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Ayn Rand, one of the most controversial writers of the past century, critics have frequently quoted her antagonists as a method to slander her writing, when in fact she wrote those characters to illustrate the same critics who slander her. We have collected a variety of quotes from both her interviews and stories, as a means of showcasing her true positions in life. Neither her critics nor these quotes can give you the purest insight into her literature, you must read the books yourself to understand their magnanimity, but these quotes at least balance her infamy with proper balance.

Misunderstandings about Ayn Rand.


“Liberals glower at the very mention of her name; but conservatives, too, swallow hard when she begins to speak. For Ayn Rand, whether anyone likes it or not, is sui generis: indubitably, irrevocably, intransigently individual. She detests the drift of modern American society: She doesn’t like its politics, its economics, its attitudes toward sex, women, business, art or religion. In short, she declares, with unblinking immodesty, “I am challenging the cultural tradition of two-and-a-half-thousand years.” She means it.”

Ayn Rand, Quotes from The Playboy Interview

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Ayn Rand Quotes about Art

Inspirational Ayn Rand Quotes

“Art is a projection of the artist’s fundamental view of man and of existence. Since most artists do not develop an independent philosophy of their own, they absorb, consciously or subconsciously, the dominant philosophical influences of their time. Most of today’s literature is a faithful reflection of today’s philosophy— and look at it!”

– Ayn Rand, Quotes from The Playboy Interview


“A writer should be an active intellectual leader of his time, not a passive follower riding any current. A writer should shape the values of his culture, he should project and concretize the value goals of man’s life. This is the essence of the Romantic school of literature, which has all but vanished from today’s scene.”

– Ayn Rand, Quotes from The Playboy Interview


“Whatever quality of human greatness I have the talent to portray— that was the quality the outer world sought to degrade. They let me plAy nothing but symbols of depravity, nothing but harlots, dissipation-chasers and home-wreckers, always to be beaten at the end by the little girl next door, personifying the virtue of mediocrity. They used my talent— for the defamation of itself. That was why I quit.” Not since childhood, thought Dagny, had she felt that sense of exhilaration after witnessing the performance of a play— the sense that life held things worth reaching, not the sense of having studied some aspect of a sewer there had been no reason to see.

– Ayn Rand, Quotes from Atlas Shrugged


“That is the payment I demand. Not many can afford it. I don’t mean your enjoyment, I don’t mean your emotion— emotions be damned!— I mean your understanding and the fact that your enjoyment was of the same nature as mine, that it came from the same source: from your intelligence, from the conscious judgment of a mind able to judge my work by the standard of the same values that went to write it— I mean, not the fact that you felt, but that you felt what I wished you to feel, not the fact that you admire my work, but that you admire it for the things I wished to be admired.” He chuckled. “There’s only one passion in most artists more violent than their desire for admiration: their fear of identifying the nature of such admiration as they do receive. But it’s a fear I’ve never shared. I do not fool myself about my work or the response I seek— I value both too highly. I do not care to be admired causelessly, emotionally, intuitively, instinctively— or blindly. I do not care for blindness in any form, I have too much to show— or for deafness, I have too much to say. I do not care to be admired by anyone’s heart—only by someone’s head. And when I find a customer with that invaluable capacity, then my performance is a mutual trade to mutual profit. An artist is a trader, Miss Taggart, the hardest and most exacting of all traders.”

– Ayn Rand, Quotes from Atlas Shrugged


“Its nature, therefore, a novel (like a statue or a symphony) does not require or tolerate an explanatory preface; it is a self-contained universe, aloof from commentary, beckoning the reader to enter, perceive, and respond.”

– Ayn Rand, Quotes from Atlas Shrugged


“Culture should be taken out of the hands of the dollar-chasers. We need a national subsidy for literature. It is disgraceful that artists are treated like peddlers and that art works have to be sold like soap.”

