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Money is only a tool. It will take you wherever you wish, but it will not replace you as the driver.

Ayn Rand (1905-1982) Russian-American writer, philosopher
Atlas Shrugged (1957)
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Every man builds his world in his own image. He has the power to choose, but no power to escape the necessity of choice.

Ayn Rand (1905-1982) Russian-American writer, philosopher
Atlas Shrugged (1957)
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The rotter who simpers that he sees no difference between the power of the dollar and the power of the whip, ought to learn the difference on his own hide — as, I think, he will. Until and unless you discover that money is the root of all good, you ask for your own destruction. When money ceases to be the tool by which men deal with one another, then men become the tools of men. Blood, whips, and guns — or dollars. Take your choice — there is no other — and your time is running out.

Ayn Rand (1905-1982) Russian-American writer, philosopher
Atlas Shrugged (1957)
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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?

Ayn Rand (1905-1982) Russian-American writer, philosopher
Atlas Shrugged (Francisco d’Anconia) (1957)
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The question isn’t “who is going to let me”; it’s “who is going to stop me?”

Ayn Rand (1905-1982) Russian-American writer, philosopher
The Fountainhead [Roark] (1943)
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There is a level of cowardice lower than that of the conformist: the fashionable non-conformist.

Ayn Rand (1905-1982) Russian-American writer, philosopher
The New Left: The Anti-Industrial Revolution (1971)
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There is a level of cowardice lower than that of the conformist: the fashionable non-conformist.

Ayn Rand (1905-1982) Russian-American writer, philosopher
The New Left: The Anti-Industrial Revolution (1993)
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The Argument from Intimidation is a confession of intellectual impotence.

Ayn Rand (1905-1982) Russian-American writer, philosopher
The Virtue of Selfishness (1964)
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