Being a martyr is highly overrated
Sacrifice by its strictest definition

Courage so rare…

"Our soldiers don't talk, they just do their acts of bravery,"

― The Prime Minister of India Mr Narendra Modi
Sacrifice by its strictest definition

They never fail who die in a great cause. ― George Gordon Byron

The tyrant dies and his rule is over, the martyr dies and his rule begins." ― Soren Kierkegaard

"...It is a proud privilege to be a soldier – a good soldier … [with] discipline, self-respect, pride in his unit and his country, a high sense of duty and obligation to comrades and to his superiors, and a self confidence born of demonstrated ability." ― George S. Patton Jr.

"There is always a storm. There is always rain. Some experience it. Some live through it. And others are made from it." ― Shannon L. Alder

"Be the hero of your children's story. Never let them believe for a minute that honor, courage and doing what is right is only reserved for other fathers and mothers." ― Shannon L. Alder

"Virtue is bold, and goodness never fearful." ― William Shakespeare

"He that feareth is a slave, were he never so rich, were he never so powerful. But he that is without fear is king of all the world. Though hast my sword. Strike. Death shall be a sweet rest to me. Thraldom, not death, should terrify me." ― E.R. Eddison, The Worm Ouroboros

"Courage was not something one picked out of the air. It was something like a bank account. You could withdraw only so much before it was necessary to stop, to take the time to make new deposits." ― Tom Clancy

"Put all your pain on a piece of paper, write it all down, every experience, every ache, every hurtful moment. Then take a match, and set fire to that piece of paper. All the hurt you have inside you is burning just as it burnt inside of you, until it is completely gone. From this moment forward you are free. Nothing can harm you. No past. No present. No future. You are reborn into water, and nothing in the entirety of this world can set fire to water, nor crush it. Whatever pressures you face, you will float. Whatever tries to sink you, you will rise up. Today, right now, in this moment, you are a warrior. Now smile, it will set fire to those who sought to burn you..." ― Seja Majeed, The Forgotten Tale of Larsa

"He stopped the flyers And by his rare example made the coward Turn terror into sport. As weeds before A vessel under sail, so men obeyed And fell below his stem. His sword, Death's stamp, Where it did mark, it took; from face to foot He was a thing of blood, whose every motion Was timed with dying cries. Alone he entered The mortal gate o' th' city, which he painted With shunless destiny; aidless came off And with a sudden reinforcement struck Corioles like a planet. Now all's his, When by and by the dim of war gan pierce His ready sense; then straight his doubled spirit Requickened what in flesh was fatigate, And to the battle came he, where he did Run reeking o'er the lives of men as if 'Twere a perpetual spoil; and till we called Both field and city ours, he never stood To ease his breast with panting." ― William Shakespeare, Coriolanus

"In the chaos of sentiments and passions which defend a barricade, there is something of everything; there is bravery, youth, honor, enthusiasm, the ideal, conviction, the eager fury of the gamester, and above all, intervals of hope." ― Victor Hugo, Les Misérables

"In that moment, the moon and the sun shared the sky. For all of eternity, the moon and sun have chased each other around the world. Long into the future, they will continue this chase, merging the days into months into years into centuries, until the day the sun cannot take the separation any longer and she shatters, engulfing the moon and everything else in a burst of light. Most will call it the day of final judgment. The end. To the sun and the moon, it will only be the beginning. For the smallest of instants each day, they pause in this chase. They pause and look back at one another, smiling as if sharing a secret. Two lovers that can never exist as one, except in that single, brief instant. Lying there, Persephone smiled too. And as quickly as a smile parts two lips, the two sky wanderers parted ways. The chase was on again. Night gave way to day. That is true love, she had always thought. No force but love can impel one to step willingly into the shadows so that the other may shine." ― Kelseyleigh Reber, If I Resist

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"Every sacrifice has a degree. The greater your destiny, the higher the degree of sacrifice." ― Naide P Obiang

"The honourable are moved, by the nobility of another's sacrifice. The wicked are moved only by causing it." ― Justin K. McFarlane Beau The national Portrait gallery has launched a campaign to raise £12.5m so it can buy Anthony Van Dyck's self portait, ensuring the masterpiece stays in Britain

