This is a quote from the book "The Virtue Of Selfishness" by Ayn Rand
...rders and spreading terror), is the most wasteful, useless and meaningless activity of all: the building of public monuments.
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Greatness is achieved by the productive effort of a ma
n’s mind in the pursuit of clearly defined, rational goals. But a delusion of grandeur can be served only by the switching, undefinable chimera of a public monument — which is presented as a
munificent gift to the victims whose forced labor or extorted money had paid for it — which is dedicated to the service of all and none, owned by all and none, gaped at by all and enjoyed by ...