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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.
  • 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.
  • To do justice and judgment is more acceptable to the LORD than sacrifice.
  • 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[edit]

Quotes reported in Hoyt's New Cyclopedia Of Practical Quotations (1922), p. 689.
  • What millions died—that Cæsar might be great!
  • 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."
  • The ancients recommended us to sacrifice to the Graces, but Milton sacrificed to the Devil.

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