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quote by Ayn Rand: If workers struggle for higher wages, this is hailed as social gains, if businessmen struggle for higher profits, this is damned as selfish greed. with background image: 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.

--Ayn Rand
quote by Ayn Rand: 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! with background image: 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!

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

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

--Ayn Rand


quote by Ayn Rand: Place nothing above the verdict of your own mind. with background image: photo of author Ayn Rand with quote

Place nothing above the verdict of your own mind.

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

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

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

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

--Ayn Rand
quote by Ayn Rand: Sacrifice does not mean the rejection of the worthless, but of the precious. with background image: photo of author Ayn Rand with quote

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

--Ayn Rand

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

--Ayn Rand

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

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

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

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

--Ayn Rand


quote by Ayn Rand: 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? with background image: 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?

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

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

--Ayn Rand
quote by Ayn Rand: Learn to distinguish the difference between errors of knowledge and breaches of morality. with background image: photo of author Ayn Rand with quote

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

--Ayn Rand
quote by Ayn Rand: 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. with background image: 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.

--Ayn Rand

quote by Ayn Rand: 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. with background image: 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.

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

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

--Ayn Rand

quote by Ayn Rand: 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. with background image: 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.

--Ayn Rand

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

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

--Ayn Rand
quote by Ayn Rand: Emotions are not tools of cognition. They tell you nothing about the nature of reality. with background image: photo of author Ayn Rand with quote

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

--Ayn Rand
quote by Ayn Rand: To abstain from condemning a torturer, is to become an accessory to the torture and murder of his victims. with background image: 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.

--Ayn Rand

quote by Ayn Rand: 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. with background image: 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.

--Ayn Rand
quote by Ayn Rand: 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. with background image: 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.

--Ayn Rand
quote by Ayn Rand: Let me be the child in the story and declare that the Emperor is naked -- or that America is culturally bankrupt. with background image: 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.

--Ayn Rand
quote by Ayn Rand: To be the kind of writer you want to be, you must first be the kind of thinker you want to be. with background image: 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.

--Ayn Rand

quote by Ayn Rand: 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 . with background image: 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 .

--Ayn Rand

quote by Ayn Rand: 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. with background image: 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.

--Ayn Rand

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

--Ayn Rand

quote by Ayn Rand: 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! with background image: 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!

--Ayn Rand
quote by Ayn Rand: 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. with background image: 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.

--Ayn Rand
quote by Ayn Rand: Their eyes were dark and hard and glowing, with no fear in them, no kindness and no guilt. with background image: 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.

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

--Ayn Rand
quote by Ayn Rand: We do not tell--we show. We do not claim--we prove. with background image: photo of author Ayn Rand with quote

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

--Ayn Rand


quote by Ayn Rand: 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. with background image: 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.

--Ayn Rand



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

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

--Ayn Rand
quote by Ayn Rand: He had a big head and a face so ugly it became almost fascinating. with background image: photo of author Ayn Rand with quote

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

--Ayn Rand

quote by Ayn Rand: For they have nothing to fight me with, save the brute force of their numbers. I have my mind. with background image: 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.

--Ayn Rand

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

--Ayn Rand
quote by Ayn Rand: Romantic art is always stylized: the better the art, the cleaner and more attractive and intelligent the stylization. with background image: 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.

--Ayn Rand
quote by Ayn Rand: In order to be in control of your life, you have to have a purpose-a productive purpose. with background image: 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.

--Ayn Rand

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

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

--Ayn Rand

quote by Ayn Rand: Only the man who extols the purity of love devoid of desire, is capable of the depravity of a desire devoid of love. with background image: 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.

--Ayn Rand
quote by Ayn Rand: But Aristotle's philosophy was the intellect's Declaration of Independence. with background image: photo of author Ayn Rand with quote

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

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

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

--Ayn Rand
quote by Ayn Rand: What is man? He's just a collection of chemicals with delusions of grandeur. with background image: photo of author Ayn Rand with quote

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

--Ayn Rand
quote by Ayn Rand: Whenever destroyers appear among men, they start by destroying money, for money is men's protection, and the base of a moral existence. with background image: 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.

--Ayn Rand
quote by Ayn Rand: Fear walks through the City, fear without name, without shape. All men feel it and none dare to speak. with background image: 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.

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

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

--Ayn Rand
quote by Ayn Rand: 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. with background image: 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.

--Ayn Rand


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

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

--Ayn Rand

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

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

--Ayn Rand

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

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

--Ayn Rand



quote by Ayn Rand: 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. with background image: 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.

--Ayn Rand
quote by Ayn Rand: The creator's concern is the conquest of nature. The parasite's concern is the conquest of men. with background image: 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.

--Ayn Rand

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

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

--Ayn Rand
quote by Ayn Rand: No man can use his brain to think for another. with background image: photo of author Ayn Rand with quote

No man can use his brain to think for another.

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

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

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

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

--Ayn Rand

Longer Version:

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

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

--Ayn Rand
quote by Ayn Rand: Show me your achievement, and the knowledge will give me courage for mine. with background image: photo of author Ayn Rand with quote

Show me your achievement, and the knowledge will give me courage for mine.

--Ayn Rand
quote by Ayn Rand: Do not lose your knowledge that man's proper estate is an upright posture, an intransigent mind, and a step that travels unlimited roads. with background image: photo of author Ayn Rand with quote

Do not lose your knowledge that man's proper estate is an upright posture, an intransigent mind, and a step that travels unlimited roads.

--Ayn Rand

quote by Ayn Rand: The fact that a man has no claim on others ... does not preclude or prohibit good will among men and does not make it immoral to offer or to accept voluntary, non-sacrificial assistance. with background image: photo of author Ayn Rand with quote

The fact that a man has no claim on others ... does not preclude or prohibit good will among men and does not make it immoral to offer or to accept voluntary, non-sacrificial assistance.

--Ayn Rand

quote by Ayn Rand: But I still wonder how it was possible, in those graceless years of transition, long ago, that men did not see whither they were going, and went on, in blindness and cowardice. with background image: photo of author Ayn Rand with quote

But I still wonder how it was possible, in those graceless years of transition, long ago, that men did not see whither they were going, and went on, in blindness and cowardice.

--Ayn Rand
quote by Ayn Rand: It was the joy of admiration and of one's own ability, growing together. with background image: photo of author Ayn Rand with quote

It was the joy of admiration and of one's own ability, growing together.

--Ayn Rand
quote by Ayn Rand: Whatever road I take, the guiding star is within me; the guiding star and the loadstone which point the way. They point in but one direction. They point to me. with background image: photo of author Ayn Rand with quote

Whatever road I take, the guiding star is within me; the guiding star and the loadstone which point the way. They point in but one direction. They point to me.

--Ayn Rand
quote by Ayn Rand: Guilt is a rope that wears thin. with background image: photo of author Ayn Rand with quote

Guilt is a rope that wears thin.

--Ayn Rand

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