greater love hath no man than this

greater love hath no man than this

Used to introduce some great sacrifice or demonstration of selfless goodwill. The phrase comes from the New Testament of the Bible (John 15:13): "Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends." Today we honor those of our military who gave their lives to protect our country. Truly, greater love hath no man than this.
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greater love hath no man

A supreme sacrifice; the ultimate demonstration of friendship or goodwill. The term comes from the Bible: “Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends” (John 15:13). Detective-story aficionado Anthony Boucher (The Case of the Seven Sneezes, 1942) made an amusing play on it: “Greater love hath no man than this, that he should lay down his checkbook for his life.”
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