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"The mark of the immature man is that he wants to die nobly for a cause, while the mark of a mature man is that he wants to live humbly for one."
Wilhelm Stekel

"The only difference between a suicide and a martyrdom is press coverage."

Martyrdom... is the only way in which a man can become famous without ability.
The Devil's Disciple (1901) act 3

Bobby:What is it with you Winchesters, huh? You, your dad - you're both just itching to throw yourselves down the pit.
Azazel: Anyway, thanks a bunch! I knew I kept you alive for a reason - until now, anyway. I couldn't have done it without your pathetic, self-loathing, self-destructive desire to sacrifice yourself for your family.
— Both to Dean, Supernatural, the exact same episode

Alfred: I'll get this to Mr. Fox, but no more. I've sewn you up, I've set your bones... but I won't bury you. I've buried enough members of the Wayne family.
Bruce: You're leaving?
Alfred: You see only one end to your journey. Leaving is all I have to make you understand: you're not Batman anymore, you have to find another way. You used to talk about finishing, about life beyond that awful cave.

"I'm sick and tired of the Exarch's attempts at selfless sacrifice. If he suggests dying one more time, I swear I'm going to grant him his wish."
Alisaie, Final Fantasy XIV

"I know how tempting it is to give up your own happiness for others. Believe me, I know, but that kind of thing only goes so far. It might seem good and noble, but there's a point where self-sacrifice becomes a liability, not a gift, and I think you passed that a long time ago. You've spent so much of yourself trying to be a good emperor, it's left you with nothing of your own. No happiness. No hope. No love."
Julius Heartstriker, The Heartstrikers

"You really are a kid, Kanna. A thoughtless kid with a backwards notion that if she dies it'll solve everything!"
Sou Hiyori towards Kanna Kizuchi, Your Turn to Die

Catra: Why? Why are you like this?! Why do you always have to sacrifice everything for everyone else? When do you get to choose? What do you want, Adora?
Adora: I...I have to do this, Catra. I'm the only one who can.
Catra: ...Then do it. That's what you want. That's what you'll always choose. I don't have to stay and watch it happen.

But you don't know the first thing about Deku. He's screwed up in the head. The guy never takes himself into account. Just says crap like "I'm fine".
Bakugo, My Hero Academia