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"Sometimes what we seek to gain through "winning" a conflict is not worth what we're refusing to sacrifice. And true compromise often involves sacrifice: As on the path between Scylla and Charybdis, the monsters of Greek mythology who lie on either side of a narrow strait to devour sailors and ships, either way you go there will be losses. Through life experience we gradually learn to differentiate between the ideals, values and principles which can, and those which cannot, be compromised." ― Alexandra Katehakis, Mirror of Intimacy: Daily Reflections on Emotional and Erotic Intelligence

"The honourable are moved, by the nobility of another's sacrifice. The wicked are moved only by causing it." ― Justin K. McFarlane Beau

"We might not return from this voyage. None of us. We might all lay down our lives when we reach the end, and not ever know whether our sacrifice changed anything for the better." "It will be for the better," Magiano replies. "We cannot just die, not without trying. Not without fighting." "Do you really believe that?" I ask. "Why are we doing this, anyway? To preserve my own life, and yours—but what has the world ever done for us in order to deserve our sacrifice?" Magiano's brows furrow for a moment, then he leans in closer. "We exist because this world exists. It's a responsibility of ours, whether or not anyone will remember it." He nods at me. "And they will. Because we will return and make sure of it." ― Marie Lu, The Midnight Star

"...The happy Warrior... is he... who, doomed to go in company with pain, and fear, and bloodshed, miserable train turns his necessity to glorious gain; in face of these doth exercise a power which is our human nature's highest dower: controls them and subdues, transmutes, bereaves of their bad influence, and their good receives: by objects, which might force the soul to abate her feeling, rendered more compassionate; is placable— because occasions rise so often that demand such sacrifice; more skillful in self-knowledge, even more pure, as tempted more; more able to endure, as more exposed to suffering and distress; thence, also, more alive to tenderness." ― William Wordsworth, Character of the Happy Warrior

"The world is not mine for the taking. Rather, it is mine for the giving." ― Craig D. Lounsbrough

"To sacrifice is to do for others what we need done for ourselves. But the greatest sacrifice of all is to know that in doing this for someone else, we have now forfeited this thing ever being done for us." ― Craig D. Lounsbrough

The difference between impossible and possible is a willing heart

"Life is short and you die at the end of it. But everyone wants to have a sense of purpose for their life no matter how long or short that life is. There is no greater purpose than to have the courage to be a member of one's country's military and thus to stand in the gap to defend that country's way of life. ― Violet Weed

"They don't have classes on bravery in middle school. If they did I'd have signed up. It would have been helpful to learn how to stare down what I feared most and not blink." ― Shannon Wiersbitzky, What Flowers Remember

"Tumble me down, and I will sit Upon my ruines (smiling yet:) Teare me to tatters; yet I'le be Patient in my necessitie. Laugh at my scraps of cloathes, and shun Me, as a fear'd infection: Yet scarre-crow-like I'le walk as one, Neglecting thy derision." ― Robert Herrick

"The only things I truly keep are those things that I give away." ― Craig D. Lounsbrough

"We'll buy back our own harm with what is most dear to us." ― Euripides, Iphigenia in Aulis

"Sacrifice is the only sensible vocation." ― Craig D. Lounsbrough
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"Through the eyes of the brave, the future makes past tense perfect sense."

There is but one task for all -- One life for each to give. What stands if Freedom fall?" [For All We Have and Are]" Rudyard Kipling, Complete Verse

For you, and for any dear to you, I would do anything. I would embrace any sacrifice for you and for those dear to you. And when you see your own bright beauty springing up anew at your feet, think now and then that there is a man who would give his life, to keep a life you love beside you. ― Charles Dickens, A Tale of Two Cities

"You thought if you were good. If you gave up the things that made you different. The world you know. That it would be enough. But sacrifice is often so invisible. People do not look for it in others. They know their own. They list them out like titles at a ball. I've done for you. I've done for you. I've done. And it is always your turn now. To hurt, to long. To be a broken thing. A thing that differs. Before, you always thought you were a person." ― Deirdre Sullivan, Tangleweed and Brine

"So well thy words become thee as thy wounds, They smack of honor both." ― William Shakespeare, Macbeth

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