Ayn Rand, born Alisa Zinovyevna Rosenbaum

Ayn
Rand, born Alisa Zinovyevna Rosenbaum
1905
1982

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

Author Quotes

The desire not to be anything is the desire not to be.

The cross is the symbol of torture; I prefer the dollar sign, the symbol of free trade, therefore of a free mind.

I'm working to improve my methods, and every hour I save is an hour added to my life.

If it is true that what I mean by “selfishness” is not what is meant conventionally, then this is one of the worst indictments of altruism: it means that altruism permits no concept of a self-respecting, self-supporting man - a man who supports his life by his own effort and neither sacrifices himself nor others. It means that altruism permits no view of men except as sacrificial animals and profiteers-on-sacrifice, as victims and parasites - that it permits no concept of a benevolent coexistence among men - that it permits no concept of justice.

Civilization is the progress toward a society of privacy. The savage's whole existence is public, ruled by the laws of the tribe.

All work is an act of philosophy.

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.

Man’s unique reward.. is that while animals survive by adjusting themselves to their background, man survives by adjusting his background to himself.

No one's happiness but my own is in my power to achieve or to destroy.

Love is an expression and assertion of self-esteem, a response to one’s own values in the person of another. One gains a profoundly personal, selfish joy fro the mere existence of the person one loves. It is one’s own personal, selfish happiness that one seeks, earns, and derives from love.

Great men can't be ruled.

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.

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.

Author Picture
First Name
Ayn
Last Name
Rand, born Alisa Zinovyevna 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"