This is a quote from the book "The ​Virtue Of Selfishness" by Ayn Rand
...self only with human beings who have no standards whatever and with whom, therefore, he feels free to be himself — or by the man who finds pleasure only in the company of people he despises, t o whom he can compare himself favorably — or by the man who finds pleasure only among people he can deceive and manipulate, from whom he derives the lowest neurotic substitute for a sense of g enuine efficacy: a sense of power.

For the rational, psychologically healthy man, the desire for pleasure is the desire to celebrate his control over reality. For the neurotic, the...
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