Ayn Rand Quotes

A quotes list created by Lee Sonogan

Black and white photo of a white woman facing the camera with her body turned to the side.

Gaining fame with her best-known novels Atlas Shrugged and Fountainhead, she turned to non-fiction to promote herself. The Russian-American female dedicated her life to developing the understanding of objectivism. Not hearing her name until right now, her stuff is very inspiring and relevant to modern times. Seems like an important women figure in the 19th century..

  • The smallest minority on earth is the individual. Those who deny individual rights cannot claim to be defenders of minorities. Ayn Rand
  • Achievement of your happiness is the only moral purpose of your life, and that happiness, not pain or mindless self-indulgence, is the proof of your moral integrity, since it is the proof and the result of your loyalty to the achievement of your values. Ayn Rand
  • A creative man is motivated by the desire to achieve, not by the desire to beat others. Ayn Rand
  • Contradictions do not exist. Whenever you think you are facing a contradiction, check your premises. You will find that one of them is wrong. Ayn Rand
  • 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. Ayn Rand
  • Reason is not automatic. Those who deny it cannot be conquered by it. Do not count on them. Leave them alone. Ayn Rand
  • The ladder of success is best climbed by stepping on the rungs of opportunity. Ayn Rand
  • 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. Ayn Rand
  • There is a level of cowardice lower than that of the conformist: the fashionable non-conformist. Ayn Rand
  • Individual rights are not subject to a public vote; a majority has no right to vote away the rights of a minority; the political function of rights is precisely to protect minorities from oppression by majorities (and the smallest minority on earth is the individual). Ayn Rand
  • Potentially, 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
  • I don’t build in order to have clients. I have clients in order to build. Ayn Rand
  • A desire presupposes the possibility of action to achieve it; action presupposes a goal which is worth achieving. Ayn Rand
  • Evil requires the sanction of the victim. Ayn Rand
  • To achieve, you need thought. You have to know what you are doing and that’s real power. Ayn Rand
  • Throughout the centuries there were men who took first steps, down new roads, armed with nothing but their own vision. Ayn Rand
  • Achieving life is not the equivalent of avoiding death. Ayn Rand
  • Force and mind are opposites; morality ends where a gun begins. Ayn Rand

I’ll tell you a trick to find philosophers similars to others? On Wikipedia, there is a table below their names in who influenced them and who they influenced. Ayn might have had an activist mindset but if these quotes mean anything to you, she was on the good side.


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