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Ayn Rand 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 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 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 Quotes: "Everyone has the right to make his own decisions, but none has the right to force his decision on others."

Everyone has the right to make his own decisions, but none has the right to force his decision on others.




Ayn Rand Quotes: "Individual rights are the means of subordinating society to moral law."

Individual rights are the means of subordinating society to moral law.




Ayn Rand Quotes: "I understood that centuries of chains and lashes will not kill the spirit of man nor the sense of truth within him."

I understood that centuries of chains and lashes will not kill the spirit of man nor the sense of truth within him.




Ayn Rand Quotes: "Have you ever felt the longing for someone you could admire? For something, not to look down at, but up to?"

Have you ever felt the longing for someone you could admire? For something, not to look down at, but up to?



Ayn Rand Quotes: "Racism is a doctrine of, by and for brutes."

Racism is a doctrine of, by and for brutes.



Ayn Rand 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 Quotes: "A house can have integrity, just like a person, ' said Roark, 'and just as seldom."

A house can have integrity, just like a person, ' said Roark, 'and just as seldom.



Ayn Rand Quotes: "No man can have a right to impose an unchosen obligation, an unrewarded duty or an involuntary servitude on another man.There can be no such thing as " the right to enslave ."

No man can have a right to impose an unchosen obligation, an unrewarded duty or an involuntary servitude on another man.There can be no such thing as " the right to enslave .




Ayn Rand Quotes: "Only a man of integrity can possess the virtue of honesty, since only the faking of one’s consciousness can permit the faking of existence."

Only a man of integrity can possess the virtue of honesty, since only the faking of one’s consciousness can permit the faking of existence.



Ayn Rand 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 Quotes: "I take the only desire one can really permit oneself. Freedom, Alvah, freedom.”“You call that freedom?”“To ask nothing. To expect nothing. To depend on nothing."

I take the only desire one can really permit oneself. Freedom, Alvah, freedom.”“You call that freedom?”“To ask nothing. To expect nothing. To depend on nothing.



Ayn Rand Quotes: "There is only one path to heaven. On Earth we call it Love."

There is only one path to heaven. On Earth we call it Love.



Ayn Rand Quotes: "A cardinal principle of good fiction [is]: the theme and the plot of a novel must be integrated—as thoroughly integrated as mind and body or thought and action in a rational view of man."

A cardinal principle of good fiction [is]: the theme and the plot of a novel must be integrated—as thoroughly integrated as mind and body or thought and action in a rational view of man.



Ayn Rand Quotes: "If you write a line of zeroes, it´s still nothing."

If you write a line of zeroes, it´s still nothing.



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: "One gains a profoundly personal, selfish joy from the mere existence of the person one loves. It is one’s own personal, selfish happiness that one seeks, earns and derives from love."

One gains a profoundly personal, selfish joy from the mere existence of the person one loves. It is one’s own personal, selfish happiness that one seeks, earns and derives from love.



Ayn Rand Quotes: "This is pity, ” he thought, and then he lifted his head in wonder. He thought that there must be something terribly wrong with a world in which this monstrous feeling is called a virtue."

This is pity, ” he thought, and then he lifted his head in wonder. He thought that there must be something terribly wrong with a world in which this monstrous feeling is called a virtue.



Ayn Rand Quotes: "In art, and in literature, the end and the means, or the subject and the style, must be worthy of each other.That which is not worth contemplating in life, is not worth re-creating in art."

In art, and in literature, the end and the means, or the subject and the style, must be worthy of each other.That which is not worth contemplating in life, is not worth re-creating in art.



Ayn Rand 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 Quotes: "A good novel is an indivisible sum: every scene, sequence and passage of a good novel has to involve, contribute to and advance all three of its major attributes: theme, plot, characterization."

A good novel is an indivisible sum: every scene, sequence and passage of a good novel has to involve, contribute to and advance all three of its major attributes: theme, plot, characterization.



Ayn Rand 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 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 Quotes: "You are an unusual, brilliant child who has not seen enough of life to grasp the full measure of human stupidity."

You are an unusual, brilliant child who has not seen enough of life to grasp the full measure of human stupidity.



Ayn Rand Quotes: "But, you see, it's not what you do that matters really. It's only you.""Me what?""Just you here. Or you in the city. Or you somewhere in the world. I don't know. Just that."

But, you see, it's not what you do that matters really. It's only you.""Me what?""Just you here. Or you in the city. Or you somewhere in the world. I don't know. Just that.



Ayn Rand 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 Quotes: "What is kinder--to believe the best of people and burden them with a nobility beyond their endurance--or to see them as they are, and accept it because it makes them comfortable?"

What is kinder--to believe the best of people and burden them with a nobility beyond their endurance--or to see them as they are, and accept it because it makes them comfortable?



Ayn Rand Quotes: "To be free, a man must be free from his brothers. That is freedom. That and nothing else."

To be free, a man must be free from his brothers. That is freedom. That and nothing else.



Ayn Rand 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 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 Quotes: "The exquisite kindliness of her manner suggested that their relationship was of no possible consequence, that she could not pay him the tribute of hostility."

The exquisite kindliness of her manner suggested that their relationship was of no possible consequence, that she could not pay him the tribute of hostility.



Ayn Rand Quotes: "Integrity is the ability to stand by an idea."

Integrity is the ability to stand by an idea.



Ayn Rand Quotes: "My real soul...? It’s real only when it’s independent..."

My real soul...? It’s real only when it’s independent...



Ayn Rand Quotes: "I think that when in doubt about the truth of an issue, it's safer and in better taste to select the least numerous of the adversaries."

I think that when in doubt about the truth of an issue, it's safer and in better taste to select the least numerous of the adversaries.



Ayn Rand 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 Quotes: "For the coming of that day shall I fight, I and my sons and my chosen friends. For the freedom of Man. For his rights. For his life. For his honor."

For the coming of that day shall I fight, I and my sons and my chosen friends. For the freedom of Man. For his rights. For his life. For his honor.



Ayn Rand Quotes: "Roark spoke quietly. He was the only man in the room who felt certain of his own words."

Roark spoke quietly. He was the only man in the room who felt certain of his own words.



Ayn Rand 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 Quotes: "Art is a selective re-creation of reality according to an artists metaphysical value judgments."

Art is a selective re-creation of reality according to an artists metaphysical value judgments.



Ayn Rand 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 Quotes: "If any civilization is to survive, it is the morality of altruism that men have to reject."

If any civilization is to survive, it is the morality of altruism that men have to reject.



Ayn Rand Quotes: "An inventor is a man who asks 'Why?' of the universe and lets nothing stand between the answer and his mind."

An inventor is a man who asks 'Why?' of the universe and lets nothing stand between the answer and his mind.



Ayn Rand Quotes: "Definitions are the guardians of rationality, the first line of defense against the chaos of mental disintegration."

Definitions are the guardians of rationality, the first line of defense against the chaos of mental disintegration.



Ayn Rand Quotes: "To achieve, you need thought. You have to know what you are doing and that's real power."

To achieve, you need thought. You have to know what you are doing and that's real power.



Ayn Rand Quotes: "When I die, I hope to go to Heaven, whatever the Hell that is."

When I die, I hope to go to Heaven, whatever the Hell that is.



Ayn Rand Quotes: "You never wanted me to be real. You never wanted anyone to be. But you didn’t want me to show it. You wanted an act to help your act..."

You never wanted me to be real. You never wanted anyone to be. But you didn’t want me to show it. You wanted an act to help your act...