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quote by Ayn Rand: A man who seeks escape from the responsibility of supporting his life by his own thought and effort, and wishes to survive by conquering, r… with background image: 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,...

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.

--Ayn Rand
quote by Ayn Rand: 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 yo… with background image: photo of author Ayn Rand with quote: Observe, in politics, that the term extremism has become a synonym of evil, regardless of the conten...

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).

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

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.

--Ayn Rand
quote by Ayn Rand: And because she worshipped joy, Kira seldom laughed and did not go to see comedies in theaters. And because she felt a profound rebellion a… with background image: 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 ...

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.

--Ayn Rand
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… 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 hi...

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.' … 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,...

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....

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

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

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.

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

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.

--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....

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?...

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....

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....

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...

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....

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....

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

--Ayn Rand
quote by Ayn Rand: The best, most natural dialogue is usually written as if the writer is listening to dictation. You might get stuck on any particular point … with background image: photo of author Ayn Rand with quote: The best, most natural dialogue is usually written as if the writer is listening to dictation. You m...

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.

--Ayn Rand
quote by Ayn Rand: One must differentiate between one's thoughts and one's emotions with full clarity and precision...No discussion, cooperation, agreement, o… with background image: photo of author Ayn Rand with quote: One must differentiate between one's thoughts and one's emotions with full clarity and precision...N...

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.

--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 det… 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...

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 wide...

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....

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 perpe… 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 self...

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: 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 treasure… with background image: 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 ...

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.

--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 w… 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 fo...

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....

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 v… 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...

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....

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....

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 vi...

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 withou… 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 hous...

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 t… 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 requir...

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 cultura...

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....

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 s… 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 serv...

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: 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 tr… with background image: 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 r...

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.

--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… with background image: photo of author Ayn Rand with quote: Individualism regards man-every man-as an independent, sovereign entity who possesses an inalienable...

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: The greatest threat to mankind and civilization is the spread of the totalitarian philosophy. Its best ally is not the devotion of its foll… with background image: photo of author Ayn Rand with quote: The greatest threat to mankind and civilization is the spread of the totalitarian philosophy. Its be...

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.

--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 nec...

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 ho...

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. D… 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...

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....

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 ...

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....

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

--Ayn Rand

quote by Ayn Rand: 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 min… with background image: 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 ce...

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.

--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.… 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 ...

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: 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… with background image: 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...

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.

--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....

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....

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

--Ayn Rand
quote by Ayn Rand: 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,… with background image: 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 i...

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.

--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....

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 courag...

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...

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....

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....

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...

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....

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....

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....

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,...

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 spea...

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....

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 … 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 ...

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: Love, friendship, respect, admiration are the emotional response of one man to the virtues of another, the spiritual payment given in excha… with background image: photo of author Ayn Rand with quote: Love, friendship, respect, admiration are the emotional response of one man to the virtues of anothe...

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.

--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....

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....

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....

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

--Ayn Rand

quote by Ayn Rand: 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 … with background image: 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 thin...

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.

--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… 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 tho...

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....

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

--Ayn Rand
quote by Ayn Rand: The basic need of the creator is independence. The reasoning mind cannot work under any form of compulsion. It cannot be curbed, sacrificed… with background image: photo of author Ayn Rand with quote: The basic need of the creator is independence. The reasoning mind cannot work under any form of comp...

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.

--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....

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....

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....

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....

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....

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....

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...

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: All the evils, abuses, and iniquities, popularly ascribed to businessmen and to capitalism, were not caused by an unregulated economy or by… with background image: photo of author Ayn Rand with quote: All the evils, abuses, and iniquities, popularly ascribed to businessmen and to capitalism, were not...

All the evils, abuses, and iniquities, popularly ascribed to businessmen and to capitalism, were not caused by an unregulated economy or by a free market, but by government intervention into the economy.

--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 t… 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...

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

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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

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