Ayn Rand Quotes

Observe, in politics, that the term extremism has become a synonym of "evil," regardless of the content of the issue (the evil is not what you are extreme about, but that you are "extreme"—

Rand was wrong about the timing. Extremism per se as an evil is not a new political phenomenon. It was forcefully propounded by Aristotle in his Nichomachean Ethics and other works. Many other political philosophers have argued that moderation in politics is good and extremism is not.

Ayn Rand, 1905-1982, Writer & Philosopher, The Virtue of Selfishness, 1964

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Ayn Rand
Ayn Rand
  • Born: February 2, 1905
  • Died: March 6, 1982
  • Nationality: Russian
  • Profession: Writer

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.