Duty Quotes

Obedience is our universal duty and destiny; wherein whoso will not bend must break; too early and too thoroughly we cannot be trained to know that "would," in this world of ours, is a mere zero to "should," and for most part as the smallest of fractions even to "shall."

Thomas Carlyle

Obedience sums up our entire duty.

Hosea Ballou

The voice of protest, of warning, of appeal is never more needed than when the clamor of fife and drum, echoed by the press and too often by the pulpit, is bidding all men fall in step and obey in silence the tyrannous word of command. Then, more than ever, it is the duty of the good citizen not to be silent.

Charles Eliot Norton

There is a higher form of patriotism than nationalism, and that higher form is not limited by the boundaries of one's country; but by a duty to mankind to safeguard the trust of civilization.

Oscar S. Strauss

The first duty of a revolutionary is to get away with it.

Abbie Hoffman

Citizen service is the very American idea that we meet our challenges not as isolated individuals but as members of a true community, with all of us working together. Our mission is nothing less than to spark a renewed sense of obligation, a new sense of duty, a new season of service...

Bill Clinton

It is no longer my moral duty as a human being to achieve an integrated and unitary set of explanations for my thoughts and feelings

Bronwyn Davies

Meek young men grow up in libraries, believing it their duty to accept the views which Cicero, which Locke, which Bacon, have given, forgetful that Cicero, Locke, and Bacon were only young men in libraries, when they wrote these books.

Ralph Waldo Emerson

Lets have faith that right makes might; and in that faith let us, to the end, dare to do our duty as we understand it.

Abraham Lincoln

He that would make his own liberty secure, must guard even his enemy from opposition; for if he violates this duty he establishes a precedent that will reach himself.

Thomas Paine

I believe that every right implies a responsibility; every opportunity, an obligation; every possession, a duty.

John D. Rockefeller Jr.

Live so that thou mayest desire to live again - that is thy duty - for in any case thou wilt live again.

Freidrich Nietzsche

The wretched have no compassion, they can do good only from strong principles of duty.

Samuel Johnson

Maturity: Be able to stick with a job until it is finished. Be able to bear an injustice without having to get even. Be able to carry money without spending it. Do your duty without being supervised.

Ann Landers

The strongest is never strong enough to be always the master, unless he transforms strength into right, and obedience into duty.

Jean-Jacques Rousseau

The duty of criticism is neither to depreciate nor dignify by partial representations, but to hold out the light of reason, whatever it may discover; and to promulgate the determinations of truth, whatever she shall dictate

Samuel Johnson

Idleness is a constant sin, and labor is a duty. Idleness is the devil's home for temptation and for unprofitable, distracting musings; while labor profit others and ourselves.

Anne Baxter

The First Duty of wine is to be Red...the second is to be a Burgundy

Harry Waugh

The one predominant duty is to find one's work and do it

Charlotte Perkins Gilman

Pleasure is the object, duty and the goal of all rational creatures.

Voltaire

Our duty is to preserve what the past has had to say for itself, and to say for ourselves what shall be true for the future

John Ruskin

Only enemies speak the truth; friends and lovers lie endlessly, caught in the web of duty.

Stephen King

The first duty of life is to be as artificial as possible. What the second duty is no one as yet discovered.

Oscar Wilde

No eulogy is due to him who simply does his duty and nothing more.

St. Augustine
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