ayn Rand with quote

Their eyes were dark and hard and glowing, with no fear in them, no kindness and no guilt.


Quote: Here, we trade achievements, not failures--values, not needs. We're free of one another, yet we all grow together. by author Ayn Rand overlaid on photo of photo of author Ayn Rand with quote

Here, we trade achievements, not failures--values, not needs. We're free of one another, yet we all grow together.


Quote: We do not tell--we show. We do not claim--we prove. by author Ayn Rand overlaid on photo of photo of author Ayn Rand with quote

We do not tell--we show. We do not claim--we prove.




Quote: It is here, it exists--but one must enter it naked and alone, with no rags from the falsehoods of centuries, with the purest clarity of mind--not an innocent heart, but that which is much rarer: an intransigent mind--as one's only possession and key. by author Ayn Rand overlaid on photo of photo of author Ayn Rand with quote

It is here, it exists--but one must enter it naked and alone, with no rags from the falsehoods of centuries, with the purest clarity of mind--not an innocent heart, but that which is much rarer: an intransigent mind--as one's only possession and key.


Quote: Nobody stays in this valley except by a full, conscious choice based on a full, conscious knowledge of every fact involved in his decision. Nobody stays here by faking reality in any manner whatever. by author Ayn Rand overlaid on photo of photo of author Ayn Rand with quote

Nobody stays in this valley except by a full, conscious choice based on a full, conscious knowledge of every fact involved in his decision. Nobody stays here by faking reality in any manner whatever.


Quote: We will not deal with men on any terms but ours--and our terms are a moral code which holds that man is an end in himself and not the means to any end of others. We do not seek to force our code upon them. They are free to believe what they please. by author Ayn Rand overlaid on photo of photo of author Ayn Rand with quote

We will not deal with men on any terms but ours--and our terms are a moral code which holds that man is an end in himself and not the means to any end of others. We do not seek to force our code upon them. They are free to believe what they please.






Quote: If one's actions are honest, one does not need the predated confidence of others. by author Ayn Rand overlaid on photo of photo of author Ayn Rand with quote

If one's actions are honest, one does not need the predated confidence of others.


Quote: He had a big head and a face so ugly it became almost fascinating. by author Ayn Rand overlaid on photo of photo of author Ayn Rand with quote

He had a big head and a face so ugly it became almost fascinating.


Quote: An idea is a light turned on in a man's soul. Comic-strip artists are in the habit of representing it by means of a light bulb flashing on, above the head of a character who has suddenly grasped an idea. In simple, primitive terms, this is an appropriate symbol. by author Ayn Rand overlaid on photo of photo of author Ayn Rand with quote

An idea is a light turned on in a man's soul. Comic-strip artists are in the habit of representing it by means of a light bulb flashing on, above the head of a character who has suddenly grasped an idea. In simple, primitive terms, this is an appropriate symbol.


Quote: For they have nothing to fight me with, save the brute force of their numbers. I have my mind. by author Ayn Rand overlaid on photo of photo of author Ayn Rand with quote

For they have nothing to fight me with, save the brute force of their numbers. I have my mind.


Quote: That which you call your soul or spirit is your consciousness, and that which you call 'free will' is your mind's freedom to think or not, the only will you have, your only freedom, the choice that controls all the choices you make and determines your life and your character. by author Ayn Rand overlaid on photo of Ayn Rand quote; white text on black background

That which you call your soul or spirit is your consciousness, and that which you call 'free will' is your mind's freedom to think or not, the only will you have, your only freedom, the choice that controls all the choices you make and determines your life and your character.


Quote: It's the hardest thing in the world -- to do what we want. And it takes the greatest kinds of courage. by author Ayn Rand overlaid on photo of photo of author Ayn Rand with quote

It's the hardest thing in the world -- to do what we want. And it takes the greatest kinds of courage.


Quote: Romantic art is always stylized: the better the art, the cleaner and more attractive and intelligent the stylization. by author Ayn Rand overlaid on photo of photo of author Ayn Rand with quote

Romantic art is always stylized: the better the art, the cleaner and more attractive and intelligent the stylization.


