All Quotes, Ayn Rand

30+ Ayn Rand Quotes

Ayn Rand was a Russian-American writer and philosopher. She is known for her two best-selling novels, The Fountainhead and Atlas Shrugged, and for developing a philosophical system she named Objectivism. Rand advocated reason as the only means of acquiring knowledge and rejected faith and religion. She supported rational and ethical egoism and rejected altruism. This is a collection of 30+ Ayn Rand quotes and sayings.


Happiness is that state of consciousness which proceeds from the achievement of one's values. - Ayn Rand
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. - Ayn Rand
A creative man is motivated by the desire to achieve, not by the desire to beat others. - Ayn Rand
If any civilization is to survive, it is the morality of altruism that men have to reject. - Ayn Rand
To achieve, you need thought. You have to know what you are doing and that's real power. - Ayn Rand
Throughout the centuries there were men who took first steps, down new roads, armed with nothing but their own vision. - Ayn Rand
Money is only a tool. It will take you wherever you wish, but it will not replace you as the driver. - Ayn Rand
The smallest minority on earth is the individual. Those who deny individual rights cannot claim to be defenders of minorities. - Ayn Rand
Every aspect of Western culture needs a new code of ethics - a rational ethics - as a precondition of rebirth. - Ayn Rand
Achieving life is not the equivalent of avoiding death. - Ayn Rand
The worst guilt is to accept an unearned guilt. - Ayn Rand
To achieve, you need thought. You have to know what you are doing and that's real power. - Ayn Rand
The question isn't who is going to let me; it's who is going to stop me. - Ayn Rand
Wealth is the product of man's capacity to think. - Ayn Rand
Individual rights are the means of subordinating society to moral law. - Ayn Rand
The truth is not for all men, but only for those who seek it. - Ayn Rand
To say 'I love you' one must first be able to say the 'I.' - Ayn Rand
The ladder of success is best climbed by stepping on the rungs of opportunity. - Ayn Rand
Evil requires the sanction of the victim. - Ayn Rand
The man who lets a leader prescribe his course is a wreck being towed to the scrap heap. - Ayn Rand
Force and mind are opposites; morality ends where a gun begins. - Ayn Rand
Upper classes are a nation's past; the middle class is its future. - Ayn Rand
Money is the barometer of a society's virtue. - Ayn Rand
A desire presupposes the possibility of action to achieve it; action presupposes a goal which is worth achieving. - Ayn Rand
Reason is not automatic. Those who deny it cannot be conquered by it. Do not count on them. Leave them alone. - Ayn Rand
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
A man's ego is the fountainhead of human progress. - Ayn Rand
When I die, I hope to go to Heaven, whatever the Hell that is. - Ayn Rand
If you know that this life is all that you have, wouldn't you make the most of it? - Ayn Rand
Let us destroy, but don't let us pretend that we are committing an act of virtue. - Ayn Rand
I have no faith at all, I only hold conviction. - Ayn Rand
It [ballet] is a perfect medium for the expression of spiritual love. - Ayn Rand
Charity must be voluntary. - Ayn Rand
A gracefully effortless floating, flowing and flying are the essentials of the ballet’s image of man. - Ayn Rand
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