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Ayn Rand Quotes: "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."

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 Quotes: "The smallest minority on earth is the individual. Those who deny individual rights cannot claim to be defenders of minorities."

The smallest minority on earth is the individual. Those who deny individual rights cannot claim to be defenders of minorities.




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: "When you see corruption being rewarded and honesty becoming a self-sacrifice, you may know that your society is doomed"

When you see corruption being rewarded and honesty becoming a self-sacrifice, you may know that your society is doomed




Ayn Rand Quotes: "We can evade reality, but we cannot evade the consequences of evading reality"

We can evade reality, but we cannot evade the consequences of evading reality



Ayn Rand Quotes: "So you think that money is the root of all evil. Have you ever asked what is the root of all money?"

So you think that money is the root of all evil. Have you ever asked what is the root of all money?



Ayn Rand Quotes: "Every aspect of Western culture needs a new code of ethics - a rational ethics - as a precondition of rebirth."

Every aspect of Western culture needs a new code of ethics - a rational ethics - as a precondition of rebirth.




Ayn Rand Quotes: "But I don't think of you. - Howard Roark"

But I don't think of you. - Howard Roark



Ayn Rand Quotes: "You can ignore reality, but you can't ignore the consequences of ignoring reality."

You can ignore reality, but you can't ignore the consequences of ignoring reality.



Ayn Rand Quotes: "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."

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 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: "The question isn't who is going to let me; it's who is going to stop me."

The question isn't who is going to let me; it's who is going to stop me.




Ayn Rand Quotes: "A creative man is motivated by the desire to achieve, not by the desire to beat others."

A creative man is motivated by the desire to achieve, not by the desire to beat others.



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 government was set to protect man from criminals, and the Constitution was written to protect man from the government."

The government was set to protect man from criminals, and the Constitution was written to protect man from the government.



Ayn Rand Quotes: "Racism is the lowest, most crudely primitive form of collectivism."

Racism is the lowest, most crudely primitive form of collectivism.



Ayn Rand Quotes: "Learn to value yourself, which means: fight for your happiness."

Learn to value yourself, which means: fight for your happiness.



Ayn Rand Quotes: "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."

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 Quotes: "The purpose of morality is to teach you, not to suffer and die, but to enjoy yourself and live."

The purpose of morality is to teach you, not to suffer and die, but to enjoy yourself and live.



Ayn Rand Quotes: "I would give the greatest sunset in the world for one sight of New York's skyline."

I would give the greatest sunset in the world for one sight of New York's skyline.



Ayn Rand Quotes: "Throughout the centuries there were men who took first steps, down new roads, armed with nothing but their own vision."

Throughout the centuries there were men who took first steps, down new roads, armed with nothing but their own vision.



Ayn Rand Quotes: "Do not let your fire go out."

Do not let your fire go out.



Ayn Rand Quotes: "To demand 'sense' is the hallmark of nonsense. Nature does not make sense. Nothing makes sense."

To demand 'sense' is the hallmark of nonsense. Nature does not make sense. Nothing makes sense.



Ayn Rand Quotes: "Political freedom cannot exist without economic freedom; a free mind and a free market are corollaries."

Political freedom cannot exist without economic freedom; a free mind and a free market are corollaries.



Ayn Rand Quotes: "The difference between a welfare state and a totalitarian state is a matter of time."

The difference between a welfare state and a totalitarian state is a matter of time.



Ayn Rand Quotes: "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 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 Quotes: "I owe nothing to my brothers, nor do I gather debts from them. I ask none to live for me, nor do I live for any others. I covet no man's soul, nor is my soul theirs to covet."

I owe nothing to my brothers, nor do I gather debts from them. I ask none to live for me, nor do I live for any others. I covet no man's soul, nor is my soul theirs to covet.



Ayn Rand Quotes: "There are two sides to every issue: one side is right and the other is wrong, but the middle is always evil."

There are two sides to every issue: one side is right and the other is wrong, but the middle is always evil.



