This is a quote from the book "The Virtue Of Selfishness" by Ayn Rand
...f-torture, like a masochist — or life beyond the grave, like a mystic — or mindless “kicks,” like the driver of a hotrod car — his alleged happiness is the measure of his success in th
e service of his own destruction. It must be added that the emotional state of all those irrationalists cannot be properly designated as happiness or even as pleasure: it is merely a moment’s
relief from their chronic state of terror.
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Neither life nor happiness can be achieved by the pursuit of irrational whims. Just as man is free to attempt to survive by any random me...