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Ayn Rand Quotes: "To say 'I love you' one must first be able to say the 'I.'"

To say 'I love you' one must first be able to say the 'I.'




Ayn Rand Quotes: "When men reject reason, they have no means left for dealing with one another — except brute, physical force."

When men reject reason, they have no means left for dealing with one another — except brute, physical force.



Ayn Rand Quotes: "Serenity comes from the ability to say “Yes” to existence. Courage comes from the ability to say “No” to the wrong choices made by others."

Serenity comes from the ability to say “Yes” to existence. Courage comes from the ability to say “No” to the wrong choices made by others.



Ayn Rand Quotes: "...there was no guilt in his face, no doubt, nothing but the calm of an inviolate self-confidence."

...there was no guilt in his face, no doubt, nothing but the calm of an inviolate self-confidence.




Ayn Rand 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 Quotes: "No speech is ever considered, but only the speaker. It's so much easier to pass judgement on a man than on an idea."

No speech is ever considered, but only the speaker. It's so much easier to pass judgement on a man than on an idea.



Ayn Rand 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 Quotes: "Charity must be voluntary."

Charity must be voluntary.



Ayn Rand 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 Quotes: "And, after all, you’ve got to live.”“Not that way, ” said Roark."

And, after all, you’ve got to live.”“Not that way, ” said Roark.



Ayn Rand Quotes: "A quest for self-respect is proof of its lack"

A quest for self-respect is proof of its lack



Ayn Rand 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 Quotes: "I’ll listen if you want me to... But I think I should tell you now that nothing you can say will make any difference. If you don’t mind that, I don’t mind listening."

I’ll listen if you want me to... But I think I should tell you now that nothing you can say will make any difference. If you don’t mind that, I don’t mind listening.



Ayn Rand Quotes: "We knew not where we were going. We only knew that we must run, run to the end of the world, run to the end of our days."

We knew not where we were going. We only knew that we must run, run to the end of the world, run to the end of our days.



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

Existence is Identity, Consciousness is Identification.



Ayn Rand Quotes: "Everything that isn't permitted by The Law is forbidden."

Everything that isn't permitted by The Law is forbidden.



Ayn Rand Quotes: "Money demands that you sell, not your weakness to men's stupidity, but your talent to their reason."

Money demands that you sell, not your weakness to men's stupidity, but your talent to their reason.



Ayn Rand Quotes: "Those who grant sympathy to guilt, grant none to innocence."

Those who grant sympathy to guilt, grant none to innocence.



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

The anti-mind is the anti-life.



Ayn Rand Quotes: "To sell your soul is the easiest thing in the world. That's what everybody does every hour of his life. If I asked you to keep your soul - would you understand why that's much harder?"

To sell your soul is the easiest thing in the world. That's what everybody does every hour of his life. If I asked you to keep your soul - would you understand why that's much harder?



Ayn Rand 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 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 Quotes: "The truth is not for all men but only for those who seek it."

The truth is not for all men but only for those who seek it.



Ayn Rand 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 Quotes: "An attempt to achieve the good by force is like an attempt to provide a man with a picture gallery at the price of cutting out his eyes."

An attempt to achieve the good by force is like an attempt to provide a man with a picture gallery at the price of cutting out his eyes.



Ayn Rand 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 Quotes: "God... a being whose only definition is that he is beyond man's power to conceive."

God... a being whose only definition is that he is beyond man's power to conceive.



Ayn Rand Quotes: "I can accept anything, except what seems to be the easiest for most people: the half-way, the almost, the just-about, the in-between."

I can accept anything, except what seems to be the easiest for most people: the half-way, the almost, the just-about, the in-between.



Ayn Rand Quotes: "Man is an end in himself."

Man is an end in himself.



Ayn Rand 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 Quotes: "The spread of evil is the symptom of a vacuum. Whenever evil wins, it is only by default: by the moral failure of those who evade the fact that there can be no compromise on basic principles."

The spread of evil is the symptom of a vacuum. Whenever evil wins, it is only by default: by the moral failure of those who evade the fact that there can be no compromise on basic principles.



Ayn Rand Quotes: "Freedom (n.): To ask nothing. To expect nothing. To depend on nothing."

Freedom (n.): To ask nothing. To expect nothing. To depend on nothing.



Ayn Rand Quotes: "When you are asked to love everybody indiscriminately, that is to love people without any standard, to love them regardless of whether they have any value or virtue, you are asked to love nobody."

When you are asked to love everybody indiscriminately, that is to love people without any standard, to love them regardless of whether they have any value or virtue, you are asked to love nobody.



Ayn Rand 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 Quotes: "There is fear hanging in the air of the sleeping halls, and the air of the streets. Fear walks through the city, fear without name, without shape. All men feel it and none dare speak."

There is fear hanging in the air of the sleeping halls, and the air of the streets. Fear walks through the city, fear without name, without shape. All men feel it and none dare speak.



Ayn Rand 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 Quotes: "A moment or an eternity—did it matter? Life, undefeated, existed and could exist."

A moment or an eternity—did it matter? Life, undefeated, existed and could exist.



Ayn Rand Quotes: "I don't build in order to have clients. I have clients in order to build."

I don't build in order to have clients. I have clients in order to build.



Ayn Rand Quotes: "The ladder of success is best climbed by stepping on the rungs of opportunity."

The ladder of success is best climbed by stepping on the rungs of opportunity.



Ayn Rand Quotes: "The ' pleasure' of being drunk is obviously the pleasure of escaping from the responsibility of Consciousness."

The ' pleasure' of being drunk is obviously the pleasure of escaping from the responsibility of Consciousness.



Ayn Rand 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 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 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.