Tuesday, 5 July 2016

Ayn Rand - Fountain Head - Quotes

Freedom is to ask nothing. To expect nothing. To depend on nothing.

To sell your soul is the easiest thing in the world.  That's what everybody does every hour of his life. 
To keep your soul -  that's much harder.

It's simple to seek substitutes for competence.But there is no substitute for competence.

Integrity is the ability to stand by an idea. That presupposes the ability to think. Thinking is something one doesn’t borrow or pawn.

Patience is always rewarded and romance is always round the corner!

Self respect is something that can't be killed. The worst thing is to kill a man's pretense at it.

One loses everything when one loses one's sense of humor.

Never ask people about your work.

Don't think, believe. Trust your heart, not your brain. Don't think, feel.

Civilization is the process of setting man free from men.

Worry is a waste of emotional reserve.

I do not recognize anyone's right to one minute of my life. 

Every loneliness is a pinnacle.

There is no substitute for personal dignityThere is no standard of personal dignity except independence.

A quest for self respect is proof of its lack.

Don't worry. They're all against me. But I have one advantage: they don't know what they want. I do.

One must never allow oneself to acquire an exaggerated sense of one's own importance. There's no necessity to burden oneself with absolutes.

What can be done with one substance must never be done with another.

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

The causes of illusions are not pretty to discover. They're either vicious or tragic.

The hardest thing to explain is the glaringly evident which everybody has decided not to see.

Board of directors is one or two ambitious men--and a lot of ballast. I mean that groups of men are vacuums. Great big empty nothings. 

It's so much easier to pass judgment on a man than an idea.

The shortest distance between two points is not a straight line--it's a middleman. And the more middlemen, the shorter.

Every form of happiness is private. Our greatest moments are personal, self-motivated, not to be touched. The things which are sacred or precious to us are the things we withdraw from promiscuous sharing.

He demanded of all people the one thing he had never granted anybody: obedience.

Unselfishness is the only moral principle, the noblest principle and a sacred duty and much more important than freedom. Unselfishness is the only way to happiness. 

No gift is worth a damn, unless its the most precious thing you've got.

Reason can be fought with reason. How are you going to fight the unreasonable?

When facing society, the man most concerned, the man who is to do the most and contribute the most, has the least say. 

It’s so much easier to pass judgment on a man than on an idea. 

What shall it profit a man, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul?
Then, in order to be truly wealthy, a man should collect souls?

A thing is not high if one can reach it;
it is not
great if one can reason about it;
it is not
deep if one can see its bottom.

The man whose sole aim is to make money. Now I don’t see anything evil in a desire to make money. But money is only a means to some end. If a man wants it for a personal purpose—to invest in his industry, to create, to study, to travel, to enjoy luxury—he’s completely moral. 
But the men who place money first go much beyond that. Personal luxury is a limited endeavor. What they want is ostentation: to show, to stun, to entertain, to impress others. They’re second-handers

To stop consciousness is to stop life.

But a desire to choose the hardest might be a confession of weakness in itself.

The man who speaks to you of sacrifice, speaks of slaves and masters. And intends to be the master.

Anything may be betrayed, anyone may be forgiven. But not those who lack courage of their own greatness.

Happiness is self-contained and self-sufficient. Happy men have no time and no use for you. Happy men are free men.Great men can’t be ruled... The great is the rare, the difficult, the exceptional.

The egotist is not the man who sacrifices others. He doesn't use others in any manner. He is not concerned with them in any matter. He does not exist for any other man—and he asks no other man to exist for him.

A small house is the true luxury. 


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