Ayn Rand Quotes

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Born: February 2, 1905, St. Petersburg, Russian Empire [now Russia]
Birth Country: Russia
Died: New York City, New York, USA, March 6, 1982
Occupation: Author

1.
A building has integrity just like a man. And just as seldom.
- Ayn Rand

2.
A creative man is motivated by the desire to achieve, not by the desire to beat others.
- Ayn Rand

3.
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

4.
Achieving life is not the equivalent of avoiding death.
- Ayn Rand

5.
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

6.
Do not ever say that the desire to 'do good' by force is a good motive. Neither power-lust nor stupidity are good motives.
- Ayn Rand

7.
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

8.
God... a being whose only definition is that he is beyond man's power to conceive.
- Ayn Rand

9.
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

10.
Happiness is that state of consciousness which proceeds from the achievement of one's values.
- Ayn Rand

11.
I don't build in order to have clients. I have clients in order to build.
- Ayn Rand

12.
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

13.
If any civilization is to survive, it is the morality of altruism that men have to reject.
- Ayn Rand

14.
Individual rights are the means of subordinating society to moral law.
- Ayn Rand

15.
Just as man can't exist without his body, so no rights can exist without the right to translate one's rights into reality, to think, to work and keep the results, which means: the right of property.
- Ayn Rand

16.
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.
- Ayn Rand

17.
Money demands that you sell, not your weakness to men's stupidity, but your talent to their reason.
- Ayn Rand

18.
Money is only a tool. It will take you wherever you wish, but it will not replace you as the driver.
- Ayn Rand

19.
Money is the barometer of a society's virtue.
- Ayn Rand

20.
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

21.
Reason is not automatic. Those who deny it cannot be conquered by it. Do not count on them. Leave them alone.
- Ayn Rand

22.
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

23.
So you think that money is the root of all evil. Have you ever asked what is the root of all money?
- Ayn Rand

24.
The ladder of success is best climbed by stepping on the rungs of opportunity.
- Ayn Rand

25.
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

26.
The truth is not for all men, but only for those who seek it.
- Ayn Rand

27.
Throughout the centuries there were men who took first steps, down new roads, armed with nothing but their own vision.
- Ayn Rand

28.
To achieve, you need thought. You have to know what you are doing and that's real power.
- Ayn Rand

29.
To say 'I love you' one must first be able to say the 'I.'
- Ayn Rand

30.
Upper classes are a nation's past the middle class is its future.
- Ayn Rand

31.
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

32.
When I die, I hope to go to Heaven, whatever the Hell that is.
- Ayn Rand

33.
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.
- Ayn Rand

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