This is a quote from the book "The Virtue Of Selfishness" by Ayn Rand
...eel that he has something to celebrate.
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One of the hallmarks of the man who lacks self-esteem — and the real punishment for his moral and psychological default — is the fact th
at all his pleasures are pleasures of escape from the two pursuers whom he has betrayed and from whom there is no escape: reality and his own mind.
Since the function of pleasure i
s to afford man a sense of his own efficacy, the neurotic is caught in a deadly conflict: he is compelled, by his nature as man, to feel a desperate need for pleasure, as a confirmation and expr...