This is a quote from the book "The Virtue Of Selfishness" by Ayn Rand
... the only phenomenon that is an end in itself: a value gained and kept by a constant process of action. Epistemologically, the concept of “value” is genetically dependent upon and derived fr
om the antecedent concept of “life.” To speak of “value” as apart from “life” is worse than a contradiction in terms. “It is only the concept of ‘Life’ that makes the concept o
f ‘Value’ possible.”
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In answer to those philosophers who claim that no relation can be established between ultimate ends or values and the facts of reality, let me stress tha...