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Ayn Rand Quotes


76 Ayn Rand quotes:



"Contrary to the vulgar belief that men are motivated primarily by materialistic considerations, we now see the capitalist system being discredited and destroyed all over the world, even though this system has given men the greatest material comforts"
Author: Rand Quotes Category: Belief Quotes
"A culture is made -- or destroyed -- by its articulate voices."
Author: Rand Quotes Category: Civilization Quotes
"Upper classes are a nation's past; the middle class is its future."
"A desire presupposes the possibility of action to achieve it; action presupposes a goal which is worth achieving."
"Man is a being with free will; therefore, each man is potentially good or evil, and it's up to him and only him (through his reasoning mind) to decide which he wants to be."
Author: Rand Quotes Category: Choice Quotes
"God... a being whose only definition is that he is beyond man's power to conceive."
"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. I mean, what we really want."
Author: Rand Quotes Category: Courage Quotes
"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."
Author: Rand Quotes Category: Conviction Quotes
"A building has integrity just like a man. And just as seldom."
"Every aspect of Western culture needs a new code of ethics -- a rational ethics -- as a precondition of rebirth."
Author: Rand Quotes Category: Culture Quotes
"The only purpose of education is to teach a student how to live his life-by developing his mind and equipping him to deal with reality. The training he needs is theoretical, i.e., conceptual. He has to be taught to think, to understand, to integrate, to prove. He has to be taught the essentials of the knowledge discovered in the past-and he has to be equipped to acquire further knowledge by his own effort."
Author: Rand Quotes Category: Education Quotes
"He liked to observe emotions; they were like red lanterns strung along the dark unknown of another's personality, marking vulnerable points."
Author: Rand Quotes Category: Emotions Quotes
"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."
Author: Rand Quotes Category: Russian Writer Quotes Earth Quotes
"The smallest minority on earth is the individual. Those who deny individual rights cannot claim to be defenders of minorities."
Author: Rand Quotes Category: Russian Writer Quotes Earth Quotes
"I don't build in order to have clients. I have clients in order to build."
"...When you have established that one alternative is good and the other is evil, there is no justification for the choice of a mixture. There is no justification ever for choosing any part of what you know to be evil."
Author: Rand Quotes Category: Evil Quotes
"Art is too serious to be taken seriously."
"Force and mind are opposites; morality ends where a gun begins."
"A house can have integrity, just like a person"
Author: Rand Quotes Category: Integrity Quotes
"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."



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