Quote: In order to be in control of your life, you have to have a purpose-a productive purpose. by author Ayn Rand overlaid on photo of photo of author Ayn Rand with quote

In order to be in control of your life, you have to have a purpose-a productive purpose.


Quote: The source of the government's authority is the consent of the governed. This means that the government is not the ruler, but the servant or agent of the citizens; it means that the government as such has no rights except the rights delegated to it by the citizens for a specific purpose. by author Ayn Rand overlaid on photo of Ayn Rand quote: The source of the government's authority is the consent of the governed. This means that the government is not the ruler, but the servant or agent of the citizens; it means that the government as such has no rights except the rights delegated to it by the citizens for a specific purpose.- black text on quotes background

The source of the government's authority is the consent of the governed. This means that the government is not the ruler, but the servant or agent of the citizens; it means that the government as such has no rights except the rights delegated to it by the citizens for a specific purpose.


Quote: You are damned, and we wish to share your damnation. by author Ayn Rand overlaid on photo of photo of author Ayn Rand with quote

You are damned, and we wish to share your damnation.


Quote: If you get caught at some crucial point and somebody tells you that your doctrine doesn't make sense -- you're ready for him. You tell him there's something above sense. That here he must not try to think, he must feel. He must believe. Suspend reason and you can play it deuces wild. by author Ayn Rand overlaid on photo of Ayn Rand quote: If you get caught at some crucial point and somebody tells you that your doctrine doesn't make sense -- you're ready for him. You tell him there's something above sense. That here he must not try to think, he must feel. He must believe. Suspend reason and you can play it deuces wild.- black text on quotes background

If you get caught at some crucial point and somebody tells you that your doctrine doesn't make sense -- you're ready for him. You tell him there's something above sense. That here he must not try to think, he must feel. He must believe. Suspend reason and you can play it deuces wild.


Quote: Only the man who extols the purity of love devoid of desire, is capable of the depravity of a desire devoid of love. by author Ayn Rand overlaid on photo of photo of author Ayn Rand with quote

Only the man who extols the purity of love devoid of desire, is capable of the depravity of a desire devoid of love.


Quote: But Aristotle's philosophy was the intellect's Declaration of Independence. by author Ayn Rand overlaid on photo of photo of author Ayn Rand with quote

But Aristotle's philosophy was the intellect's Declaration of Independence.


Quote: Don't ever give up what you want in life. The struggle is worth it. by author Ayn Rand overlaid on photo of photo of author Ayn Rand with quote

Don't ever give up what you want in life. The struggle is worth it.


Quote: What is man? He's just a collection of chemicals with delusions of grandeur. by author Ayn Rand overlaid on photo of photo of author Ayn Rand with quote

What is man? He's just a collection of chemicals with delusions of grandeur.


Quote: Whenever destroyers appear among men, they start by destroying money, for money is men's protection, and the base of a moral existence. by author Ayn Rand overlaid on photo of photo of author Ayn Rand with quote

Whenever destroyers appear among men, they start by destroying money, for money is men's protection, and the base of a moral existence.


Quote: Fear walks through the City, fear without name, without shape. All men feel it and none dare to speak. by author Ayn Rand overlaid on photo of photo of author Ayn Rand with quote

Fear walks through the City, fear without name, without shape. All men feel it and none dare to speak.


Quote: In this world, either you're virtuous or you enjoy yourself. Not both, lady, not both. by author Ayn Rand overlaid on photo of photo of author Ayn Rand with quote

In this world, either you're virtuous or you enjoy yourself. Not both, lady, not both.


Quote: A reader has to be concerned only with the end result; unless he chooses to analyze it, he does not have to know by what means that result was achieved-but it is my job to know. by author Ayn Rand overlaid on photo of photo of author Ayn Rand with quote

A reader has to be concerned only with the end result; unless he chooses to analyze it, he does not have to know by what means that result was achieved-but it is my job to know.


