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Ayn Rand

1905-1982 ,  American writer & philosopher
Ayn Rand-Russian-American novelist, philosopher,playwright, and screenwriter. She is known for her two best-selling novels, The Fountainhead (1943) and Atlas Shrugged (1957), and for developing a philosophical system she called Objectivism.
She has been a significant influence among libertarians and American conservatives.

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

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

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

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

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

I could die for you. But I couldn't, and wouldn't, live for you.

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

Man’s unique reward, however, is that while animals survive by adjusting themselves to their background, man survives by adjusting his background to himself

I will never live for the sake of another man, nor ask another man to live for mine.

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

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

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

Man—every man—is an end in himself, not a means to the ends of others; he must live for his own sake, neither sacrificing himself to others nor sacrificing others to himself.

Aristotle may be regarded as the cultural barometer of Western history. Whenever his influence dominated the scene, it paved the way for one of history's brilliant eras; whenever it fell, so did mankind.

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

If the truth shall kill them, let them die.

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

I can accept anything, except what seems to be the easiest for most people: the half-way, the almost, the just-about, the in-between.

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

Never ask people about your work.

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

Civilization is the process of setting man free from men.

Worry is a waste of emotional reserve.

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

A man's ego is the fountainhead of human progress.

A building has integrity just like a man. And just as seldom.

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

The man who attempts to live for others is a dependent. He is a parasite in motive and makes parasites of those he serves. The relationship produces nothing but mutual corruption.

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

I've always thought that a feeling which changes never existed in the first place.

He never felt loneliness except when he was happy.

The quickest way to kill the human spirit is to ask someone to do mediocre work.

The causes of illusions are not pretty to discover. They're either vicious or tragic.

Evil requires the sanction of the victim.

“Free competition enforced by law” is a grotesque contradiction in terms.

I am not primarily an advocate of capitalism, but of egoism; and I am not primarily an advocate of egoism, but of reason.

There is no difference between communism and socialism, except in the means of achieving the same ultimate end: communism proposes to enslave men by force, socialism—by vote. It is merely the difference between murder and suicide.

What is greatness? I will answer: it is the capacity to live by the three fundamental values of John Galt: reason, purpose, self-esteem.

Even if smog were a risk to human life, we must remember that life in nature, without technology, is wholesale death.

The worst evil that you can do, psychologically, is to laugh at yourself. That means spitting in your own face.

There is no such thing as duty. If you know that a thing is right, you want to do it. If you don't want to do it—it isn't right. If it's right and you don't want to do it—you don't know what right is and you're not a man.

I am. I think. I will.

A gun is not an argument.

Every government interference in the economy consists of giving an unearned benefit, extorted by force, to some men at the expense of others.

Remember also that the smallest minority on earth is the individual. Those who deny individual rights, cannot claim to be defenders of minorities.

Man is the only living species that has the power to act as his own destroyer—and that is the way he has acted through most of his history.

You can ignore reality, but you cannot ignore the consequences of ignoring reality.

There is no such dichotomy as “human rights” versus “property rights.” No human rights can exist without property rights.

Anyone who fights for the future, lives in it today.


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