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1905 - 1982, Russian-American author and philosopher

Live a life as a monument to your soul.
Ayn Rand

A creative man is motivated by the desire to achieve, not by the desire to beat others.
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

Man cannot survive except through his mind. He comes on earth unarmed. His brain is his only
weapon. Animals obtain food by force. Man had no claws, no fangs, no horns, no great
strength of muscle. He must plant his food or hunt it. To plant, he needs a process of
thought. To hunt, he needs weapons, and to make weapons - a process of thought. From
this simplest necessity to the highest religious abstraction, from the wheel to the skyscraper,
everything we are and we have comes from a single attribute of man - the function of his
reasoning mind.
Ayn Rand

People create their own questions because they are afraid to look straight. All you have to do
is look straight and see the road, and when you see it, don't sit looking at it – walk!
Ayn Rand

A gun is not an argument.
Ayn Rand

Man's unique reward, however, is that while animals survive by adjusting themselves to their
background, man survives by adjusting his background to himself.
Ayn Rand

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

We can evade reality, but we cannot evade the consequences of evading reality.
Ayn Rand

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

Everyone has the right to make his own decisions, but none has the right to force his
decision on others.
Ayn Rand

Joy is the goal of existence, and joy is not to be stumbled upon, but to be achieved, and the
act of treason is to let its vision drown in the swamp of the moment's torture.
Ayn Rand

Rationalization is a process of not perceiving reality, but of attempting to make reality fit one's
emotions.
Ayn Rand

The purpose of morality is to teach you, not to suffer and die, but to enjoy yourself and live.
Ayn Rand

I would give the greatest sunset in the world for one sight of New York's skyline. Particularly
when one can't see the details. Just the shapes. The shapes and the thought that made
them. The sky over New York and the will of man made visible. What other religion do we
need?
Ayn Rand

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

You can fake virtue for an audience. You can't fake it in your own eyes.
Ayn Rand, The Fountainhead, 1943

Ask yourself whether the dream of heaven and greatness should be waiting for us in our
graves – or whether it should be ours here and now and on this earth.
Ayn Rand

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

Even if smog were a risk to human life, we must remember that life in nature, without
technology, is wholesale death.
Ayn Rand

A genius is a genius, regardless of the number of morons who belong to the same race - and a
moron is a moron, regardless of the number of geniuses who share his racial origin.
Ayn Rand

Capitalism has created the highest standard of living ever known on earth. The evidence is
incontrovertible. The contrast between West and East Berlin is the latest demonstration, like
a laboratory experiment for all to see. Yet those who are loudest in proclaiming their desire to
eliminate poverty are loudest in denouncing capitalism. Man's well-being is not their goal.
Ayn Rand

What greater wealth is there than to own your life and to spend it on growing? Every living
thing must grow. It can't stand still. It must grow or perish.
Ayn Rand

There are two sides to every issue: One side is right and the other is wrong, but the middle is
always evil.
Ayn Rand

From the wheel to the skyscraper, everything we are and everything we have comes from a
single attribute of man - the function of his reasoning mind.
Ayn Rand

If you don't know, the thing to do is not to get scared, but to learn.
Ayn Rand

That something happened to you is of no importance to anyone, not even to you. The
important thing about you is what you choose to make happen - your values and choices.
That which happened by accident - what family you were born into, in what country, and
where you went to school - is totally unimportant.
Ayn Rand

In the temple of his spirit, each man is alone.
Ayn Rand

Show me your achievement - and the knowledge will give me courage for mine.
Ayn Rand

The most depraved type of human being is the man without a purpose.
Ayn Rand

The smallest minority on earth is the individual. Those who deny individual rights cannot claim
to be defenders of minorities.
Ayn Rand

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