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Ayn Rand, born Alisa Zinov'yevna Rosenbaum

(1905 - )

Biography:

Russian-born American Capitalist Objectivist Economist, Philosopher, Playwright and Writer best known for "Atlas Shrugged" and "The Fountainhead"

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    All work is an act of philosophy.
    Altruism declares that any action taken for the benefit of others is good, and any action taken for one's own benefit is evil. Thus the beneficiary of an action is the only criterion of moral value - and so long as that beneficiary is anybody other than oneself, anything goes.
    Altruism declares that any action taken for the benefit of others is good, and any action taken for one's own benefit is evil. Thus the beneficiary of an action is the only criterion of moral value -- and so long as that beneficiary is anybody other than oneself, anything goes.
    Any refusal to recognize reality, for any reason whatever, has disastrous consequences. There are no evil thoughts except one: the refusal to think. Don't ignore your own desires... Don't sacrifice them. Examine their cause. There is a limit to how much you should have to bear.
    Anything may be betrayed, anyone may be forgiven. But not those who lack the courage of their own greatness… It does not matter that only a few in each generation will grasp and achieve the full reality of man’s proper stature – and the rest will betray it. It is those few that move the world and give it meaning – and it is those few that I have always sought to address. The rest are of no concern of mine; it is not me or “The Fountainhead” that they will betray: it is their own souls.
    Civilization is the progress toward a society of privacy. The savage's whole existence is public, ruled by the laws of the tribe.
    Civilization is the progress toward a society of privacy. The savage's whole existence is public, ruled by the laws of his tribe. Civilization is the process of setting man free from men.
    Do not let the hero in our soul perish, in the 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 impossible, it's yours.
    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.
    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.
    First Name: 
    Ayn
    Last Name: 
    Rand, born Alisa Zinov'yevna Rosenbaum
    Birth Date: 
    1905
    Death Date: 
    1982
    Bio: 
    Russian-born American Capitalist Objectivist Economist, Philosopher, Playwright and Writer best known for "Atlas Shrugged" and "The Fountainhead"