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quote by Ayn Rand: To preserve one's mind intact through a modern college education is a test of courage and endurance, but the battle is worth it and the stakes are the highest possible to man: the survival of reason. with background image: photo of author Ayn Rand with quote

To preserve one's mind intact through a modern college education is a test of courage and endurance, but the battle is worth it and the stakes are the highest possible to man: the survival of reason.

--Ayn Rand
quote by Ayn Rand: Collectivism requires self-sacrifice, the subordination of one's interests to those of others. with background image: photo of author Ayn Rand with quote

Collectivism requires self-sacrifice, the subordination of one's interests to those of others.

--Ayn Rand


quote by Ayn Rand: Whose steps were a restless substitute for flight. with background image: photo of author Ayn Rand with quote

Whose steps were a restless substitute for flight.

--Ayn Rand





quote by Ayn Rand: The fight we are in here, make no mistake about it, is a fight of individualism versus collectivism. with background image: photo of author Ayn Rand with quote

The fight we are in here, make no mistake about it, is a fight of individualism versus collectivism.

--Ayn Rand
quote by Ayn Rand: The difference between a welfare state and a totalitarian state is a matter of time. with background image: photo of author Ayn Rand with quote

The difference between a welfare state and a totalitarian state is a matter of time.

--Ayn Rand
quote by Ayn Rand: We have come to see how great is the unexplored. with background image: photo of author Ayn Rand with quote

We have come to see how great is the unexplored.

--Ayn Rand


quote by Ayn Rand: I can't compete and when I do, the rules of engagement change in the middle of the game. I'll let the powers that be vanquish themselves and return in three to five years to sift through the remains. with background image: photo of author Ayn Rand with quote

I can't compete and when I do, the rules of engagement change in the middle of the game. I'll let the powers that be vanquish themselves and return in three to five years to sift through the remains.

--Ayn Rand

quote by Ayn Rand: A 'whim' is a desire experienced by a person who does not know and does not care to discover its cause. with background image: photo of author Ayn Rand with quote

A 'whim' is a desire experienced by a person who does not know and does not care to discover its cause.

--Ayn Rand

quote by Ayn Rand: Don't ever get angry at a man for stating the truth. with background image: photo of author Ayn Rand with quote

Don't ever get angry at a man for stating the truth.

--Ayn Rand




quote by Ayn Rand: We must know that we may know. with background image: photo of author Ayn Rand with quote

We must know that we may know.

--Ayn Rand
quote by Ayn Rand: If that which we have found is the corruption of solitude, then what can men wish for save corruption? If this is the great evil of being alone, than what is good and what is evil? with background image: photo of author Ayn Rand with quote

If that which we have found is the corruption of solitude, then what can men wish for save corruption? If this is the great evil of being alone, than what is good and what is evil?

--Ayn Rand


quote by Ayn Rand: What is kinder -- to believe the best of people and burden them with a nobility beyond their endurance -- or to see them as they are, and accept it because it makes them comfortable? with background image: photo of author Ayn Rand with quote

What is kinder -- to believe the best of people and burden them with a nobility beyond their endurance -- or to see them as they are, and accept it because it makes them comfortable?

--Ayn Rand






quote by Ayn Rand: Sacrifice is the surrender of that which you value in favor of which you dont. with background image: photo of author Ayn Rand with quote

Sacrifice is the surrender of that which you value in favor of which you dont.

--Ayn Rand
quote by Ayn Rand: Self-sacrifice? But it is precisely the self that cannot and must not be sacrificed. with background image: photo of author Ayn Rand with quote

Self-sacrifice? But it is precisely the self that cannot and must not be sacrificed.

--Ayn Rand
quote by Ayn Rand: The man who speaks to you of sacrifice, speaks of slaves and masters. And intends to be the master. with background image: photo of author Ayn Rand with quote

The man who speaks to you of sacrifice, speaks of slaves and masters. And intends to be the master.

