This is a quote from the book "The Virtue Of Selfishness" by Ayn Rand
..., if one can afford it (as an act of good will, not of duty) or one may raise a fund among the neighbors to help him out. But this does not mean that one must support him from then on, nor that
one must spend one’s life looking for starving men to help.
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In the normal conditions of existence, man has to choose his goals, project them in time, pursue them and achieve them
by his own effort. He cannot do it if his goals are at the mercy of and must be sacrificed to any misfortune happening to others. He cannot live his life by the guidance of rules applicable onl...