Famous Quotes By Ayn Rand


  1. A building has integrity just like a man. And just as seldom.
  2. A creative man is motivated by the desire to achieve, not by the desire to beat others.
  3. Achieving life is not the equivalent of avoiding death.
  4. 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.
  5. Do not ever say that the desire to 'do good' by force is a good motive. Neither power-lust nor stupidity are good motives.
  6. Every man builds his world in his own image. He has the power to choose, but no power to escape the necessity of choice.
  7. God... a being whose only definition is that he is beyond man's power to conceive.
  8. 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.
  9. Happiness is that state of consciousness which proceeds from the achievement of one's values.
  10. I don't build in order to have clients. I have clients in order to build.
  11. 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.
  12. If any civilization is to survive, it is the morality of altruism that men have to reject.
  13. Individual rights are the means of subordinating society to moral law.
  14. 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.
  15. Love is the expression of one's values, the greatest reward you can earn for the moral qualities you have achieved in your character and person, the emotional price paid by one man for the joy he receives from the virtues of another.
  16. Money demands that you sell, not your weakness to men's stupidity, but your talent to their reason.
  17. Money is only a tool. It will take you wherever you wish, but it will not replace you as the driver.
  18. Money is the barometer of a society's virtue.
  19. 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.
  20. Reason is not automatic. Those who deny it cannot be conquered by it. Do not count on them. Leave them alone.
  21. 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.
  22. So you think that money is the root of all evil. Have you ever asked what is the root of all money?
  23. The ladder of success is best climbed by stepping on the rungs of opportunity.
  24. 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.
  25. The truth is not for all men, but only for those who seek it.
  26. Throughout the centuries there were men who took first steps, down new roads, armed with nothing but their own vision.
  27. To achieve, you need thought. You have to know what you are doing and that's real power.
  28. To say 'I love you' one must first be able to say the 'I.'
  29. Upper classes are a nation's past the middle class is its future.
  30. When I die, I hope to go to Heaven, whatever the Hell that is.
  31. 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.

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