This is a quote from the book "The Virtue Of Selfishness" by Ayn Rand
...willingly risks death to achieve freedom. To call his act a “self-sacrifice,” one would have to assume that he preferred to live as a slave. The selfishness of a man who is willing to die, i
f necessary, fighting for his freedom, lies in the fact that he is unwilling to go on living in a world where he is no longer able to act on his own judgment — that is, a world where human con
ditions of existence are no longer possible to him.
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The selfishness or unselfishness of an action is to be determined objectively: it is not determined by the feelings of the perso...