This is a quote from the book "The Virtue Of Selfishness" by Ayn Rand
..., because the thought of earning one’s position by personal merit is not part of their view of life. They regard themselves as interchangeable mediocrities who have nothing to offer and who fi
ght, in a “static” universe, for someone’s causeless favor.
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A rational man knows that one does not live by means of “luck,” “breaks” or favors, that there is no such
thing as an “only chance” or a single opportunity, and that this is guaranteed precisely by the existence of competition. He does not regard any concrete, specific goal or value as irre- pla...