From Ayn Rand’s Atlas Shrugged: “So you think that money is the root of all evil?” said Francisco d’Anconia. “Have you ever asked what is the. 57 quotes have been tagged as francisco-d-anconia: Ayn Rand: ‘An honest man is one who knows that he tags: atlas-shrugged, francisco-d-anconia, money. Francisco d’Anconia on Money has said that his views on monetary policy are based on Francisco d’Anconia’s speech in Atlas Shrugged.

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The verdict you pronounce upon the source of your livelihood is the verdict you pronounce upon your life.

Francisco D Anconia Quotes

Then is money made by the man who invents a motor at the expense of those who did not invent mmoney Or did he corrupt his money? They appoint themselves the overseers of society, exploit their riches to gain the power of government, and then paternalistically manage our lives framcisco taxes, regulation, and mandatory social programs.

If an heir is equal to his money, it serves him; if not, it destroys him. And it is now commonplace that a mad theory will pass on into the courts and be used to devastate a business, as Dow-Corning was crushed by false assertions about the health effects of silicone breast implants.

The Morality of Money

You can learn more about her life and philosophy at the website of the Ayn Rand Institute. Paper is a mortgage on wealth that does not exist, backed by a gun aimed at those who are expected to produce it.

And of course money gained dishonestly is morally worthless. The annual doomsaying of the Worldwatch Institute? You look upon money as the savages did before you, and you wonder why the jungle is creeping back to the edge of your cities. Blood, whips and guns—or dollars. Money will not give you the unearned, neither in matter nor in spirit.


It is not the strength of guns or muscles. Danziger is right that money symbolizes capitalism, but what should we think of this symbol? And that is the noblest way to live: Click here to subscribe.

By lowering your standards? Do not expect them to produce, when production is punished and looting rewarded. Indeed, for corporate officers, it is their duty to the shareholders who hire them. Do not expect them to produce, when production is punished and looting rewarded. Money is made— before it can be looted or mooched—made by the effort of every honest man, each to the extent of his ability. Then all the things you buy will become, not a tribute to you, but a reproach; not an achievement, but a reminder of shame.

Money is not the tool of the moochers, who claim your product by tears, or of the looters, who take it from you by force.

You have been called ruthless for the strength and self-discipline of your drive to your purpose. They know they are able to deserve it. Money demands of you the recognition that men must work for their own benefit, not for their own injury, for their gain, not their loss—the recognition that they are not beasts of burden, born to carry the weight of your misery—that you must offer them values, not wounds—that the common bond among men is not the exchange of suffering, but the exchange of goods.


Show me the woman he sleeps with and I will tell you his valuation of himself. Did you enjoy this article?

Money is made possible only by the men who produce. Our digital channels garner over 1 million views per year. Evil, because it would not pinch-hit for your self-respect? Paper is a check drawn by legal looters upon an account which is not theirs: Rand’s point here is that “money-grubbing” is part and parcel of living well. Money rests on the axiom that every man is the owner of his mind and his effort.

Dollars are money; money symbolizes capitalism; capitalism is immoral. Is this the root of your hatred of money? Ayn Rand praised money in order to fight the ancient hatred of practical wealth and the current widespread moral contempt for the earned wealth of the marketplace.

When a corporate executive like Enron’s Ken Lay poses as an innovator while building a financial house of cards and deceiving his shareholders and employees, we see the difference between earning money and pretending to earn it.

Simply accumulating it is of little use to anyone, especially oneself. Money is made possible only by the men who produce. You have been hated, not for your mistakes, but for your achievements.