An aphorism is nothing else but the slightest
form of writing raised to the highest level of expressive communication. Carl William Brown





He who would accomplish little must sacrifice little; he who would achieve much must sacrifice much; he who would attain highly must sacrifice greatly.


James Allen (1864-1912, British-born American essayist, author, "As A Man Thinketh")


Sacrifice still exists everywhere, and everywhere the elect of each generation suffers for the salvation of the rest.


Henri Frederic Amiel (1821-1881, Swiss philosopher, poet, critic)


Sacrifice, which is the passion of great souls, has never been the law of societies.


Henri Frederic Amiel (1821-1881, Swiss philosopher, poet, critic)


There will always be a sacrifice required for results. It is the early bird who gives up sleeping in to get the worm. To get what you want, right on the heels of deciding what that is, you must also decide what you will do in exchange for the results you desire.


James R. Ball


Sacrifice is nothing other than the production of sacred things.


Georges Bataille (1897-1962, French novelist, critic)


In this world it is not what we take up, but what we give up, that makes us rich.


Henry Ward Beecher (1813-1887, American preacher, orator, writer)


No fine work can be done without concentration and self-sacrifice and toil and doubt.


Max Beerbohm (1872-1956, British actor)


If you board the wrong train, it is no use running along the corridor in the other direction.


Dietrich Bonhoeffer (1906-1945, German Lutheran pastor and theologian)


It is only an error in judgement to make a mistake, but it shows infirmity of character to adhere to it when discovered.


John Christian Bovee (1820-1904, American author, lawyer)


He who never sacrificed a present to a future good or a personal to a general one can speak of happiness only as the blind do of colors.


Olympia Brown (1835-1926, American women's suffrage leader)


I believe that every sacrifice we make will so enrich us in the future that our regret will be that we did not enrich the sacrifice the more.


George F. Burba


For anything worth having one must pay the price; and the price is always work, patience, love, self-sacrifice -- no paper currency, no promises to pay, but the gold of real service.


John Burroughs (1837-1921, American naturalist, author)


They never fail who die in a great cause.


Lord Byron (1788-1824, British poet)


Any path is only a path, and there is no affront, to oneself or to others, in dropping it if that is what your heart tells you.


Carlos Castaneda (1925-, American anthropologist, author)


The key to faith is what we are willing to sacrifice to obtain it.


Elder Cloward


Self-sacrifice which denies common sense is not a virtue. It's a spiritual dissipation.


Margaret Deland


To gain that which is worth having, it may be necessary to lose everything else.


Bernadette Devlin


Self-sacrifice is the real miracle out of which all the reported miracles grow.


Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882, American poet, essayist)


Sweat plus sacrifice equals success.


Charlie Finley


In everyday things the law of sacrifice takes the form of positive duty.


James A. Froude (1818-1894, British historian)


The mice which helplessly find themselves between the cats teeth acquire no merit from their enforced sacrifice.


Mahatma Gandhi (1869-1948, Indian political, spiritual leader)


The stern hand of fate has scourged us to an elevation where we can see the great everlasting things which matter for a nation -- the great peaks we had forgotten, of Honor, Duty, Patriotism, and clad in glittering white, the great pinnacle of Sacrifice pointing like a rugged finger to Heaven.


David Lloyd George (1863-1945, British Prime Minister)


We can offer up much in the large, but to make sacrifices in little things is what we are seldom equal to.


Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe (1749-1832, German poet, dramatist, novelist)


There is no moral authority like that of sacrifice.


Nadine Gordimer (1923-, South African author)


In each individual the spirit is made flesh, in each one the whole of creation suffers, in each one a Savior is crucified.


Hermann Hesse (1877-1962, German-born Swiss novelist, poet)


Great achievement is usually born of great sacrifice, and is never the result of selfishness.


Napoleon Hill (1883-1970, American speaker, author, "Think And Grow Rich")


The remarkable thing is that we really love our neighbor as ourselves: we do unto others as we do unto ourselves. We hate others when we hate ourselves. We are tolerant toward others when we tolerate ourselves. We forgive others when we forgive ourselves. We are prone to sacrifice others when we are ready to sacrifice ourselves.


Eric Hoffer (1902-1983, American author, philosopher)


One-half of knowing what you want is knowing what you must give up before you get it.


Sidney Howard


There's only one effectively redemptive sacrifice, the sacrifice of self-will to make room for the knowledge of God.


