This is a quote from the book "The Virtue Of Selfishness" by Ayn Rand
...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
ir tribe, their rulers or their gods was of value to them somehow.
Rome fell, bankrupted by statist controls and taxation, while its emperors were building coliseums. Louis XIV of ...