This is a quote from the book "The Virtue Of Selfishness" by Ayn Rand
...es a goal which cannot be achieved by his own effort. He trades value for value. He never seeks or desires the unearned. If he undertakes to achieve a goal that requires the cooperation of many
people, he never counts on anything but his own ability to persuade them and their voluntary agreement.
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Needless to say, a rational man never distorts or corrupts his own standards
and judgment in order to appeal to the irrationality, stupidity or dishonesty of others. He knows that such a course is suicidal. He knows that one’s only practical chance to achieve any degr...