This is a quote from the book "The Virtue Of Selfishness" by Ayn Rand
... like tortured beasts of burden under the whips of overseers, collapsing on the job and dying in the desert sands — that a dead Pharaoh might lie in an imposingly senseless structure and thus
gain eternal “prestige” in the eyes of the unborn of future generations.
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Temples and palaces are the only monuments left of mankind’s early civilizations. They were created b
y the same means and at the same price — a price not justified by the fact that primitive peoples undoubtedly believed, while dying of starvation and exhaustion, that the “prestige” of the...