ayn rand Quotes

To irrational principles, one cannot be loyal. Ideas that are not derived from reality cannot be consistently practiced in reality.--as quoted by Leonard Peikoff in "Objectivism: The Philosophy of Ayn Rand

- Ayn Rand

It [ballet] projects a fragile kind of strength and a certain inflexible precision.

- Ayn Rand

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, The Journals of Ayn Rand

But I still wonder how it was possible, in those graceless years of transition, long ago, that men did not see whither they were going, and went on, in blindness and cowardice, to their fate. I wonder, for it is hard for me to conceive how men who knew the word "I," could give it up and not know what they lost. But such has been the story, for I have lived in the City of the damned, and I know what horror men permitted to be brought upon them.

- Ayn Rand, Anthem

Charity must be voluntary.

- Ayn Rand

She [Ayn Rand] had to declare that....altruism was despicable, that only self-interest is good and noble. (About Ayn Rand)

- William F. Buckley Jr.

Politically, the goal of today’s dominant trendis statism. Philosophically, the goal is theobliteration of reason;psychologically, it is theerosion of ambition.

- Ayn Rand, Letters of Ayn Rand

Let us throw away our candles and our torches. Let us flood the cities with light. Let us bring a new light to men! -Equality 7-2521

- Ayn Rand

I have yet to see a genius or a hero who, if stuck with a burning match, would feel less pain than his undistinguished average brother.

- Ayn Rand

My greatest personal mistake is ever to allow a word or moment that “doesn’t count,” i.e., that I do not refer to my own basic principles. Every word, every action, every moment counts. (This is the pattern on which everybody makes mistakes [or] becomes irrational — not relating their one action or one conviction to another.

- Ayn Rand, The Journals of Ayn Rand

You focus on telling stories,
we do everything else.