AYN RAND Quotes

There's no way to rule innocent men. The only power any government has is the power to crack down on criminals. Well, when there aren't enough criminals, one makes them. One declares so many things to be a crime that it becomes impossible to live without breaking laws

Ayn Rand

Mediocrity doesn't mean average intelligence, it means an average intelligence that resents and envies its betters.

Ayn Rand

A desire presupposes the possibility of action to achieve it; action presupposes a goal which is worth achieving.

Ayn Rand

The desire not to be anything is the desire not to be.

Ayn Rand

What is a demanding pleasure that demands the use of ones mind! Not in the sense of problem solving, but in the sense of exercising discrimination, judgment, awareness.

Ayn Rand

Every major horror of history was committed in the name of an altruistic motive.

Ayn Rand

Evil requires the sanction of the victim.

Ayn Rand

Mediocrity" doesn't mean average intelligence, it means an average intelligence that resents and envies its betters.

Ayn Rand

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.

Ayn Rand

When you see that trading is done, not by consent, but by compulsion - when you see that in order to produce, you need to obtain permission from men who produce nothing - when you see that money is flowing to those who deal, not in goods, but in favors - when you see that men get richer by graft and by pull than by work, and your laws don't protect you against them, but protect them against you - when you see corruption being rewarded and honesty becoming a self-sacrifice - you may know that your society is doomed.

Ayn Rand

Reality confronts man with a great many "musts," but all of them are conditional; the formula of realistic necessity is: "You must, if " and the "if" stands for man's choice

Ayn Rand

Anything may be betrayed, anyone may be forgiven, but not those who lack the courage of their own greatness.

Ayn Rand

Capitalism is our only moral system. All other systems take advantage of man's rights and liberties.

Ayn Rand

The only power any government has is the power to crack down on criminals. Well, when there aren't enough criminals, one makes them. One declares so many things to be a crime that it becomes impossible for men to live without breaking laws

Ayn Rand

Unjust laws have to be fought ideologically; they cannot be fought or corrected by means of mere disobedience and futile martyrdom

Ayn Rand

The question isn't who is going to let me; it's who is going to stop me.

Ayn Rand

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