Ayn Rand (/ˈaɪn ˈrænd/; born Alisa Zinov'yevna Rosenbaum, Russian: Али́са Зино́вьевна Розенба́ум; February 2 [O.S. January 20] 1905 – March 6, 1982) was a Russian-born American novelist, philosopher, playwright, and screenwriter. She is known for her two best-selling novels, The Fountainhead and Atlas Shrugged, and for developing a philosophical system she called Objectivism. Born and educated in Russia, Rand moved to the United States in 1926. She had a play produced on Broadway in 1935–1936. After two early novels that were initially unsuccessful in America, she achieved fame with her 1943 novel, The Fountainhead. In 1957, she published her best-known work, the novel Atlas Shrugged. Afterward, she turned to non-fiction to promote her philosophy, publishing her own magazines and releasing several collections of essays until her death in 1982. Rand advocated reason as the only means o... More
Ayn Rand Quotes
Ayn Rand #Alone
Reason is not automatic. Those who deny it cannot be conquered by it. Do not count on them. Leave them alone.
Ayn Rand #Architecture
I don't build in order to have clients. I have clients in order to build.
Ayn Rand #Death
Achieving life is not the equivalent of avoiding death.
Ayn Rand #Future
Upper classes are a nation's past the middle class is its future.
Ayn Rand #Love
To say 'I love you' one must first be able to say the 'I.'
Ayn Rand #Life #Money
Run for your life from any man who tells you that money is evil. That sentence is the leper's bell of an approaching looter.
Ayn Rand #Men #Truth #Wisdom
The truth is not for all men, but only for those who seek it.
Ayn Rand #Men
Throughout the centuries there were men who took first steps, down new roads, armed with nothing but their own vision.
Ayn Rand #Men #Money
Money demands that you sell, not your weakness to men's stupidity, but your talent to their reason.
Ayn Rand #Money #Society
Money is the barometer of a society's virtue.
Ayn Rand #Architecture
A building has integrity just like a man. And just as seldom.
Ayn Rand #Learning
When man learns to understand and control his own behavior as well as he is learning to understand and control the behavior of crop plants and domestic animals, he may be justified in believing that he has become civilized.
Ayn Rand #Life #Love
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 #Men #Society
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 #Power
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 #Faith #God #Power
God... a being whose only definition is that he is beyond man's power to conceive.
Ayn Rand #Men
If any civilization is to survive, it is the morality of altruism that men have to reject.
Ayn Rand #Government #Legal
Potentially, a government is the most dangerous threat to man's rights: it holds a legal monopoly on the use of physical force against legally disarmed victims.
Ayn Rand #Government #History
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.
Ayn Rand #Government #Men #Power
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 #Money
Money is only a tool. It will take you wherever you wish, but it will not replace you as the driver.
Ayn Rand #Hope
When I die, I hope to go to Heaven, whatever the Hell that is.
Ayn Rand #Happiness #Life
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 #Business #Government
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 #Society
Individual rights are the means of subordinating society to moral law.