This is a quote from the book "The Virtue Of Selfishness" by Ayn Rand
... values he had loved in his distant spring, and wonders how it happened, and slams his mind shut to the answer, by telling himself hastily that the fear he had felt in his worst, most shameful m
oments was right and that values have no chance in this world.
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An irrational society is a society of moral cowards — of men paralyzed by the loss of moral standards, principles a
nd goals. But since men have to act, so long as they live, such a society is ready to be taken over by anyone willing to set its direction. The initiative can come from only two types of men: ei...