Ayn Rand Quotes:
The question isn’t who is going to let me; it’s who is going to stop me.Ayn Rand
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
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
The purpose of morality is to teach you, not to suffer and die, but to enjoy yourself and live.Ayn Rand
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
So you think that money is the root of all evil. Have you ever asked what is the root of all money?Ayn Rand
Money is the barometer of a society’s virtue.Ayn Rand
Wealth is the product of man’s capacity to think.Ayn Rand
Individual rights are not subject to a public vote; a majority has no right to vote away the rights of a minority; the political function of rights is precisely to protect minorities from oppression by majorities (and the smallest minority on earth is the individual).Ayn Rand
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
The man who lets a leader prescribe his course is a wreck being towed to the scrap heap.Ayn Rand
The worst guilt is to accept an unearned guilt.Ayn Rand
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
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
Achieving life is not the equivalent of avoiding death.Ayn Rand
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
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
Money is only a tool. It will take you wherever you wish, but it will not replace you as the driver.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
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
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
Reason is not automatic. Those who deny it cannot be conquered by it. Do not count on them. Leave them alone.Ayn Rand
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
God… a being whose only definition is that he is beyond man’s power to conceive.Ayn Rand
To say ‘I love you’ one must first be able to say the ‘I.’Ayn Rand
There is a level of cowardice lower than that of the conformist: the fashionable non-conformist.Ayn Rand
Who is Ayn Rand ?
Ayn Rand was a Russian-American author and philosopher, born Alisa Zinovyevna Rosenbaum, 2 January 20] 1905 – 6 March 1982).
She is known for her two best-selling novels, The Fountainhead and Atlas Shrugged and she named Objectivism for the development of a philosophical system.
She was born in Russia, coming to the USA in 1926. In the years 1935 and 1936 she had a play produced on Broadway.
She gained fame with her 1943 novel The Fountainhead, after two early novels which were initially unsuccessful. Rand published her most popular book, the novel Atlas Shrugged, in 1957.
She subsequently turned to non-fiction to promote her philosophy, publishing her own periodicals and publishing several essay collections until her death in 1982.
Rand promoted justification as the only way to gain wisdom, and dismissed religion and faith. She embraced moral and ethical selfishness, and rejected altruism.
In politics she condemned the initiation of force as immoral and opposed both collectivism and statism as well as anarchism, instead supporting laissez-faire capitalism, which she defined as the system based on the recognition of individual rights, including property rights.
Rand had been encouraging romantic realism in literature. With the exception of Aristotle, Thomas Aquinas and classical liberals, she was strongly critical of most of her established philosophers and philosophical traditions.
Rand’s fiction with mixed reviews was received by literary critics, and academia generally ignored or rejected her theory, though academic interest has increased in recent decades.
The Objectivist movement is seeking to disseminate its theories, both to the public and in academia. She was a major influence amongst libertarians and American conservatives