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A good man not only forbears those gratifications which are forbidden by reason and religion, but even restrains himself in unforbidden instances.
      - Francis Atterbury

It is what we give up, not what we lay up, that adds to our lasting store.
      - Hosea Ballou

By dint of making sacrifices, a man grows interested in the person who exacts them. Great ladies, like courtesans, know this truth by instinct.
      - Honore de Balzac

He was oppressed, and he was afflicted, yet he opened not his mouth: he is brought as a lamb to the slaughter, and as a sheep before her shearers is dumb, so he openeth not his mouth.
      - Bible, Isaiah (ch. LIII, v. 7)

The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit: a broken and contrite heart, O God, thou wilt not despise.
      - Bible, Psalms (ch. LI, v. 17)

What you most repent of is a lasting sacrifice made under an impulse of good-nature. The goodness goes; the sacrifice sticks.
      - Charles Buxton

You cannot win without sacrifice.
      - Charles Buxton

What millions died--that Caesar might be great!
      - Thomas Campbell, Pleasures of Hope
         (pt. II)

Sacrifice to the Graces.
      - Laertius Diogenes bk. IV, 6

Would we codify the laws that should reign in households, and whose daily transgression annoys and mortifies us, and degrades our household life, we must adorn every day with sacrifices. Good manners are made up of petty sacrifices.
      - Ralph Waldo Emerson

Who lives for humanity, must be content to lose himself.
      - Octavius Brooks Frothingham

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

The opportunities of making great sacrifices for the good of mankind are of rare occurrence; and he who remains inactive till it is in his power to confer signal benefits or yield important services is in imminent danger of incurring the doom of the slothful servant.
      - Robert Hall

It is easier to sacrifice great than little things.
      - Michel Eyquem de Montaigne

Whoever has really sacrificed anything, knows that he wanted and got something in return.
      - Friedrich Wilhelm Nietzsche

Sacrifice to the Muses.
      - Plutarch, Banquet of the Seven Wise Men

Plato used to say to Xenocrates the philosopher, who was rough and morose, "Good Xenocrates, sacrifice to the Graces."
      - Plutarch, Life of Marius

Teach self-denial, and make its practice pleasurable, and you create for the world a destiny more sublime than ever issued from the brain of the wildest dreamer.
      - Sir Walter Scott

Upon such sacrifices the gods themselves throw incense.
      - William Shakespeare

Self-sacrifice enables us to sacrifice other people without blushing.
      - George Bernard Shaw, Man and Superman

The great foundation of civil virtue is self-denial; and there is no one above the necessities of life but has opportunities of exercising that noble quality, and doing as much as his circumstances will bear for the ease and convenience of other men.
      - Sir Richard Steele

Our virtues are dearer to us the more we have had to suffer for them. It is the same with our children. All profound affection admits a sacrifice.
      - Luc de Clapier de Vauvanargues

The ancients recommended us to sacrifice to the Graces, but Milton sacrificed to the Devil.
      - Voltaire (Francois Marie Arouet Voltaire),
        of Milton's genius

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