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    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.
    — Ayn Rand
    tags: wishes 
     
    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.
    — Ayn Rand
    tags: age  gone 
     
    Genius is an exaggeration of dimension. So is elephantiasis. Both may be only a disease.
    — Ayn Rand
    tags: genius 
     
    The world is perishing from an orgy of self- sacrificing.
    — Ayn Rand
    tags: world 
     
    To abstain from condemning a torturer, is to become an accessory to the torture and murder of his victims.
    — Ayn Rand
    tags: murder 
     
    Let us destroy, but don't let us pretend that we are commiting an act of virtue.
    — Ayn Rand
    tags: virtue 
     
    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.
    — Ayn Rand
    tags: sky 
     
    She thought: at this moment, the glass stem between his fingers feels just like the one between mine. We have this much in common.
    — Ayn Rand
    tags: moment 
     
    Neither life nor happiness can be achieved by the pursuit of irrational whims.
    — Ayn Rand
    tags: happiness 
     
    Style is not an end in itself, it is only a means to an end- the means of telling a story.
    — Ayn Rand
    tags: stories 
     
    Litigants obey the verdict of a tribunal solely on the premise that there is an objective rule of conduct, which they both accept.
    — Ayn Rand
    tags: rules 
     
    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.
    — Ayn Rand
    tags: right 
     
    Economics departments are dominated by Marxism, which is taken straight or on the rocks, in the form of Keynesianism.
    — Ayn Rand
    tags: economics 
     
    Most American men are repressors.
    — Ayn Rand
    tags: men 
     
    Aquinas brought an Aristotelian view of reason back into European culture, and lighted the way toward the Renaissance.
    — Ayn Rand
    tags: culture 
     
    Every aspect of Western culture needs a new code of ethics- a rational ethics - as a precondition of rebirth.
    — Ayn Rand
    tags: culture  ethics 
     
    Defiance, not obedience, is the American's answer to overbearing authority.
    — Ayn Rand
    tags: authority 
     
    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.
    — Ayn Rand
    tags: right 
     
    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.
    — Ayn Rand
    tags: facts 
     
    America's founding Ideal was the principle of individual rights. Nothing more - and nothing less.
    — Ayn Rand
    tags: right  america 
     
    It is a free market that makes monopolies impossible.
    — Ayn Rand
    tags: impossible 
     
    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.
    — 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.
    — Ayn Rand
    tags: animals  men  write 
     
    I am opposed to all forms of control. I am for an absolute, laissez-faire, free, unregulated economy.
    — Ayn Rand
    tags: control 
     
    Reason is not automatic. Those who deny it cannot be conquered by it. Do not count on them. Leave them alone.
    — Ayn Rand
    tags: alone 
     
    Force and mind are opposites; morality ends where a gun begins.
    — Ayn Rand
    tags: morality  mind 
     
    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.
    — Ayn Rand
    tags: soul  fire  romantic 
     
    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.
    — Ayn Rand
    tags: value  care  die 
     
    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.
    — Ayn Rand
    tags: value 
     
    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.
    — Ayn Rand
    tags: happiness  people  value 
     
    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.
    — Ayn Rand
    tags: beautiful 
     
    Words are a lens to focus one's mind.
    — Ayn Rand
    tags: focus  mind 
     
    To be the kind of writer you want to be, you must first be the kind of thinker you want to be.
    — Ayn Rand
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    ayn rand
    Birth    : February 2, 1905
    Death  : March 6, 1982
    Occupation  : Novelist

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