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Ayn Rand Quotes

30 of the best book quotes from Ayn Rand
  1. #1
    “No one’s happiness but my own is in my power to achieve or to destroy.”
  2. #2
    “There are no evil thoughts except one: the refusal to think.”
  3. #3
    “Wealth is the product of man’s capacity to think.”
  4. #4
    “Compromise now, because you’ll have to later, anyway.”
  5. #5
    “It was a pedestal from which a god had been torn, and in his place there stood, not Satan with a sword, but a corner lout sipping a bottle of Coca-Cola.”
  6. #6
    “Every form of happiness is private.”
    author
    Ayn Rand
    book
    The Fountainhead
    character
    Roark
    concept
    Happiness
  7. #7
    “They were simply four people who liked being there together.”
  8. #8
    “She had not noticed him take her hand; it seemed so natural and what she had wanted from the moment of seeing him”
  9. #9
    “But a desire to choose the hardest might be a confession of weakness in itself.”
  10. #10
    “Every building is like a person. Single and unrepeatable.”
    author
    Ayn Rand
    book
    The Fountainhead
    character
    Roark
    concept
    People
  11. #11
    “You never wanted me to be real. You never wanted anyone to be. But you didn’t want to show it.”
  12. #12
    “If I found a job, a project, an idea or a person I wanted—I’d have to depend on the whole world. Everything has strings leading to everything else. We’re all so tied together.”
    author
    Ayn Rand
    book
    The Fountainhead
    character
    Dominique
    concept
    People
  13. #13
    “This is the time to merge his self in a great current, in the rising tide which is approaching to sweep us all, willing or unwilling, into the future.”
    author
    Ayn Rand
    book
    The Fountainhead
    character
    Toohey
    concepts
    FutureTime
  14. #14
    “Don’t ever get angry at a man for stating the truth.”
  15. #15
    “It was the greatest sensation of existence: not to trust, but to know.”
  16. #16
    “This was reality, she thought, this sense of clear outlines, of purpose, of lightness, of hope.”
  17. #17
    “Existence is Identity, Consciousness is Identification.”
    author
    Ayn Rand
    book
    Atlas Shrugged
    character
    John
    concept
    Reality
  18. #18
    “I swear by my life and my love of it that I will never live for the sake of another man, nor ask another man to live for mine.”
  19. #19
    “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.”
  20. #20
    “But what can you do when you have to deal with people?”
    author
    Ayn Rand
    book
    Atlas Shrugged
    character
    Dr. Stadler
    concept
    People
  21. #21
    “By the essence and nature of existence, contradictions cannot exist.”
  22. #22
    “She thought, I’ve learned to bear anything except happiness. I must learn how to carry it.”
  23. #23
    “And isn’t that the root of every despicable action? Not selfishness, but precisely the absence of self.”
  24. #24
    “The senseless is the major factor in our lives.”
    author
    Ayn Rand
    book
    The Fountainhead
    character
    Toohey
    concept
    Knowledge
  25. #25
    “I can’t live a life torn between that which exists—and you.”
  26. #26
    “And what, incidentally, do you think integrity is? The ability not to pick a watch out of your neighbor’s pocket?”
    author
    Ayn Rand
    book
    The Fountainhead
    character
    Roark
    concept
    Integrity
  27. #27
    “It was the joy of admiration and of one’s own ability, growing together.”
  28. #28
    “It’s the hardest thing in the world—to do what we want. And it takes the greatest kind of courage.”
  29. #29
    “Catherine had said it, he was selfish; everybody was selfish; it was not a pretty thing, to be selfish, but he was not alone in it.”
  30. #30
    “Can’t you ever do things without reason, just like everybody else?”
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