Ayn Rand Quotes

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

Love is blind, they say; sex is impervious to reason and mocks the power of all philosophers. 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

That’s not the point. The point is, who will stop me? Ayn Rand

It was a pedestal from which a god had been torn, and in his place there stood, not Satan with a sword, but a corner lout sipping a bottle of Coca-Cola. Ayn Rand

We are fast approaching the stage of the ultimate inversion: the stage where the government is free to do anything it pleases, while the citizens may act only by permission; which is the stage of the darkest periods of human history, the stage of rule by brute force. Ayn Rand

Freedom (n.): To ask nothing. To expect nothing. To depend on nothing. Ayn Rand

Wealth is the product of man’s capacity to think. Ayn Rand

Do not let your fire go out, spark by irreplaceable spark in the hopeless swamps of the not-quite, the not-yet, and the not-at-all. Do not let the hero in your soul perish in lonely frustration for the life you deserved and have never been able to reach. The world you desire can be won. It exists.. it is real.. it is possible.. it’s yours. Ayn Rand, Atlas Shrugged

To say ‘I love you’ one must first be able to say the ‘I.’ Ayn Rand

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

Compromise now, because you’ll have to later, anyway. Ayn Rand

If you don’t know, the thing to do is not to get scared, but to learn. Ayn Rand, Atlas Shrugged

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. Ayn Rand

Rationalization is a process of not perceiving reality, but of attempting to make reality fit one’s emotions. 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 is nothing to them; nothing, not even a sound they can recognize. Ayn Rand

The senseless is the major factor in our lives. Ayn Rand

Learn to value yourself, which means: fight for your happiness. Ayn Rand

The question isn’t who is going to let me; it’s who is going to stop me. Ayn Rand

The man who lets a leader prescribe his course is a wreck being towed to the scrap heap. Ayn Rand

To sell your soul is the easiest thing in the world. That’s what everybody does every hour of his life. If I asked you to keep your soul – would you understand why that’s much harder? Ayn Rand

Catherine had said it, he was selfish; everybody was selfish; it was not a pretty thing, to be selfish, but he was not alone in it. Ayn Rand

I could die for you. But I couldn’t, and wouldn’t, live for you. Ayn Rand, The Fountainhead

It only stands to reason that where there’s sacrifice, there’s someone collecting the sacrificial offerings. Where there’s service, there is someone being served. The man who speaks to you of sacrifice is speaking of slaves and masters, and intends to be the master. Ayn Rand

Love is the expression of one’s values. Ayn Rand

I regret nothing. There have been things I missed, but I ask no questions, because I have loved it, such as it has been, even the moments of emptiness, even the unanswered-and that I loved it, that is the unanswered in my life. Ayn Rand

She thought, I’ve learned to bear anything except happiness. I must learn how to carry it. Ayn Rand

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. Ayn Rand

Any alleged right of one man, which necessitates the violation of the rights of another isn’t and can’t be a right. Ayn Rand

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

But a desire to choose the hardest might be a confession of weakness in itself. Ayn Rand

People think that a liar gains a victory over his victim. What I’ve learned is that a lie is an act of self-abdication, because one surrenders one’s reality to the person to whom one lies, making that person one’s master, condemning oneself from then on to faking the sort of reality that person’s view requires to be faked…The man who lies to the world, is the world’s slave from then on…There are no white lies, there is only the blackest of destruction, and a white lie is the blackest of all. Ayn Rand, Atlas Shrugged

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

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

They were simply four people who liked being there together. Ayn Rand

Achievement of your happiness is the only moral purpose of your life, and that happiness, not pain or mindless self-indulgence, is the proof of your moral integrity, since it is the proof and the result of your loyalty to the achievement of your values. Ayn Rand

The businessman’s tool is value. Ayn Rand

Man cannot survive except through his mind. He comes on earth unarmed. His brain is his only weapon.  Ayn Rand

I can’t live a life torn between that which exists—and you. Ayn Rand

To say “I love you” one must know first how to say the “I”. Ayn Rand, The Fountainhead

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

I love you so much that nothing can matter to me – not even you…Only my love- not your answer. Not even your indifference. Ayn Rand

Don’t ever get angry at a man for stating the truth. Ayn Rand

Contradictions do not exist. Whenever you think you are facing a contradiction, check your premises. You will find that one of them is wrong. Ayn Rand

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

Love is reverence, and worship, and glory, and the upward glance. Not a bandage for dirty sores.  Ayn Rand

If I found a job, a project, an idea or a person I wanted—I’d have to depend on the whole world. Everything has strings leading to everything else. We’re all so tied together. Ayn Rand

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. Ayn Rand, Atlas Shrugged

Wealth is the product of man’s capacity to think. Ayn Rand

We can never really know another person, except by our first glance at him. Because, in that glance, we know everything. Even though we’re not always wise enough to unravel the knowledge. Ayn Rand