– Ayn Rand, Quotes from Atlas Shrugged

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Ayn Rand Quotes on Change


“Why is it so hard to find good men for any job nowadays? Because we live in a society that breeds incompetence.“

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“I had to save you, to clear the way for you, to let you find your city— not to let you stumble the years of your life away, struggling on through a poisoned fog, with your eyes still held straight ahead, still looking as they had looked in the sunlight, struggling on to find, at the end of your road, not the towers of a city, but a fat, soggy , mindless cripple performing his enjoyment of life by means of swallowing the gin your life had gone to pay for! You—to know no joy in order that he may know it? You—to serve as fodder for the pleasure of others?”

– Ayn Rand, Quotes from Atlas Shrugged


“He observed, indifferently, the devastation wrought by his own indifference. No matter how hard a struggle he had lived through in the past, he had never reached the ultimate ugliness of abandoning the will to act. In moments of suffering, he had never let pain win its one permanent victory: he had never allowed it to make him lose the desire for joy. He had never doubted the nature of the world or man’s greatness as its motive power and its core. Years ago, he had wondered with contemptuous incredulity about the fanatical sects that appeared among men in the dark corners of history, the sects who believed that man was trapped in a malevolent universe ruled by evil for the sole purpose of his torture. Tonight, he knew what their vision of the world and their feel of it had been. If what he now saw around him was the world in which he lived, then he did not want to touch any part of it, he did not want to fight it, he was an outsider with nothing at stake and no concern for remaining alive much longer.”

– Ayn Rand, Quotes from Atlas Shrugged


“She can live through it, Miss Taggart, because we do not hold the belief that this earth is a realm of misery where man is doomed to destruction. We do not think that tragedy is our natural fate and we do not live in chronic dread of disaster. We do not expect disaster until we have specific reason to expect it— and when we encounter it, we are free to fight it. It is not happiness, but suffering that we consider unnatural. It is not success, but calamity that we regard as the abnormal exception in human life.”

– Ayn Rand, Quotes from Atlas Shrugged


“I think it’s funny. There was a time when men were afraid that somebody would reveal some secret of theirs that was unknown to their fellows. Nowadays, they’re afraid that somebody will name what everybody knows. Have you practical people ever thought that that’s all it would take to blast your whole, big, complex structure, with all your laws and guns—just somebody naming the exact nature of what you’re doing?”

– Ayn Rand, Quotes from Atlas Shrugged

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Ayn Rand Quotes on Education


“I came here, not merely for the sake of my husband’s profession, but for the sake of my own. I came here in order to bring up my sons as human beings. I would not surrender them to the educational systems devised to stunt a child’s brain, to convince him that reason is impotent, that existence is an irrational chaos with which he’s unable to deal, and thus reduce him to a state of chronic terror.”

– Ayn Rand, Quotes from Atlas Shrugged


“That’s what we ought to find out. Not just what you said. Not just business and earning a living. Things like winning battles, or saving people out of fires, or climbing mountains.”

– Ayn Rand, Quotes from Atlas Shrugged


“Wisdom lies in knowing when to remember and when to forget. Consistency is not a habit of mind which it is wise to practice or to expect of the human race”

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“Our culture is dying because our universities have to depend on the alms of the meat packers, the steel puddlers and the purveyors of breakfast cereals.”

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Ayn Rand Quotes about Fear


“He thought of this in astonishment. He saw for the first time that he had never known fear because, against any disaster, he had held the omnipotent cure of being able to act. No, he thought, not an assurance of victory—who can ever have that?—only the chance to act, which is all one needs. Now he was contemplating, impersonally and for the first time, the real heart of terror: being delivered to destruction with one’s hands tied behind one’s back.”

– Ayn Rand, Quotes from Atlas Shrugged


“She was seeing the brand of pain and fear on the faces of people, and the look of evasion that refuses to know it—they seemed to be going through the motions of some enormous pretense, acting out a ritual to ward off reality, letting the earth remain unseen and their lives unlived, in dread of something namelessly forbidden”

– Ayn Rand, Quotes from Atlas Shrugged


“Their terror had the evasive quality of guilt: it was not the fear that comes from understanding, but from the refusal to understand.”

