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    Ayn Rand Quotes

    American (Russian-born) novelist
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    Quotes by Ayn Rand

    • Guilt is a rope that wears thin.
    • Happiness is that state of consciousness which proceeds from the achievement of one's values.
    • Learn to value yourself, which means: to fight for your happiness.
    • 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.
    • I need no warrant for being, and no word of sanction upon my being. I am the warrant and the sanction.
      Anthem, 1946
    • 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.
      Atlas Shrugged
    • Pride is the recognition of the fact that you are your own highest value and, like all of man's values, it has to be earned.
      Atlas Shrugged
    • Rationality is the recognition of the fact that nothing can alter the truth and nothing can take precedence over that act of perceiving it.
      Atlas Shrugged
    • That which you call your soul or spirit is your consciousness, 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.
      Atlas Shrugged
    • 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.
      Atlas Shrugged
    • It is not advisable, James, to venture unsolicited opinions. You should spare yourself the embarrassing discovery of their exact value to your listener.
      Atlas Shrugged, 1957
    • The evil of the world is made possible by nothing but the sanction you give it.
      Atlas Shrugged, 1957
    • 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.
      Capitalism: The Unknown Ideal, 1966
    • The Argument from Intimidation is a confession of intellectual impotence.
      The Virtue of Selfishness, 1964
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