138 Total Quotes

Ayn Rand Quotes

Ayn Rand
Upper classes are a nation's past; the middle class is its future.
Ayn Rand
#Class #Russian Writer

Ayn Rand
The purpose of the law is not to prevent a future offense, but to punish the one actually committed
Ayn Rand
#Future

Ayn Rand
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
#Civilization

Ayn Rand
The question isn't who is going to let me; it's who is going to stop me.
Ayn Rand
#Russian Writer #Determination

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Man is a being with free will; therefore, each man is potentially good or evil, and it's up to him and only him (through his reasoning mind) to decide which he wants to be.
Ayn Rand
#Choice

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
#Russian Writer #Government

Ayn Rand
Happiness is that state of consciousness which proceeds from the achievement of one's values.
Ayn Rand
#Russian Writer #Achievement

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The idea that 'the public interest' supersedes private interests and rights can have but one meaning: that the interests and rights of some individuals take precedence over the interests and rights of others.
Ayn Rand
#Interest

Ayn Rand
That love is reverence, and worship, and glory, and the upward glance. Not a bandage for dirty sores. But they don't know it. Those who speak of love most promiscuously are the ones who've never felt it. They make some sort of feeble stew out of sympathy, compassion, comtempt, and general indiference, and they call it love. Once you've felt what it means to love as you and I know it - the total passion for the total height - you are unable of anything else.
Ayn Rand
#Glory

Ayn Rand
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.
Ayn Rand
#Russian Writer #Expression

Ayn Rand
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.
Ayn Rand
#Cute Love #Sweet Love #Love #Sad Love #Sad Break Up Love #Expression

Ayn Rand
When I disagree with a rational man, I let reality be our final arbiter; if I am right, he will learn; if I am wrong, I will; one of us will win, but both will profit.
Ayn Rand
#Man

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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
#Russian Writer #Government

Ayn Rand
...When you have established that one alternative is good and the other is evil, there is no justification for the choice of a mixture. There is no justification ever for choosing any part of what you know to be evil.
Ayn Rand
#Evil

Ayn Rand
A culture is made -- or destroyed -- by its articulate voices.
Ayn Rand
#Civilization

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The hardest thing to explain is the glaringly evident which everybody had decided not to see.
Ayn Rand
#Russian Writer

Ayn Rand
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.
Ayn Rand
#Mind

Ayn Rand
Every aspect of Western culture needs a new code of ethics -- a rational ethics -- as a precondition of rebirth.
Ayn Rand
#Culture

Ayn Rand
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
#Philosophy