Quotes by Russian Writer Ayn Rand


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Achieving life is not the equivalent of avoiding death. 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

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

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

Art is a selective re-creation of reality according to an artists metaphysical value judgments. Ayn Rand
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A building has integrity just like a man. And just as seldom. Ayn Rand

To deal with men by force is as impractical as to deal with nature by persuasion. Ayn Rand
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To achieve, you need thought. You have to know what you are doing and that's real power. Ayn Rand


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