Ayn Rand Quotes

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.

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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

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

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

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

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