Ayn Rand Quotes


76 Ayn Rand 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
"In the name of the best within you, do not sacrifice this world to those who are its worst. In the name of the values that keep you alive, do not let your vision of man be distorted by the ugly, the cowardly, the mindless in those who have never achieved his title. Do not lose your knowledge that man's proper estate is an upright posture, an intransigent mind and a step that travels unlimited roads. Do not let your fire go out, spark by irreplaceable spark, in the hopeless swamps of the approximate, the not-quite, the not-yet, the not-at-all. Do not let the hero in your soul perish, in lonely frustration for the life you deserved, but have never been able to reach. 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's yours."
Author: Rand Quotes Category: Dreams 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
"...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
"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."
"Love is an expression and assertion of self-esteem, a response to one's own values in the person of another. One gains a profoundly personal, selfish joy from the mere existence of the person one loves. It is one's own personal, selfish happiness that one seeks, earns, and derives from love."
"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
"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
"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
"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
"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."
Author: Rand Quotes Category: Behavior Quotes
"Just as man can't exist without his body, so no rights can exist without the right to translate one's rights into reality, to think, to work and keep the results, which means: the right of property."
"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
"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 creative man is motivated by the desire to achieve, not by the desire to beat others"
Author: Rand Quotes Category: Desire Quotes
"Do not ever say that the desire to "do good" by force is a good motive. Neither power-lust nor stupidity are good motives."
"The question isn't who is going to let me; it's who is going to stop me."
"Every man is free to rise as far as he's able or willing, but the degree to which he thinks determines the degree to which he'll rise"
Author: Rand Quotes Category: Attitude Quotes
"Upper classes are a nation's past; the middle class is its future."



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