Who is unfamiliar with Ayn Rand? An author par excellence, Rand is known for Atlas Shrugged, The Fountainhead, and Anthem, three novels that can change your perception of life, human mind, emotions, and individualism. Apart from being a novelist, she was also a philosopher, screenwriter, and playwright whose body of work is influential and pragmatic. Founder of Objectivism, a system of philosophy, Rand believed and advocated that reason happens to be the only way to gain knowledge.
If you haven’t really read her yet, then here are 30 Ayn Rand quotes from The Fountainhead, Atlas Shrugged, and Anthem.
#1. Freedom (n.): To ask nothing. To expect nothing. To depend on nothing.
#2. To say “I love you” one must know first how to say the “I”.
#3. Integrity is the ability to stand by an idea.
#5. One loses everything when one loses one’s sense of humor.
#6. Never ask people about your work.
#7. I don’t wish to be the symbol of anything. I’m only myself.
#8. Every form of happiness is private. Our greatest moments are personal, self-motivated, not to be touched.
#1. If you don’t know, the thing to do is not to get scared, but to learn.
#2. I think, therefore I’ll think.
#4. There is no such thing as a lousy job – only lousy men who don’t care to do it.
#5. If one’s actions are honest, one does not need the predated confidence of others.
#6. What is man? He’s just a collection of chemicals with delusions of grandeur.
#7. It is not death that we wish to avoid, but life that we wish to live.
#8. But you see, the measure of hell you’re able to endure is the measure of your love.
#10. It was the greatest sensation of existence: not to trust but to know.
#1. My happiness is not the means to any end. It is the end. It is its own goal. It is its own purpose.
#2. I am. I think. I will.
#4. Today we have discovered the word that could not be said. “I”
#5. And man will go on. Man, not men.
#6. The trees had protected it from time and weather, and from men who have less pity than time and weather.
#7. The secrets of this earth are not for all men to see, but only for those who will seek them.
#9. This miracle of me is mine to own and keep, and mine to guard, and mine to use, and mine to kneel before!
#10. I understood that centuries of chains and lashes will not kill the spirit of man nor the sense of truth within him.
Go, pick up a book now and find a lost charm.