Every building is like a person. Single and unrepeatable. Ayn Rand

Why do they always teach us that it’s easy and evil to do what we want and that we need discipline to restrain ourselves? It’s the hardest thing in the world–to do what we want. And it takes the greatest kind of courage. I mean, what we really want. Ayn Rand

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

When I die I hope to go to heaven–whatever that is–and I want to be able to afford the price of admission. Ayn Rand

It’s easy to run to others. It’s so hard to stand on one’s own record. You can fake virtue for an audience. You can’t fake it in your own eyes. Your ego is your strictest judge.  Ayn Rand

Can’t you ever do things without reason, just like everybody else? Ayn Rand

Reason is not automatic. Those who deny it cannot be conquered by it. Do not count on them. Leave them alone. Ayn Rand

Don’t think. Believe. Trust your heart, not your brain. Don’t think. Feel. Believe. Ayn Rand

Integrity is the ability to stand by an idea. Ayn Rand

Contradictions do not exist. Whenever you think that you are facing a contradiction, check your premises. You will find that one of them is wrong. Ayn Rand

Force and mind are opposites; morality ends where a gun begins. Ayn Rand

The man who does not value himself, cannot value anything or anyone. Ayn Rand

She knew that even pain can be confessed, but to confess happiness is to stand naked, delivered to the witness… Ayn Rand

This is the time to merge his self in a great current, in the rising tide which is approaching to sweep us all, willing or unwilling, into the future. Ayn Rand

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. Ayn Rand

Achieving life is not the equivalent of avoiding death. Ayn Rand

One loses everything when one loses one’s sense of humor. Ayn Rand

You never wanted me to be real. You never wanted anyone to be. But you didn’t want to show it. Ayn Rand

If you saw Atlas, the giant who holds the world on his shoulders, if you saw that he stood, blood running down his chest, his knees buckling, his arms trembling but still trying to hold the world aloft with the last of his strength, and the greater his effort the heavier the world bore down upon his shoulders – What would you tell him?”

I…don’t know. What…could he do? What would you tell him?”
To shrug. Ayn Rand, Atlas Shrugged

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

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

Self-respect is something that can’t be killed. The worst thing is to kill a man’s pretense at it. Ayn Rand

Every form of happiness is private. Ayn Rand

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

We can ignore reality, but we cannot ignore the consequences of ignoring reality. Ayn Rand

A man’s sexual choice is the result and the sum of his fundamental convictions…. He will always be attracted to the woman who reflects his deepest vision of himself, the woman whose surrender permits him to experience a sense of self-esteem. The man who is proudly certain of his own value, will want the highest type of woman he can find, the woman he admires, the strongest, the hardest to conquer–because only the possession of a heroine will give him the sense of an achievement. Ayn Rand, Atlas Shrugged

Money is the barometer of a society’s virtue. Ayn Rand

The worst guilt is to accept an unearned guilt. Ayn Rand

This was reality, she thought, this sense of clear outlines, of purpose, of lightness, of hope. Ayn Rand

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. Ayn Rand

Why do they always teach us that it’s easy and evil to do what we want and that we need discipline to restrain ourselves? It’s the hardest thing in the world–to do what we want. And it takes the greatest kind of courage. I mean, what we really want. Ayn Rand

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

She had not noticed him take her hand; it seemed so natural and what she had wanted from the moment of seeing himю Ayn Rand

I don’t build in order to have clients. I have clients in order to build. Ayn Rand

Power-lust is a weed that grows only in the vacant lots of an abandoned mind. Ayn Rand

Existence is Identity, Consciousness is Identification. Ayn Rand

If you tell a beautiful woman that she is beautiful, what have you given her? It’s no more than a fact and it has cost you nothing. But if you tell an ugly woman that she is beautiful, you offer her the great homage of corrupting the concept of beauty. To love a woman for her virtues is meaningless. She’s earned it, it’s a payment, not a gift. But to love her for her vices is a real gift, unearned and undeserved. To love her for her vices is to defile all virtue for her sake – and that is a real tribute of love, because you sacrifice your conscience, your reason, your integrity and your invaluable self-esteem. Ayn Rand, Atlas Shrugged

The great creators — the thinkers, the artists, the scientists, the inventors — stood alone against the men of their time. Every great new thought was opposed. Every great new invention was denounced. The first motor was considered foolish. The airplane was considered impossible. The power loom was considered vicious. Anesthesia was considered sinful. But the men of unborrowed vision went ahead. They fought, they suffered and they paid. But they won. Ayn Rand

She did not know the nature of her loneliness. The only words that named it were: This is not the world I expected. Ayn Rand

It was the joy of admiration and of one’s own ability, growing together. Ayn Rand

Individual rights are not subject to a public vote; a majority has no right to vote away the rights of a minority; the political function of rights is precisely to protect minorities from oppression by majorities (and the smallest minority on earth is the individual). Ayn Rand

