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Ayn Rand, Atlas Shrugged Quotes: "To the extent to which a man is rational, life is the premise directing his actions. To the extent to which he is irrational, the premise directing his actions is death."

To the extent to which a man is rational, life is the premise directing his actions. To the extent to which he is irrational, the premise directing his actions is death.




Ayn Rand, Atlas Shrugged Quotes: "At a time like this, we can't afford the luxury of thinking!"

At a time like this, we can't afford the luxury of thinking!



Ayn Rand, Atlas Shrugged Quotes: "It was the smile of a man who is able to see, to know and to create the glory of existence. It was the mocking, challenging smile of a brilliant intelligence."

It was the smile of a man who is able to see, to know and to create the glory of existence. It was the mocking, challenging smile of a brilliant intelligence.



Ayn Rand, Atlas Shrugged Quotes: "This, in every hour and every issue, is your basic moral choice: thinking or non-thinking, existence or non-existence, A or non-A, entity or zero."

This, in every hour and every issue, is your basic moral choice: thinking or non-thinking, existence or non-existence, A or non-A, entity or zero.




Ayn Rand, Atlas Shrugged Quotes: "Most people feel that they rise in their own eyes, if others want them.”“I feel that others live up to me, if they want me..."

Most people feel that they rise in their own eyes, if others want them.”“I feel that others live up to me, if they want me...



Ayn Rand, Atlas Shrugged Quotes: "Logic rests on the axiom that existence exists. Logic is the art of non-contradictory identification."

Logic rests on the axiom that existence exists. Logic is the art of non-contradictory identification.



Ayn Rand, Atlas Shrugged Quotes: "Throughout his life, whenever he became convinced that a course of action was right, the desire to follow it had come automatically."

Throughout his life, whenever he became convinced that a course of action was right, the desire to follow it had come automatically.




Ayn Rand, Atlas Shrugged Quotes: "Existence is Identity, Consciousness is Identification."

Existence is Identity, Consciousness is Identification.



Ayn Rand, Atlas Shrugged Quotes: "She had been proved right so eloquently, she had thought, that comments were unnecessary."

She had been proved right so eloquently, she had thought, that comments were unnecessary.



Ayn Rand, Atlas Shrugged Quotes: "To exist is to be something, as distinguished from the nothing of non-existence, it is to be an entity of a specific nature made of specific attributes."

To exist is to be something, as distinguished from the nothing of non-existence, it is to be an entity of a specific nature made of specific attributes.



Ayn Rand, Atlas Shrugged Quotes: "By the grace of reality and the nature of life, man—every man—is an end in himself, he exists for his own sake, and the achievement of his own happiness is his highest moral purpose."

By the grace of reality and the nature of life, man—every man—is an end in himself, he exists for his own sake, and the achievement of his own happiness is his highest moral purpose.



Ayn Rand, Atlas Shrugged Quotes: "The anti-mind is the anti-life."

The anti-mind is the anti-life.




Ayn Rand, Atlas Shrugged Quotes: "Man has the power to act as his own destroyer—and that is the way he has acted through most of his history."

Man has the power to act as his own destroyer—and that is the way he has acted through most of his history.



Ayn Rand, Atlas Shrugged Quotes: "He did not know that he was expected to attempt to buy his way into society and that they anticipated the pleasure of rejecting him. He had no time to notice their disappointment."

He did not know that he was expected to attempt to buy his way into society and that they anticipated the pleasure of rejecting him. He had no time to notice their disappointment.



Ayn Rand, Atlas Shrugged Quotes: "...there can be no justification for a society in which a man is expected to manufacture the weapons for his own murderers."

...there can be no justification for a society in which a man is expected to manufacture the weapons for his own murderers.



Ayn Rand, Atlas Shrugged Quotes: "Reason is your means of survival — so that for you, who are a human being, the question ‘to be or not to be’ is the question 'to think or not to think..'."

Reason is your means of survival — so that for you, who are a human being, the question ‘to be or not to be’ is the question 'to think or not to think..'.



