50 Ayn Rand Quotes: Captivating Ideas That Make You Think

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50 Ayn Rand Quotes:

 

1. “Wealth is the product of man’s capacity to think.” — AYN RAND

 

2. “In any compromise between good and evil, it is only evil that can profit.” — AYN RAND

 

3. “Civilization is the progress toward a society of privacy. The savage’s whole existence is public, ruled by the laws of his tribe. Civilization is the process of setting man free from men.” — AYN RAND

4. “Upper classes are a nation’s past; the middle class is its future.” — AYN RAND

 

5. “The smallest minority on earth is the individual. Those who deny individual rights cannot claim to be defenders of minorities.” — AYN RAND

 

6. “The ladder of success is best climbed by stepping on the rungs of opportunity.” — AYN RAND

 

7. “There are two sides to every issue: one side is right and the other is wrong, but the middle is always evil.” — AYN RAND

 

8. “We can evade reality, but we cannot evade the consequences of evading reality.” — AYN RAND

 

9. “Anyone who fights for the Future lives in it today.” — AYN RAND

 



 

10. “A creative man is motivated by the desire to achieve, not by the desire to beat others.” — AYN RAND

 

11. “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

 

12. “Happiness is that state of consciousness which proceeds from the achievement of one’s values.” — AYN RAND

 

13. “The purpose of morality is to teach you, not to suffer and die, but to enjoy yourself and live.” — AYN RAND

 

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14. “Capitalism demands the best of every man – his rationality – and rewards him accordingly. It leaves every man free to choose the work he likes, to specialize in it, to trade his product for the products of others, and to go as far on the road of achievement as his ability and ambition will carry him.” — AYN RAND

 

15. “The question isn’t who is going to let me; it’s who is going to stop me.” — AYN RAND

 

16. “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

 

17. “Productive work is the central purpose of a rational man’s life, the central value that integrates and determines the hierarchy of all his other values. Reason is the source, the precondition of his productive work – pride is the result.” — AYN RAND

 

18. “Do not ever say that the desire to “do good” by force is a good motive. Neither power-lust nor stupidity are good motives.” — AYN RAND

 

19. “Why do they always teach us that it’s easy and evil to do what we want and that we need discipline to restrain ourselves? It’s the hardest thing in the world – to do what we want. And it takes the greatest kind of courage. I mean, what we really want.” — AYN RAND

 

20. “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

 

21. “When I die, I hope to go to Heaven, whatever the Hell that is.” — AYN RAND

 



 

22. “Money is only a tool. It will take you wherever you wish, but it will not replace you as the driver.” — AYN RAND

 

23. “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

 

24. “The world you desired can be won, it exists, it is real, it is possible, it’s yours. But to win it requires total dedication and a total break with the world of your past, with the doctrine that man is sacrificial animal who exists for the pleasure of others. Fight for the value of your person. Fight for the virtue of your pride. Fight for the essence, which is man, for his sovereign rational mind. Fight with the radiant certainty and the absolute rectitude of knowing that yours is the morality of life and yours is the battle for any achievement, any value, any grandeur, any goodness, any joy that has ever existed on this earth.” — AYN RAND

 

25. “The hardest thing to explain is the glaringly evident which everybody had decided not to see.” — AYN RAND

 

26. “There is a level of cowardice lower than that of the conformist: the fashionable non-conformist.” — AYN RAND

 

27. “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

 

28. “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

 

29. “Everyone has the right to make his own decisions, but none has the right to force his decision on others.” — AYN RAND

 

30. “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

 

31. “The most depraved type of human being is the man without a purpose.” — AYN RAND

 

32. “The man who lets a leader prescribe his course is a wreck being towed to the scrap heap.” — AYN RAND

 

33. “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

 

34. “It is not a question of whether man chooses to be guided by philosophy: he is not equipped to live without it.” — AYN RAND

 



 

35. “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

 

36. “I need no warrant for being, and no word of sanction upon my being. I am the warrant and the sanction.” — AYN RAND

 

37. “Reason is not automatic. Those who deny it cannot be conquered by it. Do not count on them. Leave them alone.” — AYN RAND

 

38. “Man is the only living species that has the power to act as his own destroyer – and that is the way he has acted through most of his history.” — AYN RAND

 

39. “Power-lust is a weed that grows only in the vacant lot of an empty mind.” — AYN RAND

 

40. “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

 

41. “To know one’s own desires, their meaning and their costs requires the highest human virtue: Rationality.” — AYN RAND

 

42. “There’s nothing of any importance except how well you do your work.” — AYN RAND

 

43. “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

 

44. “Religion is a primitive form of philosophy, [an] attempt to offer a comprehensive view of reality.” — AYN RAND

 

45. “To say ‘I love you’ one must first be able to say the ‘I.’” — AYN RAND

 

46. “It only stands to reason that where there’s sacrifice, there’s someone collecting the sacrificial offerings. Where there’s service, there is someone being served. The man who speaks to you of sacrifice is speaking of slaves and masters, and intends to be the master.” — AYN RAND

 

47. “To achieve, you need thought. You have to know what you are doing and that’s real power.” — AYN RAND

 



 

48. “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

 

49. “A rational man is guided by his thinking – by a process of Reason – not by his feelings and desires.” — AYN RAND

 

50. “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

 

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