This is a quote from the book "The ​Virtue Of Selfishness" by Ayn Rand
...n who acts. Just as feelings are not a tool of cognition, so they are not a criterion in ethics.

Obviously, in order to act, one has to be moved by some personal motive; one has to
“want,” in some sense, to perform the action. The issue of an action’s selfishness or unselfishness depends, not on whether or not one wants to perform it, but on why one wants to perform it. By what standard was the action chosen? To achieve what goal?

If a man proclaimed that he felt he would best benefit others by robbing and murdering them, men would not be wil...
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