Ayn Rand, Atlas Shrugged Quotes: "Why yes, I can, ' said Midas Mulligan, when he was asked whether he could name a person more evil than the man with a heart closed to pity. 'The man who uses another's pity for him as a weapon."

Why yes, I can, ' said Midas Mulligan, when he was asked whether he could name a person more evil than the man with a heart closed to pity. 'The man who uses another's pity for him as a weapon.



Ayn Rand, Atlas Shrugged Quotes: "Dont switch the blame to her, that's the oldest trick of all cowards"

Dont switch the blame to her, that's the oldest trick of all cowards



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

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 Quotes: "Money is a living power that dies without its root. Money will not serve the mind that cannot match it. Is this the reason why you call it evil?"

Money is a living power that dies without its root. Money will not serve the mind that cannot match it. Is this the reason why you call it evil?



Ayn Rand, Atlas Shrugged Quotes: "The source of work? Man’s mind...man’s reasoning mind."

The source of work? Man’s mind...man’s reasoning mind.



Ayn Rand, Atlas Shrugged Quotes: "Joy is the goal of existence, and joy is not to be stumbled upon, but to be achieved, and the act of treason is to let its vision drown in the swamp of the moment’s torture."

Joy is the goal of existence, and joy is not to be stumbled upon, but to be achieved, and the act of treason is to let its vision drown in the swamp of the moment’s torture.



Ayn Rand, Atlas Shrugged Quotes: "Whenever a man denounces the mind, it is because his goal is of a nature the mind would not permit him to confess."

Whenever a man denounces the mind, it is because his goal is of a nature the mind would not permit him to confess.



Ayn Rand, Atlas Shrugged Quotes: "If it is now the belief of my fellow men, who call themselves the public, that their good requires victims, then I say: 'The public good be damned, I will have no part of it!"

If it is now the belief of my fellow men, who call themselves the public, that their good requires victims, then I say: 'The public good be damned, I will have no part of it!



Ayn Rand, Atlas Shrugged Quotes: "Live and act within the limit of your knowledge and keep expanding it to the limit of your life."

Live and act within the limit of your knowledge and keep expanding it to the limit of your life.



Ayn Rand, Atlas Shrugged Quotes: "She lay on her back, looking up at the sky, feeling no desire to move or think or know that there was any time beyond this moment."

She lay on her back, looking up at the sky, feeling no desire to move or think or know that there was any time beyond this moment.



Ayn Rand, Atlas Shrugged Quotes: "The statue was of a young man with a tall, gaunt body and an angular face. He held his head as if he faced a challenge and found joy in his capacity to meet it."

The statue was of a young man with a tall, gaunt body and an angular face. He held his head as if he faced a challenge and found joy in his capacity to meet it.



Ayn Rand, Atlas Shrugged Quotes: "The desire not to be anything is the desire not to be."

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



Ayn Rand, Atlas Shrugged Quotes: "Honest people are never touchy about the matter of being trusted."

Honest people are never touchy about the matter of being trusted.



Ayn Rand, Atlas Shrugged Quotes: "I started my life with a single absolute: that the world was mine to shape in the image of my highest values and never to be given up to a lesser standard, no matter how long or hard the struggle."

I started my life with a single absolute: that the world was mine to shape in the image of my highest values and never to be given up to a lesser standard, no matter how long or hard the struggle.



Ayn Rand, Atlas Shrugged Quotes: "You know, I think that only if one feels immensely important can one feel truly light."

You know, I think that only if one feels immensely important can one feel truly light.



Ayn Rand, Atlas Shrugged Quotes: "...man's life must be a straight line of motion from goal to farther goal, each leading to the next and to a single growing sum, like a journey..."

...man's life must be a straight line of motion from goal to farther goal, each leading to the next and to a single growing sum, like a journey...



Ayn Rand, Atlas Shrugged Quotes: "The only thing that counts in life is solid, material assets. It's no time for theories when everything is falling to pieces around us."

