Ayn Rand Quotes

A creative man is motivated by the desire to achieve, not by the desire to beat others.


America’s abundance was created not 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. They did not starve the people to pay for America’s industrialization. They gave the people better jobs, higher wages, and cheaper goods with every new machine they invented, with every scientific discovery or technological advance- and thus the whole country was moving forward and profiting, not suffering, every step of the way.


From the smallest necessity to the highest religious abstraction, from the wheel to the skyscraper, everything we are and everything we have comes from one attribute of man – the function of his reasoning mind.


The purpose of morality is to teach you, not to suffer and die, but to enjoy yourself and live.


The majority of those who are loosely identified by the term ‘liberals’ are afraid to let themselves discover that what they advocate is statism. They want to keep all the advantages and effects of capitalism, while destroying the cause, and they want to establish statism without its necessary effects. They do not want to know or to admit that they are the champions of dictatorship and slavery.


That which is not worth contemplating in life, is not worth recreating in art.


All the evils, abuses, and iniquities, popularly ascribed to businessmen and to capitalism, were not caused by an unregulated economy or by a free market, but by government intervention into the economy.


You know what you are actually in love with? Integrity. The impossible. The clean, consistent, reasonable, self-faithful, the all-of-one-style, like a work of art.


The art of writing is the art of doing what you think you’re doing. This is not as simple as it sounds. It implies a very difficult undertaking: the necessity to think. And it implies the requirement to think out three separate, very hard problems: What is it you want to say? How are you going to say it? Have you really said it?


Man is the only living species that has the power to act as his own destroyer – and that is the way he has acted through most of his history.


If the truth shall kill them, let them die.


Productive work is the central purpose of a rational man’s life, the central value that integrates and determines the hierarchy of all his other values. Reason is the source, the precondition of his productive work, pride is the result.


Individual rights are not subject to a public vote; a majority has no right to vote away the rights of a minority.


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.


Art is a selective re-creation of reality according to an artists metaphysical value judgments.


The question isn’t who is going to let me; it’s who is going to stop me.


Capitalism is a social system based on the recognition of individual rights, including property rights, in which all property is privately owned.


Rationalization is a process of not perceiving reality, but of attempting to make reality fit one’s emotions.


The purpose of morality is to teach you, not to suffer and die, but to enjoy yourself and live.


Art is the indispensable medium for the communication of a moral ideal.


Individual rights are not subject to a public vote; a majority has no right to vote away the rights of a minority.