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Ayn Rand Facts

Ayn Rand (born Alisa Zinovyevna Rosenbaum) was a Russian-American writer and philosopher. Educated in Russia, she moved to the United States in 1926. She had a play produced on Broadway in 1935 and 1936. After two early novels that were initially unsuccessful, she achieved fame with her 1943 novel, The Fountainhead. In 1957, Rand published her best-known work, the novel Atlas Shrugged. Rand advocated reason as the only means of acquiring knowledge and rejected faith and religion. She supported rational and ethical egoism and rejected altruism. In politics, she condemned the initiation of force as immoral and opposed collectivism and statism as well as anarchism, instead supporting laissez-faire capitalism, which she defined as the system based on recognizing individual rights, including property rights. (1905-1982)

Quotes by Ayn Rand

But there are people who'll try to hurt you through the good they see in you--knowing that it's the good, needing it and punishing you for it. Don't let it break you when you discover that.
Ayn Rand /Atlas Shrugged/

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.
Ayn Rand /The Virtue of Selfishness/

Money is only a tool. It will take you wherever you wish, but it will not replace you as the driver.
Ayn Rand /Atlas Shrugged/

Money will not purchase happiness for the man who has no concept of what he wants.
Ayn Rand /Atlas Shrugged/

The great creators — the thinkers, the artists, the scientists, the inventors — stood alone against the men of their time. Every great new thought was opposed. Every great new invention was denounced. The first motor was considered foolish. The airplane was considered impossible. The power loom was considered vicious. Anesthesia was considered sinful.
Ayn Rand /The Fountainhead/

The greatest guilt of today is that of people who accept collectivism by moral default; the people who support plans specifically designed to achieve serfdom, but hide behind the empty assertion that they are lovers of freedom, with no concrete meaning attached to the word...They expect, when they find themselves in a world of bloody ruins and concentration camps, to escape moral responsibility by wailing: "But I didn't mean this!”
Ayn Rand /The Virtue of Selfishness/

The secrets of this earth are not for all men to see, but only for those who will seek them.
Ayn Rand

There's no way to rule innocent men. 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.
Ayn Rand /Anthem/

To demand 'sense' is the hallmark of nonsense. Nature does not make sense. Nothing makes sense.
Ayn Rand

We can evade reality, but we cannot evade the consequences of evading reality
Ayn Rand

why do they always teach us that it’s easy and evil to do what we want and that we need discipline to restrain ourselves? It’s the hardest thing in the world--to do what we want. And it takes the greatest kind of courage.
Ayn Rand

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