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Quotations by author » Ayn Rand
Russian born American Writer and Novelist, 1905-1982
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""Money is your means of survival. The verdict you pronounce upon the source of your livelihood is the verdict you pronounce upon your life. If the source is corrupt, you have damned your own existence. Did you get your money by fraud? By pandering to men's vices or men's stupidity? By catering to fools, in the hope of getting more than your ability deserves? By lowering your standards? By doing work you despise for purchasers you scorn? If so, then your money will not give you a moment's or a penny's worth of joy. Then all the things you buy will become, not a tribute to you, but a reproach; not an achievement, but a reminder of shame. Then you'll scream that money is evil. Evil, because it would not pinch-hit for your self-respect? Evil, because it would not let you enjoy your depravity? Is this the root of your hatred of money?"
Money
"Mediocrity" doesn't mean average intelligence, it means an average intelligence that resents and envies its betters
Mediocrity
...When you have established that one alternative is good and the other is evil, there is no justification for the choice of a mixture. There is no justification ever for choosing any part of what you know to be evil.
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A building has integrity just like a man. And just as seldom.
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A code of values accepted by choice is a code of morality
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A creative man is motivated by the desire to achieve, not by the desire to beat others
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A culture is made -- or destroyed -- by its articulate voices.
CivilizationCultureIdeasPhilosophyTruthValueVisionWriting
A desire presupposes the possibility of action to achieve it; action presupposes a goal which is worth achieving.
ActionDesire
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.
GovernmentRight
A house can have integrity, just like a person
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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.
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Achieving life is not the equivalent of avoiding death.
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America's abundance was not created by public sacrifices to "the common good", but by the productive genius of free men who pursued their own personal interests and the making of their own private fortunes
America and Americans
And what is the state but a servant and a convenience for a large number of people, just like the electric light and the plumbing system? And wouldn't it be preposterous to claim that men must exist for their plumbing, not the plumbing for the men.
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Art is too serious to be taken seriously.
Art
Ask yourself whether the dream of heaven and greatness should be waiting for us in our graves - or whether it should be ours here and now and on this earth
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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.
Civilization
Contradictions do not exist. Whenever you think you are facing a contradiction, check your premises. You will find that one of them is wrong.
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Contrary to the vulgar belief that men are motivated primarily by materialistic considerations, we now see the capitalist system being discredited and destroyed all over the world, even though this system has given men the greatest material comforts
BeliefCapitalism
Do not ever say that the desire to "do good" by force is a good motive. Neither power-lust nor stupidity are good motives.
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