The only thing that counts in life is solid, material assets. It's no time for theories when everything is falling to pieces around us.



Ayn Rand, Atlas Shrugged Quotes: "...they want us to pretend that we see the world as they pretend they see it. They need some sort of sanction from us."

...they want us to pretend that we see the world as they pretend they see it. They need some sort of sanction from us.



Ayn Rand, Atlas Shrugged Quotes: "No action could be lower or more futile than for one person to throw upon another the burden of his abdication of choice."

No action could be lower or more futile than for one person to throw upon another the burden of his abdication of choice.



Ayn Rand, Atlas Shrugged Quotes: "...there’s nothing of any importance in life—except how well you do your work. Nothing. Only that. Whatever else you are, will come from that. It’s the only measure of human value."

...there’s nothing of any importance in life—except how well you do your work. Nothing. Only that. Whatever else you are, will come from that. It’s the only measure of human value.



Ayn Rand, Atlas Shrugged Quotes: "He knew that the dread in these men’s minds was not of the fact, but of his naming it—as if the fact had not existed, but his words held the power to make it exist."

He knew that the dread in these men’s minds was not of the fact, but of his naming it—as if the fact had not existed, but his words held the power to make it exist.



Ayn Rand, Atlas Shrugged Quotes: "Well, whose opinion did you take?”“I don’t ask for opinions.”“What do you go by?”“Judgment.”“Well, whose judgment did you take?”“Mine.”“But whom did you consult about it?”“Nobody."

Well, whose opinion did you take?”“I don’t ask for opinions.”“What do you go by?”“Judgment.”“Well, whose judgment did you take?”“Mine.”“But whom did you consult about it?”“Nobody.



Ayn Rand, Atlas Shrugged Quotes: "Don’t tell me your evaluation. Give me the facts."

Don’t tell me your evaluation. Give me the facts.



Ayn Rand, Atlas Shrugged Quotes: "...she stood beside him, sagging in his arms, abandoning herself to anything he wished, in open acknowledgment of his power to reduce her to helplessness by the pleasure he had the power to give her."

...she stood beside him, sagging in his arms, abandoning herself to anything he wished, in open acknowledgment of his power to reduce her to helplessness by the pleasure he had the power to give her.



Ayn Rand, Atlas Shrugged Quotes: "I'm not asking you to do your best. I'm asking you to do your job." -Dagny Taggart"

I'm not asking you to do your best. I'm asking you to do your job." -Dagny Taggart



Ayn Rand, Atlas Shrugged Quotes: "I win by means of nothing but logic and I surrender to nothing but logic. I do not surrender my reason or deal with men who surrender theirs."

I win by means of nothing but logic and I surrender to nothing but logic. I do not surrender my reason or deal with men who surrender theirs.



Ayn Rand, Atlas Shrugged Quotes: "You always play it open, don’t you?” he asked.“I’ve never noticed you doing otherwise.”“I thought I was the only one who could afford to."

You always play it open, don’t you?” he asked.“I’ve never noticed you doing otherwise.”“I thought I was the only one who could afford to.



Ayn Rand, Atlas Shrugged Quotes: "Sacrifice is the surrender of that which you value in favor of which you dont"

Sacrifice is the surrender of that which you value in favor of which you dont



Ayn Rand, Atlas Shrugged Quotes: "Sacrifice does not mean the rejection of the worthless, but of the precious"

Sacrifice does not mean the rejection of the worthless, but of the precious



Ayn Rand, Atlas Shrugged Quotes: "Do it first and feel about it afterwards.' - Dagny Taggart"

Do it first and feel about it afterwards.' - Dagny Taggart



Ayn Rand, Atlas Shrugged Quotes: "Power-lust is a weed that grows only in the vacant lots of an abandoned mind."

Power-lust is a weed that grows only in the vacant lots of an abandoned mind.




Ayn Rand, Atlas Shrugged Quotes: "I never found beauty in longing for the impossible and never found the possible to be beyond my reach."

I never found beauty in longing for the impossible and never found the possible to be beyond my reach.