Ayn Rand

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A Philosophy for Living on

“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. ” —Ayn Rand

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  • By the grace of reality and the nature of life, man — every man — is
    an end in himself, he exists for his own sake, and the achievement of his own happiness is his highest moral purpose.

    JOHN GALT, Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand

  • Every man is free to rise as far as he’s able or willing, but it’s only the degree
    to which he thinks that determines the degree to which he’ll rise.

    JOHN GALT, Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand

  • America’s founding ideal was the principle of individual rights . . . .
    everything she became, everything ‘noble and just,’ and heroic, and great, and
    unprecedented in human history — was the logical consequence of fidelity to that
    one principle.

    A PREVIEW, The Ayn Rand Letter by Ayn Rand

  • The motive and purpose of my writing is the projection of an ideal man .
    The portrayal of a moral ideal, as my ultimate literary goal, as an end in itself — to
    which any didactic, intellectual or philosophical values contained in a novel are only
    the means.

    THE GOAL OF MY WRITING, The Romantic Manifesto by Ayn Rand

About ARI is the official website of the Ayn Rand Institute (ARI), the source for information on the life, writings and work of novelist-philosopher Ayn Rand.

Headquartered in Irvine, California, with a second office in Alexandria, Virginia, ARI offers educational experiences based on Ayn Rand’s books and ideas for a variety of audiences, including students, educators, policymakers and lifelong learners. ARI also engages in research and advocacy efforts, applying Rand’s ideas to current issues and seeking to promote her philosophical principles of reason, rational self-interest and laissez-faire capitalism. In the spring of 2016, became a new resource for European events and programs.

ARI is composed of a dedicated Board of Directors and an energetic staff of more than 55 people. We invite you to explore how Ayn Rand viewed the world — and to consider the distinctive insights offered by ARI’s thought leaders today.