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Ayn Rand

Ayn Rand (/n/; born Alisa Zinovyevna Rosenbaum;  – March 6, 1982) was a Russian-American novelist, philosopher, playwright and screenwriter. 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.

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The Fountainhead vs. Atlas Shrugged

Purely from a literary standpoint, I found The Fountainhead a superior, shorter book that still got across Rand's central message. In fact, I'd argue that her philosophy of Objectivism and promotion of "selfishness" is best depicted through the architectural goals of Howard Roark. The way the Peter Keating acts as a foil to Roark and the evilness of Ellsworth Toohey are depicted brilliantly. Atlas Shrugged rehashes points so much that they lose their value. I don't believe a 1000 page book or John Galt's 3 hour long speech were necessary. Rand already included Francisco d'Anconia's money speech, which was far more memorable and concise. There's no need to repeatedly scream your philosophy at us, Ms. Rand.

Contributed by Lucy Zhang

Anthem or Ego?

Ayn Rand was originally going to title her novella "Ego" instead of "Anthem". she intended to use the term in its most purest form, which is a sense of self and singularity. However, *spoilers?* it is at least the very last word at the end of the book.

Contributed by Mariely Mejorado

"Every movement that seeks to enslave a country, every dictatorship or potential dictatorship, needs some minority group as a scapegoat which it can blame for the nation's troubles and use as a justification of its own demands for dictatorial powers. In Soviet Russia, the scapegoat was the bourgeoisie; in Nazi Germany, it was the Jewish people; in America, it is the businessmen."

Contributed by Empriś Durden

“If you want my advice, Peter, you’ve made a mistake already. By asking me. By asking anyone. Never ask people. Not about your work. Don’t you know what you want? How can you stand it, not to know?” — Howard Roark to Peter Keating The Fountainhead by Ayn Rand

Contributed by Empriś Durden

In the words of willyburr of tumblr, "Is this where they destroy you, darling?" The suspense created with Ayn Rand's words is astonishing.

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"Achieving life is not the equivalent of avoiding death.” -- Ayn Rand

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One of Ayn Rand's most iconic characters, intended to portray Rand's "Ideal Man" to illustrate her philosophy for life. From the first page of "The Fountainhead," the depth of his individualism and disregard for the approval of others seeps through the paper. He can not be captured by drawing or by movie portrayal.

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“Howard, why do you hate me?" “I don’t hate you" “Well that’s it! Why don’t you hate me at least?" “Why should I?" “Just to give me something. I know you can’t like me. You can’t like anybody. So it would be kinder to acknowledge people’s existence by hating them." “I’m not kind, Peter.” — Ayn Rand, The Fountainhead

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"A creative man is motivated by the desire to achieve, not by the desire to beat others." -- Ayn Rand

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How to pronounce Ayn Rand's name.

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