Ayn Rand quotes page 2
That which you call your soul or spirit is your conciousness, and that which you call "free
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.
Money is the barometer of a society's virtue.
Anyone who fights for the future, lives in it today.
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.
Happiness is that state of consciousness which proceeds from the achievement of one's
I started my life with a single absolute: That the world was mine to shape in the image of my
highest values and never to be given up to a lesser standard, no matter how long or hard the
Honor is self-esteem made visible in action.
Do not let your fire go out, spark by irreplaceable spark in the hopeless swaps of the
not-quite, the not-yet, and the not-at-all. Do not let the hero in your soul perish in lonely
frustration for the life you deserved and have never been able to reach. The world you desire
can be won. It exists... it is real... it is possible... it's yours.
The moral precept to adopt is: Judge, and be prepared to be judged.
I am not primarily an advocate of capitalism, but of egoism; and I am not primarily an
advocate of egoism, but of reason. If one recognizes the supremacy of reason and applies it
consistently, all the rest follows.
"Free competition enforced by law" is a grotesque contradiction in terms.
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.
Anything may be betrayed, anyone may be forgiven. But not those who lack the courage of
their own greatness.
Men learn from one another. But all learning is only the exchange of material. No man can give
another the capacity to think. Yet that capacity is our only means of survival.
Why do they always teach us that it's easy and evil to do what we want and that we need
discipline to restrain ourselves? It's the hardest thing in the world - to do what we want. And
it takes the greatest kind of courage. I mean, what we really want.
When I die, I hope to go to Heaven, whatever the Hell that is.
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.
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.
If it's worth doing, it's worth overdoing.
Economic power is exercised by means of a positive, by offering men a reward, an incentive,
a payment, a value; political power is exercised by means of a negative, by the threat of
punishment, injury, imprisonment, destruction. The businessman's tool is values; the
bureaucrat's tool is fear.
The hardest thing to explain is the glaringly evident which everybody has decided not to see.
The Arabs are one of the least developed cultures. They are typically nomads. Their culture
is primitive, and they resent Israel because it's the sole beachhead of modern science and
civilization on their continent. When you have civilized men fighting savages, you support the
civilized men, no matter who they are.
A desire presupposes the possibility of action to achieve it; action presupposes a goal which
is worth achieving.
Worry is a waste of emotional reserve.
Every coercive monopoly was created by government intervention into the economy: By
special privileges, such as franchises or subsidies, which closed the entry of competitors into
a given field, by legislative action.
Capitalism demands the best of every man – his rationality – and rewards him accordingly. It
leaves every man free to choose the work he likes, to specialize in it, to trade his product for
the products of others, and to go as far on the road of achievement as his ability and
ambition will carry him.
You can avoid reality, but you cannot avoid the consequences of avoiding reality.
Every movement that seeks to enslave a country, every dictatorship or potential
dictatorship, needs some minority group as a scapegoat which it can blame for the nation's
troubles and use as a justification of its own demands for dictatorial powers. In Soviet Russia,
the scapegoat was the bourgeoisie; in Nazi Germany, it was the Jewish people; in America, it
is the businessmen.
Only the man who does not need it, is fit to inherit wealth, the man who would make his
fortune no matter where he started.