This is a quote from the book "The Virtue Of Selfishness" by Ayn Rand
... 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
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This is the ruler’s only way to appease his obsession: “prestige.” Prestige — in whose eyes? In anyone’s. In the eyes of his tortured victims, of the beggars in the
streets of his kingdom, of the bootlickers at his court, of the foreign tribes and their rulers beyond the borders. It is to impress all those eyes — the eyes of everyone and no one — that ...