--Ayn Rand
quote by Ayn Rand: Have you ever felt the longing for someone you could admire? For something, not to look down at, but up to? with background image: photo of author Ayn Rand with quote

Have you ever felt the longing for someone you could admire? For something, not to look down at, but up to?

--Ayn Rand
quote by Ayn Rand: Devotion to the truth is the hallmark of morality; there is no greater, nobler, more heroic form of devotion than the act of a man who assumes the responsibility of thinking. with background image: photo of author Ayn Rand with quote

Devotion to the truth is the hallmark of morality; there is no greater, nobler, more heroic form of devotion than the act of a man who assumes the responsibility of thinking.

--Ayn Rand
quote by Ayn Rand: I started my life with a single absolute: that the world was mine to shape in the image of my highest values and never to be given up to a lesser standard, no matter how long or hard the struggle. with background image: photo of author Ayn Rand with quote

I started my life with a single absolute: that the world was mine to shape in the image of my highest values and never to be given up to a lesser standard, no matter how long or hard the struggle.

--Ayn Rand

quote by Ayn Rand: I do not seek the good of others as a sanction for my right to exist, nor do I recognize the good of others as a justification for their seizure of my property or their destruction of my life. with background image: photo of author Ayn Rand with quote

I do not seek the good of others as a sanction for my right to exist, nor do I recognize the good of others as a justification for their seizure of my property or their destruction of my life.

--Ayn Rand
quote by Ayn Rand: Statism needs war; a free country does not. Statism survives by looting; a free country survives by producing. with background image: photo of author Ayn Rand with quote

Statism needs war; a free country does not. Statism survives by looting; a free country survives by producing.

--Ayn Rand
quote by Ayn Rand: When you force a man to act against his own choice and judgment, it's his thinking that you want him to suspend. with background image: photo of author Ayn Rand with quote

When you force a man to act against his own choice and judgment, it's his thinking that you want him to suspend.

--Ayn Rand

quote by Ayn Rand: My real soul...? It's real only when it's independent. with background image: photo of author Ayn Rand with quote

My real soul...? It's real only when it's independent.

--Ayn Rand


quote by Ayn Rand: You love people, not for what you do for them or what they do for you. You love them for their values; their virtues. with background image: photo of author Ayn Rand with quote

You love people, not for what you do for them or what they do for you. You love them for their values; their virtues.

--Ayn Rand
quote by Ayn Rand: Rationality is the recognition of the fact that nothing can alter the truth and nothing can take precedence over that act of perceiving it. with background image: photo of author Ayn Rand with quote

Rationality is the recognition of the fact that nothing can alter the truth and nothing can take precedence over that act of perceiving it.

--Ayn Rand
quote by Ayn Rand: My happiness is not the means to any end. It is the end. It is its own goal. It is its own purpose. with background image: photo of author Ayn Rand with quote

My happiness is not the means to any end. It is the end. It is its own goal. It is its own purpose.

--Ayn Rand
quote by Ayn Rand: When I disagree with a rational man, I let reality be our final arbiter; if I am right, he will learn; if I am wrong, I will; one of us will win, but both will profit. with background image: photo of author Ayn Rand with quote

When I disagree with a rational man, I let reality be our final arbiter; if I am right, he will learn; if I am wrong, I will; one of us will win, but both will profit.

--Ayn Rand
quote by Ayn Rand: A rational man is guided by his thinking -- by a process of Reason -- not by his feelings and desires. with background image: photo of author Ayn Rand with quote

A rational man is guided by his thinking -- by a process of Reason -- not by his feelings and desires.

--Ayn Rand

quote by Ayn Rand: Action without thought is mindlessness, and thought without action is hypocritical. with background image: photo of author Ayn Rand with quote

Action without thought is mindlessness, and thought without action is hypocritical.

--Ayn Rand

quote by Ayn Rand: A government is the most dangerous threat to man's rights: it holds a legal monopoly on the use of physical force against legally disarmed victims. with background image: photo of author Ayn Rand with quote

A government is the most dangerous threat to man's rights: it holds a legal monopoly on the use of physical force against legally disarmed victims.

