Careful Words

sacrifice (n.)

sacrifice (v.)

A flower, when offered in the bud,

Is no vain sacrifice.

Isaac Watts (1674-1748): Divine Songs. Song xii.

  Sacrifice to the Graces.

Earl Of Chesterfield (1694-1773): Letter, March 9, 1748.

  Plato was continually saying to Xenocrates, "Sacrifice to the Graces."

Diogenes Laertius (Circa 200 a d): Xenocrates. iii.

A verse may find him who a sermon flies,

And turn delight into a sacrifice.

George Herbert (1593-1632): The Church Porch.

  When bad men combine, the good must associate; else they will fall one by one, an unpitied sacrifice in a contemptible struggle.

Edmund Burke (1729-1797): Thoughts on the Cause of the Present Discontents. Vol. i. p. 526.