Explore the value of Sacrifice
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
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
The soldier, above all other men, is required to perform the highest act of religious teaching — sacrifice.
Jean de La Fontaine
Ethics is in origin the art of recommending to others the sacrifices required for cooperation with oneself.
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!
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.
We must be willing to get rid of the life we’ve planned, so as to have the life that is waiting for us.
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Personal Stories About ‘Sacrifice’
The Best SacrificeSubmitted by MICHAEL G.
Sacrifice I wake up at 7:15 am and realize I am going to be late for school. I hurry up and change, grab my stuff and walk out the house. As I was leaving my mom stops me and says “ Can i borrow twenty dollars to go buy some groceries?”. Usually I would give her the money but that was the money I was saving up...
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!
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’
Ashley Lauren MSubmitted by William G Antico
Ashley was a great kid. She always wanted to help whenever she could. On Jan. 5th 2010 she crossed the street to get to her school bus stop, and was struck by a car. She was air lifted to SLC Primary Children's Hospital. She fought for 8 days to survive but on Jan. 13th the injury to her brain became too much and...
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...
Doug DSubmitted by Nikita
My grandpa is my hero. He raised three kids of his own and his three grandkids,who definitely weren't his responsibility. He sacrificed any and everything that he wanted to make sure we were given everything we needed and most of what we wanted. He was my father figure when I had none and my security when it was...
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BELIEVE IN YOURSELF
SPREAD YOUR WINGS
LIVE YOUR DREAMS
MAKING A DIFFERENCE
DO YOUR PART
DO THY BEST
CLASS AND GRACE
TEACHING BY EXAMPLE
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