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Ayn Rand Quotes on Friendship


“He, too, needed it, for once. He wished he had a friend who could be permitted to see him suffer, without pretense or protection, on whom he could lean for a moment, just to say, “I’m very tired,” and find a moment’s rest.”

– Ayn Rand, Quotes from Atlas Shrugged


“When he was asked what he would want to do, he answered at once, “Whatever is right,” and added, “You ought to do something great . . . I mean, the two of us together.”

– Ayn Rand, Quotes from Atlas Shrugged

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Ayn Rand Quotes on Greatness


“But Francisco seemed to laugh at things because he saw something much greater. Jim laughed as if he wanted to let nothing remain great.”

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“This, she knew, was a tribute to her, the rarest one person could pay another: the tribute of feeling free to acknowledge one’s own greatness, knowing that it is understood.”

– Ayn Rand, Quotes from Atlas Shrugged


“The remnant of violence, the emotion rising as a thin trembling within her, was not for the man she was going to see; it was a cry protest against a sacrilege—against the destruction of what had been greatness. He had the vitality of a healthy human being, a thing so rare that no one could identify it. He had the power of certainty.”

– Ayn Rand, Quotes from Atlas Shrugged

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Ayn Rand Quotes on Happiness


“He felt that he could forgive anything to anyone, because happiness was the greatest agent of purification.”

– Ayn Rand, Quotes from Atlas Shrugged


“Her work was all she had or wanted. But there were times, like tonight, when she felt that sudden, peculiar emptiness, which was not emptiness, but silence, not despair, but immobility, as if nothing within her were destroyed, but everything stood still. Then she felt the wish to find a moment’s joy outside, the wish to be held as a passive spectator by some work or sight of greatness. Not to make it, she thought, but to accept; not to begin, but to respond; not to create, but to admire. I need it to let me go on, she thought, because joy is one’s fuel. She had always been—she closed her eyes with a faint smile of amusement and pain—the motive power of her own happiness. For once, she wanted to feel herself carried by the power of someone else’s achievement.”

– Ayn Rand, Quotes from Atlas Shrugged


“I know not if this earth on which I stand is the core of the universe or if it is but a speck of dust lost in eternity. I know not and I care not. For I know what happiness is possible to me on earth. And my happiness needs no higher aim to vindicate it. My happiness is not the means to any end. It is the end . It is its own goal. It is its own purpose. Neither am I the means to any end others may wish to accomplish. I am not a tool for their use. I am not a servant of their needs. I am not a bandage for their wounds. I am not a sacrifice on their altars.”

– Ayn Rand, Quotes from Anthem


“Suffering was a senseless accident, it was not part of life as she saw. She would not allow pain to become important. The kind of resistance she offered, for the emotion from which the resistance came; but the words that stood as its equivalent in her mind were: It does not count—it is not to be taken seriously. Not to be taken seriously—an immovable certainty within her kept repeating—pain and ugliness are never to be taken seriously.”

– Ayn Rand, Quotes from Atlas Shrugged


“This was reality, she thought, this sense of clear outlines, of purpose, of lightness, of hope. This was the way she had expected to live—she had wanted to spend no hour and take no action that would mean less than this.”

– Ayn Rand, Quotes from Atlas Shrugged


“Every form of happiness is one, every desire is driven by the same motor— by our love for a single value, for the highest potentiality of our own existence— and every achievement is an expression of it.”

– Ayn Rand, Quotes from Atlas Shrugged

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Ayn Rand Quotes on Independence & Freedom


“So much is still to be learned! So long a road lies before us, and what care we if we must travel it alone!

