"You are not required to set yourself on fire to keep other people warm".

If you wanted refer to the kind of person this quote talks about, what name/term would you use?

I am looking for a single word that would describe this personality, something along the lines of "giving your lunch money for a hungry friend is for the good, but giving your rent money for a hungry neighbor is for the ~word I am looking for~".

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You could use martyr - in the sense of unnecessary self sacrifice, although this has a negative connotation of someone doing it primarily in order for others to perceive their suffering.

If their actions are truly altruistic then you could call them a saint.

Obviously both of these words are religious in origin but also have non-religious meaning.



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    I agree that 'martyr carries a negative connotation of doing something self sacrificing, but making sure everyone notices, for kudos. 'Doormat' might cover a situation where someone is acquiescing to requests from others, but I can't think of anything which covers volunteering to be a doormat, in one word. – Spagirl May 9 '16 at 10:29

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