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Ayn Rand Quotes

Looking for Ayn Rand Quotes? These are the best quotes by Ayn Rand, from The Fountainhead and other books.

This great philosopher and writer was concerned with individual rights and expression and ethical egoism. One of the most inspirational female writers of all time.

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Ayn Rand 1905-1982

Ayn Rand Quotes

A building has integrity just like a man. And just as seldom.
Ayn Rand

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

A desire presupposes the possibility of action to achieve it; action presupposes a goal which is worth achieving.
Ayn Rand

Achievement of your happiness is the only moral purpose of your life.
Ayn Rand

Achieving life is not the equivalent of avoiding death.
Ayn Rand

Ayn Rand Quotes on Religion

When I die, I hope to go to Heaven, whatever the Hell that is.
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.
Ayn Rand

The man who speaks to you of sacrifice is speaking of slaves and masters, and intends to be the master.
Ayn Rand

The man who lets a leader prescribe his course is a wreck being towed to the scrap heap.
Ayn Rand

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

Civilization is the process of setting man free from men.
Ayn Rand

Her Thoughts about Civilization

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 

Neither power-lust nor stupidity are good motives.
Ayn Rand

Every man builds his world in his own image.
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

The only way a government can be of service to national prosperity is by keeping its hands off.
Ayn Rand

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

I am not primarily an advocate of capitalism, but of egoism; and I am not primarily an advocate of egoism, but of reason. If one recognizes the supremacy of reason and applies it consistently, all the rest follows.
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From The Fountainhead

I don’t build in order to have clients. I have clients in order to build.
Howard Roark in the novel The Fountainhead

“The mind is an attribute of the individual. There is no such thing as a collective brain. There is no such thing as a collective thought,” says thearchitect.
Howard Roark in the novel The Fountainhead

The question isn’t who is going to let me; it’s who is going to stop me.
Howard Roark in the novel The Fountainhead

Philosophy of the Indvidual

If any civilization is to survive, it is the morality of altruism that men have to reject.
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

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

While animals survive by adjusting themselves to their background, man survives by adjusting his background to himself.
Ayn Rand

Ayn Rand Quotes from Atlas Shrugged

“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

Politics

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 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

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.
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Ayn Rand Quotes about Money

Money demands that you sell, not your weakness to men’s stupidity, but your talent to their reason.
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

Wealth is the product of man’s capacity to think.
Ayn Rand

The truth is not for all men, but only for those who seek it.
Ayn Rand

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

Inspirational Ayn Rand Quotes

The ladder of success is best climbed by stepping on the rungs of opportunity.
Ayn Rand

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

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

To say “I love you” one must first be able to say the “I.”
Ayn Rand

Upper classes are a nation’s past; the middle class is its future.
Ayn Rand

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