Top 10 Quotes by Ayn Rand

Ayn Rand

To interpose the threat of physical destruction between a man and his perception of reality, is to negate and paralyze his means of survival to force him to act against his own judgment, is like forcing him to act against his own sight

Ayn Rand
But the mind is an attribute of the individual. There is no such thing as a collective brain. There is no such thing as a collective thought. An agreement reached by a group of men is only a compromise or an average drawn upon many individual thoughts.
Ayn Rand

Man cannot survive except through his mind. He comes on earth unarmed. His brain is his only weapon. Animals obtain food by force. man had no claws, no fangs, no horns, no great strength of muscle. He must plant his food or hunt it. To plant, he needs a process of thought. To hunt, he needs weapons,and to make weapons - a process of thought. From this simplest necessity to the highest religious abstraction, from the wheel to the skyscraper, everything we are and we have comes from a single attribute of man -the function of his reasoning mind.

Ayn Rand
Evil requires the sanction of the victim. Ayn
Ayn Rand

Show me your achievement, and the knowledge will give me courage for mine.

Ayn Rand
The skyline of New York is a monument of a splendour that no pyramids or palaces will ever equal or approach.
Ayn Rand

A good quotation must be a complete entity. It must be like a headline - sharp, clear, whole.

Ayn Rand
What I want you to understand, is the full evil of those who claim to have become convinced that this earth, by its nature, is a realm of malevolence where the good has no chance to win. Let them check their premises. Let them check their standards of value. Let them check - before they grant themselves the unspeakable license of evil-as-necessity - whether they know what is the good and what are the conditions it requires.
Ayn Rand

Economics departments are dominated by Marxism, which is taken straight or on the rocks, in the form of Keynesianism.

Ayn Rand
But Aristotle's philosophy was the intellect's Declaration of Independence.