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Sacrifice is to give up something of value.

Sacrifice brooks dame

  • “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 Professional Tennis Player, Civil Rights Supporter

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

    —Douglas MacArthur American General And Field Marshal

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

    —Bertrand Russell Philosopher, Mathematician

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

    —George Santayana Philosopher, Poet, Essayist, Novelist

  • “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 Poet

Stories About Sacrifice

Michael Ollis, An American And International Hero

Submitted by Darlene Stango

Michael Ollis, a soldier in the US Army, sacrificed his life for a Polish soldier during an insurgence attack in Afganastan...

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Submitted by Soe

In class, I saw a teacher helping and encouraging a student. Suddenly, it reminds me of how my mother took care of use and...

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Submitted by Gabe

My hero is my mother Lori. She is my hero because in my opinion, she is so strong because she has been through so much during...

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Everyday Hero Stories

Michele M

I was in kidney failure and on dialysis for a year when a stranger replied to a posting on a living donor web site. She was...

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Johnathan T

Most people personally know their heroes or have at least interacted with them. Unfortunately, I haven't had the honor to do...

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Earl C

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...

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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

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