--Ayn Rand
quote by Ayn Rand: Never think of pain or danger or enemies a moment longer than is necessary to fight them. with background image: photo of author Ayn Rand with quote

Never think of pain or danger or enemies a moment longer than is necessary to fight them.

--Ayn Rand
quote by Ayn Rand: The hardest thing to explain is the glaringly evident which everybody has decided not to see. with background image: photo of author Ayn Rand with quote

The hardest thing to explain is the glaringly evident which everybody has decided not to see.

--Ayn Rand
quote by Ayn Rand: Freedom: To ask nothing. To expect nothing. To depend on nothing. with background image: photo of author Ayn Rand with quote

Freedom: To ask nothing. To expect nothing. To depend on nothing.

--Ayn Rand
quote by Ayn Rand: But, in fact, a person's sexual choice is the result and sum of their fundamental convictions. Tell me what a person finds sexually attractive and I will tell you their entire philosophy of life. with background image: photo of author Ayn Rand with quote

But, in fact, a person's sexual choice is the result and sum of their fundamental convictions. Tell me what a person finds sexually attractive and I will tell you their entire philosophy of life.

--Ayn Rand

quote by Ayn Rand: Let us throw away our candles and our torches. Let us flood the cities with light. Let us bring a new light to men!
 -Equality 7-2521. with background image: photo of author Ayn Rand with quote

Let us throw away our candles and our torches. Let us flood the cities with light. Let us bring a new light to men!
-Equality 7-2521.

--Ayn Rand
quote by Ayn Rand: A gracefully effortless floating, flowing and flying are the essentials of the ballet's image of man. with background image: photo of author Ayn Rand with quote

A gracefully effortless floating, flowing and flying are the essentials of the ballet's image of man.

--Ayn Rand

quote by Ayn Rand: You can't have your cake and let your neighbour eat it too. with background image: photo of author Ayn Rand with quote

You can't have your cake and let your neighbour eat it too.

--Ayn Rand
quote by Ayn Rand: Charity must be voluntary. with background image: photo of author Ayn Rand with quote

Charity must be voluntary.

--Ayn Rand
quote by Ayn Rand: I've wanted to want it. I should think it would be exciting to become a dissolute woman. with background image: photo of author Ayn Rand with quote

I've wanted to want it. I should think it would be exciting to become a dissolute woman.

--Ayn Rand
quote by Ayn Rand: They talked about nothing in particular, sentences that had meaning only in the sound of the voices, in warm gaiety, in the ease of complete relaxation. with background image: photo of author Ayn Rand with quote

They talked about nothing in particular, sentences that had meaning only in the sound of the voices, in warm gaiety, in the ease of complete relaxation.

--Ayn Rand
quote by Ayn Rand: Every honest man lives for himself. Every man worth calling a man lives for himself. The one who doesn't -- doesn't live at all. with background image: photo of author Ayn Rand with quote

Every honest man lives for himself. Every man worth calling a man lives for himself. The one who doesn't -- doesn't live at all.

--Ayn Rand


quote by Ayn Rand: Do not let the hero in your soul perish in lonely frustration for the life you deserved and have never been able to reach. with background image: photo of author Ayn Rand with quote

Do not let the hero in your soul perish in lonely frustration for the life you deserved and have never been able to reach.

--Ayn Rand
quote by Ayn Rand: Politically, the goal of today's dominant trend is statism. Philosophically, the goal is the obliteration of reason; psychologically, it is the erosion of ambition. with background image: photo of author Ayn Rand with quote

Politically, the goal of today's dominant trend is statism. Philosophically, the goal is the obliteration of reason; psychologically, it is the erosion of ambition.

--Ayn Rand
quote by Ayn Rand: The spread of evil is the symptom of a vacuum. Whenever evil wins, it is only by default: by the moral failure of those who evade the fact that there can be no compromise on basic principles. with background image: photo of author Ayn Rand with quote

The spread of evil is the symptom of a vacuum. Whenever evil wins, it is only by default: by the moral failure of those who evade the fact that there can be no compromise on basic principles.

