Explore the value of Sacrifice
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 believe that man will not merely endure: he will prevail. He is immortal, not because he alone among creatures has an inexhaustible voice, but because he has a soul, a spirit capable of compassion and sacrifice and endurance.
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.
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
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.
Human progress is neither automatic nor inevitable... Every step toward the goal of justice requires sacrifice, suffering, and struggle; the tireless exertions and passionate concern of dedicated individuals.
Martin Luther King, Jr.
The soldier, above all other men, is required to perform the highest act of religious teaching — sacrifice.
Dedicate some of your life to others. Your dedication will not be a sacrifice. It will be an exhilarating experience because it is an intense effort applied toward a meaningful end.
Dr. Thomas Dooley
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!
When a family is free of abuse and oppression, it can be the place where we share our deepest secrets and stand the most exposed, a place where we learn to feel distinct without being “better,” and sacrifice for others without losing ourselves.
Letty Cottin Pogrebin
Jean de La Fontaine
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Personal Stories About ‘Sacrifice’
Hard Knock LifeSubmitted by Anonymous
My mother is an inspiration to me because she has been through many complications in her life. Although she has been through hardships she has always over come them to give her children, which includes me the love, support, and strength I need to carry on. My mother was the third oldest out of six children. She...
The Hot Dog BunsSubmitted by Grace
When I was at Albertsons, (a food store) I saw a bag of hot dog buns on the ground. I went away from my mom, and picked them up. Later on, I said, "It's not like me picking up the hot dog buns does any good for anyone." She said, "Yes it does. I bet the store appreciates your help." I felt great!
Michael Ollis, An American And International HeroSubmitted by Darlene Stango
Michael Ollis, a soldier in the US Army, sacrificed his life for a Polish soldier during an insurgence attack in Afganastan on August 28, 2013. Michael was only 24 years old when he died , serving 2 terms in Afganastan, as well as a tour in Iraq. Michael was loved by all who knew him, and surprised no one by...
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...
Johnathan TSubmitted by Aaron
Most people personally know their heroes or have at least interacted with them. Unfortunately, I haven't had the honor to do either of those. Johnathan was killed in Afghanistan the same time I was deployed to that region and we were set to go home around the same time. What I experienced in Afghanistan changed...
SSG. Michael H. OllisSubmitted by William Loschiavo
My Uncle is the best person ever! He is my hero. My Uncle Mike didn't come home because he died while helping our country and saving his family. My uncle's name was SSG. Michael Ollis. He was in the United States Army and was never able to be home for the holidays or my birthday because he was keeping our country...
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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