This is a quote from the book "The Virtue Of Selfishness" by Ayn Rand
... criminals, who are too limited in number and in mind to be a threat to civilization, until and unless they are released and legalized by the seekers of unearned greatness.
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d greatness is so unreal, so neurotic a concept that the wretch who seeks it cannot identify it even to himself: to identify it, is to make it impossible. He needs the irrational, undefinable sl
ogans of altruism and collectivism to give a semiplausible form to his nameless urge and anchor it to reality — to support his own self-deception more than to deceive his victims. “The publi...