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Ayn Rand
February 2, 1905 - March 6, 1982
Nationality: Russian
Category: Writer
Subcategory: Russian Writer

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


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


To say "I love you" one must first be able to say the "I."


The worst guilt is to accept an unearned guilt.


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


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


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.


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.


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


Every man builds his world in his own image. He has the power to choose, but no power to escape the necessity of choice.


Force and mind are opposites; morality ends where a gun begins.


Happiness is that state of consciousness which proceeds from the achievement of one's values.


There are two sides to every issue: one side is right and the other is wrong, but the middle is always evil.


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


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


So you think that money is the root of all evil. Have you ever asked what is the root of all money?


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


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.


Money is only a tool. It will take you wherever you wish, but it will not replace you as the driver.


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


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