Quotes by Ayn Rand

"[Dean] “My dear fellow, who will let you?”

[Roark] “That’s not the point. The point is, who will stop me?"

"Do not let your fire go out, spark by irreplaceable spark in the hopeless swamps of the not-quite, the not-yet, and the not-at-all. Do not let the hero in your soul perish in lonely frustration for the life you deserved and have never been able to reach. The world you desire can be won. It exists.. it is real.. it is possible.. it's yours."

"If you don't know, the thing to do is not to get scared, but to learn."

"Learn to value yourself, which means: fight for your happiness."

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

Books by Ayn Rand

  • Atlas Shrugged
  • 362,435 ratings
  • August 1st 1999 by Plume

    (first published 1957)

  • The Fountainhead
  • 303,044 ratings
  • September 1st 1996 by Signet Book

    (first published April 15th 1943)

  • Anthem
  • 135,726 ratings
  • December 1st 1999 by NAL

    (first published May 1938)

  • Tortilla Flat
  • 45,730 ratings
  • May 21st 1976 by Signet Book

    (first published 1935)

  • We the Living
  • 26,596 ratings
  • January 1st 1996 by Signet

    (first published 1936)

  • Ninety-Three
  • 4,447 ratings
  • May 15th 2002 by Paper Tiger (NJ)

    (first published February 19th 1874)

Ayn Rand
  • Ayn Rand

  • Date of birth: February 02, 1905
  • Died: March 06, 1982
  • Born: in St. Petersburg, Russian Federation.

  • Description: Alisa Rosenbaum was born in pre-revolutionary St. Petersburg to a prosperous Jewish family. When the Bolsheviks requisitioned the pharmacy owned by her father, Fronz, the Rosenbaums fled to the Crimea. Alisa returned to the city (renamed Leningrad) to attend the university, but in 1926 relatives who had already settled in America offered her the chance of joining them there. With money from the sale of her mother's jewelry, Alisa bought a ticket to New York. On arrival at Ellis Island, she changed into Ayn (after a name of some Finnish author, probably "Aino") Rand (which she said was an abbreviation of her Russian surname). She moved swiftly to Hollywood, where she learned English, worked in the RKO wardrobe department and as an extra, and wrote through the night on screenplays and novels. She also married a bit-part actor called Frank O'Connor because he was 'beautiful' - and because her original visitor's visa had run out.
    Rand sold her first screenplay in 1932, but nobody would buy her first novel We the Living (1936) a melodrama set in Russia. Her first real success was The Fountainhead (rejected by more than ten publishers before publication in 1943).
    She started a new philosophy known as Objectivism, opposed to state interference of all kinds, and her follow-up novel Atlas Shrugged (1957) describes a group who attempt to escape America's conspiracy of mediocrity. Objectivism has been an influence on various other movements such as Libertarianism, and Rand's vocal support for Laissez-faire Capitalism and the free market has earned her a distinct spot among American philosophers, and philosophers in general.