Explore the value of Sacrifice
The soldier, above all other men, is required to perform the highest act of religious teaching — sacrifice.
Ethics is in origin the art of recommending to others the sacrifices required for cooperation with oneself.
The remarkable thing is that we really love our neighbor as ourselves: we do unto others as we do unto ourselves. We hate others when we hate ourselves. We are tolerant toward others when we tolerate ourselves. We forgive others when we forgive ourselves. We are prone to sacrifice others when we are ready to sacrifice ourselves.
True heroism is remarkably sober, very undramatic. It is not the courage to surpass others at whatever cost, but the courage to serve others at whatever the cost.
I believe that the rendering of useful service is the common duty of mankind and that only in the purifying fire of sacrifice is the dross of selfishness consumed and the greatness of the human soul set free.
John D. Rockefeller, Jr.
Jean de La Fontaine
Life at its noblest leaves mere happiness far behind; and indeed cannnot endure it.... Happiness is not the object of life: life has no object: it is an end in itself; and courage consists in the readiness to sacrifice happiness for an intenser quality of life.
George Bernard Shaw
I think there is choice possible at any moment to us, as long as we live. But there is no sacrifice. There is a choice, and the rest falls away. Second choice does not exist. Beware of those who talk about sacrifice.
A good cause can become bad if we fight for it with means that are indiscriminatingly murderous. A bad cause can become good if enough people fight for it in a spirit of comradeship and self-sacrifice. In the end it is how you fight, as much as why you fight, that makes your cause good or bad.
In democratic ages men rarely sacrifice themselves for another, but they show a general compassion for all the human race. One never sees them inflict pointless suffering, and they are glad to relieve the sorrows of others when they can do so without much trouble to themselves. They are not disinterested, but they are gentle.
Alexis de Tocqueville
Follow your heart, but be quiet for a while first. Ask questions, then feel the answer. Learn to trust your heart.
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Personal Stories About ‘Sacrifice’
Kindness In The Face Of The ForgottenSubmitted by Tina
While waiting with my oldest son for a tow truck, we were waiting next to my car. I have bumper sticker that says "I love someone with Autism." While we were waiting, a homeless man approached us. I was a little frighten and my older son stood in front of me out of protection. The man asked me if I really did...
SelflessnessSubmitted by Kelly
My brother showed the act of selflessness everyday in the short 24 years he was with us. He not only made the ultimate sacrifice for our country but also lived his life serving others. Michael has been on three deployments the last one ultimately taking his life protecting another soldier. But Michael showed...
Beyond Professional ConductSubmitted by Audrey
I have been in therapy for about six years now. My therapist means so much to me and has helped me move forward from so many family obstacles. We have been talking about some things in therapy that are really hard to talk about. My therapist knows that money is really tight for our family (the same for a lot of...
Stories About Everyday Heroes Who Portray ‘Sacrifice’
Joe MorganSubmitted by Robyn Howarth
My hero is my best friend, the love of my life & my soul mate. I guess you can say he's your average Hero considering he is a Firefighter but he's done so much for me and the community that makes him such an unbelievable man. Not alot of Firefighter's get recongized, and I believe they should because it is them...
Earl CSubmitted by Payton Dickinson
My hero is my best friend, Robby. He is currently serving his sixth month in Iraq, and he is only 19 years old. He is one of the youngest soldiers fighting over there. Most 19 year old's would rather be partying or wasting their life away. He chose to join the Army when he turned 18, and fight for a cause bigger...
Jamie RushSubmitted by Cody R.
Jamie is truly the most inspiring strong person I've ever met. She's the kind of person that is a model of overcoming adversity. Jamie has overcame a childhood and past that Would have broken any other person. Yet she today is the most beautiful Caring strongest girl. Jamie is my hero for that but not only that....
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I found my passion for softball last school year and joined the modified softball team at my school. I don't live in town, so my dad had to drive into town to pick me up almost every day. I started crunching numbers, with gas having been so expensive during softball season, and I just realized that my parents spent $197.76 just on gas for me to play softball for three months. Now, that is sacrifice.
Sarah G., Greenwich, NY
The ONLY time one sacrifices must be for a higher value.
Richard C., Crown Point, IN
Sacrifice is giving up something of value for something of higher value.
Bruce Willingham, Warner Robins, Ga
Check out September 11 10th year, pay it foward event. It's on Facebook and what you do is do a kind act to three people and ask those people to pass it along, or pay it foward. Love the commercial for this website. That's what brought me here!
Jennifer W., West Palm Beach, FL
Its beautifully said. If giving up a little can bring a smile on somebody's face, then we should think that our work is done.
Rina G., Secunderabad, India
People sacrifice their lives everyday for us. Why can't we do the little things to give back?
Madison C., Pennsylvania
Angel F., Texas