This is a quote from the book "The ​Virtue Of Selfishness" by Ayn Rand
...rsity of Wisconsin Symposium on “ Ethics in Our Time ” in Madison, Wisconsin, on February 9, 1961. province of whims : of personal emotions, social edicts and mystic revelations — or is it the province of reason ? Is ethics a subjective luxury — or an objective necessity?

In the sorry record of the history of mankind’s ethics — with a few rare, and unsuccessfu
l, exceptions — moralists have regarded ethics as the province of whims, that is: of the irrational. Some of them did so explicitly, by intention — others implicitly, by default. A “whim�...
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