C.N. Douglas, comp. Forty Thousand Quotations: Prose and Poetical. 1917.


There is nothing fruitful except sacrifice.


Self-denial is a monkish virtue.


Whoso lives for humanity must be content to lose himself.

O. B. Frothingham.

Self-denial is the best riches.


The more a man denies himself the more he shall obtain from God.


The first lesson in Christ’s school is self-denial.

Matthew Henry.

Great is self-denial!***Life goes all to ravels and tatters where that enters not.


Self-denial is often the sacrifice of one sort of self-love for another.


Self-denial is the quality of which Jesus Christ set us the example.

Ary Scheffer.

Pure self-denial is our good angel’s hand barring the gates of sin.

Abbé Mullois.

How happy one would be if one could throw off one’s self as one throws off others!

Mme. du Deffand.

In common things the law of sacrifice takes the form of positive duty.


The worst education which teaches self-denial is better than the best which teaches everything else, and not that.

John Sterling.

Self-denial is a virtue of the highest quality, and he who has it not, and does not strive to acquire it, will never excel in anything.


Self-denial is indispensable to a strong character, and the loftiest kind thereof comes only of a religious stock,—from consciousness of obligation and dependence upon God.

Theodore Parker.

  • Brave conquerors! for so you are,
  • That war against your own affections,
  • And the huge army of the world’s desires.
  • Shakespeare.

    Only the soul that with an overwhelming impulse and a perfect trust gives itself up forever to the life of other men, finds the delight and peace which such complete self-surrender has to give.

    Phillips Brooks.

    There never did and never will exist anything permanently noble and excellent in a character which was a stranger to the exercise of resolute self-denial.

    Walter Scott.

    It is certainly much easier wholly to decline a passion than to keep it within just bounds and measures; and that which few can moderate almost anybody may prevent.


    Self-denial does not belong to religion as characteristic of it; it belongs to human life; the lower nature must always be denied when you are trying to rise to a higher sphere.


    The lives of men who have been always growing are strewed along their whole course with the things they have learned to do without.

    Phillips Brooks.

    Alas! this time is never the time for self-denial, it is always the next time. Abstinence is so much more pleasant to contemplate upon the other side of indulgence.

    George MacDonald.

    The only conclusive evidence of a man’s sincerity is that he gives himself for a principle. Words, money, all things else, are comparatively easy to give away; but when a man makes a gift of his daily life and practice, it is plain that the truth, whatever it may be, has taken possession of him.