Quotes by Ayn Rand

Ayn Rand

Ayn Rand

Russian Writer, Philosopher

Alive from: 1905-1982

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    Every government interference in the economy consists of giving an unearned benefit, extorted by force, to some men at the expense of others.
    Source: Capitalism: The Unknown Ideal (1966)
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    Every man builds his world in his own image. He has the power to choose, but no power to escape the necessity of choice.
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    Evil requires the sanction of the victim.
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    Force and mind are opposites; morality ends where a gun begins.
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    From the smallest necessity to the highest religious abstraction, from the wheel to the skyscraper, everything we are and everything we have comes from one attribute of man - the function of his reasoning mind.
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    God... a being whose only definition is that he is beyond man's power to conceive.
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    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.
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    Happiness is that state of consciousness which proceeds from the achievement of one's values.
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    I consider promiscuity immoral. Not because sex is evil, but because sex is too good and too important.
    Source: Interview voor Playboy
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    If any civilization is to survive, it is the morality of altruism that men have to reject.
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    Individual rights are the means of subordinating society to moral law.
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    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.
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    Just as man can't exist without his body, so no rights can exist without the right to translate one's rights into reality, to think, to work and keep the results, which means: the right of property.
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    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.
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    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.
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