effort

A Quote by Ayn Rand on discovery, effort, freedom, joy, laughter, motives, music, pain, past, purpose, songs, thought, and ugliness

The music of [his] Fifth Concerto streamed from his keyboard, past the glass of the window, and spread through the air, over the lights of the valley. It was a symphony of triumph. The notes flowed up, they spoke of rising and they were the rising itself, they were the essence and the form of upward motion, they seemed to embody every human act and thought that had ascent as its motive. It was a sunburst of sound, breaking out of hiding and spreading open. It had the freedom of release and the tension of purpose. It swept space clean and left nothing buy the joy of an unobstructed effort. Only a faint echo within the sounds spoke of that from which the music had escaped, but spoke in laughing astonishment at the discovery that there was no ugliness or pain, and there never had had to be. It was the song of an immense deliverance.

Ayn Rand (1905 - 1982)

Source: (Atlas 1072)

Contributed by: Zaady

A Quote by Ayn Rand on assumptions, cheating, effort, errors, heroism, morality, responsibility, thinking, and truth

A rational process is a moral process. You may make an error at any step of it, with nothing to protect you but your own severity, or you may try to cheat, to fake the evidence and evade the effort of the quest - but if devotion to the truth is the hallmark of morality, then there is no greater, nobler, more heroic form of devotion than the act of a man who assumes the responsibility of thinking.

Ayn Rand (1905 - 1982)

Source: (Atlas 935)

Contributed by: Zaady

A Quote by Ayn Rand on belief, consequences, desires, effort, emotion, errors, evil, good, mind, problems, reality, reason, responsibility, sacrifice, and women

That woman and all those like her keep evading the thoughts which they know to be good. You keep pushing out of your mind the thoughts which you believe to be evil. They do it, because they want to avoid effort. You do it, because you won't permit yourself to consider anything that would spare you. They indulge their emotions at any cost. You sacrifice your emotions as the first cost of any problem. They are willing to bear nothing. You are willing to bear anything. They keep evading responsibility. You keep assuming it. But don't you see that the essential error is the same? Any refusal to recognize reality, for any reason whatever, has disastrous consequences. There are no evil thoughts except one: the refusal to think. Don't ignore your own desires. Don't sacrifice them. Examine their cause. There is a limit to how much you should have to bear.

Ayn Rand (1905 - 1982)

Source: (Atlas 389)

Contributed by: Zaady

A Quote by Ayn Rand on ability, ambition, effort, honesty, incompetence, intelligence, inventions, laziness, money, strength, weakness, and wealth

But you say that money is made by the strong at the expense of the weak? What strength do you mean? It is not the strength of guns or muscles. Wealth is the product of man's capacity to think. Then is money made by the man who invents a motor at the expense of those who did not invent it? Is money made by the intelligent at the expense of the fools? By the able at the expense of the incompetent? By the ambitious at the expense of the lazy? Money is made - before it can be looted or mooched - made by the effort of every honest man, each to the extent of his ability. An honest man is one who knows that he can't consume more than he has produced.

Ayn Rand (1905 - 1982)

Source: (Atlas 383)

Contributed by: Zaady

A Quote by Ayn Rand on clothes, effort, food, life, morality, needs, nobility, reality, thinking, and value

You who prattle that morality is social and that man would need no morality on a desert island - it is on a desert island that he would need it most. Let him try to claim, when there are no victims to pay for it, that a rock is a house, that sand is clothing, that food will drop into his mouth without cause or effort, that he will collect a harvest tomorrow by devouring his stock seed today - and reality will wipe him out, as he deserves; reality will show him that life is a value to be bought and that thinking is the only coin noble enough to buy it.

Ayn Rand (1905 - 1982)

Source: (Atlas 936)

Contributed by: Zaady

A Quote by Ayn Rand on creation, effort, evil, facts, force, gold, honor, love, men, money, nature, needs, power, principles, survival, tears, trade, value, wishes, and world

So you think that money is the root of all evil? Money is a tool of exchange, which can't exist unless there are goods produced and men able to produce them. Money is the material shape of the principle that men who wish to deal with one another must deal by trade and give value for value. Money is not the tool of the moochers, who claim your product by tears, or of the looters, who take it from you by force. Money is made possible only by the men who produce. Is this what you consider evil? . . . Not an ocean of tears nor all the guns in the world can transform those pieces of paper in your wallet into the bread you will need to survive tomorrow. Those pieces of paper, which should have been gold, are a token of honor. . . . Or did you say it's the love of money that's the root of all evil? To love a thing is to know and love it's nature. To love money is to know and love the fact that money is the creation of the best power within you, and your passkey to trade your effort for the effort of the best among men.

Ayn Rand (1905 - 1982)

Source: Francisco d’Anconia, in Atlas Shrugged, 1957

Contributed by: Zaady

A Quote by Ayn Rand on effort, money, and time

You're not sorry. You could've been here if you made the effort. But when did you ever make an effort for anybody but yourself? You're not interested in any of us or in anything we do. You think if you pay the bills, that's enough, don't you? Money! That's all you know. And all you give us is money. Have you even given us any time?

Ayn Rand (1905 - 1982)

Source: (Atlas Shrugged 40)

Contributed by: Zaady

A Quote by Ayn Rand on acceptance, achievement, conflict, desires, effort, goals, happiness, interest, justice, life, lust, men, pleasure, sacrifice, and support

Just as I support my life, neither by robbery nor alms, but by my own effort, so I do not seek to derive my happiness from the injury or the favour others of , but earn it by my own achievement. Just as I do not consider the pleasure of others as the goal of my life, so I do not consider my pleasure as the goal of the lives of others. Just as there are no contradictions in my values and no conflicts among my desires - so there are no victims and no conflicts of interest among rational men, men who do not desire the unearned and do not view one another with a cannibal's lust, men who neither make sacrifice nor accept them.

Ayn Rand (1905 - 1982)

Contributed by: Zaady

A Quote by Ayn Rand on creation, effort, evil, facts, good, hatred, love, lovers, men, money, nature, power, reason, soul, trade, and work

Or did you say it's the love of money that's the root of all evil? To love a thing is to know its nature. To love money is to known and love the fact that money is the creation of the best power within you, and your passkey to trade your effort for the effort of the best among men. It's the person who would sell his soul for a nickel, who is loudest in proclaiming his hatred of money - and he has good reason to hate it. The lovers of money are willing to work for it. They know they are able to deserve it.

Ayn Rand (1905 - 1982)

Source: (Atlas 384)

Contributed by: Zaady

A Quote by Ayn Rand on attitude, effort, and thought

Francisco could do anything he undertook, he could do it better than anyone else, and he did it without effort. There was no boasting in his manner and consciousness, no thought of comparison. His attitude was not: 'I can do it better than you,' but simply: 'I can do it.' What he meant by doing was doing superlatively.

Ayn Rand (1905 - 1982)

Source: (Atlas 92)

Contributed by: Zaady

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