Ayn Rand Quotes

The Argument from Intimidation is a confession of intellectual impotence.

Ayn Rand

The purpose of the law is not to prevent a future offense, but to punish the one actually committed.

Ayn Rand

What do you know and how do you know it

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

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

Upper classes are a nation's past; the middle class is its future.

Ayn Rand

Whoever claims the right to redistribute the wealth produced by others is claiming the right to treat human beings as chattel

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

Evil requires the sanction of the victim.

Ayn Rand

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.

Ayn Rand

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