Quote: Love, friendship, respect, admiration are the emotional response of one man to the virtues of another, the spiritual payment given in exchange for the personal, selfish pleasure which one man derives from the virtues of another man's character. by author Ayn Rand overlaid on photo of photo of author Ayn Rand with quote

Love, friendship, respect, admiration are the emotional response of one man to the virtues of another, the spiritual payment given in exchange for the personal, selfish pleasure which one man derives from the virtues of another man's character.




Quote: Some day, the world will discover that, without thought, there can be no love. by author Ayn Rand overlaid on photo of photo of author Ayn Rand with quote

Some day, the world will discover that, without thought, there can be no love.




Quote: Kant is the most evil man in mankind's history. by author Ayn Rand overlaid on photo of photo of author Ayn Rand with quote

Kant is the most evil man in mankind's history.


Quote: Any refusal to recognize reality, for any reason whatever, has disastrous consequences. There are no evil thoughts except one: the refusal to think. Don't ignore your own desires.... Don't sacrifice them. Examine their cause. There is a limit to how much you should have to bear. by author Ayn Rand overlaid on photo of Ayn Rand quote; white text on black background

Any refusal to recognize reality, for any reason whatever, has disastrous consequences. There are no evil thoughts except one: the refusal to think. Don't ignore your own desires.... Don't sacrifice them. Examine their cause. There is a limit to how much you should have to bear.


Quote: There are no evil thoughts except one; the refusal to think. by author Ayn Rand overlaid on photo of photo of author Ayn Rand with quote

There are no evil thoughts except one; the refusal to think.




Quote: Have you felt it too? Have you seen how your best friends love everything about you- except the things that count? And your most important is nothing to them; nothing, not even a sound they can recognize. by author Ayn Rand overlaid on photo of photo of author Ayn Rand with quote

Have you felt it too? Have you seen how your best friends love everything about you- except the things that count? And your most important is nothing to them; nothing, not even a sound they can recognize.




Quote: There's so much nonsense about human inconstancy and the transience of all emotions. I've always thought that a feeling which changes never existed in the first place. by author Ayn Rand overlaid on photo of photo of author Ayn Rand with quote

There's so much nonsense about human inconstancy and the transience of all emotions. I've always thought that a feeling which changes never existed in the first place.


Quote: The creator's concern is the conquest of nature. The parasite's concern is the conquest of men. by author Ayn Rand overlaid on photo of photo of author Ayn Rand with quote

The creator's concern is the conquest of nature. The parasite's concern is the conquest of men.


Quote: The basic need of the creator is independence. The reasoning mind cannot work under any form of compulsion. It cannot be curbed, sacrificed or subordinated to any consideration whatsoever. It demands total independence in function and in motive. by author Ayn Rand overlaid on photo of photo of author Ayn Rand with quote

The basic need of the creator is independence. The reasoning mind cannot work under any form of compulsion. It cannot be curbed, sacrificed or subordinated to any consideration whatsoever. It demands total independence in function and in motive.


Quote: Your soul has a single basic function-the act of valuing. by author Ayn Rand overlaid on photo of photo of author Ayn Rand with quote

Your soul has a single basic function-the act of valuing.


Quote: No man can use his brain to think for another. by author Ayn Rand overlaid on photo of photo of author Ayn Rand with quote

No man can use his brain to think for another.


Quote: You have been the one encounter in my life that can never be repeated. by author Ayn Rand overlaid on photo of photo of author Ayn Rand with quote

You have been the one encounter in my life that can never be repeated.


Quote: Creation comes before distribution -- or there will be nothing to distribute. by author Ayn Rand overlaid on photo of photo of author Ayn Rand with quote

Creation comes before distribution -- or there will be nothing to distribute.

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Creation comes before distribution -- or there will be nothing to distribute. The need of the creator comes before the need of any possible beneficiary. Yet we are taught to admire the second-hander who dispenses gifts he has not produced above the man who made the gifts possible. We praise an act of charity. We shrug at an act of achievement.


Quote: In all proper relationships there is no sacrifice of anyone to anyone. by author Ayn Rand overlaid on photo of photo of author Ayn Rand with quote

In all proper relationships there is no sacrifice of anyone to anyone.


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