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Ayn Rand

Birthdate: 2. February 1905
Date of death: 6. March 1982
Other names: Ayn Randová, Ann Rand

Ayn Rand was a Russian-American writer and philosopher. She is known for her two best-selling novels, The Fountainhead and Atlas Shrugged, and for developing a philosophical system she named Objectivism. Educated in Russia, she moved to the United States in 1926. She had a play produced on Broadway in 1935 and 1936. After two early novels that were initially unsuccessful, she achieved fame with her 1943 novel, The Fountainhead. In 1957, Rand published her best-known work, the novel Atlas Shrugged. Afterward, she turned to non-fiction to promote her philosophy, publishing her own periodicals and releasing several collections of essays until her death in 1982.

Rand advocated reason as the only means of acquiring knowledge and rejected faith and religion. She supported rational and ethical egoism and rejected altruism. In politics, she condemned the initiation of force as immoral and opposed collectivism and statism as well as anarchism, instead supporting laissez-faire capitalism, which she defined as the system based on recognizing individual rights, including property rights. In art, Rand promoted romantic realism. She was sharply critical of most philosophers and philosophical traditions known to her, except for Aristotle, Thomas Aquinas and classical liberals.Literary critics received Rand's fiction with mixed reviews and academia generally ignored or rejected her philosophy, though academic interest has increased in recent decades. The Objectivist movement attempts to spread her ideas, both to the public and in academic settings. She has been a significant influence among libertarians and American conservatives. Wikipedia

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

—  Ayn Rand, book The Fountainhead

Variant: The hardest thing to explain is the glaringly evident which everybody has decided not to see
Source: The Fountainhead

„I worship individuals for their highest possibilities as individuals and I loathe humanity for its failure to live up to these possibilities.“

—  Ayn Rand, book Anthem

Variant: Know what you want in life and go after it. I worship individuals for their highest possibilities as individuals, and I loathe humanity, for its failure to live up to these possibilities.
Source: Anthem

„The man who does not value himself, cannot value anything or anyone.“

—  Ayn Rand

Source: The Virtue of Selfishness: A New Concept of Egoism

„A quest for self-respect is proof of its lack“

—  Ayn Rand, book The Fountainhead

Source: The Fountainhead

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

—  Ayn Rand, book Atlas Shrugged

Source: Atlas Shrugged

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

—  Ayn Rand, book The Fountainhead

Source: The Fountainhead

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