Ayn Rand

Russian-born American author and philosopher
2 February 1905 — 6 March 1982

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Never think of pain or danger or enemies a moment longer than is necessary to fight them.

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

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

People think that a liar gains a victory over his victim. What I`ve learned is that a lie is an act of self-abdication, because one surrenders one`s reality to the person to whom one lies, making that person one`s master, condemning oneself from then on to faking the sort of reality that person`s view requires to be faked. [...] The man who lies to the world, is the world`s slave from then on.

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I started my life with a single absolute: that the world was mine to shape in the image of my highest values and never to be given up to a lesser standard, no matter how long or hard the struggle.

We are all brothers under the skin. And I for one would be willing to skin humanity to prove it.

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

Reason is not automatic. Those who deny it cannot be conquered by it.

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