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Ayn Rand, Russian Writer ( February 2, 1905 - March 6, 1982 )

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

Motivational Man Creative

Achievement of your happiness is the only moral purpose of your life, and that happiness, not pain or mindless self-indulgence, is the proof of your moral integrity, since it is the proof and the result of your loyalty to the achievement of your values.~Ayn Rand

Life Happiness Integrity

Individual rights are not subject to a public vote; a majority has no right to vote away the rights of a minority; the political function of rights is precisely to protect minorities from oppression by majorities (and the smallest minority on earth is the individual).~Ayn Rand

Political Earth Oppression

To say 'I love you' one must first be able to say the 'I.'~Ayn Rand

Love I Love You You

We are fast approaching the stage of the ultimate inversion: the stage where the government is free to do anything it pleases, while the citizens may act only by permission; which is the stage of the darkest periods of human history, the stage of rule by brute force.~Ayn Rand

History May Government

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

Success Best Opportunity

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

Evil Two Side

Every man builds his world in his own image. He has the power to choose, but no power to escape the necessity of choice.~Ayn Rand

Power Man World

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

Men Vision Nothing

The question isn't who is going to let me; it's who is going to stop me.~Ayn Rand

Me Question Stop

Civilization is the progress toward a society of privacy. The savage's whole existence is public, ruled by the laws of his tribe. Civilization is the process of setting man free from men.~Ayn Rand

Freedom Progress Man

Individual rights are the means of subordinating society to moral law.~Ayn Rand

Law Society Moral

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

Wisdom Truth Men

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

Life Love Man

To achieve, you need thought. You have to know what you are doing and that's real power.~Ayn Rand

Power Doing You

The man who lets a leader prescribe his course is a wreck being towed to the scrap heap.~Ayn Rand

Leader Man Wreck

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

Earth Rights Individual

The hardest thing to explain is the glaringly evident which everybody had decided not to see.~Ayn Rand

See Explain Hardest

The only power any government has is the power to crack down on criminals. Well, when there aren't enough criminals, one makes them. One declares so many things to be a crime that it becomes impossible for men to live without breaking laws.~Ayn Rand

Power Men Government

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

Waiting Greatness Earth

Happiness is that state of consciousness which proceeds from the achievement of one's values.~Ayn Rand

Happiness Achievement

When man learns to understand and control his own behavior as well as he is learning to understand and control the behavior of crop plants and domestic animals, he may be justified in believing that he has become civilized.~Ayn Rand

Learning May Man

When I die, I hope to go to Heaven, whatever the Hell that is.~Ayn Rand

Death Hope Die

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

Faith Power God

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

Purpose Yourself Die

Wealth is the product of man's capacity to think.~Ayn Rand

Man Wealth Think