– Ayn Rand, Quotes from Anthem


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

Ayn Rand, Quotes from Anthem


“He concentrated on the relief of the mirror’s cooling touch, wondering how one went about forcing one’s mind into blankness, particularly after a lifetime lived on the axiom that the constant, clearest, most ruthless function of his rational faculty was his foremost duty. Hours of it, he thought, hours to spend watching the eyes of the guests getting heavy with boredom if they were sober or glazing into an imbecile stare if they weren’t, and pretend that he noticed neither, and strain to think of something to say to them, when he had nothing to say.”

– Ayn Rand, Quotes from Atlas Shrugged


“It was a sense of freedom, as if he stood alone in the midst of an endless sweep of clean air, with only the memory of some weight that had been torn off his shoulders. It was the feeling of an immense deliverance . It was the knowledge that it did not matter to him what Lillian felt, what she suffered or what became of her, and more : not only that it did not matter, but the shining, guiltless knowledge that it did not have to matter.”

– Ayn Rand, Quotes from Atlas Shrugged


“I do not surrender my treasures, nor do I share them. The fortune of my spirit is not to be blown into coins of brass and flung to the winds as alms for the poor of the spirit. I guard my treasures: my thought, my will, my freedom. And the greatest of these is freedom.”

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“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, from Anthem



“All your life, you have heard yourself denounced, not for your faults, but for your greatest virtues. You have been hated, not for your mistakes, but for your achievements. You have been scorned for all those qualities of character which are your highest pride. You have been called selfish for the courage of acting on your own judgment and bearing sole responsibility for your own life. You have been called arrogant for your independent mind. You have been called cruel for your unyielding integrity.”

– Ayn Rand, Quotes from Atlas Shrugged


“For they have nothing to fight me with, save the brute force of their numbers. I have my mind.”

– Ayn Rand, Quotes from Anthem


“I explain that a man has to live for, and when necessary, fight for, his values—because the whole process of living consists of the achievement of values. Man does not survive automatically. He must live like a rational being and accept nothing less. He cannot survive as a brute. Even the simplest value, such as food, has to be created by man, has to be planted, has to be produced. The same is true of his more interesting, more important achievements. All values have to be gained and kept by man, and, if they are threatened, he has to be willing to fight and die, if necessary, for his right to live like a rational being. You ask me, would I be willing to die for Objectivism? I would. But what is more important, I am willing to live for it—which is much more difficult.”

– Ayn Rand, Quotes from The Playboy Interview

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Ayn Rand Quotes on Knowledge


“We have learned things which are not in the scripts. We have solved secrets of which the Scholars have no knowledge. We have come to see how great is the unexplored, and many lifetimes will not bring us to the end of our quest. We wish nothing, save to be alone and to learn, and to feel as if with each day our sight were growing sharper than the hawk’s and clearer than rock crystal.”

– Ayn Rand Quotes from Anthem


“The secrets of this earth are not for all men to see, but only for those who will seek them. We know, for we have found a secret unknown to all our brothers.”

– Ayn Rand Quotes from Anthem


“I shall live here, in my own house. I shall take my food from the earth by the toil of my own hands. I shall learn many secrets from my books. Through the years ahead, I shall rebuild the achievements of the past, and open the way to carry them further, the achievements which are open to me, but closed forever to my brothers, for their minds are shackled to the weakest and dullest among them.”

– Ayn Rand, Quotes from Anthem


“Look around you and look at history. You will see the achievements of man’s mind. You will see man’s unlimited potentiality for greatness, and the faculty that makes it possible. You will see that man is not a helpless monster by nature, but he becomes one when he discards that faculty: his mind. And if you ask me, what is greatness? I will answer, it is the capacity to live by the three fundamental values of John Galt: reason, purpose, self-esteem.”

– Ayn Rand, Quotes from The Playboy Interview

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Ayn Rand Quotes about Life

Inspirational Quotes by Ayn Rand

“Francisco, what’s the most depraved type of human being?” “The man without a purpose.”