--Ayn Rand
quote by Ayn Rand: In a free society, one does not have to deal with those who are irrational. One is free to avoid them. with background image: photo of author Ayn Rand with quote

In a free society, one does not have to deal with those who are irrational. One is free to avoid them.

--Ayn Rand
quote by Ayn Rand: Get the hell out of my way! with background image: photo of author Ayn Rand with quote

Get the hell out of my way!

--Ayn Rand
quote by Ayn Rand: Glassy rustle which was the East River somewhere close by. with background image: photo of author Ayn Rand with quote

Glassy rustle which was the East River somewhere close by.

--Ayn Rand

quote by Ayn Rand: The difference between animals and humans is that animals change themselves for the environment, but humans change the environment for themselves. with background image: photo of author Ayn Rand with quote

The difference between animals and humans is that animals change themselves for the environment, but humans change the environment for themselves.

--Ayn Rand

quote by Ayn Rand: Civilization is the progress toward a society of privacy. with background image: photo of author Ayn Rand with quote

Civilization is the progress toward a society of privacy.

--Ayn Rand

Longer Version:

Civilization is the progress toward a society of privacy. The savage's whole existence is public, ruled by the laws of his tribe. Civilization is the process of setting man free from men.



quote by Ayn Rand: All life is a purposeful struggle, and your only choice is the choice of a goal. with background image: photo of author Ayn Rand with quote

All life is a purposeful struggle, and your only choice is the choice of a goal.

--Ayn Rand
quote by Ayn Rand: Competition is a by-product of productive work, not its goal. with background image: photo of author Ayn Rand with quote

Competition is a by-product of productive work, not its goal.

--Ayn Rand
quote by Ayn Rand: By that time, a village half-wit could see what generations of professors had pretended not to notice. with background image: photo of author Ayn Rand with quote

By that time, a village half-wit could see what generations of professors had pretended not to notice.

--Ayn Rand
quote by Ayn Rand: I think that when in doubt about the truth of an issue, it's safer and in better taste to select the least numerous of the adversaries. with background image: photo of author Ayn Rand with quote

I think that when in doubt about the truth of an issue, it's safer and in better taste to select the least numerous of the adversaries.

--Ayn Rand

quote by Ayn Rand: I love doing it. Every building is like a person. Single and unrepeatable. with background image: photo of author Ayn Rand with quote

I love doing it. Every building is like a person. Single and unrepeatable.

--Ayn Rand

quote by Ayn Rand: Those who grant sympathy to guilt, grant none to innocence. with background image: photo of author Ayn Rand with quote

Those who grant sympathy to guilt, grant none to innocence.

--Ayn Rand



quote by Ayn Rand: In any compromise between food and poison, it is only death that can win. In any compromise between good and evil, it is only evil that can profit. with background image: photo of author Ayn Rand with quote

In any compromise between food and poison, it is only death that can win. In any compromise between good and evil, it is only evil that can profit.

--Ayn Rand
quote by Ayn Rand: The skyline of New York is a monument of a splendour that no pyramids or palaces will ever equal or approach. with background image: photo of author Ayn Rand with quote

The skyline of New York is a monument of a splendour that no pyramids or palaces will ever equal or approach.

--Ayn Rand
quote by Ayn Rand: I would give the greatest sunset in the world for one sight of New York's skyline. with background image: photo of author Ayn Rand with quote

I would give the greatest sunset in the world for one sight of New York's skyline.

--Ayn Rand

Longer Version:

I would give the greatest sunset in the world for one sight of New York's skyline. Particularly when one can't see the details. Just the shapes. The shapes and the thought that made them. The sky over New York and the will of man made visible. What other religion do we need?


quote by Ayn Rand: Only a man of integrity can possess the virtue of honesty, since only the faking of one's consciousness can permit the faking of existence. with background image: photo of author Ayn Rand with quote

Only a man of integrity can possess the virtue of honesty, since only the faking of one's consciousness can permit the faking of existence.

--Ayn Rand

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