54 Quotes About Sacrifices Being Worth It


You could be the most ambitious, most positive, most motivated son of a b-tch who ever walked the earth.

There will still be times when you could use some assurance.

Any glorious path can be lonely, and on some days you’ll find yourself wondering if all of the hard work will actually pay off.

This article was written to encourage people like you. People making hard choices and hustling for a better tomorrow.

Here are 54 quotes about sacrifices being worth it. 

“If you’re going to try, go all the way. Otherwise, don’t even start. This could mean losing girlfriends, wives, relatives, and maybe even your mind. It could mean not eating for three or four days. It could mean freezing on a park bench. It could mean jail. It could mean derision. It could mean mockery–isolation. Isolation is the gift. All the others are a test of your endurance, of how much you really want to do it. And, you’ll do it, despite rejection and the worst odds. And it will be better than anything else you can imagine. If you’re going to try, go all the way. There is no other feeling like that. You will be alone with the gods, and the nights will flame with fire. You will ride life straight to perfect laughter. It’s the only good fight there is.”

Charles Bukowski

“Human progress is neither automatic nor inevitable… Every step toward the goal of justice requires sacrifice, suffering, and struggle; the tireless exertions and passionate concern of dedicated individuals.”

Martin Luther King Jr

“When you go in search of honey, you must expect to be stung by bees.”

Joseph Joubert

“If you don’t sacrifice for what you want, what you want becomes the sacrifice”


“The important thing is this: to be ready at any moment to sacrifice what you are for what you could become.”

Charles Dickens

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

Sidney Howard

“Don’t sacrifice who you could be for who you are.”

Jordan B. Peterson

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

Gaylord Nelson

“Sacrifice is nothing other than the production of sacred things.”

Georges Bataille

“From my experience and understanding, I believe money follows name and fame, while recognition calls for a huge amount of sacrifice. To get something, you have to lose something. That’s the rule of life.”

Lata Mangeshkar

“I was determined to play my horn against all odds, and I had to sacrifice a whole lot of pleasure to do so.”

Louis Armstrong

“In order to become prosperous, a person must initially work very hard, so he or she has to sacrifice a lot of leisure time.”

Dalai Lama

“I will not leave South Africa, nor will I surrender. Only through hardship, sacrifice, and militant action can freedom be won. The struggle is my life. I will continue fighting for freedom until the end of my days.”

Nelson Mandela

“You always have to sacrifice something when you want to achieve something.”

Rita Ora

“There is no moral authority like that of sacrifice.”

Nadine Gordimer

“There is no sense to a sacrifice after you come to feel that it is a sacrifice.”

Stefan Zweig

Things aren’t gifted to you. Things don’t just come from an idea, from nothing. You have to work for them. You have to pursue them. You have to take time. You have to sacrifice.


There were times when I could not afford to sacrifice the bloom of the present moment to any work, whether of the head or hands. I love a broad margin to my life.

Henry David Thoreau

“Dreams do come true, if only we wish hard enough. You can have anything in life if you will sacrifice everything else for it.”

J.M. Barrie, Peter Pan

“Sacrifice is a part of life. It’s supposed to be. It’s not something to regret. It’s something to aspire to.”

Mitch Albom

“Sometimes the prize is not worth the costs. The means by which we achieve victory are as important as the victory itself.”

Brandon Sanderson

“When you know who matters most to you, giving things up, even yourself, doesn’t really feel like a sacrifice.”

Kiera Cass

“The pain will leave once it has finished teaching you”


A man’s enjoyment of all good things is in exact proportion to the pains he has undergone to gain them.

Cyrus the Great

“A lifetime of glory is worth a moment of pain.”

Laura Hillenbrand

″No war can be won without young men dying. Those things which are precious are saved only by sacrifice.”

Stephen Ambrose

“Of all that is written, I love only what a person hath written with his blood.”

Friedrich Nietszche

“If we aren’t willing to pay the price for our values, if we aren’t willing to make some sacrifices in order to realize them, then we should ask ourselves whether we truly believe in them at all.”

Barack Obama

“I stand

on the sacrifices

of a million women before me 


what can I do

to make this mountain taller 

so the women after me 

can see farther”

Rupi Kaur

“..the early Christians… Willingly they sacrificed fame, fortune, and life itself on behalf of the cause they knew to be right. Quantitatively small, they were qualitatively giants.”

Martin Luther King Jr

“Most people focus on the wrong thing; They focus on the result, not the process. The process is the sacrifice; it’s all the hard parts – the sweat, the pain, the tears, the losses. You make the sacrifices anyway. You learn to enjoy them, or at least embrace them. In the end, it is the sacrifices that must fulfill you.”

Ronda Rousey

“You were born as a sacrifice. And you can either participate in the sacrifice, dissolving in the giving of your gift, or you can resist it, which is your suffering.”

David Deida

If you’re interested, you will do what is convenient; if you’re committed, you’ll do whatever it takes.

John Assaraf

Whatever it takes to finish things, finish. You will learn more from a glorious failure than you ever will from something you never finished.

Neil Gaiman

“all effort—even failed effort—produces muscle.”

Alex Harris

“To give anything less than your best is to sacrifice the gift.” 

Steve Prefontaine

“Sacrifice: If you want something you’ve never had, you must be willing to do something you’ve never done.”


“The entrepreneurial life is one of challenge, work, dedication, perseverance, exhilaration, agony, accomplishment, failure, sacrifice, control, powerlessness… but ultimately, extraordinary satisfaction.”

David S. Rose

“The most important decision about your goals is not what you’re willing to do to achieve them, but what you are willing to give up.”

Dave Ramsey

“I’ve got a dream worth more than my sleep.”


“There is no decision that we can make that doesn’t come with some sort of balance or sacrifice.” 

Simon Sinek

“I think that the good and the great are only separated by the willingness to sacrifice.” 

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar

“It is not a sacrifice, it’s a choice. If you choose to do something, then you shouldn’t say it’s a sacrifice, because nobody forced you to do it.” 

Aung San Suu Kyi

“Pain is temporary. It may last a minute, or an hour, or a day, or a year, but eventually it will subside and something else will take its place. If I quit, however, it lasts forever.”

Lance Armstrong

“I learned that a real friendship is not about what you can get, but what you can give. Real friendship is about making sacrifices and investing in people to help them improve their lives.”

Eric Thomas

“Make a commitment to yourself that today, success is your only option! No matter the obstacles, no matter the sacrifice! you have decided you won’t be denied, you won’t be defeated!”

Eric Thomas

“Let others laugh when you sacrifice desire to duty if they will. You have time and eternity to rejoice in.”

Theodore Parker

“Peace demands the most heroic labor and the most difficult sacrifice.”

Thomas Merton

“I am a member of a team, and I rely on the team, I defer to it and sacrifice for it, because the team, not the individual, is the ultimate champion.”

Mia Hamm

“No fine work can be done without concentration and self-sacrifice and toil and doubt.”

Max Beerbohm

“The most sublime act is to set another before you.”

William Blake

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