Ayn Rand


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


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 (which she said was an abbreviation of her Russian surname). She moved swiftly to Hollywood, where she learned English, worked in the RKO wardrobe department and as an extra, and ...more

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“[Dean] “My dear fellow, who will let you?”

[Roark] “That’s not the point. The point is, who will stop me?”
Ayn Rand, The Fountainhead

“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

“If you don't know, the thing to do is not to get scared, but to learn.”
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2014 Third Quarter Long Read-Final Poll for Top Ten

1873, Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy, 964 pages
 
  47 votes, 21.0%

1954, The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien, 1178 pages
 
  26 votes, 11.6%

1860, Great Expectations by Charles Dickens, 505 pages
 
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  24 votes, 10.7%

1957, Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand, 1168 pages
 
  23 votes, 10.3%

 
  19 votes, 8.5%

 
  17 votes, 7.6%

 
  16 votes, 7.1%

1874, Middlemarch by George Eliot, 904 pages
 
  14 votes, 6.3%

800BC, The Iliad by Homer, 683 pages
 
  12 votes, 5.4%

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