– Ayn Rand, Quotes from Atlas Shrugged


“I’ll give you a hint. Contradictions do not exist. Whenever you think that you are facing a contradiction, check your premises. You will find that one of them is wrong.”

– Ayn Rand, Quotes from Atlas Shrugged


“Drink, of course, was what we all turned to, some more, some less. Don’t ask how we got the money for it. When all the decent pleasures are forbidden, there’s always ways to get the rotten ones.

– Ayn Rand, Quotes from Atlas Shrugged


“They’re all aristocrats, that’s true,” said Wyatt , “because they know that there’s no such thing as a lousy job—only lousy men who don’t care to do it.”

– Ayn Rand, Quotes from Atlas Shrugged


“It is not advisable, James, to venture unsolicited opinions. You should spare yourself the embarrassing discovery of their exact value to your listener.”

– Ayn Rand, Quotes from Atlas Shrugged


“Your manners have never been glued to you too solidly—you always lose them in an emergency, and that’s the time when one needs them most.”

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“What is man’s fate? Hasn’t it always been to hope, but never to achieve? The wise man is the one who does not attempt to hope.”

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Ayn Rand Quotes about Love


“He was incapable of halfway concerns. But there were times when he felt a sudden access of desire, so violent that it could not be given to a casual encounter. He had surrendered to it, on a few rare occasions through the years, with women he had thought he liked. He had been left feeling an angry emptiness—because he had sought an act of triumph, though he had not known of what nature, but the response he received was only a woman’s acceptance of a casual pleasure, and he knew too clearly that what he had won had no meaning. He was left, not with a sense of attainment, but with a sense of his own degradation.”

– Ayn Rand, Quotes from Atlas Shrugged


“He despised causeless affection, just as he despised unearned wealth.”

– Ayn Rand, Quotes from Atlas Shrugged


“They professed to love him for some unknown reason and they ignored all the things for which he could wish to be loved. He had never had a desire to hurt them, but he had always felt their defensive, reproachful expectation; they seemed wounded by anything he said, it was not a matter of his words or actions, it was almost . . . almost as if they were wounded by the mere fact of his being.”

– Ayn Rand, Quotes from Atlas Shrugged


“It is his greatest reward. The only man capable of experiencing a profound romantic love is the man driven by passion for his work— because love is an expression of self-esteem, of the deepest values in a man’s or a woman’s character. One falls in love with the person who shares these values. If a man has no clearly defined values, and no moral character, he is not able to appreciate another person. In this respect, I would like to quote from The Fountainhead, in which the hero utters a line that has often been quoted by readers: “To say ‘I love you’ one must know first how to say the ‘I’.”

– Ayn Rand, Quotes from the Playboy Interview


“When you are in love, it means t


hat the person you love is of great personal, selfish importance to you and to your life. If you were selfless, it would have to mean that you derive no personal pleasure or happiness from the company and the existence of the person you love, and that you are motivated only by self-sacrificial pity for that person’s need of you. I don’t have to point out to you that no one would be flattered by, nor would accept, a concept of that kind. Love is not self-sacrifice, but the most profound assertion of your own needs and values. It is for your own happiness that you need the person you love, and that is the greatest compliment, the greatest tribute you can pay to that person.”

– Ayn Rand, Quotes from The Playboy Interview


“He knew, what he had discovered tonight, was that his recaptured love of existence had not been given back to him by the return of his desire for her—but that the desire had returned after he had regained his world, the love, the value and the sense of his world—and that the desire was not an answer to her body, but a celebration of himself and of his will to live.”

– Ayn Rand, Quotes from Atlas Shrugged


“We have followed you,” they said, “and we shall follow you wherever you go. If danger threatens you, we shall face it also. If it be death, we shall die with you. You are damned, and we wish to share your damnation.”

