I would say to the House, as I said to those who have joined this Government: I have nothing to offer but blood, toil, tears and sweat. You ask, what is our aim? I can answer in one word: It is victory, victory at all costs, victory in spite of all terror, victory, however long and hard the road may be; for without victory, there is no survival.
—Winston Churchill (1874–1965) British Head of State, Political leader, Historian, Journalist, Author
Sacrifice is nothing other than the production of sacred things.
—Georges Bataille (1897–1962) French Philosopher, Writer
There is a woman who spent her life loving that evil creature: she died. I’m sure she’s a saint in heaven right now. You are going to kill me the way he killed that woman.That is what’s in store for all of us who have unselfish hearts.
—Arthur Rimbaud (1854–91) French Poet
Self-sacrifice enables us to sacrifice other people without blushing.
—George Bernard Shaw (1856–1950) Irish Playwright
The mice which helplessly find themselves between the cats teeth acquire no merit from their enforced sacrifice.
—Mohandas K. Gandhi (1869–1948) Indian Hindu Political leader
You must pay the price if you wish to secure the blessing.
—Andrew Jackson (1767–1845) American Head of State, Judge, Military Leader
Life’s most persistent and urgent question is: “What are you doing for others?”
—Martin Luther King, Jr. (1929–68) American Civil Rights Leader, Clergyman
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 Liberal Statesman
There is no higher religion than human service. To work for the common good is the greatest creed.
—Woodrow Wilson (1856–1924) American Head of State
Many men have been capable of doing a wise thing, more a cunning thing, but very few a generous thing.
—Alexander Pope (1688–1744) English Poet
If you have much, give of your wealth; if you have little, give of your heart.