Quotes by Ayn Rand

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Novelist and philosopher, best known for her philosophy of Objectivism

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

Throughout the centuries there were men who took first steps, down new roads, armed with nothing but their own vision.
Love is an expression and assertion of self-esteem, a response to one's own values in the person of another. One gains a profoundly personal, selfish joy from the mere existence of the person one loves. It is one's own personal, selfish happiness that one seeks, earns, and derives from love.
Wealth is the product of man's capacity to think.
The purpose of morality is to teach you, not to suffer and die, but to enjoy yourself and live.
I don't build in order to have clients. I have clients in order to build.
The common good of a collective -- a race, a class, a state -- was the claim and justification of every tyranny ever established over men. Every major horror of history was committed in the name of an altruistic motive. Has any act of selfishness ever equaled the carnage perpetrated by disciples of altruism? Does the fault lie in men's hypocrisy or in the nature of the principle? The most dreadful butchers were the most sincere. The believed in the perfect society reached through the guillotine and the firing squad. Nobody questioned their right to murder since they were murdering for an altruistic purpose. It was accepted that man must be sacrificed for other men. Actors change, but the course of the tragedy remains the same. A humanitarian who starts with the declarations of love for mankind and ends with a sea of blood. It goes on and will go on so long as men believe that an action is good if it is unselfish. That permits the altruist to act and forces his victims to bear it. The leaders of collectivist movements ask nothing of themselves. But observe the results.
What is a demanding pleasure that demands the use of ones mind! Not in the sense of problem solving, but in the sense of exercising discrimination, judgment, awareness.
A building has integrity just like a man. And just as seldom.
Upper classes are a nation's past, the middle class its future.
Every aspect of Western culture needs a new code of ethics -- a rational ethics -- as a precondition of rebirth.
There is a level of cowardice lower than that of the conformist: the fashionable non-conformist.
Art is a selective re-creation of reality according to an artist's metaphysical value-judgments. An artist recreates those aspects of reality which represent his fundamental view of man's nature.
Get the hell out of my way!
Civilization is the process of setting man free from men.
“People don’t look for kinds of work anymore, ma’am,” he answered impassively. “They just look for work.”
It’s my absolute opinion that in our complex industrial society, no business enterprise can succeed without sharing the burden of the problems of other enterprises.
There is no escape from justice, nothing can be unearned and unpaid for in the universe, neither in matter nor in spirit and if the guilty do not pay, then the innocent have to pay it." "Atlas Shrugged.
Professional intellectuals are the voice of a culture and are, therefore, its leaders, its integrators and its bodyguards.

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