Breaking down this quote.

Reply Wed 19 Feb, 2014 08:28 pm
What does this quote essentially mean? can u guys help me break it down.
"Great achievement is usually born of great sacrifice, and is never the result of selfishness."
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Reply Wed 19 Feb, 2014 11:58 pm
Here are the dictionary definitions of the key words in the quote. I highlighted the ones that pertain to your quote.

I'll let you do the rest of your homework from here. If you need further help, compose your first draft of your interpretation of the quote, post it and we can proceed from there.

Main Entry: achieve·ment
Pronunciation: \ə-ˈchēv-mənt\
Function: noun
Date: 15th century
1 : the act of achieving : accomplishment 2 a : a result gained by effort b : a great or heroic deed 3 : the quality and quantity of a student's work

Main Entry: born
Pronunciation: \ˈbȯrn\
Function: adjective
Etymology: Middle English, from Old English boren, past participle of beran to carry — more at bear
Date: before 12th century
1 a : brought forth by or as if by birth b : native —usually used in combination <American-born> c : deriving or resulting from —usually used in combination <poverty-born crime> 2 a : having from birth specified qualities <a born leader> b : being in specified circumstances from birth <nobly born> <born to wealth> 3 : destined from or as if from birth <born to succeed>

Main Entry: 2sacrifice
Function: verb
Inflected Form(s): sacrificed; sacrific·ing
Date: 14th century
transitive verb
1 : to offer as a sacrifice 2 : to suffer loss of, give up, renounce, injure, or destroy especially for an ideal, belief, or end 3 : to sell at a loss 4 : to advance (a base runner) by means of a sacrifice hit 5 : to kill (an animal) as part of a scientific experiment
intransitive verb
1 : to make or perform the rites of a sacrifice 2 : to make a sacrifice hit in baseball
— sac·ri·fic·er noun

Main Entry: self·ish
Pronunciation: \ˈsel-fish\
Function: adjective
Date: 1640
1 : concerned excessively or exclusively with oneself : seeking or concentrating on one's own advantage, pleasure, or well-being without regard for others 2 : arising from concern with one's own welfare or advantage in disregard of others <a selfish act> 3 : being an actively replicating repetitive sequence of nucleic acid that serves no known function <selfish DNA> ; also : being genetic material solely concerned with its own replication <selfish genes>
— self·ish·ly adverb
— self·ish·ness noun

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