– Ayn Rand, Quotes from Anthem

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Ayn Rand Quotes about Morality & Ethics


“She knew the general doctrine on sex, held by people in one form or another, the doctrine that sex was an ugly weakness of man’s lower nature, to be condoned regretfully. She experienced an emotion of chastity that made her shrink not from the desires of her body, but from any contact with the minds who held this doctrine.”

– Ayn Rand, Quotes from Atlas Shrugged


“Instead, I’ve sacrificed the noblest woman to the vilest. When one acts on pity against justice, it is the good whom one punishes for the sake of the evil; when one saves the guilty from suffering, it is the innocent whom one forces to suffer. There is no escape from justice, nothing can be unearned and unpaid for in the universe, neither in matter nor in spirit— and if the guilty do not pay, then the innocent have to pay it.”

– Ayn Rand, Quotes from Atlas Shrugged


“I discovered,” said Ken Danagger, “that the men I was fighting were impotent. The shiftless, the purposeless, the irresponsible, the irrational— it was not I who needed them, it was not theirs to dictate terms to me, it was not mine to obey demands. I quit, to let them discover it, too.”

– Ayn Rand, Quotes from Atlas Shrugged


“We are on strike against martyrdom— and against the moral code that demands it. We are on strike against those who believe that one man must exist for the sake of another. We are on strike against the morality of cannibals, be it practiced in body or in spirit. We will not deal with men on any terms but ours— and our terms are a moral code which holds that man is an end in himself and not the means to any end of others.”

– Ayn Rand, Quotes from Atlas Shrugged


“Dagny, 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. All the codes of ethics they’ll try to ram down your throat are just so much paper money put out by swindlers to fleece people of their virtues. The code of competence is the only system of morality that’s on a gold standard. When you grow up, you’ll know what I mean.” know it now. But . . . Francisco, why are you and I the only ones who seem to know it?”

– Ayn Rand, Quotes from Atlas Shrugged


“Love is blind, they say; sex is impervious to reason and mocks the power of all philosophers. But, in fact, a person’s sexual choice is the result and sum of their fundamental convictions. Tell me what a person finds sexually attractive and I will tell you their entire philosophy of life. Show me the person they sleep with and I will tell you their valuation of themselves. No matter what corruption they’re taught about the virtue of selflessness, sex is the most profoundly selfish of all acts, an act which they cannot perform for any motive but their own enjoyment – just try to think of performing it in a spirit of selfless charity! – an act which is not possible in self-abasement, only in self-exultation, only on the confidence of being desired and being worthy of desire. It is an act that forces them to stand naked in spirit, as well as in body, and accept their real ego as their standard of value. They will always be attracted to the person who reflects their deepest vision of themselves, the person whose surrender permits them to experience – or to fake – a sense of self-esteem .. Love is our response to our highest values – and can be nothing else.”

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Ayn Rand Quotes about Objectivism


“Objectivism holds that reason is man’s only means of perceiving reality and his only guide to action. By reason, I mean the faculty which identifies and integrates the material provided by man’s senses.”

Ayn Rand, Quotes from The Playboy Interview

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Ayn Rand Quotes about Purpose


“The man without purpose drifts at the mercy of random feelings and is capable of any evil, because he is out of control of his own life.”

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“Sadism, dictatorship, any form of evil, is the consequence of a man’s evasion of reality. A consequence of his failure to think. The man without a purpose is a man who drifts at the mercy of random feelings or unidentified urges and is capable of any evil, because he is totally out of control of his own life. In order to be in control of your life, you have to have a purpose— a productive purpose.”

– Ayn Rand, Quotes from The Playboy Interview


“A central purpose serves to integrate all the other concerns of a man’s life. It establishes the hierarchy, the relative importance, of his values, it saves him from pointless inner conflicts, it permits him to enjoy life on a wide scale and to carry that enjoyment into any area open to his mind; whereas a man without a purpose is lost in chaos. He does not know what his values are. He does not know how to judge. He cannot tell what is or is not important to him, and, therefore, he drifts helplessly at the mercy of any chance stimulus or any whim of the moment. He can enjoy nothing. He spends his life searching for some value which he will never find.”

