Ayn Rand





Ayn Rand

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born
in St. Petersburg, Russian Federation
February 02, 1905

died
March 06, 1982

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Aristotle, John Locke, Thomas Aquinas, Friedrich Nietzsche, Victor Hug...more


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Alisa Rosenbaum was born in pre-revolutionary St. Petersburg to a prosperous Jewish family. When the Bolsheviks requisitioned the pharmacy owned by her father, Fronz, the Rosenbaums fled to the Crimea. Alisa returned to the city (renamed Leningrad) to attend the university, but in 1926 relatives who had already settled in America offered her the chance of joining them there. With money from the sale of her mother's jewelry, Alisa bought a ticket to New York. On arrival at Ellis Island, she changed into Ayn (after a name of some Finnish author, probably "Aino") Rand (taken from the brand name of her Remington-Rand typewriter). She moved swiftly to Hollywood, where she learned English, worked in the RKO wardrobe department and as an extra, an...more


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“The question isn't who is going to let me; it's who is going to stop me.”
Ayn Rand

“Do not let your fire go out, spark by irreplaceable spark in the hopeless swamps of the not-quite, the not-yet, and the not-at-all. Do not let the hero in your soul perish in lonely frustration for the life you deserved and have never been able to reach. The world you desire can be won. It exists.. it is real.. it is possible.. it's yours.”
Ayn Rand, Atlas Shrugged

“Learn to value yourself, which means: fight for your happiness.”
Ayn Rand

Polls

Fourth Quarter 2014 Long Read

1862, Les Misérables by Victor Hugo, 1463 pages
 
  35 votes, 19.8%

 
  24 votes, 13.6%

1954, The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien, 1178 pages
 
  24 votes, 13.6%

1872, Middlemarch by George Eliot, 904 pages
 
  20 votes, 11.3%

 
  18 votes, 10.2%

1874, The Mysterious Island by Jules Verne, 723 pages
 
  12 votes, 6.8%

800 BC, The Iliad by Homer, 683 pages
 
  11 votes, 6.2%

1957, Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand, 1168 pages
 
  10 votes, 5.6%

1993, A Suitable Boy by Vikram Seth, 1474 pages
 
  8 votes, 4.5%

1996, Infinite Jest by David Foster Wallace, 1079 pages
 
  8 votes, 4.5%

 
  5 votes, 2.8%

 
  2 votes, 1.1%

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