Sacrifice Sayings and Quotes

Below you will find our collection of inspirational, wise, and humorous old sacrifice quotes, sacrifice sayings, and sacrifice proverbs, collected over the years from a variety of sources.

I guess that's just part of loving people: You have to give things up. Sometimes you even have to give them up.     

Lauren Oliver,Delirium

Sometimes when you sacrifice something precious, you're not really losing it. You're just passing it on to someone else.

Mitch Albom,The Five People You Meet in Heaven

She taught me all about real sacrifice. That it should be done from love... That it should be done from necessity, not without exhausting all other options. That it should be done for people who need your strength because they don't have enough of their own.     

Veronica Roth,Allegiant

Real magic can never be made by offering someone else's liver. You must tear out your own, and not expect to get it back.

Peter S. Beagle,The Last Unicorn

It's not hard to decide what you want your life to be about. What's hard, she said, is figuring out what you're willing to give up in order to do the things you really care about.

Shauna Niequist,Bittersweet: Thoughts on Change, Grace, and Learning the Hard Way

For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish, but have eternal life.

Holy Bible: New International Version

The ultimate test of man's conscience may be his willingness to sacrifice something today for future generations whose words of thanks will not be heard.     

Gaylord Nelson

Nobody knows you as well as our spouse. And that means no one will be quicker to recognize a change when you deliberately start sacrificing your wants and wishes to make sure his or her needs are met._     

Stephen Kendrick,The Love Dare

Brotherhood means laying down your life for somebody, really willing to sacrifice yourself for somebody else.     

Tim Hetherington

People who put themselves on the line and sacrifice their own safety for the greater good and for others, and anyone in any profession whose concern is the welfare for other people instead of the individual, are inspiring and important.     

Chris Hemsworth

Some day you will find out that there is far more happiness in another's happiness than in your own.     

Honor de Balzac, Pere Goriot

Doing the right thing for someone else occasionally means doing something that feels wrong to you     

Jodi Picoult,Handle with Care

The most sublime act is to set another before you.

William Blake

Everyone knows the beautiful story of Abraham and the sacrifice of Isaac. How this noble father led his child to the slaughter; how Isaac meekly submitted; how the farce went on till the lad was bound and laid on the altar, and how God then stopped the murder, and blessed the intending murderer for his willingness to commit the crime.     

Annie Besant

Sometimes_we have to step down to help somebody up, not because we failed to go up, but as a humble_sacrifice_to save a great soul     

Terry Mark

Giving yourself is the ultimate revolution.     

Bryant McGill,Voice of Reason

Whenever you feel compelled to put others first at the expense of yourself, you are denying your own reality, your own identity

David Stafford,Codependency: How to break free and live your own life

For I was sure of one thing, it wasn't always the hero who saved the world. It was the person most willing to die first.

R.K. Ryals,Fist of the Furor

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

Ernest Renan

The sacrifice which causes sorrow to the doer of the sacrifice is no sacrifice. Real sacrifice lightens the mind of the doer and gives him a sense of peace and joy. The Buddha gave up the pleasures of life because they had become painful to him.      

Mahatma Gandhi

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

Sidney Howard

Regardless of the advertising campaigns may tell us, we can't have it all. Sacrifice is not an option, or an anachronism; it's a fact of life. We all cut off our own limbs to burn on some altar. The crucial thing is to choose an altar that's worth it and a limb you can accept losing. To go consenting to the sacrifice.     

Tana French,The Likeness

Mom's eyes held yours for a moment. 'I don't like or dislike the kitchen. I cooked because I had to. I had to stay in the kitchen so you could all eat and go to school. How could you only do what you like? There are things you have to do whether you like it or not.' Mom's expression asked, What kind of question is that? And then she murmured, 'If you only do what you like, who's going to do what you don't like?     

Kyung-sook Shin,Please Look After Mom

If people knew what they were missing, they would give up everything they have to achieve it.     


What we obtain too cheaply, we esteem too lightly; it's dearness only that gives everthing its value.

Thomas Paine

Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.


What we do for ourselves dies with us. What we do for others and the world remains and is immortal._     

Albert Pine

The important thing is this: To be able, at any moment, to sacrifice what we are for what we could become

Maharishi Mahesh Yogi

Sacrifice is a part of life. It's supposed to be. It's not something to regret. It's something to aspire to. Little sacrifices. Big sacrifices. A mother works so her son can go to school. A daughter moves home to take care of her sick father.

Mitch Albom,The Five People You Meet in Heaven

Sometimes in life, you do things you don't want to. Sometimes you sacrifice, sometimes you compromise. Sometimes you let go and sometimes you fight. It's all about deciding what's worth losing and what's worth keeping

Lindy Zart,Complete