–  Ayn Rand, Quotes from The Playboy Interview

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Ayn Rand Quotes about Society

Inspirational Quotes by Ayn Rand

“The faces of the others looked like aggregates of interchangeable features, every face oozing to blend into the anonymity of resembling all, and all looking as if they were melting.”

– Ayn Rand


She shrugged. “From the angle of a horsewoman, darling. If you had the most powerful horse in the world, you would keep it bridled down to the gait required to carry you in comfort, even though this meant the sacrifice of its full capacity, even though its top speed would never be seen and its great power would be wasted. You would do it—because if you let the horse go full blast, it would throw you off in no time.”

– Ayn Rand, Quotes from Atlas Shrugged


“Did you want to see it used by whining rotters who never rouse themselves to any effort, who do not possess the ability of a filing clerk, but demand the income of a company president, who drift from failure to failure and expect you to pay their bills, who hold their wishing as an equivalent of your work and their need as a higher claim to reward than your effort, who demand that you serve them, who demand that it be the aim of your life to serve them, who demand that your strength be the voiceless, rightless, unpaid, unrewarded slave of their impotence, who proclaim that you are born to serfdom by reason of your genius, while they are born to rule by the grace of incompetence, that yours is only to give, but theirs only to take, that yours is to produce, but theirs to consume…”

– Ayn Rand, Quotes from Atlas Shrugged


“No. I don’t like people who speak or think in terms of gaining anybody’s confidence. If one’s actions are honest, one does not need the predated confidence of others, only their rational perception. The person who craves a moral blank check of that kind, has dishonest intentions, whether he admits it to himself or not.”

– Ayn Rand, Quotes from Atlas Shrugged


“That was the evil, the sort of hell-horror evil that preachers used to scare you with, but you never thought to see alive. Not that the plan encouraged a few bastards, but that it turned decent people into bastards, and there was nothing else that it could do— and it was called a moral ideal.”

– Ayn Rand, Quotes from Atlas Shrugged


“The president of the company had talked to her for two hours. But none of his answers had connected to any of her questions. His manner had conveyed a peculiar note of condescending reproach whenever she attempted to make the conversation specific, as if she were giving proof of ill-breeding by breaking some unwritten code known to everyone else.”

– Ayn Rand, Quotes from Atlas Shrugged


“This is the world and the core of it, this is what made the city—they go together, the angular shapes of the buildings and the angular lines of a face stripped of everything but purpose—the rising steps of steel and the steps of a being intent upon his goal—this is what they had been, all the men who had lived to invent the lights, the steel, the furnaces, the motors—they were the world, they, not the men who crouched in dark corners, half-begging, half-threatening, boastfully displaying their open sores as their only claim on life and virtue.”

– Ayn Rand, Quotes from Atlas Shrugged


“They know it, but it is you who don’t— and they are counting on you not to know it. They are counting on you to go on, to work to the limit of the inhuman and to feed them while you last— and when you collapse, there will be another victim starting out and feeding them, while struggling to survive— and the span of each succeeding victim will be shorter, and while you’ll die to leave them a railroad, your last descendant-in-spirit will die to leave them a loaf of bread. This does not worry the looters of the moment. Their plan— like all the plans of all the royal looters of the past— is only that the loot shall last their lifetime . It has always lasted before, because in one generation they could not run out of victims.”

– Ayn Rand, Quotes from Atlas Shrugged


“I saw the politicians who winked at me, telling me not to worry, because I could just work a little harder and outsmart them all. I looked past the profits of the moment, and I saw that the harder I worked, the more I tightened the noose around my throat, I saw that my energy was being poured down a sewer , that the parasites who fed on me were being fed upon in their turn, that they were caught n their own trap and that there was no reason for it, no answer known to anyone, that the sewer pipes of the world, draining its productive blood, led into some dank fog nobody had dared to pierce, while people merely shrugged and said that life on earth could be nothing but evil.”

