Happy Birthday Ayn Rand!

Posted by khalling 5 years, 8 months ago to Philosophy
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Rand was born Feb. 2, 1905. Today would be her 111th birthday.

"Integrity is the recognition of the fact that you cannot fake your consciousness, just as honesty is the recognition of the fact that you cannot fake existence—that man is an indivisible entity, an integrated unit of two attributes: of matter and consciousness, and that he may permit no breach between body and mind, between action and thought, between his life and his convictions—that, like a judge impervious to public opinion, he may not sacrifice his convictions to the wishes of others, be it the whole of mankind shouting pleas or threats against him—that courage and confidence are practical necessities, that courage is the practical form of being true to existence, of being true to truth, and confidence is the practical form of being true to one’s own consciousness." Galt's Speech

Use this post to share quotesfrom any of her amazing body of work :) Happy Randsday!

Edited:[If you are unaware of the lexicon, here is a link: www.aynrandlexicon.com
Just type in any word in the search box and find great quotes from her work as well as Peikoff's work. Handy tool. ]

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  • Posted by $ ObjectiveAnalyst 5 years, 8 months ago
    “Money is the barometer of a society’s virtue. When you see that trading is done, not by consent, but by compulsion–when you see that in order to produce, you need to obtain permission from men who produce nothing–when you see that money is flowing to those who deal, not in goods, but in favors–when you see that men get richer by graft and by pull than by work, and your laws don’t protect you against them, but protect them against you–when you see corruption being rewarded and honesty becoming a self-sacrifice–you may know that your society is doomed. Money is so noble a medium that does not compete with guns and it does not make terms with brutality. It will not permit a country to survive as half-property, half-loot”
    ― Ayn Rand, Atlas Shrugged
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  • Posted by $ MikeMarotta 5 years, 8 months ago
    "Concepts and, therefore, language are primarily tools of cognition--not communication, as is commonly assumed."

    "All knowledge is processed knowledge."

    "Mathematics is a science of method (the science of relationships), a cognitive method that enables man to perform an unlimited series of integrations. Mathematics indicates the pattern of the cognitive role of concepts and the psycho-epistemological need they fulfill. Conceptualization is a method of expanding man's consciousness by reducing the number of its content's units--a systematic means to an unlimited integration of cognitive data."
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  • Posted by $ Abaco 5 years, 8 months ago
    "In times like these, when their fat little comforts are threatened, you can be sure that science is the first thing men will sacrifice" - Ayn Rand, Atlas Shrugged

    Given my unusual background and experiences, the first time I read that quote I had a lot of trouble getting to sleep that night. It absolutely was like a sledgehammer of clarity to the forehead...
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  • Posted by PURB 5 years, 8 months ago
    "If a man does not consume his goods at once, but saves them for the future, whether he wants to enlarge his production or to live on his savings (which he holds in the form of money)—in either case, he is counting on the fact that he will be able to exchange his money for the things he needs, when and as he needs them. This means that he is relying on a continuous process of production—which requires an uninterrupted flow of goods saved to fuel further and further production. This flow is “investment capital,” the stock seed of industry. When a rich man lends money to others, what he lends to them is the goods which he has not consumed.

    "This is the meaning of the concept 'investment'” ("Egalitarianism and Inflation").

    On that chilly night in 1974, after I heard Ayn Rand deliver these words at Boston's Ford Hall Forum, I later met her and she signed one of her articles for me. I've been investiging in her rare books and manuscripts ever since.

    Thank you, Ayn Rand!

    Pen Ultimate Rare Books
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