This is a quote from the book "The Virtue Of Selfishness" by Ayn Rand
...s of greatest importance to his own happiness and, therefore, his action is not a sacrifice.
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But suppose he let her die in order to spend his money on saving the lives of ten other
women, none of whom meant anything to him — as the ethics of altruism would require. That would be a sacrifice. Here the difference be- tween Objectivism and altruism can be seen most clearly
: if sacrifice is the moral principle of action, then that husband should sacrifice his wife for the sake of ten other women. What distinguishes the wife from the ten others? Nothing but her val...