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Sacrifice Quotes

27 of the best book quotes about sacrifice
  1. #1
    “My father says—used to say—that there is power in self-sacrifice.”
  2. #2
    You were born as a sacrifice. And you can either participate in the sacrifice, dissolving in the giving of your gift, or you can resist it, which is your suffering.
  3. #3
    “When you love you wish to do things for. You wish to sacrifice for. You wish to serve.”
  4. #4
    “My mother’s death was brave. I remember how calm she was, how determined. It isn’t just brave that she died for me; it is brave that she did it without announcing it, without hesitation, and without appearing to consider another option.”
  5. #5
    “Dreams do come true, if only we wish hard enough. You can have anything in life if you will sacrifice everything else for it.”
  6. #6
    Without pain, without sacrifice we would have nothing. Like the first monkey shot into space.
  7. #7
    “Don’t think about who they are. Think about who you are and what sacrifices you can live with and what will break you.”
  8. #8
    “No great wisdom can be reached without sacrifice.”
  9. #9
    “Industry, technology, and commerce can thrive only as long as an idealistic national community offers the necessary preconditions. And these do not lie in material egoism, but in a spirit of sacrifice and joyful renunciation.”
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The Gift of the Magi
  1. #10
    Out of his trance Jim seemed quickly to wake. He enfolded his Della. . . . Eight dollars a week or a million a year—what is the difference? A mathematician or a wit would give you the wrong answer.
  2. #11
    Think now and then that there is a man who would give his life, to keep a life you love beside you.
  3. #12
    I see a beautiful city and a brilliant people rising from this abyss. I see the lives for which I lay down my life, peaceful, useful, prosperous and happy. I see that I hold a sanctuary in their hearts, and in the hearts of their descendants, generations hence. It is a far, far better thing that I do, than I have ever done; it is a far, far better rest that I go to than I have ever known.
  4. #13
    “Every job will demand some sacrifice. The key is to avoid unnecessary sacrifice.”
  5. #14
    “Surely it was a good way to die, in the place of someone else, someone I loved.”
  6. #15
    “Surely it was a good way to die, in the place of someone else, someone I loved.”
  7. #16
    “When we make little sacrifices we like to have them appreciated, at least.”
  8. #17
    “Dell,” said he, “let’s put our Christmas presents away and keep ’em a while. They’re too nice to use just at present. I sold the watch to get the money to buy your combs.”
  9. #18
    “Will you buy my hair?” asked Della.
    “I buy hair,” said Madame. “Take yer hat off and let’s have a sight at the looks of it.”
    Down rippled the brown cascade.
    “Twenty dollars,” said Madame, lifting the mass with a practised hand.
    “Give it to me quick,” said Della.
  1. #19
    And here I have lamely related to you the uneventful chronicle of two foolish children in a flat who most unwisely sacrificed for each other the greatest treasures of their house. But in a last word to the wise of these days let it be said that of all who give gifts these two were the wisest. . . . Everywhere they are wisest. They are the magi.
  2. #20
    “We gained control of many things. But we had to let go of others.”
  3. #21
    “Better never means better for everyone... It always means worse, for some.”
  4. #22
    When He talks of their losing their selves, He means only abandoning the clamour of self-will; once they have done that, He really gives them back all their personality, and boasts (I am afraid, sincerely) that when they are wholly His they will be more themselves than ever.
  5. #23
    “Jim, darling,” she cried, “don’t look at me that way. I had my hair cut off and sold because I couldn’t have lived through Christmas without giving you a present. . . . Say ‘Merry Christmas!’ Jim, and let’s be happy. You don’t know what a nice—what a beautiful, nice gift I’ve got for you.”
  6. #24
    “A noble mind finds its purest joy in the accomplishment of its duty, and to that willingly sacrifices its inclination.”
  7. #25
    “Isn’t it a dandy, Jim? I hunted all over town to find it. You’ll have to look at the time a hundred times a day now. Give me your watch. I want to see how it looks on it.” . . .
    “Dell,” said he, “let’s put our Christmas presents away and keep ’em a while. They’re too nice to use just at present. I sold the watch to get the money to buy your combs.”
  8. #26
    “As you wish.”
  9. #27
    “To stand up straight with your shoulders back is to accept the terrible responsibility of life, with eyes wide open. It means deciding to voluntarily transform the chaos of potential into the realities of habitable order. It means adopting the burden of self-conscious vulnerability, and accepting the end of the unconscious paradise of childhood, where finitude and mortality are only dimly comprehended. It means willingly undertaking the sacrifices necessary to generate a productive and meaningful reality (it means acting to please God, in the ancient language).”
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