“The Law of Identity (A is A) is a rational man’s paramount consideration in the process of determining his interests. He knows that the contradictory is the impossible, that a contradiction cannot be achieved in reality and that the attempt to achieve it can lead only to disaster and destruction. Therefore, he does not permit himself to hold contradictory values, to pursue contradictory goals, or to imagine that the pursuit of a contradiction can ever be to his interest.”

in Ayn Rand, Objectivism, Writers

-Ayn Rand, “The ‘Conflicts’ of Men’s Interests” in The Virtue of Selfishness (New York: Signet Centennial Edition, 2005 re-print of 1964 edition), p. 58.

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