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Quotes by Ayn Rand - (56 quotes)

Ayn Rand - From the Acceptance category:

It is the metaphysically given that must be accepted: it cannot be changed. It is the man-made that must never be accepted uncritically: it must be judged, then accepted or rejected and changed when necessary. (Ayn Rand)

Ayn Rand - From the Achievement category:

Show me your achievement - and the knowledge will give me courage for mine. (Ayn Rand)

Ayn Rand - From the Ambition category:

Every man is free to rise as far as he's able or willing, but the degree to which he thinks determines the degree to which he'll rise. (Ayn Rand)

Ayn Rand - From the Art category:

Art is a selective re-creation of reality according to an artist's metaphysical value-judgments. (Ayn Rand)

Ayn Rand - From the Authority category:

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)

Ayn Rand - From the Burning category:

- Atlas Shrugged...
Do not let your fire go out, spark by irreplaceable spark, in the hopeless swaps of the not-quite, the not-yet, and the not-at-all. (Ayn Rand)

Ayn Rand - From the Business category:

I don't build in order to have clients. I have clients in order to build. (Ayn Rand)

Ayn Rand - From the Choices category:

Every man builds his world in his own image. He has the power to choose, but no power to escape the necessity of choice. (Ayn Rand)

Ayn Rand - From the Commerce category:

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

Ayn Rand - From the Competition category:

Competition is a by-product of productive work, not its goal. (Ayn Rand)

Ayn Rand - From the Contemplation category:

That which is not worth contemplating in life, is not worth recreating in art. (Ayn Rand)

Ayn Rand - From the Culture category:

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

Ayn Rand - From the Desire category:

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

Ayn Rand - From the Discipline category:

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)

Ayn Rand - From the Discovery category:

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)

Ayn Rand - From the Dreams category:

The problem is not those who dream, but those who can only dream. (Ayn Rand)

Ayn Rand - From the Education category:

The only purpose of education is to teach a student how to live his life - by developing his mind and equipping him to deal with reality... He has to be taught the essentials of the knowledge discovered in the past and he has to be equipped to acquire further knowledge by his own effort. (Ayn Rand)

Ayn Rand - From the Ego category:

I am. I think. I will. (Ayn Rand)

Ayn Rand - From the Fear category:

To fear to face an issue is to believe the worst is true. (Ayn Rand)

Ayn Rand - From the Freedom category:

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)

Ayn Rand - From the Frustration category:

- Atlas Shrugged...
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)

Ayn Rand - From the Future category:

Whatever their future, at the dawn of their lives, men seek a noble vision of man's nature and of life's potential. (Ayn Rand)

Ayn Rand - From the Genius category:

A genius is a genius, regardless of the number of morons who belong to the same race - and a moron is a moron, regardless of the number of geniuses who share his racial origin. (Ayn Rand)

Ayn Rand - From the Goals category:

A desire presupposes the possibility of action to achieve it; action presupposes a goal which is worth achieving. (Ayn Rand)

Ayn Rand - From the Goodness category:

An attempt to achieve the good by force is like an attempt to provide a man with a picture gallery at the price of cutting out his eyes. (Ayn Rand)

Ayn Rand - From the Guilt category:

We are on strike against the doctrine that life is guilt. (Ayn Rand)

Ayn Rand - From the Guilt category:

Guilt is a rope that wears thin. (Ayn Rand)

Ayn Rand - From the Happiness category:

Happiness is that state of consciousness which proceeds from the achievement of one's values. (Ayn Rand)

Ayn Rand - From the Happiness category:

Every form of happiness is private. Our greatest moments are personal, self-motivated, not to be touched. (Ayn Rand)

Ayn Rand - From the Hope category:

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

Ayn Rand - From the Integrity category:

Honor is self-esteem made visible in action. (Ayn Rand)

Ayn Rand - From the Journey category:

All you have to do is look straight and see the road, and when you see it, don't sit looking at it - walk. (Ayn Rand)

Ayn Rand - From the Life category:

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

Ayn Rand - From the Love category:

It is one's own personal, selfish happiness that one seeks, earns, and derives from love. (Ayn Rand)

Ayn Rand - From the Mediocrity category:

'Mediocrity' doesn't mean average intelligence; it means an average intelligence that resents and envies its betters. (Ayn Rand)

Ayn Rand - From the Money category:

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

Ayn Rand - From the Morality category:

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

Ayn Rand - From the Motivation category:

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

Ayn Rand - From the Opposites category:

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

Ayn Rand - From the Philosophy category:

All work is an act of philosophy. (Ayn Rand)

Ayn Rand - From the Possessions category:

From the smallest necessity to the highest religious abstraction, from the wheel to the skyscraper, everything we are and everything we have comes from one attribute of man - the function of his reasoning mind. (Ayn Rand)

Ayn Rand - From the Possibilities category:

-Atlas Shrugged...
The world you desire can be won. It exists... it is real... it is possible... it's yours. (Ayn Rand)

Ayn Rand - From the Profession category:

The verdict you pronounce upon the source of your livelihood is the verdict you pronounce upon your life. (Ayn Rand)

Ayn Rand - From the Prosperity category:

Wealth is the product of man's capacity to think. (Ayn Rand)

Ayn Rand - From the Questions category:

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. (Ayn Rand)

Ayn Rand - From the Questions category:

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

Ayn Rand - From the Reality category:

An artist recreates those aspects of reality which represent his fundamental view of man's nature. (Ayn Rand)

Ayn Rand - From the Religion category:

God... a being whose only definition is that he is beyond man's power to conceive. (Ayn Rand)

Ayn Rand - From the Success category:

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

Ayn Rand - From the Survival category:

The action required to sustain human life is primarily intellectual: everything man needs has to be discovered by his mind and produced by his effort. (Ayn Rand)

Ayn Rand - From the Thought category:

To achieve, you need thought. You have to know what you are doing and that's real power. (Ayn Rand)

Ayn Rand - From the Truth category:

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

Ayn Rand - From the Understanding category:

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

Ayn Rand - From the Vision category:

Throughout the centuries there were men who took first steps down new roads, armed with nothing but their own vision. (Ayn Rand)

Ayn Rand - From the Worry category:

Worry is a waste of emotional reserve. (Ayn Rand)

Ayn Rand - From the Worth category:

To love is to value... The man who does not value himself, cannot value anything or anyone. (Ayn Rand)



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Last modified: October 23, 2014