Ayn Rand was a Russia born American author, philosopher, playwright and intellectual. She was educated in Petrograd State University in Russia and studied history, but her passion was in literature which she pursued with great zeal. Rand arrived in the Unites States in 1925 but initially she worked as an extra in Hollywood in order to support herself while she worked on her writing and in 1934 she had her first big break with the screenplay of the film ‘Red Pawn’. However, her most important contribution to the world of literature has to be the philosophy of objectivism that placed the human being and human will above anything else. Her most famous novel ‘The Fountainhead’, published in 1943, tackled the subject at length and is regarded as one of the most influen-tial novels ever written in the English language. She followed it up with her second masterpiece ‘Atlas Shrugged’ in 1957 that explored the ideals of objectivity with even more depth. Rand is without doubt one of the most revered thinkers and philosophers of the 20th century and here are some of the finest quotes from her life and work.
The hardest thing to explain is the glaringly evident which everybody has decided not to see.
The man who does not value himself, cannot value anything or anyone.
Have you felt it too? Have you seen how your best friends love everything about you- except the things that count? And your most important is nothing to them; nothing, not even a sound they can recognize.