Ayn Rand Quotes

“[The teachings of Satanism are] just Ayn Rand’s philosophy with ceremony and ritual added.”
-Antony LeVay, infamous founder of “The Church of Satan” and author of The Satanic Bible (1976)

“The [Satanic Bible‘s] “Nine Satanic Statements“, one of the Church of Satan’s central doctrines, is a paraphrase, again unacknowledged, of passages from Ayn Rand’s Atlas Shrugged.”

“When [Ayn Rand’s friend] finally refused to continue their relationship, Rand furiously expelled him from her ‘movement’ and then scuttled the ‘movement’ itself. That was, curiously, all for the better, since under her control the Objectivist movement was taking on more and more of the authoritarian or totalitarian overtones of the very ideologies it was supposedly opposing. In another incident, related by the columnist Samuel Francis, when Rand learned that the economist Murray Rothbard’s wife, Joey, was a devout Christian, she all but ordered that if Joey did not see the light and become an atheist in six months, Rothbard, who was an agnostic, must divorce her. Rothbard never had any intention of doing anything of the sort, and this estranged him from Rand, who found such “irrational” behavior intolerable.”
Kelley Ross, right-wing “Libertarian” academic

“A heavy smoker who refused to believe that smoking causes cancer brings to mind those today who are equally certain there is no such thing as global warming. Unfortunately, Miss Rand was a fatal victim of lung cancer…. “Doctors cost a lot more money than books earn and she could be totally wiped out” without the aid of these two government programs. Ayn took the bail out even though Ayn “despised government interference and felt that people should and could live independently”… She didn’t feel that an individual should take help. But alas she did and said it was wrong for everyone else to do so. Apart from the strong implication that those who take the help are morally weak, it is also a philosophic point that such help dulls the will to work, to save and government assistance is said to dull the entrepreneurial spirit. In the end, Miss Rand was a hypocrite but she could never be faulted for failing to act in her own self-interest.”
Michael Ford, Founding director, Xavier University’s Center for the Study of the American Dream

“GOP leaders and conservative pundits have brought upon themselves a crisis of values. Many who for years have been the loudest voices invoking the language of faith and moral values are now praising the atheist philosopher Ayn Rand whose teachings stand in direct contradiction to the Bible. Rand advocates a law of selfishness over love and commands her followers to think only of themselves, not others. She said her followers had to choose between Jesus and her teachings.”
American Values Network

“He said he had never understood his family until reading [about Ayn Rand]. It made him realize that they had mixed Rand’s strongly anti-government, unquestioningly pro-business, and individualistic worldview with biblical Christianity. Theologians call this “syncretism”—which George Barna calls America’s favorite religion.”
Christianity Today, “Ayn Rand: Goddess of the Great Recession: Why Christians should be wary of the late pop philosopher and her disciples”

“When you vote for politicians who take from your back pocket to give to others, you think it’s compassionate, you think it’s caring? It’s not. It’s depriving the recipient of his own quest for self-interest. The brilliant writer and novelist, Ayn Rand, has written about this.”
–Rush Limbaugh, 2009

“Thanks very much for pamphlet. Am an admirer of Ayn Rand but hadn’t seen this study. ”
–Ronald Reagan

And yet….

“The Presidential election of 1976. I urge you, as emphatically as I can, not to support the candidacy of Ronald Reagan. I urge you not to work for or advocate his nomination, and not to vote for him. My reasons are as follows: Mr. Reagan is not a champion of capitalism, but a conservative in the worst sense of that word—i.e., an advocate of a mixed economy with government controls slanted in favor of business rather than labor (which, philosophically, is as untenable a position as one could choose—see Fred Kinnan in Atlas Shrugged, pp. 541-2). This description applies in various degrees to most Republican politicians, but most of them preserve some respect for the rights of the individual. Mr. Reagan does not: he opposes the right to abortion.”
–Ayn Rand, 1978

“The threat to the future of capitalism is the fact that Reagan might fail so badly that he will become another ghost, like Herbert Hoover, to be invoked as an example of capitalism’s failure for another fifty years.”
–Ayn Rand, 1981

And yet……

“Ronald Reagan would have a very difficult, if not impossible time being nominated in this atmosphere of the Republican party.”
–Mike Huckabee

So in conclusion, if we rank ideologies according to selfishness and greed:

Ayn Rand = Satanism < Reagan < Today's Republicans

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I live in New Orleans. I have a Bachelors in Computer Science and a Masters in English Literature. My interests include ancient history, religion, mythology, philosophy, and fantasy/sci-fi. My Twitter handle is @Bahumuth.

One thought on “Ayn Rand Quotes

  1. whilst i do not contradict those more learned than i, i would add that i have only read her texts and books as i would any philosopher of note which she is in any respect, i would say i do clearly remember reading her talk of the universe as being benevolent. and there is a lot to be said about self belief as a tool of empowerment and selfishness is a recognisable attribute. they were revolutionary for the time, a shame she thought great ideas can force change of themselves without understanding it is people whom accept ideas .. or not . and ideas have no value without people.

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