Top 20 Quotes by Ayn Rand

Ayn Rand

One can study what exists and how consciousness functions; but one cannot analyze (or “proveâ€) existence as such, or consciousness as such. These are irreducible primaries. (An attempt to “prove†them is self-contradict ory: it is an attempt to “prove†existence by means of nonexistence, and consciousness by means of unconsciousness .)

Ayn Rand
My morality, the morality of reason, is contained in a single axiom: existence exists - and in a single choice: to live.
Ayn Rand

Contrary to the vulgar belief that men are motivated primarily by materialistic considerations, we now see the capitalist system being discredited and destroyed all over the world, even though this system has given men the greatest material comforts.

Ayn Rand
Virtue is not an end in itself. Virtue is not its own reward or sacrificial fodder for the reward of evil. Life is the reward of virtue-and happiness is the goal and the reward of life.
Ayn Rand

Just as man's physical existence was liberated when he grasped that 'nature, to be commanded, must be obeyed', so his consciousness will be liberated when grasps that nature, to be apprehended, must be obeyed - that the rules of cognition must be derived from the nature of existence and the nature, the identity, of his cognitive faculty.

Ayn Rand
There is a level of cowardice lower than that of the conformist: the fashionable non-conformist.
Ayn Rand

It was the greatest sensation of existence: not to trust but to know.

Ayn Rand
I have no faith at all. I only hold convictions.
Ayn Rand

Did you get your money by fraud? By pandering to men's vices or men's stupidity? By catering to fools, in the hope of getting more than your ability deserves? By lowering your standards? By doing work you despise for purchasers you scorn? If so, then your money will not give you a moment's or a penny's worth of joy. Then all the things you buy will become, not a tribute to you, but a reproach; not an achievement, but a reminder of shame.

Ayn Rand
Self-esteem is reliance on one's power to think... The man of authentic self-confidence is the man who relies on the judgment of his own mind.