This is a quote from the book "The Virtue Of Selfishness" by Ayn Rand
... death, if life can have nothing more to offer him at that price, then his dying to save her is not a sacrifice.
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The same principle applies to a man, caught in a dictatorship, who
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...