This is a quote from the book "The Virtue Of Selfishness" by Ayn Rand
...e the pursuit of knowledge requires an effort, the men who assume this responsibility properly feel pride.
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Sometimes, colloquially, pride is taken to mean a pretense at accomplishm
ents one has not in fact achieved. But the braggart, the boaster, the man who affects virtues he does not possess, is not proud; he has merely chosen the most humiliating way to reveal his humil
Pride is one’s response to one’s power to achieve values, the pleasure one takes in one’s own efficacy. And it is this that mystics hold as evil.
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