Ayn Rand Quotes & Wallpapers

Ayn Rand
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Money is only a tool. It will take you wherever you wish, but it will not replace you as the driver. Ayn Rand

Every honest man lives for himself. Every man worth calling a man lives for himself. The one who doesn't - doesn't live at all. Ayn Rand

The man who does not value himself, cannot value anything or anyone. Ayn Rand

An irresponsible person is a person who makes vague promises, then breaks his word, blames it on circumstances and expects other people to forgive it. Ayn Rand

Did you get your money by fraud? By pandering to men's vices or men's stupidity? By catering to fools, in the hope of getting more than your ability deserves? By lowering your standards? By doing work you despise for purchasers you scorn? If so, then your money will not give you a moment's or a penny's worth of joy. Then all the things you buy will become, not a tribute to you, but a reproach; not an achievement, but a reminder of shame. Ayn Rand

An honest man is one who knows that he can't consume more than he has produced. Ayn Rand

The degree of a country's freedom is the degree of its prosperity. Ayn Rand

I would step in the way of a bullet if it were aimed at my husband. It is not self-sacrifice to die protecting that which you value: If the value is great enough, you do not care to exist without it. Ayn Rand

Ever since Kant divorced reason from reality, his intellectual descendants have been diligently widening the breach. Ayn Rand

Well, I always know what I want. And when you know what you want-you go toward it. Sometimes you go very fast, and sometimes only an inch a year. Perhaps you feel happier when you go fast. I don't know. I've forgotten the difference long ago, because it really doesn't matter, so long as you move. Ayn Rand

When you have civilized men fighting savages, you support the civilized men, no matter who they are. Ayn Rand

Do not help your jailers to pretend that their jail is your natural state of existence. Ayn Rand

Productiveness is your acceptance of morality, your recognition of the fact that you choose to live. Ayn Rand

It is a sin to write this. Ayn Rand

He never felt lonliness except when he was happy. Ayn Rand

The only thing that matters my goal my reward my beginning my end is the work itself. My work done my way. A private personal selfish egotistical motivation. That's the only way I function. That's all I am. Ayn Rand

It's not that I don't suffer, it's that I know the unimportance of suffering. I know that pain is to be fought and thrown aside, not to be accepted as part of one's soul and as a permanent scar across one's view of existence. Ayn Rand

Courage and confidence are practical necessities . . . courage is the practical form of being true to existence, of being true to truth, and confidence is the practical form of being true to one's own consciousness. Ayn Rand

A majority vote is not an epistemological validation of an idea. Voting is merely a proper political device-within a strictly, constitutionall y delimited sphere of action-for choosing the practical means of implementing a society's basic principles. But those principles are not determined by vote. Ayn Rand

Do not let the hero in your soul perish... Ayn Rand

When a man attempts to deal with me by force, I answer him, by force. Ayn Rand

Capitalism has been called a system of greed-yet it is the system that raised the standard of living of its poorest citizens to heights no collectivist system has ever begun to equal, and no tribal gang can conceive of. Ayn Rand

When you force a man to act against his own choice and judgment, it's his thinking that you want him to suspend. Ayn Rand

If a dedication page were to precede the total of my work, it would read: To the glory of Man. Ayn Rand

Happiness is a state of non-contradictory joy . . . Happiness is possible only to a rational man, the man who desires nothing but rational goals, seeks nothing but rational values, and finds his joy in nothing but rational actions. Ayn Rand

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

The only thing that matters my goal my reward my beginning my end is the work itself. My work done my way. A private personal selfish egotistical motivation. That's the only way I function. That's all I am. Ayn Rand

Every form has its own meaning. Every man creates his meaning and form and goal. Why is it so important - what others have done? Why does it become sacred by the mere fact of not being your own? Why is anyone and everyone right - so long as it's not yourself? Why does the number of those others take the place of truth? Why is truth made a mere matter of arithmetic - and only of addition at that? Why is everything twisted out of all sense to fit everything else? There must be some reason. I don't know. I've never known it. I'd like to understand. Ayn Rand

You who prattle that morality is social and that man would need no morality on a desert island - it is on a desert island that he would need it most. Let him try to claim, when there are no victims to pay for it, that a rock is a house, that sand is clothing, that food will drop into his mouth without cause or effort, that he will collect a harvest tomorrow by devouring his stock seed today - and reality will wipe him out, as he deserves; reality will show him that life is a value to be bought and that thinking is the only coin noble enough to buy it. Ayn Rand

The truly and deliberately evil men are a very small minority; it is the appeaser who unleashes them on mankind. Ayn Rand

The entire history of science is a progression of exploded fallacies. Ayn Rand

Do not set out to write with your eyes on the box office. It can't be done. Ayn Rand

Get the hell out of my way! Ayn Rand

A government is the most dangerous threat to man Ayn Rand

I'm not brave enough to be a coward; I see the consequences too clearly. Ayn Rand

America's founding ideal was the principle of individual rights. Nothing more-and nothing less. The rest-everything that America achieved, everything she became, everything 'noble and just,' and heroic, and great, and unprecedented in human history-was the logical consequence of fidelity to that one principle. Ayn Rand

Racism is the lowest, most crudely primitive form of collectivism. Ayn Rand

The man without a purpose is a man who drifts at the mercy of random feelings or unidentified urges and is capable of any evil, because he is totally out of control of his own life. In order to be in control of your life, you have to have a purpose-a productive purpose. Ayn Rand

