This is a quote from the book "The ​Virtue Of Selfishness" by Ayn Rand
...d to turn the misfortune of some into a first mortgage on the lives of others.

Poverty, ignorance, illness and other problems of that kind are not metaphysical emergencies. By the
metaphysical nature of man and of existence, man has to maintain his life by his own effort; the values he needs — such as wealth or knowledge — are not given to him automatically, as a gift of nature, but have to be discovered and achieved by his own thinking and work. One’s sole obligation toward others, in this respect, is to maintain a social system that leaves men free to ac...
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