Ayn Rand Thoughts and Quotes

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Contradictions do not exist. Whenever you think you are facing a contradiction, check your premises. You will find that one of them is wrong.

 

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

 

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

 

The hardest thing to explain is the glaringly evident which everybody had decided not to see. Ayn Rand

 

People create their own questions because they are afraid to look straight. All you have to do is look straight and see the road, and when you see it, don’t sit looking at it – walk. Ayn Rand

 

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.

 

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

 

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

 

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.

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

To achieve, you need thought. You have to know what you are doing and that’s real power. 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

 

Achieving life is not the equivalent of avoiding death.

 

To arrive at a contradiction is to confess an error in one’s thinking; to maintain a contradiction is to abdicate one’s mind and to evict oneself from the realm of reality. Ayn Rand

 

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

 

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.

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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.

 

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