ayn rand Quotes

It's so graceless, being a martyr. It's honoring your adversaries too much.
— Ayn Rand
You are damned, and we wish to share your damnation.
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— Ayn Rand
The age of the skyscraper is gone. This is the age of the housing project. Which is always a prelude to the age of the cave.
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— Ayn Rand
Genius is an exaggeration of dimension. So is elephantiasis. Both may be only a disease.
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— Ayn Rand
The world is perishing from an orgy of self- sacrificing.
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— Ayn Rand
To abstain from condemning a torturer, is to become an accessory to the torture and murder of his victims.
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— Ayn Rand
Let us destroy, but don't let us pretend that we are commiting an act of virtue.
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— Ayn Rand
He had a big head and a face so ugly it became almost fascinating.
— Ayn Rand
The sky is like a black sieve pierced by silver drops that tremble, ready to burst through.
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— Ayn Rand
She thought: at this moment, the glass stem between his fingers feels just like the one between mine. We have this much in common.
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— Ayn Rand
Neither life nor happiness can be achieved by the pursuit of irrational whims.
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— Ayn Rand
Style is not an end in itself, it is only a means to an end- the means of telling a story.
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— Ayn Rand
Litigants obey the verdict of a tribunal solely on the premise that there is an objective rule of conduct, which they both accept.
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— Ayn Rand
Any group or "collective", large or small, is only a number of individuals. A group can have no rights other than the rights of its individual members.
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— Ayn Rand
Economics departments are dominated by Marxism, which is taken straight or on the rocks, in the form of Keynesianism.
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— Ayn Rand
Most American men are repressors.
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— Ayn Rand
Aquinas brought an Aristotelian view of reason back into European culture, and lighted the way toward the Renaissance.
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— Ayn Rand
Every aspect of Western culture needs a new code of ethics- a rational ethics - as a precondition of rebirth.
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— Ayn Rand
Defiance, not obedience, is the American's answer to overbearing authority.
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— Ayn Rand
It is the metaphysically given that must be accepted: it cannot be changed. It is the man-made that must never be accepted uncritically: it must be judged, then accepted or rejected and changed when necessary.
— Ayn Rand
Without property rights, no other rights are possible.
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— Ayn Rand
Thanksgiving is a typically American holiday… The lavish meal is a symbol of the fact that abundant consumption is the result and reward of production.
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— Ayn Rand
America's founding Ideal was the principle of individual rights. Nothing more - and nothing less.
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— Ayn Rand
It is a free market that makes monopolies impossible.
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— Ayn Rand
America's abundance was not created by public sacrifices to the common good, but by the productive genius of free men who pursued their own personal interests and the making of their own private fortunes.
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— Ayn Rand
If a drought strikes them, animals perish- man builds irrigation canals; if a flood strikes them, animals perish--man builds dams; if a carnivorous pack attacks them, animals perish-man writes the Constitution of the United States.
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— Ayn Rand
I am opposed to all forms of control. I am for an absolute, laissez-faire, free, unregulated economy.
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— Ayn Rand
Reason is not automatic. Those who deny it cannot be conquered by it. Do not count on them. Leave them alone.
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— Ayn Rand
Force and mind are opposites; morality ends where a gun begins.
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— Ayn Rand
Don't bother to examine a folly ask yourself only what it accomplishes.
— Ayn Rand
Romantic art is the fuel and the spark plug of a Man's soul. It's task is to set a soul on fire and never let it go out.
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— Ayn Rand
I would step in the way of a bullet if it were aimed at my husband. It is not self-sacrifice to die protecting that which you value: If the value is great enough, you do not care to exist without it.
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— Ayn Rand
There is no affirmation without the one who affirms. in this sense, everything to which you grant your love is yours
— Ayn Rand
I love you so much that nothing can matter to me- not even you… Only my love- not your answer. Not even your indifference.
— Ayn Rand
Love is our response to our highest values.
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— Ayn Rand
To say 'I love you' one must first be able to say the 'I.'
— Ayn Rand
Love is not self-sacrifice, but the most profound assertion of your own needs and values. It is for your own happiness that you need the person you love, and that is the greatest compliment, the greatest tribute you can pay to that person.
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— Ayn Rand
The writer who develops a beautiful style, but has nothing to say, represents a kind of arrested esthetic development; he is like a pianist who acquires a brilliant technique by playing finger-exercises, but never gives a concert.
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— Ayn Rand
Words are a lens to focus one's mind.
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— Ayn Rand
To be the kind of writer you want to be, you must first be the kind of thinker you want to be.
— Ayn Rand
ayn rand
Birth    : February 2, 1905
Death  : March 6, 1982
Occupation  : Novelist

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