Sacrifice is to give away (something valuable) to get at least a possibility to gain something else of value (such as self-respect, trust, love, freedom, prosperity), or to avoid an even greater loss. It also can be the offering of food, objects or the lives of animals to a higher purpose, in particular divine beings, 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).
- The sacrifice lives, but the sun’s still shining.
- Tanith Lee, East of Midnight Chapter 16
- 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
- To do justice and judgment is more acceptable to the LORD than sacrifice.
- If it had not been for these things, I might have lived out my life talking at street corners to scorning men. I might have died, unmarked, unknown, a failure. Now we are not a failure. This is our career and our triumph. Never in our full life could we hope to do such work for tolerance, for justice, for man's understanding of man as now we do by accident. Our words — our lives — our pains — nothing! The taking of our lives — lives of a good shoemaker and a poor fish-peddler — all! That last moment belongs to us — that agony is our triumph.
- 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.