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

Ayn Rand on motivational

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

Ayn Rand on happiness

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

Ayn Rand on determination

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 on power

To say I love you one must know first how to say the I.

Ayn Rand on acceptance

The worst guilt is to accept an unearned guilt.

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

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

Ayn Rand on money

The smallest minority on earth is the individual.

Those who deny individual rights cannot claim to be defenders of minorities.

Ayn Rand on claim

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

Ayn Rand on morals

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 on dangerous

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

Ayn Rand on cowardiceweakness

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 on approaching
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The question isn't who is going to let me; it's who is going to stop me.

About Ayn Rand

Name Ayn Rand
Quotes 83 quotations
Nationality Russian
Profession Writer
Birthday February 2, 1905
About Alisa Rosenbaum was born in pre-revolutionary St. Petersburg to a prosperous Jewish family. When the Bolsheviks requisitioned the pharmacy owned by her father, Fronz, the Rosenbaums fled to the Crimea. Alisa returned to the city (renamed Leningrad) to attend the university, but in 1926 relatives who had already settled in America offered her the chance of joining them there.
Top topics rights, life, reality, force, values

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 on life

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

Ayn Rand on automatic

Achieving life is not the equivalent of avoiding death.

Ayn Rand on achieving

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 on dream

I don't build in order to have clients. I have clients in order to build.

Ayn Rand on customer

Rights are not a matter of numbers - and there can be no such thing, in law or in morality, as actions forbidden to an individual, but permitted to a mob.

Ayn Rand on actions
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Defiance, not obedience, is the American's answer to overbearing authority.

Evil requires the sanction of the victim.

Ayn Rand on evil

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

Ayn Rand on faith

Art is a selective re-creation of reality according to an artists metaphysical value judgments.

Ayn Rand on art

But what man does out of despair, is not necessarily a key to his character.

I have always thought that the real key is in that which he seeks for his enjoyment.

Ayn Rand on hank

The hardest thing to explain is the glaringly evident which everybody has decided not to see.

Ayn Rand on unpleasant

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

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

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.

Ayn Rand on fit

A desire presupposes the possibility of action to achieve it;

action presupposes a goal which is worth achieving.

Ayn Rand on achieve

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 on desire

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

Ayn Rand on prophecy

To deal with men by force is as impractical as to deal with nature by persuasion.

Ayn Rand on men

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

Ayn Rand on integrity
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Thinking men cannot be ruled.

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

Ayn Rand on begins

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

Ayn Rand on wealth

Upper classes are a nation's past; the middle class is its future.

Ayn Rand on future

What is a demanding pleasure that demands the use of ones mind! Not in the sense of problem solving, but in the sense of exercising discrimination, judgment, awareness.

Ayn Rand on mind

Capitalism is a social system based on the recognition of individual rights, including property rights, in which all property is privately owned.

Ayn Rand on capitalism

Money is the barometer of a society's virtue.

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

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 on inspirational

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

Ayn Rand on heap

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

Ayn Rand on success

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

Ayn Rand on survive

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 on government

Individual rights are the means of subordinating society to moral law.

Ayn Rand on individual

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

Ayn Rand on fight

There’s nothing as significant as a human face.

Nor as eloquent. 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 on knowing

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 on abstraction

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 on civilization

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 on service

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 on check

A chronic lack of pleasure, of any enjoyable, rewarding or stimulating experiences, produces a slow, gradual, day-by-day erosion of man's emotional vitality, which he may ignore or repress, but which is recorded by the relentless computer of his subconscious mechanism that registers an ebbing flow, then a trickle, then a few last drops of fuel--until the day when his inner motor stops and he wonders desperately why he has no desire to go on, unable to find any definable cause of his hopeless, chronic sense of exhaustion.

Ayn Rand on laziness

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

Ayn Rand on aspect