This is a quote from the book "The ​Virtue Of Selfishness" by Ayn Rand
...men are still acting “selfishly.” A definition of “selfishness” that includes or permits the possibility of knowingly acting against one’s long- range happiness, is a contradiction in terms.

It is only the legacy of mysticism that permits men to imagine that they are still speaking meaningfully when they declare that one can seek one’s happiness in the renunci
ation of one’s happiness.

The basic fallacy in the “everyone is selfish” argument consists of an extraordinarily crude equivocation. It is a psychological truism — a tautol...
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