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48 Famous Quotes by Ayn Rand
2/2/1905 - 3/6/1982
Also Known As:  
Alisa Zinov'yevna Rosenbaum     Alissa Zinovievna Rosenbaum     Alisha Rosenbaum
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About Ayn Rand

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.

Value Quotes, by Ayn Rand

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Art is too serious to be taken seriously.

Miscellaneous Quotes, by Ayn Rand

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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.

Government Quotes, by Ayn Rand

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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).

Voting Quotes, by Ayn Rand

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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.

Government Quotes, by Ayn Rand

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When personal judgment is inoperative (or forbidden), men's first concern is not how to choose, but how to justify their choice

Judgement Quotes, by Ayn Rand

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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.

Law and lawyers Quotes, by Ayn Rand

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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.

Prosperity Quotes, by Ayn Rand

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Reality confronts man with a great many "musts," but all of them are conditional; the formula of realistic necessity is: "You must, if " and the "if" stands for man's choice

Reality Quotes, by Ayn Rand

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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.

Reward Quotes, by Ayn Rand

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The truth is not for all men, but only for those who seek it.

Truth Quotes, by Ayn Rand

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A culture is made -- or destroyed -- by its articulate voices.

Vision Quotes, by Ayn Rand

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Achieving life is not the equivalent of avoiding death.

Death / immortality Quotes, by Ayn Rand

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"Mediocrity" doesn't mean average intelligence, it means an average intelligence that resents and envies its betters.

Mediocrity Quotes, by Ayn Rand

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Thinking men cannot be ruled.

Mind Quotes, by Ayn Rand

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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

Capitalism Quotes, by Ayn Rand

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"Mediocrity" doesn't mean average intelligence, it means an average intelligence that resents and envies its betters

Mediocrity Quotes, by Ayn Rand

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So you think that money is the root of all evil. Have you ever asked what is the root of all money?

Money Quotes, by Ayn Rand

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America's abundance was not created by public sacrifices to "the common good", but by the productive genius of free men who pursued their own personal interests and the making of their own private fortunes

America and americans Quotes, by Ayn Rand

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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.

Conviction Quotes, by Ayn Rand

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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.

Earth Quotes, by Ayn Rand

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There is a level of cowardice lower than that of the conformist: the fashionable non-conformist.

Fashion Quotes, by Ayn Rand

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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.

Mankind Quotes, by Ayn Rand

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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.

Power Quotes, by Ayn Rand

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Reason is not automatic. Those who deny it cannot be conquered by it. Do not count on them. Leave them alone.

Reason Quotes, by Ayn Rand

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