It was the greatest sensation of existence: not to trust, but to know. 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. Ayn Rand, Anthem

The smallest minority on earth is the individual. Those who deny individual rights cannot claim to be defenders of minorities. Ayn Rand

The hardest thing to explain is the glaringly evident which everybody had decided not to see. Ayn Rand

Men who reject the responsibility of thought and reason can only exist as parasites on the thinking of others. 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. Ayn Rand

He is free to evade reality, he is free to unfocus his mind and stumble blindly down any road he pleases, but not free to avoid the abyss he refuses to see. Ayn Rand

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

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

Upper classes are a nation’s past; the middle class is its future. Ayn Rand

Love should be treated like a business deal, but every business deal has its own terms and its own currency. And in love, the currency is virtue. You love people not for what you do for them or what they do for you. You love them for the values, the virtues, which they have achieved in their own character. Ayn Rand

The man who refuses to judge, who neither agrees nor disagrees, who declares that there are no absolutes and believes that he escapes responsibility, is the man responsible for all the blood that is now spilled in the world. 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.

There are two sides to every issue: one side is right and the other is wrong, but the middle is always evil. The man who is wrong still retains some respect for truth, if only by accepting the responsibility of choice. But the man in the middle is the knave who blanks out the truth in order to pretend that no choice or values exist, who is willing to sit out the course of any battle, willing to cash in on the blood of the innocent or to crawl on his belly to the guilty, who dispenses justice by condemning both the robber and the robbed to jail, who solves conflicts by ordering the thinker and the fool to meet each other halfway. 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. In that transfusion of blood which drains the good to feed the evil, the compromise is the transmitting rubber tube. Ayn Rand, Atlas Shrugged

What greater wealth is there than to own your life and to spend it on growing? Every living thing must grow. It can’t stand still. It must grow or perish. Ayn Rand

No one’s happiness but my own is in my power to achieve or to destroy. Ayn Rand

Don’t fool yourself, my dear. You’re much worse than a bitch. You’re a saint. Which shows why saints are dangerous and undesirable. Ayn Rand, The Fountainhead

Government ‘help’ to business is just as disastrous as government persecution… the only way a government can be of service to national prosperity is by keeping its hands off. Ayn Rand

The most depraved type of human being is the man without a purpose. Ayn Rand

I never found beauty in longing for the impossible and never found the possible to be beyond my reach. Ayn Rand

But we loved the Science of Things. We wished to know. We wished to know about all the things which make the earth around us. We asked so many questions that the Teachers forbade it. Ayn Rand

But you see,” said Roark quietly, “I have, let’s say, sixty years to live. Most of that time will be spent working. I’ve chosen the work I want to do. If I find no joy in it, then I’m only condemning myself to sixty years of torture. And I can find the joy only if I do my work in the best way possible to me. But the best is a matter of standards—and I set my own standards. I inherit nothing. I stand at the end of no tradition. I may, perhaps, stand at the beginning of one. Ayn Rand, The Fountainhead

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

The measure of hell you’re able to endure is the measure of your love. Ayn Rand

Live and act within the limit of your knowledge and keep expanding it to the limit of your life. Ayn Rand

We sat still and we held our breath. For our face and our body were beautiful. Our face was not like the faces of our brothers, for we felt no pity when looking upon it. Our body was not like the bodies of our brothers, for our limbs were straight and thin and hard and strong. And we thought that we could trust this being who looked upon us from the stream, and that we had nothing to fear with this being. Ayn Rand

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. Ayn Rand, Atlas Shrugged

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. Ayn Rand

But why should you care what people will say? All you have to do is please yourself. Ayn Rand

Joy is the goal of existence, and joy is not to be stumbled upon, but to be achieved, and the act of treason is to let its vision drown in the swamp of the moment’s torture. Ayn Rand

Dare not choose in your minds the work you would like to do when you leave the Home of the Students. You shall do that which the Council of Vocations shall prescribe for you. Ayn Rand

If it’s worth doing, it’s worth overdoing. Ayn Rand

The purpose of morality is to teach you, not to suffer and die, but to enjoy yourself and live. 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. Ayn Rand

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

We are old now, yet we were young this morning, when we carried our glass box through the streets of the City to the Home of the Scholars. Ayn Rand

Listen to what is being preached today. Look at everyone around us. You’ve wondered why they suffer, why they seek happiness and never find it. If any man stopped and asked himself whether he’s ever held a truly personal desire, he’d find the answer. He’d see that all his wishes, his efforts, his dreams, his ambitions are motivated by other men. He’s not really struggling even for material wealth, but for the second-hander’s delusion – prestige. A stamp of approval, not his own. He can find no joy in the struggle and no joy when he has succeeded. He can’t say about a single thing: ‘This is what I wanted because I wanted it, not because it made my neighbors gape at me’. Then he wonders why he’s unhappy. Ayn Rand, The Fountainhead

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