Quotes – Ayn Rand

Ayn Rand

Born Alisa Zinov’yevna Rosenbaum; (February 2, 1905 – March 6, 1982) was a Russian-American novelist, philosopher, playwright, and screenwriter. She is known for her two best-selling novels, The Fountainhead and Atlas Shrugged, and for developing a philosophical system she called Objectivism. Born and educated in Russia, Rand moved to the United States in 1926. She had a play produced on Broadway in 1935–1936. After two early novels that were initially unsuccessful in America, she achieved fame with her 1943 novel, The Fountainhead.

“The ladder of success is best climbed by stepping on the rungs of opportunity.”  Ayn Rand

“The truth is not for all men, but only for those who seek it.”  Ayn Rand

“Happiness is that state of consciousness which proceeds from the achievement of one’s values.”  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

“Throughout the centuries there were men who took first steps, down new roads, armed with nothing but their own vision.”  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

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

“The man who does not value himself, cannot value anything or anyone.” Ayn Rand

“You can avoid reality, but you cannot avoid the consequences of avoiding reality.” Ayn Rand


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