self-preservation is the first law of nature
- Cf. CICERO De Finibus IV. x. 25 primamque ex natura hanc habere appetitionem, ut conservemus nosmet ipsos, by nature our first impulse is to preserve ourselves.
a 1631 DONNE Biathanatos (1646) I. ii. It is onely upon this reason, that selfe-preservation is of Naturall Law.
1675 [MARVELL] Complete Poems (1872) I. 439 Self-preservation, Nature’s first great Law.
1681 DRYDEN Spanish Friar IV. ii. Self-preservation is the first of Laws:..When Subjects are oppress’d by Kings, They justifie Rebellion by that Law.
1821 SCOTT Pirate I. v. Triptolemus..had a reasonable share of that wisdom which looks towards self-preservation as the first law of nature.
1952 ‘A. A. FAIR’ Top of Heap xvii. Loyalty is a fine thing..but self-preservation is the first law of nature.
1975 P. D. JAMES Black Tower vii. What it amounted to was that he’d do a great deal for dear Maggie but that self-preservation was the first law of nature.
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