This is a quote from the book "The ​Virtue Of Selfishness" by Ayn Rand
...which one encounters that doctrine: it is seldom presented as a positive, as an ethical theory or a subject of discussion; predominantly, one hears it as a negative, as a snap objection or repro ach, uttered in a manner implying that one is guilty of breaching an absolute so self-evident as to require no discussion. In tones ranging from astonishment to sarcasm to anger to indignation t o hysterical hatred, the doctrine is thrown at you in the form of an accusatory: “Surely you don’t thi nk in terms of black-and-white, do you?”

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