Ayn Rand

52 Motivating Ayn Rand quotes

  • If it’s worth doing, it’s worth overdoing. – Ayn Rand


  • Anyone who fights for the future, lives in it today. – Ayn Rand


  • Live a life as a monument to your soul. – Ayn Rand


  • Worry is a waste of emotional reserve. – Ayn Rand


  • You can avoid reality, but you cannot avoid the consequences of avoiding reality. – Ayn Rand


  • A creative man is motivated by the desire to achieve, not by the desire to beat others. – Ayn Rand


  • Men learn from one another. But all learning is only the exchange of material. No man can give another the capacity to think. Yet that capacity is our only means of survival. – Ayn Rand


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


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


  • The hardest thing to explain is the glaringly evident which everybody has decided not to see. – Ayn Rand


  • Only the man who does not need it, is fit to inherit wealth, the man who would make his fortune no matter where he started. – Ayn Rand


  • Rationalization is a process of not perceiving reality, but of attempting to make reality fit one’s emotions. – Ayn Rand


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


  • Honor is self esteem made visible in action. – Ayn Rand


  • Pride is the recognition of the fact that you are your own highest value and, like all of man’s values, it has to be earned. – Ayn Rand


  • When I die, I hope to go to heaven, whatever the hell that is. – Ayn Rand


  • 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. – Ayn Rand


  • Anything may be betrayed, anyone may be forgiven. But not those who lack the courage of their own greatness. – Ayn Rand


  • In the temple of his spirit, each man is alone. – Ayn Rand


  • Show me your achievement and the knowledge will give me courage for mine. – Ayn Rand


  • The most depraved type of human being is the man without a purpose. – Ayn Rand


  • 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


  • Happiness is that state of consciousness which proceeds from the achievement of one’s values. – Ayn Rand


  • The moral precept to adopt is- Judge, and be prepared to be judged. – Ayn Rand


  • Joy is the goal of existence, and joy is not to be stumbled upon, but to be achieved, and the act of treason is to let its vision drown in the swamp of the moment’s torture. – Ayn Rand


  • You can fake virtue for an audience. You can’t fake it in your own eyes. – Ayn Rand,


  • Money is the barometer of a society’s virtue. – Ayn Rand


  • Ask yourself whether the dream of heaven and greatness should be waiting for us in our graves or whether it should be ours here and now and on this earth. – Ayn Rand


  • From the wheel to the skyscraper, everything we are and everything we have comes from a single attribute of man the function of his reasoning mind. – Ayn Rand


  • If you don’t know, the thing to do is not to get scared, but to learn. – Ayn Rand


  • Money is only a tool. It will take you wherever you wish, but it will not replace you as the driver. – Ayn Rand


  • Wealth is the product of man’s capacity to think. – Ayn Rand


  • What greater wealth is there than to own your life and to spend it on growing? Every living thing must grow. It can’t stand still. It must grow or perish. – Ayn Rand


  • There are two sides to every issue: One side is right and the other is wrong, but the middle is always evil. – Ayn Rand


  • I could die for you. But I couldn’t, and wouldn’t, live for you. – Ayn Rand


  • The man who lies to the world, is the world’s slave from then on. – Ayn Rand


  • There is nothing to take a man’s freedom away from him, save other men. To be free, a man must be free of his brothers. – Ayn Rand


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


Learn to value yourself, which means, fight for your happiness. – Ayn Rand


  • Reason is not automatic. Those who deny it cannot be conquered by it. Do not count on them. Leave them alone. – Ayn Rand


  • The truth is not for all men but only for those who seek it. – Ayn Rand


  • A genius is a genius, regardless of the number of morons who belong to the same race  and a moron is a moron, regardless of the number of geniuses who share his racial origin. – Ayn Rand


  • The worst evil that you can do, psychologically, is to laugh at yourself. That means spitting in your own face. – Ayn Rand


  • The mind is the attribute of man. When man is born, he comes into existence with only one weapon with him: The reasoning mind. – Ayn Rand


  • We can evade reality, but we cannot evade the consequences of evading reality. – Ayn Rand


  • 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


  • The question isn’t who is going to let me; it’s who is going to stop me. – Ayn Rand


  • People create their own questions because they are afraid to look straight. All you have to do is look straight and see the road, and when you see it, don’t sit looking at it walk – Ayn Rand


  • Man’s unique reward, however, is that while animals survive by adjusting themselves to their background, man survives by adjusting his background to himself. – Ayn Rand


  • There is a level of cowardice lower than that of the conformist The fashionable non conformist. – Ayn Rand


  • Competition is a by product of productive work, not its goal. – Ayn Rand


  • I worship individuals for their highest possibilities as individuals and I loathe humanity for its failure to live up to these possibilities. – Ayn Rand


  • A gun is not an argument. – Ayn Rand





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