Ayn Rand

Ayn Rand

Ayn Rand (February 2 1905 – March 6, 1982) was a Russian-American novelist, philosopher, playwright, and screenwriter. She is known for her two best-selling novels, The Fountainhead and Atlas Shrugged, and for developing a philosophical system she called Objectivism.

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

The question isn't who is going to let me, it's who is going to stop me.

Force and mind are opposites, morality ends where a gun begins.

Ask yourself whether the dream of heaven and greatness should be waiting for us in our graves - or whether it should be ours here and now and on this earth.

Money demands that you sell not your weakness to men's stupidity, but your talent to their reason.

A desire presupposes the possibility of action to achieve it, action presupposes a goal which is worth achieving.

There is a level of cowardice lower than that of the conformist: the fashionable non-conformist.

Potentially 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.

Evil requires the sanction of the victim.

Do not ever say that the desire to "do good" by force is a good motive. Neither power-lust nor stupidity are good motives.

When I die I hope to go to Heaven whatever the Hell that is.

When man learns to understand and control his own behavior as well as he is learning to understand and control the behavior of crop plants and domestic animals he may be justified in believing that he has become civilized.

So you think that money is the root of all evil. Have you ever asked what is the root of all money?

Love is the expression of one's values the greatest reward you can earn for the moral qualities you have achieved in your character and person the emotional price paid by one man for the joy he receives from the virtues of another.

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

I swear by my life and my love of it that I will never live for the sake of another man nor ask another man to live for mine.

The truth is not for all men but only for those who seek it.

There are two sides to every issue: one side is right and the other is wrong but the middle is always evil.

Run for your life from any man who tells you that money is evil. That sentence is the leper's bell of an approaching looter.

Only the man who does not need it is fit to inherit wealth the man who would make his fortune no matter where he started.

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