This is a quote from the book "The Virtue Of Selfishness" by Ayn Rand
...f self-esteem could permit one to value one’s life no higher than that of any random stranger. (And, conversely, if one is drowning, one cannot expect a stranger to risk his life for one’s s
ake, remembering that one’s life cannot be as valu- able to him as his own.)
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If the person to be saved is not a stranger, then the risk one should be willing to take is greater i
n proportion to the greatness of that person’s value to oneself. If it is the man or woman one loves, then one can be willing to give one’s own life to save him or her — for the selfish re...