Ayn Rand, born Alisa Zinov'yevna Rosenbaum

Ayn
Rand, born Alisa Zinov'yevna Rosenbaum
1905
1982

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

Author Quotes

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.

The Constitution is not an instrument for the government to restrain the people, it is an instrument for the people to restrain the government - lest it come to dominate our lives and interests". - Patrick Henry “When you see that in order to produce, you need to obtain permission from men who produce nothing; when you see that money is flowing to those who deal not in goods, but in favors; when you see that men get rich more easily by graft than by work and your laws no longer protect you against them, but protect them against you—you may know that your society is doomed.

The Constitution is not an instrument for the government to restrain the people, it is an instrument for the people to restrain the government - lest it come to dominate our lives and interests". - Patrick Henry “When you see that in order to produce, you need to obtain permission from men who produce nothing; when you see that money is flowing to those who deal not in goods, but in favors; when you see that men get rich more easily by graft than by work and your laws no longer protect you against them, but protect them against you—you may know that your society is doomed.

The Constitution is not an instrument for the government to restrain the people, it is an instrument for the people to restrain the government - lest it come to dominate our lives and interests". - Patrick Henry “When you see that in order to produce, you need to obtain permission from men who produce nothing; when you see that money is flowing to those who deal not in goods, but in favors; when you see that men get rich more easily by graft than by work and your laws no longer protect you against them, but protect them against you—you may know that your society is doomed.

When you see that in order to produce, you need to obtain permission from men who produce nothing –
When you see that money is flowing to those who deal, not in goods, but in favors – When you see that men
get richer by graft and by pull than by work, and your laws don’t protect you against them, but protect them
against you – When you see corruption being rewarded and honesty becoming a self-sacrifice – You may
know that your society is doomed.

If one wishes to advocate a free society - that is, capitalism - one must realize that its indispensable foundation is the principle of individual rights.

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.

Wealth is the product of man's ability to think.

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

The most profoundly revolutionary achievement of the United States of America was the subordination of society to moral law.

Reason is man's primary tool for survival.

Man - every man - is an end in himself, not a means to the ends of others. He must live for his own sake, neither sacrificing himself to others nor sacrificing other to himself; he must work for his rational self-interest, with achievement of his own happiness as the highest moral purpose of his life.

Wealth is the product of man’s capacity to think.

Happiness is that state of consciousness which proceeds from the achievement of one's values.

Upper classes are a nation's past; the middle class is its future.

To achieve… you have to know what you’re doing, and that’s real power.

Kill reverence and you’ve killed the hero in man.

My happiness is not the means to any end. It is the end. It is its own purpose. Neither am I the means to any end others may wish to accomplish. I am not a tool for their use. I am not a servant of their needs. I am not a bandage for their wounds. I am not a sacrifice on their altars.

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.

Great men can’t be ruled.

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.

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.

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.

Whether you know the shape of a pebble or the structure of a solar system, the axioms remain the same: that it exists and that you know it.

Author Picture
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"