Quotations About
sacrifice

Selina: You don’t owe these people any more. You’ve given them everything.
Batman: Not everything. Not yet.

River: I get confused. I remember everything. I remember too much. And… some of it’s made up, and… some of it can’t be quantified, and… there’s secrets, and …
Simon: It’s okay.
River: But I understand. You gave up everything you had to find me. You found me broken. It’s hard for you. You gave up everything you had.
Simon: Mei-mei. Everything I have is right here.

Posted in: Firefly

Surely it was a good way to die, in the place of someone else, someone I loved. Noble, even. That ought to count for something.

Posted in: Twilight

It is a far, far better thing that I do, than I have ever done; it is a far, far better rest that I go to than I have ever known.

A Tale of Two Cities
Posted in: Charles Dickens

O dearly-bought revenge, yet glorious!

Samson Agonistes
Posted in: John Milton

I regret that I have but one life to lose for my country.

Hale is said to have declared this on the gallows
Posted in: Nathan Hale

Give me Liberty or give me death!

Speech at the Second Virginia Convention at St. John's Church in Richmond, Virginia (23 March 1775)
Posted in: Patrick Henry

Let every nation know, whether it wishes us well or ill, that we shall pay any price, bear any burden, meet any hardship, support any friend, oppose any foe, in order to assure the survival and the success of liberty.

Inaugural Address, Jan. 20, 1961

The heights by great men reached and kept
Were not attained by sudden flight,
But they, while their companions slept,
Were toiling upward in the night.

The Ladder of St. Augustine (1858)

A thing is not necessarily true because a man dies for it.

The Portrait of Mr. W. H. (1889).
Posted in: Oscar Wilde

The warriors that fought for their country, and bled,
Have sunk to their rest; the damp earth is their bed;
No stone tells the place where their ashes repose,
Nor points out the spot from the graves of their foes.

They died in their glory, surrounded by fame,
And Victory’s loud trump their death did proclaim;
They are dead; but they live in each Patriot’s breast,
And their names are engraven on honor’s bright crest.

"The Battle of Lovell's Pond" (November 17, 1820)