This is a quote from the book "The Virtue Of Selfishness" by Ayn Rand
.../> The fact is that men do not live in lifeboats — and that a lifeboat is not the place on which to base one’s metaphysics.
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The moral purpose of a man’s life is the achieveme
nt of his own happiness. This does not mean that he is indifferent to all men, that human life is of no value to him and that he has no reason to help others in an emergency. But it does mean th
at he does not subordinate his life to the welfare of others, that he does not sacrifice himself to their needs, that the relief of their suffering is not his primary concern, that any help he g...