is to give up something of value.

“The soldier, above all other men, is required to perform the highest act of religious teaching — sacrifice.”

Douglas MacArthur (1880-1964); American general and field marshal

“Give unto me, made lowly wise, The spirit of self-sacrifice; The confidence of reason give, And in the light of truth thy bondman let me live!”

William Wordsworth (1770-1850); poet

“He that embarks on the voyage of life will always wish to advance rather by the impulse of the wind than the strokes of the oar; and many fold in their passage; while they lie waiting for the gale.”

Dr. Samuel Johnson (1709-1784); poet, essayist, lexicographer

“Ethics is in origin the art of recommending to others the sacrifices required for cooperation with oneself.”

Bertrand Russell (1872-1970); philosopher, mathematician

“Getting what you want is not nearly as important as giving what you have.”

Tom Krause (born 1957); motivational speaker, teacher, and coach

“We must be willing to get rid of the life we’ve planned, so as to have the life that is waiting for us. ”

Joseph Campbell (1904-1987); lecturer, writer

“Nothing so much enhances a good as to make sacrifices for it.”

George Santayana (1863-1952); philosopher, poet, essayist, novelist

“Sacrifices are concerned with the feelings of devotion and longing. ”

Xun Zi Chinese Confucian philosopher

“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.”

Arthur Ashe (1943-1993); professional tennis player, civil rights supporter

“The struggle of today, is not altogether for today–it is for a vast future also”

Abraham Lincoln (1809-1865); 16th U.S. President

“Man is so made that when anything fires his soul, impossibilities vanish.”

Jean de La Fontaine (1621-1695); author, fabulist

“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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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. almost 2 years ago from Greenwich, NY

The ONLY time one sacrifices must be for a higher value.
Richard C. almost 2 years ago from Crown Point, IN

Sacrifice is giving up something of value for something of higher value.
Bruce Willingham over 2 years ago from 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. almost 3 years ago from 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. over 3 years ago from Secunderabad, India

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