This is a quote from the book "The Virtue Of Selfishness" by Ayn Rand
... existence — and it is one’s own view of existence that determines the art one will respond to. The soul of the man whose favorite play is Cyrano de Bergerac is radically different from the
soul of the man whose favorite play is Waiting for Godot.
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Of the various pleasures that man can offer himself, the greatest is pride — the pleasure he takes in his own achievemen
ts and in the creation of his own character. The pleasure he takes in the character and achievements of another human being is that of admiration. The highest expression of the most intense unio...