Quotes by Ayn Rand

Ayn Rand

God... a being whose only definition is that he is beyond man's power to conceive.

Ayn Rand
The only proper functions of a government are: the police, to protect you from criminals; the army, to protect you from foreign invaders; and the courts, to protect your property and contracts from breach or fraud by others, and to settle disputes by rational rules, according to objective law.
Ayn Rand

I could die for you. But I couldn't, and wouldn't, live for you.

Ayn Rand
What you think is an illusion created by your glands, your emotions and, in the last analysis, by the content of your stomach. That gray matter you're so proud of is like a mirror in an amusement park which transmits to you nothing but distorted signals from reality forever beyond your grasp.
Ayn Rand

Government 'help' to business is just as disastrous as government persecution... the only way a government can be of service to national prosperity is by keeping its hands off.

Ayn Rand
I am not morally obligated to care more for a man than he cares for himself.
Ayn Rand

Morally, the promise of an impossible “right†to economic security is an infamous attempt to abrogate the concept of rights. It can and does mean only one thing: a promise to enslave the men who produce, for the benefit of those who don’t.

Ayn Rand
I am interested in politics so that one day I will not have to be interested in politics.
Ayn Rand

In this world, either you're virtuous or you enjoy yourself. Not both, lady, not both.

Ayn Rand
Get the hell out of my way!