Authors - Ayn Rand

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Ayn Rand (February 2 [O.S. January 20] 1905 - March 6, 1982) was a Russian-American novelist, philosopher, playwright, and screenwriter. She is known for her two best-selling novels, The Fountainhead and Atlas Shrugged, and for developing a philosophical system she called Objectivism. - Wikipedia

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Quote 2195by Anonymous on 24/01/2011

The ladder of success is best climbed by stepping on the rungs of opportunity.
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    Quote 2246by Anonymous on 25/01/2011

    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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      Quote 3157by Anonymous on 05/02/2011

      If devotion to truth is the hallmark of morality, then there is no greater, nobler, more heroic form of devotion than the act of a man who assumes the responsibility of thinking...the alleged short-cut to knowledge, which is faith, is only a short-circuit destroying the mind.
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        Quote 3169by Anonymous on 05/02/2011

        What do you know and how do you know it?
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          Quote 3250by Anonymous on 05/02/2011

          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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            Quote 3997by Anonymous on 12/02/2011

            The most depraved type of being is that without purpose.
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              Quote 5830by Anonymous on 30/08/2011

              Until and unless you discover that money is the root of all good, you ask for your own destruction. When money ceases to become the means by which men deal with one another, then men become the tools of other men. Blood, whips and guns--or dollars. Take your choice--there is no other.
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                Quote 6708by Anonymous on 04/10/2011

                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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                  Quote 7404by Anonymous on 10/11/2011

                  Pride is the recognition of the fact that you are your own highest value and, like all of man's values, it has to be earned.
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                    Quote 7967by Anonymous on 11/03/2012

                    Act as if what you do makes a difference. It does.
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                      Quote 8032by Anonymous on 28/03/2012

                      I don't build in order to have clients. I have clients in order to build.
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                        Quote 9437by Anonymous on 31/07/2012

                        Money is the barometer of a society's virtue.
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                          Quote 9654by Anonymous on 12/08/2012

                          God... a being whose only definition is that he is beyond man's power to conceive.
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                            Quote 10018by Anonymous on 08/09/2012

                            Excessive fear is always powerless.
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                              Quote 10065by Anonymous on 10/09/2012

                              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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                                Quote 10581by Anonymous on 11/10/2012

                                Government alone cannot solve the problems we deal with in our correctional facilities, treatment centers, homeless shelters and crisis centers - we need our faith-based and community partners.
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                                  Quote 10611by Anonymous on 13/10/2012

                                  A city building, you experience when you walk; a suburban building, you experience when you drive.
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                                    Quote 11020by Anonymous on 16/11/2012

                                    To achieve, you need thought. You have to know what you are doing and that's real power.
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                                      Quote 11361by Anonymous on 15/12/2012

                                      Happiness is that state of consciousness which proceeds from the achievement of one's values.
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                                        Quote 12662by Anonymous on 07/05/2013

                                        To say "I love you" one must first be able to say the "I."
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                                          Quote 13984by Anonymous on 01/10/2013

                                          Pain nourishes courage. You can't be brave if you've only had wonderful things happen to you.
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