Ayn Rand Quotes (79 quotations)

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51. Reason is not automatic. Those who deny it cannot be conquered by it. Do not count on them. Leave them alone. - Ayn Rand

52. 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. - Ayn Rand

53. So long as men desire to live together, no man may initiate the use of physical force against others...When a man attempts to deal with me by force, I answer him, by force. It is only as retaliation that force may be used and only against the man who starts its use. No, I do not share his evil or sink to his concept of morality: I merely grant him his choice, destruction, the only destruction he had the right to choose: his own. - Ayn Rand

54. So you think that money is the root of all evil? Money is a tool of exchange, which can't exist unless there are goods produced and men able to produce them. Money is the material shape of the principle that men who wish to deal with one another must deal by trade and give value for value. Money is not the tool of the moochers, who claim your product by tears, or of the looters, who take it from you by force. Money is made possible only by the men who produce. Is this what you consider evil?...Not an ocean of tears nor all the guns in the world can transform those pieces of paper in your wallet into the bread you will need to survive tomorrow. Those pieces of paper, which should have been gold, are a token of honor...Or did you say it's the love of money that's the root of all evil? To love a thing is to know and love it's nature. To love money is to know and love the fact that money is the creation of the best power within you, and your passkey to trade your effort for the effort of the best among men. - Ayn Rand

55. Thanksgiving is a typically American holiday...The lavish meal is a symbol of the fact that abundant consumption is the result and reward of production. - Ayn Rand

56. That which you call your soul or spirit is your conciousness, and that which you call 'free will' is your mind's freedom to think or not, the only will you have, your only freedom, the choice that controls all the choices you make and determines your life and your character. - Ayn Rand

57. The alleged short-cut to knowledge, which is faith, is only a short-circuit destroying the mind. - Ayn Rand

58. The Argument from Intimidation is a confession of intellectual impotence. - Ayn Rand

59. The evil of the world is made possible by nothing but the sanction you give it. - Ayn Rand

60. The ladder of success is best climbed by stepping on the rungs of opportunity. - Ayn Rand

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

62. 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

63. The only proper purpose of a government is to protect man's rights, which means: to protect him from physical violence...The only proper functions of a government are: the police, to protect you from criminals; the army, to protect you from foreign invaders; and the courts, to protect your property and contracts from breach or fraud by others, and to settle disputes by rational rules, according to objective law. - Ayn Rand

64. The question isn't who is going to let me; it's who is going to stop me. - Ayn Rand

65. The right to vote is a *consequence*, not a primary cause, of a free social system - and its value depends on the constitutional structure implementing and strictly delimiting the voters' power; unlimited majority rule is an instance of the principle of tyranny. - Ayn Rand

66. The secrets of this earth are not for all men to see, but only for those who seek them. - Ayn Rand

67. The spread of evil is the symptom of a vacuum. whenever evil wins, it is only by default: by the moral failure of those who evade the fact that there can be no compromise on basic principles. - Ayn Rand

68. The worst guilt is to accept an unearned guilt. - Ayn Rand

69. There is a level of cowardice lower than that of the conformist: the fashionable non-conformist. - Ayn Rand

70. They proclaim that every man is entitled to exist without labor and, the laws of reality to the contrary notwithstanding, is entitled to receive his "minimum sustenance" his food, his clothes, his shelter, with no effort on his part, as his due and his birthright. To receive it, from whom? - Ayn Rand

71. To say "I love you" one must first be able to say the "I." - Ayn Rand

72. Until and unless you discover that money is the root of all good, you ask for your own destruction. When money ceases to become the means by which men deal with one another, then men become the tools of other men. Blood, whips and guns - or dollars. Take your choice - there is no other. - Ayn Rand

73. Upper classes are a nation's past; the middle class is its future. - Ayn Rand

74. We are fast approaching the stage of the ultimate inversion: the stage where the government is free to do anything it pleases, while the citizens may act only by permission; which is the stage of the darkest periods of human history, the stage of rule by brute force. - Ayn Rand

75. Wealth is the product of man's capacity to think. - Ayn Rand

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