Aldous Huxley (1894-1963, British author)


If anyone is crazy enough to want to kill a president of the United States, he can do it. All he must be prepared to do is give his life for the president s.


John F. Kennedy (1917-1963, American President (35th))


If a man has done nothing for a cause worth dying for, then he is not fit to live.


Martin Luther King Jr. (1929-1968, American Civil Rights leader, Nobel Prize winner, 1964)


If a man has done nothing for a cause worth dying for, then he is not fit to live.


Martin Luther King Jr. (1929-1968, American Civil Rights leader, Nobel Prize winner, 1964)


When looking at any significant work of art, remember that a more significant one probably has had to be sacrificed.


Paul Klee (1879-1940, Swiss artist)


A man must be sacrificed now and again to provide for the next generation of men.


Amy Lowell (1874-1925, American poet, critic)


The whole earth, perpetually steeped in blood, is nothing but an immense altar on which every living thing must be sacrificed without end, without restraint, without respite until the consummation of the world, the extinction of evil, the death of death.


Joseph De Maistre (1753-1821, French diplomat, philosopher)


No sacrifice short of individual liberty, individual self-respect, and individual enterprise is too great a price to pay for permanent peace.


Clark H. Minor


The whole point of a sacrifice is that you give up something you never really wanted in the first place. People are doing it around you all the time. They give up their careers, say -- or their beliefs -- or sex.


John Osborne (1929-, British playwright)


Sometimes you need to sacrifice your beard in order to save your head.


Iraqi Proverb


Figure out what your purpose is in life, what you really and truly want to do with your time and your life then be willing to sacrifice everything and then some to achieve it.  If you are not willing to make the sacrifice, then keep searching.


Quintina Ragnacci


As soon as sacrifice becomes a duty and necessity to mankind, I see no limit to the horizon which opens before him.


Ernest Renan (1823-1892, French writer, critic, scholar)


No idea can succeed except at the expense of sacrifice; no one ever escapes without enduring strain from the struggle of life.


Ernest Renan (1823-1892, French writer, critic, scholar)


The men and women who have the right ideals... are those who have the courage to strive for the happiness which comes only with labor and effort and self-sacrifice, and those whose joy in life springs in part from power of work and sense of duty.


Theodore Roosevelt (1858-1919,  American President (26th))


In olden times, sacrifices were made at the altar, a practice which is still very much practiced.


Helen Rowland (1875-1950, American journalist)


Self-sacrifice enables us to sacrifice other people without blushing.


George Bernard Shaw (1856-1950, Irish-born British dramatist)


Only he can understand what a farm is, what a country is, who shall have sacrificed part of himself to his farm or country, fought to save it, struggled to make it beautiful. Only then will the love of farm or country fill his heart.


Antoine De Saint-Exupery (1900-1944, French aviator, writer)


There is just one virtue -- the eternal sacrifice of self.


George Sand (1804-1876, French novelist)


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


George Santayana (1863-1952, American philosopher, poet)


It is a clear gain to sacrifice pleasure in order to avoid pain.


Arthur Schopenhauer (1788-1860, German philosopher)


There is probably no more moral activity than the self-sacrifice involved in donating one's blood.


Richard F. Schubert


Humanitarianism consists in never sacrificing a human being to a purpose.


Albert Schweitzer (1875-1965, German born medical missionary, theologian, musician, and philosopher)


If affirmation for life is genuine, it will demand from all that they should sacrifice a portion of their own lives for others.


Albert Schweitzer (1875-1965, German born medical missionary, theologian, musician, and philosopher)


In gratitude for your own good fortune you must render in return some sacrifice of your life for another life.


Albert Schweitzer (1875-1965, German born medical missionary, theologian, musician, and philosopher)


Mouse must give up one of his use ways of seeing things in order he may grow.


Hyemeyohsts Storm


If we are to lift ourselves out of this morass, we must shift our sights from the superficial to the sacrificial.


Author Unknown


The pig and the chicken were on their way to breakfast, trying to decide what to have. When chicken said, "Let's have ham and eggs." The pig then replied, "That's fine for you, it's a small donation on your part, but it's a total sacrifice for me."


Author Unknown


The law of self-sacrifice is the law of self-preservation.


Ellen Gould White (1827-1915, American seventh-day Adventist leader)


Behold I do not give lectures or a little charity, When I give I give myself.


Walt Whitman (1819-1892, American poet)


Too long a sacrifice can make a stone of the heart. When may it suffice?


William Butler Yeats (1865-1939, Irish poet, playwright.)


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