This is a quote from the book "The Virtue Of Selfishness" by Ayn Rand
...the blood of generations of subjects has been spilled and spent.
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One may see, in certain biblical movies, a graphic image of the meaning of public monument building: the building o
f the pyramids. Hordes of starved, ragged, emaciated men straining the last effort of their inadequate muscles at the inhuman task of pulling the ropes that drag large chunks of stone, straining
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 ...