This is a quote from the book "The Virtue Of Selfishness" by Ayn Rand
...relief from their chronic state of terror.
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Neither life nor happiness can be achieved by the pursuit of irrational whims. Just as man is free to attempt to survive by any random me
ans, as a parasite, a moocher or a looter, but not free to succeed at it beyond the range of the moment — so he is free to seek his happiness in any irrational fraud, any whim, any delusion, a
ny mindless escape from reality, but not free to succeed at it beyond the range of the moment nor to escape the consequences.
I quote from Galt’s speech: “Happiness is a state ...