This is a quote from the book "The Virtue Of Selfishness" by Ayn Rand
...ling to grant that his actions were altruistic. By the same logic and for the same reasons, if a man pursues a course of blind self-destruction, his feeling that he has something to gain by it d
oes not establish his actions as selfish.
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If, motivated solely by a sense of charity, compassion, duty or altruism, a person renounces a value, desire or goal in favor of the pleas
ure, wishes or needs of another person whom he values less than the thing he renounced — that is an act of self-sacrifice. The fact that a person may feel that he “wants” to do it, does no...