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Ayn Rand Quotes


76 Ayn Rand 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."
"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."
"Happiness is that state of consciousness which proceeds from the achievement of one's values."
"Art is too serious to be taken seriously."
"Government "help" to business is just as disastrous as government persecution... the only way a government can be of service to national prosperity is by keeping its hands off."
"Guilt is a rope that wears thin."
Author: Rand Quotes Category: Guilt Quotes
"The worst guilt is to accept an unearned guilt."
"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."
Author: Rand Quotes Category: Mind Quotes
"When I disagree with a rational man, I let reality be our final arbiter; if I am right, he will learn; if I am wrong, I will; one of us will win, but both will profit."
Author: Rand Quotes Category: Man Quotes
"Reason is not automatic. Those who deny it cannot be conquered by it. Do not count on them. Leave them alone."
Author: Rand Quotes Category: Russian Writer Quotes Reason Quotes
"To say "I love you" one must first be able to say the "I."
"Throughout the centuries there were men who took first steps, down new roads, armed with nothing but their own vision."
"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."
"Evil requires the sanction of the victim."
"Contradictions do not exist. Whenever you think you are facing a contradiction, check your premises. You will find that one of them is wrong."
"I swear, by my life and my love of it, that I will never live for the sake of another man, nor ask another man to live for mine."
"There are two sides to every issue: one side is right and the other is wrong, but the middle is always evil."
"Money demands that you sell, not your weakness to men's stupidity, but your talent to their reason."
"Every aspect of Western culture needs a new code of ethics - a rational ethics - as a precondition of rebirth."
"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."



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