Sacrifice is the offering of food, objects or the lives of animals or people to the gods as an act of propitiation or worship.
- [...] it is right to be kind and even sacrifice ourselves to people who need kindness and lie in our way – otherwise, besides failing to help them, we run into the aridity of self-development. To seek for recipients of one's goodness, to play the Potted Jesus leads to the contray the Christian danger.
- E. M. Forster, Commonplace Book, p. 243 (1963).
- Narrator: The war has ended for now and peace has been restored. But those who sacrificed themselves for the victory will never return.
- Exhausted, X gazes at the destruction he helped cause and wonders why he chose to fight. Was there another way?
- Standing on the cliff, the answers seem to escape him. He only knows that he'll fight the Mavericks again before he finds his answer.
- How long will he keep on fighting? How long will his pain last? Maybe only the X-Buster on his hand knows for sure...
- Keiji Inafune and Sho Tsuge Megaman X
- Joined by his friend Zero, Mega Man X gazes out over the sea. Sigma has once again been destroyed, but X wonders if the fighting will truly end. Was Dr. Light's dream of a world in which Reploids and humans lived together in peace merely a dream? The price of peace is often high, X thinks to himself. Who or what must be sacrificed for it to become a reality? And when the time comes, will he be able to do it? The future holds the answers or...
- Keiji Inafune, Sho Tsuge and Yoshihisa Tsuda Mega Man X2
- In general, the man who is readily disposed to sacrifice himself is one who does not know how else to give meaning to his life.
The profession of enthusiasm is the most sickening of all insincerities.
- Cesare Pavese, This Business of Living, 1940-02-09
- Too long a sacrifice
Can make a stone of the heart.
O when may it suffice?
- William Butler Yeats, "Easter 1916," lines 57–59, Peter Allt and Russell K. Alspach, eds., The Variorum Edition of the Poems of W. B. Yeats (1957), p. 394.
Hoyt's New Cyclopedia Of Practical Quotations
- Quotes reported in Hoyt's New Cyclopedia Of Practical Quotations (1922), p. 689.
- What millions died—that Cæsar might be great!
- Thomas Campbell, Pleasures of Hope, Part II.
- Sacrifice to the Graces.
- He is brought as a lamb to the slaughter.
- Isaiah, LIII, 7.
- Sacrifice to the Muses.
- Plutarch, Banquet of the Seven Wise Men.
- Plato used to say to Xenocrates the philosopher, who was rough and morose, "Good Xenocrates, sacrifice to the Graces."
- Plutarch, Life of Marius.
- The ancients recommended us to sacrifice to the Graces, but Milton sacrificed to the Devil.
- Voltaire, Of Milton's Genius.