This is a quote from the book "The Virtue Of Selfishness" by Ayn Rand
...om the antecedent concept of “life.” To speak of “value” as apart from “life” is worse than a contradiction in terms. “It is only the concept of ‘Life’ that makes the concept o
f ‘Value’ possible.”
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In answer to those philosophers who claim that no relation can be established between ultimate ends or values and the facts of reality, let me stress tha
t the fact that living entities exist and function necessitates the existence of values and of an ultimate value which for any given living entity is its own life. Thus the validation of value j...