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Alisa Zinov'yevna Rosenbaum "Ayn Rand" (1905–1982) was a Russian-born American writer, screenwriter, playwright and philosopher.

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The question isn’t who is going to let me; it’s who is going to stop me.


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Money is only a tool. It will take you wherever you wish, but it will not replace you as the driver.


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So you think that money is the root of all evil. Have you ever asked what is the root of all money?


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


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


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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.


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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).


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


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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.


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Contradictions do not exist. Whenever you think you are facing a contradiction, check your premises. You will find that one of them is wrong.


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


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


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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.

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