– Ayn Rand, Quotes from Atlas Shrugged


“His life had been a summary of the lives of all the men whose reward is a monument in a public park a hundred years after the time when a reward can matter.”

– Ayn Rand, Quotes from Atlas Shrugged

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Ayn Rand Quotes on Virtue & Sin

Inspirational Quotes on virtue by Ayn Rand

“Well, I’ve always been unpopular in school and it didn’t bother me, but now They dislike me, not because I do things badly, but because I do them well. They dislike me because I’ve always had the best grades in class. I don’t even have to study. I always get A’s. Do you suppose I should try to get D’s for a change and become the most popular girl in school?”

– Ayn Rand, Quotes from Atlas Shrugged


“He was seeing, in the nights behind him, Dagny’s face in those moments when, his body leaving hers, she lay still with a look of radiance that was more than a smile, a look of youth, of early morning, of gratitude to the fact of one’s own existence. And he was seeing Lillian’s face, as he had seen it in bed beside him, a lifeless face with evasive eyes, with some feeble sneer on its lips and the look of sharing some smutty guilt. He saw who was the accuser and who the accused— he saw the obscenity of letting impotence hold itself as virtue and damn the power of living as a sin.”

– Ayn Rand, Quotes from Atlas Shrugged


“Whatever type of men we’re counting on and planning for,” said Dr. Ferris, “there’s a certain old-fashioned quotation which we may safely forget: the one about counting on the wise and the honest. We don’t have to consider them. They’re out of date.”

– Ayn Rand, Quotes from Atlas Shrugged


“I have never felt guilty of my ability. I have never felt guilty of my mind. I have never felt guilty of being a man. I accepted no unearned guilt, and thus was free to earn and to know my own value.

– Ayn Rand, Quotes from Atlas Shrugged


“There it was: the punishment that required the victim’s own virtue as the fuel to make it work— his invention of Rearden Metal being used as the cause of his expropriation— Dagny’s honor and the depth of their feeling for each other being used as a tool of blackmail, a blackmail from which the depraved would be immune— and, in the People’s States of Europe, millions of men being held in bondage by means of their desire to live, by means of their energy drained in forced labor, by means of their ability to feed their masters, by means of the hostage system, of their love for their children or wives or friends— by means of love, ability and pleasure asthe fodder for threats and the bait for extortion, with love tied to fear, ability to punishment, ambition to confiscation, with blackmail as law, with escape from pain, not quest for pleasure, as the only incentive to effort and the only reward of achievement— men held enslaved by means of whatever living power they possessed and of whatever joy they found in life. Such was the code that the world had accepted and such was the key to the code: that it hooked man’s love of existence to a circuit of torture, so that only the man who had nothing to offer would have nothing to fear, so that the virtues which made life possible and the values which gave it meaning became the agents of its destruction, so that one’s best became the tool of one’s agony, and man’s life on earth became impractical.”

– Ayn Rand, Quotes from Atlas Shrugged


“People think that a liar gains a victory over his victim. What I’ve learned is that a lie is an act of self-abdication, because one surrenders one’s reality to the person to whom one lies, making that person one’s master, condemning oneself from then on to faking the sort of reality that person’s view requires to be faked…The man who lies to the world, is the world’s slave from then on…There are no white lies, there is only the blackest of destruction, and a white lie is the blackest of all.”

– Ayn Rand, Atlas Shrugged


“Listen, kid,” the sob sister said to her, when she stood in her room for the last time, the lace of the wedding veil streaming like crystal foam from her hair to the blotched planks of the floor. “You think that if one gets hurt in life, it’s through one’s own sins—and that’s true, in the long run. But there are people who’ll try to hurt you through the good they see in you—knowing that it’s the good, needing it and punishing you for it. Don’t let it break you when you discover that.”

– Ayn Rand, Quotes from Atlas Shrugged

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