Ayn Rand Quotes
- "My philosophy, in essence, is the concept of man as a heroic being, with his own
happiness as the moral purpose of his life, with productive achievement as his noblest
activity, and reason as his only absolute."
- When asked to present the essence of her philosophy while standing on one foot, Ayn Rand did so
She went on to say that in simple language, it would read:
- Metaphysics: Objective Reality
- Epistemology: Reason
- Ethics: Self-interest
- Politics: Capitalism
- "Nature, to be commanded, must be obeyed." or "Wishing won't make it so."
- "You can't eat your cake and have it, too."
- "Man is an end in himself."
- "Give me liberty, or give me death."
- "I am not primarily an advocate of capitalism, but of egoism; and I am not
primarily an advocate of egoism, but of reason. If one recognizes the supremacy
of reason and applies it consistently, all the rest follows."
- "This -- the supremacy of reason -- was, is, and will be the primary concern of my work,
and the essence of Objectivism."
All quotes reprinted from The Ayn Rand Lexicon subject
heading "Objectivism", pages 343-345 (softback).
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