This is a quote from the book "The ​Virtue Of Selfishness" by Ayn Rand
...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 t make his action selfish or establish objectively that he is its beneficiary.

Suppose, for example, that a son chooses the career he wants by rational standards, but then renounce
s it in order to please his mother who prefers that he pursue a different career, one that will have more prestige in the eyes of the neighbors. The boy accedes to his mother’s wish because he...
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