This is a quote from the book "The ​Virtue Of Selfishness" by Ayn Rand
...n’s mind in the pursuit of clearly defined, rational goals. But a delusion of grandeur can be served only by the switching, undefinable chimera of a public monument — which is presented as a munificent gift to the victims whose forced labor or extorted money had paid for it — which is dedicated to the service of all and none, owned by all and none, gaped at by all and enjoyed by none.

This is the ruler’s only way to appease his obsession: “prestige.” Prestige — in whose eyes? In anyone’s. In the eyes of his tortured victims, of the beggars in the...
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