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: "The skyline of New York is a monument of a splendour that no pyramids or palaces will ever equal or approach."

The skyline of New York is a monument of a splendour that no pyramids or palaces will ever equal or approach.



Ayn Rand Quotes: "Individual rights are not subject to a public vote; a majority has no right to vote away the rights of a minority."

Individual rights are not subject to a public vote; a majority has no right to vote away the rights of a minority.



Ayn Rand Quotes: "An irresponsible person is a person who makes vague promises, then breaks his word, blames it on circumstances and expects other people to forgive it."

An irresponsible person is a person who makes vague promises, then breaks his word, blames it on circumstances and expects other people to forgive it.



Ayn Rand Quotes: "Live a life as a monument to your soul."

Live a life as a monument to your soul.



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: "Whoever claims the right to redistribute the wealth produced by others is claiming the right to treat human beings as chattel."

Whoever claims the right to redistribute the wealth produced by others is claiming the right to treat human beings as chattel.



Ayn Rand Quotes: "Let no man posture as an advocate of peace if he proposes or supports any social system that initiates the use of force against individual men, in any form."

Let no man posture as an advocate of peace if he proposes or supports any social system that initiates the use of force against individual men, in any form.



Ayn Rand Quotes: "Even if smog were a risk to human life, we must remember that life in nature, without technology, is wholesale death."

Even if smog were a risk to human life, we must remember that life in nature, without technology, is wholesale death.



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: "People are not embracing collectivism because they have accepted bad economics. They are accepting bad economics because they have embraced collectivism."

People are not embracing collectivism because they have accepted bad economics. They are accepting bad economics because they have embraced collectivism.



Ayn Rand Quotes: "Individualism regards man-every man-as an independent, sovereign entity who possesses an inalienable right to his own life, a right derived from his nature as a rational being."

Individualism regards man-every man-as an independent, sovereign entity who possesses an inalienable right to his own life, a right derived from his nature as a rational being.



Ayn Rand Quotes: "Man needs knowledge in order to survive, and only reason can achieve it; men who reject the responsibility of thought and reason, can exist only as parasites on the thinking of others."

Man needs knowledge in order to survive, and only reason can achieve it; men who reject the responsibility of thought and reason, can exist only as parasites on the thinking of others.



Ayn Rand Quotes: "If any part of your uncertainty, is a conflict between your heart and your mind - follow your mind."

If any part of your uncertainty, is a conflict between your heart and your mind - follow your mind.



Ayn Rand Quotes: "If you don't know, the thing to do is not to get scared, but to learn."

If you don't know, the thing to do is not to get scared, but to learn.



Ayn Rand Quotes: "Any alleged 'right' of one man, which necessitates the violation of the rights of another, is not and cannot be a right."

Any alleged 'right' of one man, which necessitates the violation of the rights of another, is not and cannot be a right.



Ayn Rand Quotes: "He liked to observe emotions; they were like red lanterns strung along the dark unknown of another's personality, marking vulnerable points."

He liked to observe emotions; they were like red lanterns strung along the dark unknown of another's personality, marking vulnerable points.



Ayn Rand Quotes: "If one doesn't respect oneself one can have neither love nor respect for others."

If one doesn't respect oneself one can have neither love nor respect for others.



Ayn Rand Quotes: "every man is free to rise as far as he's able or willing, but the degree to which he thinks determines the degree to which he'll rise."

every man is free to rise as far as he's able or willing, but the degree to which he thinks determines the degree to which he'll rise.



Ayn Rand Quotes: ""Mediocrity" doesn't mean average intelligence, it means an average intelligence that resents and envies its betters."

"Mediocrity" doesn't mean average intelligence, it means an average intelligence that resents and envies its betters.



Ayn Rand Quotes: "A society that robs an individual of the product of his effort ... is not strictly speaking a society, but a mob held together by institutionalized gang violence."

A society that robs an individual of the product of his effort ... is not strictly speaking a society, but a mob held together by institutionalized gang violence.