This is a quote from the book "The ​Virtue Of Selfishness" by Ayn Rand
...and unsupported by any facts of reality — or is it based on a metaphysical fact, on an unalterable condition of man’s existence? (I use the word “metaphysical” to mean: that which pertai ns to reality, to the nature of things, to existence.) Does an arbitrary human convention, a mere custom, decree that man must guide his actions by a set of principles — or is there a fact of reality that demands it? Is ethics the

1 Ayn Rand, Atlas Shrugged , New York: Random House, 1957; New American Library, 1959.

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