The essential characteristic of socialism is the denial of individual property rights... Ayn Rand

The great creators-the thinkers, the artists, the scientists, the inventors-stood alone against the men of their time. Ayn Rand

Do not let your fire go out ... Do not let the Hero in your soul perish ... Check your road and the nature of your battle. The world you desired can be won. It exists, it is real, it is possible, it is yours. Ayn Rand

You can ignore reality, but you can't ignore the consequences of ignoring reality. Ayn Rand

In order to be in control of your life, you have to have a purpose-a productive purpose... Ayn Rand

Errors of knowledge are not breaches of morality; no proper moral code can demand infallibility or omniscience. Ayn Rand

Litigants obey the verdict of a tribunal solely on the premise that there is an objective rule of conduct, which they both accept. Ayn Rand

The men who attempt to survive, not by means of reason, but by means of force, are attempting to survive by the method of animals. Ayn Rand

Degrees do not matter... one does not bargain about inches of evil. Ayn Rand

Happiness is not something you have in your hands; it's something you carry in your heart. Happiness is one thing that multiplies by division. Happiness is that peculiar sensation you acquire when you are too busy to be miserable. Happiness is that state of consciousness which proceeds from the achievement of one's values. Ayn Rand

Romantic art is the fuel and the spark plug of a Man's soul. It's task is to set a soul on fire and never let it go out. Ayn Rand

Every major horror of history was committed in the name of an altruistic motive. Has any act of selfishness ever equaled the carnage perpetrated by disciples of altruism? Ayn Rand

There can be no such thing, in law or in morality, as actions to an individual, but permitted to a mob. Ayn Rand

Did it ever occur to you, that there is no conflict of interests among men, neither in business nor in trade nor in their most personal desires - if they omit the irrational from their view of the possible and destruction from their view of the practical? Ayn Rand

In proportion to the mental energy he spent, the man who creates a new invention receives but a small percentage of his value in terms of material payment, no matter what fortune he makes, no matter what millions he earns. But the man who works as a janitor in the factory producing that invention, receives an enormous payment in proportion to the mental effort that his job requires of him. And the same is true of all men between, on all levels of ambition and ability. Ayn Rand

There's nothing as significant as a human face. Nor as eloquent. We can never really know another person, except by our first glance at him. Because, in that glance, we know everything. Even though we're not always wise enough to unravel the knowledge. Ayn Rand

Until and unless you discover that money is the root of all good, you ask for your own destruction. When money ceases to become the means by which men deal with one another, then men become the tools of other men. Blood, whips and guns-or dollars. Take your choice-there is no other. Ayn Rand

He walked, groping for a sentence that hung in his mind as an empty shape. He could neither fill it or dismiss it. Ayn Rand

It was the only thing I ever really wanted. And that's the sin that can't be forgiven-that I hadn't done what I wanted. It feels so dirty and pointless and monstrous, as one feels about insanity, because there's no sense to it, no dignity, nothing but pain-and wasted pain...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. Ayn Rand

Observe how many people evade, rationalize and drive their minds into a state of blind stupor, in dread of discovering that those they deal with- their "loved ones" or friends or business associates or political rulers- are not merely mistaken, but evil. Observe that this dread leads them to sanction, to help and to spread the very evil whose existence they fear to acknowledge. Ayn Rand

This was solidarity. The debutante having her toenails pedicured - the housewife buying carrots from a pushcart - the bookkeeper who had wanted to be a pianist, but has the excuse of a sister to support - the businessman who hated his business - the worker who hated his work - the intellectual who hated everybody - all were united as brothers in the luxury of common anger that cured boredom and took them out of themselves, and they knew well enough what a blessing it was to be taken out of themselves. Ayn Rand

In order to live, man must act; in order to act, he must make choices; in order to make choices, he must define a code of values; in order to define a code of values, he must know what he is and where he is - i.e. he must know his own nature (including his means of knowledge) and the nature of the universe in which he acts - i.e. he needs metaphysics, epistemology, ethics, which means: philosophy. He cannot escape from this need; his only alternative is whether the philosophy guiding him is to be chosen by his mind or by chance. Ayn Rand

You can avoid reality, but you cannot avoid the consequences of avoiding reality. Ayn Rand

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

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. Ayn Rand

When man learns to understand and control his own behavior as well as he is learning to understand and control the behavior of crop plants and domestic animals, he may be justified in believing that he has become civilized. Ayn Rand

There are two principles on which all men of intellectual integrity and good will can agree, as a 'basic minimum,' as a precondition of any discussion, co-operation or movement toward an intellectual Renaissance. . . . They are not axioms, but until a man has proved them to himself and has accepted them, he is not fit for an intellectual discussion. These two principles are: a. that emotions are not tools of cognition; b. that no man has the right to initiate the use of physical force against others. Ayn Rand

She knew that she could not have reached this white serenity except as the sum of all the colors, of all the violence she had known. Ayn Rand

Ethics is a code of values which guide our choices and actions and determine the purpose and course of our lives. Ayn Rand

Creation comes before distribution - or there will be nothing to distribute. The need of the creator comes before the need of any possible beneficiary. Yet we are taught to admire the second-hander who dispenses gifts he has not produced above the man who made the gifts possible. We praise an act of charity. We shrug at an act of achievement. Ayn Rand

The government was set to protect man from criminals, and the Constitution was written to protect man from the government. Ayn Rand

Kill reverence and you've killed the hero in man. Ayn Rand

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