Ayn Rand Quotes (79 quotations)

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1. [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

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

3. A good novel is an indivisible sum; every scene, sequence and passage of a good novel has to involve, contribute to and advance all three of its major attributes: theme, plot, characterization. - Ayn Rand

4. 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

5. A sin [original sin] without volition is a slap at morality and an insolent contradiction in terms: that which is outside the possibility of choice is outside the province of morality. If a man is evil by birth, he has no will, no power to change it; if he has no will, he can be neither good nor evil; a robot is amoral. To hold, as man's sin, a fact not open to his choice is a mockery of morality. To hold man's nature as his sin is a mockery of nature. To punish him for a crime he committed before he was born is a mockery of justice. To hold him guilty in a matter where no innocence exists is a mockery of reason. - Ayn Rand

6. Achievement of your happiness is the only moral purpose of your life, and that happiness, not pain or mindless self-indulgence, is the proof of your moral integrity, since it is the proof and the result of your loyalty to the achievement of your values. - Ayn Rand

7. Achieving life is not the equivalent of avoiding death. - Ayn Rand

8. An artist does not fake reality - he *stylizes* it. - Ayn Rand

9. Art is a selective re-creation of reality according to an artist's metaphysical value judgments. - Ayn Rand

10. Art is the indespensible medium for the communication of a moral idea. - Ayn Rand

11. Art is too serious to be taken seriously. - Ayn Rand

12. Civilization is the process of setting man free from men. - Ayn Rand

13. 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

14. 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

15. Destroyers seize gold and leave to its owner a counterfeit pile of paper. This kills all objective standards and delivers men into the arbitrary power of an arbitrary setter of values. Gold was an objective value, an equivalent of wealth produced. Paper is a mortgage on wealth that does not exist, backed by a gun aimed at those who are expected to produce it. - Ayn Rand

16. Do not let your fire go out, spark by irreplacable spark. In the hopeless swamps of the not quite, the not yet, and the not at all, do not let the hero in your soul perish and leave only frustration for the life you deserved, but never have been able to reach. The world you desire can be won, it exists, it is real, it is possible, it is yours. - Ayn Rand

17. Doctors are not servants of their patients, they are traders like everyone else in a free society and they should bear that title proudly considering the crucial importance of the services they offer. - Ayn Rand

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

19. Evil requires the sanction of the victim. - Ayn Rand

20. Force and mind are opposites; morality ends where a gun begins. - Ayn Rand

21. God...a being whose only definition is that he is beyond man's power to conceive. - Ayn Rand

22. Guilt is a rope that wears thin. - Ayn Rand

23. Happiness is possible only to a rational man, the man who desires nothing but rational goals, seeks nothing but rational values and finds his joy in nothing buy rational actions. - Ayn Rand

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

25. He had a big head and a face so ugly it became almost fascinating. - Ayn Rand

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