Quotes by Ayn Rand


If you don't know, the thing to do is not to get scared, but to learn.
– Ayn Rand
A building has integrity just like a man. And just as seldom.
– Ayn Rand
A creative man is motivated by the desire to achieve, not by the desire to beat others.
– Ayn Rand
A desire presupposes the possibility of action to achieve it; action presupposes a goal which is worth achieving.
– Ayn Rand
Achievement of your happiness is the only moral purpose of your life, and that happiness, not pain or mindless self-indulgence, is the proof of your moral integrity, since it is the proof and the result of your loyalty to the achievement of your values.
– Ayn Rand
Achieving life is not the equivalent of avoiding death.
– Ayn Rand
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.
– Ayn Rand
Contradictions do not exist. Whenever you think you are facing a contradiction, check your premises. You will find that one of them is wrong.
– Ayn Rand
Do not ever say that the desire to do good by force is a good motive. Neither power-lust nor stupidity are good motives.
– Ayn Rand
Every aspect of Western culture needs a new code of ethics - a rational ethics - as a precondition of rebirth.
– Ayn Rand
Every man builds his world in his own image. He has the power to choose, but no power to escape the necessity of choice.
– Ayn Rand
Evil requires the sanction of the victim.
– Ayn Rand
Force and mind are opposites; morality ends where a gun begins.
– Ayn Rand
God... a being whose only definition is that he is beyond man's power to conceive.
– Ayn Rand
Government help to business is just as disastrous as government persecution... the only way a government can be of service to national prosperity is by keeping its hands off.
– Ayn Rand
He had a big head and a face so ugly it became almost fascinating.
– Ayn Rand
He liked to observe emotions; they were like red lanterns strung along the dark unknown of another's personality, marking vulnerable points.
– Ayn Rand
I don't build in order to have clients. I have clients in order to build.
– Ayn Rand
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.
– Ayn Rand
If any civilization is to survive, it is the morality of altruism that men have to reject.
– Ayn Rand