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Duty Quotes and Sayings
Quotes about Duty

Please enjoy these Duty Quotes from the wise, the romantic, and the famous of the past and present.

I long to accomplish a great and noble task,
but it is my chief duty to accomplish small tasks
as if they were great and noble.
- Helen Keller

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Love is a better teacher than duty.
- Albert Einstein

Infinite striving to be the best is man's duty;
it is its own reward.
Everything else is in God's hands.
- Mohandas (Mahatma) Gandhi

If co-operation is a duty, I hold that non-co-operation
also under certain conditions is equally a duty.
- Mohandas (Mahatma) Gandhi

 

Let's 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

No duty is more urgent than that of returning thanks.
- James Allen

Only aim to do your duty,
and mankind will give you credit where you fail.
- Thomas Jefferson

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I think it's the duty of the comedian to find out
where the line is drawn and cross it deliberately.
- George Carlin

All the great things are simple,
and many can be expressed in a single word:
freedom, justice, honor, duty, mercy, hope.
- Winston Churchill

Non-cooperation with evil is as much a duty as is cooperation with good.
- Mohandas (Mahatma) Gandhi

When a stupid man is doing something he is ashamed of,
he always declares that it's his duty.
- George Bernard Shaw

We'll try to cooperate fully with the IRS,
because, as citizens, we feel a strong patriotic duty not to go to jail.
- Dave Barry

The dead cannot cry out for justice.
It is a duty of the living to do so for them.
- Lois McMaster Bujold

In most places in the country, voting is looked upon as a right and a duty,
but in Chicago it's a sport.
- Dick Gregory

It is the patriotic duty of every man to lie for his country.
- Alfred Adler

Happiness is the natural flower of duty.
- Phillips Brooks

Service to others is only noble when is is a choice
- a free-will gift.
Anything done out of a sense of obligation
or responsibility or duty becomes a burden
rather than a spiritual empowerment.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

We have now sunk to a depth at which restatement of
the obvious is the first duty of intelligent men.
- George Orwell

Power has only one duty - to secure the social welfare of the People.
- Benjamin Disraeli

No matter that patriotism is too often the refuge of scoundrels.
Dissent, rebellion, and all-around hell-raising remain
the true duty of patriots.
- Barbara Ehrenreich

To send light into the darkness of men's hearts -
such is the duty of the artist.
- Robert Schumann

It is better to do one's own duty,
however defective it may be,
than to follow the duty of another,
however well one may perform it.
He who does his duty as
his own nature reveals it, never sins.
- Lao Tzu

To keep the body in good health is a duty...
otherwise we shall not be able
to keep our mind strong and clear.
- The Buddha

Where it is a duty to worship the sun it is pretty
sure to be a crime to examine the laws of heat.
- John Morley

We require from buildings two kinds of goodness:
first,
the doing their practical duty well:
then that they be graceful and pleasing in doing it.
- John Ruskin

God gave me a great body and it's my duty to take care of my physical temple.
- Jean Claude Van Damme

The essence of all religions is One.
Surrender is the main duty of everyone.
Surrender means the feeling of oneness,
I and God are One. Why?
The reason is that the One
who is present in you is present in me.
- Sri Sathya Sai Baba

The first duty of a newspaper is to be accurate.
If it be accurate, it follows that it is fair.
- Herbert Bayard Swope

A fundamental duty of government is to protect its people.
- Brad Henry

People in positions of power and privilege have a duty
to perform at a higher level.
If not them, then who?
- Kathleen Parker

The rule of joy and the law of duty seem to me all one.
- Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr.

Do your duty, that is best; leave unto the Lord the rest.
- David O. McKay

I feel however, that we architects have a special duty and mission...
(to contribute) to the socio-cultural development of
architecture and urban planning.
- Kenzo Tange

The reward of one duty is the power to fulfill another.
- George Eliot

It is the duty of our men to enroll themselves in the national services.
We need all our manpower for defence.
For the military and...
we need a quarter of a million men.
- Eamon de Valera

He who has mingled in the fray of duty that the brave endure,
must have made foes.
If you have none, small is the work that you have done.
- Charles Mackay

I believe Congress has a duty to do so as well;
not simply as a body of legislators,
but more importantly as a community of friends,
neighbors, parents and Americans.
- Jim Walsh

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

Ever notice that the whisper of temptation can be heard
farther than the loudest call to duty.
- Earl Wilson

I slept and dreamt that life was beauty;
I woke and found that life was duty.
- George Byron

Our veterans accepted the responsibility to defend
America and uphold our values when duty called.
- Bill Shuster

Poland is an ally of the United States of America.
It was our duty to show that we are a reliable,
loyal, and predictable ally.
America needed our help, and we had to give it.
- Adam Michnik

Abasement, degradation is simply the manner of life
of the man who has refused to be what it is his duty to be.
- Jose Ortega y Gasset

Rights that do not flow from duty
well performed are not worth having.
- Mohandas (Mahatma) Gandhi

No nation ought to keep a navy larger than is necessary to do police duty.
- George William Norris

My duty as a teacher is to train, educate future programmers.
- Niklaus Wirth

We are all one - or at least we should be -
and it is our job,
our duty, and our great challenge to fight the voices
of division and seek the salve of reconciliation.
- Roy Barnes

My duty is to try to reach beauty.
Cinema is emotion.
When you laugh you cry.
- Roberto Benigni

Force is the duty of the state, not Hizbullah.
- Hassan Nasrallah

The first duty of government is to see that people have food,
fuel, and clothes.
The second, that they have means of moral and intellectual education.
- John Ruskin

I think I have a duty as a recovering guy to help,
to make my knowledge of what I went through accessible.
- Charlie Sheen

Anyway I will go same road because I,
I was born in gymnastics.
This is my, how to say, my life and my duty.
- Olga Korbut

An artist's duty is rather to stay open-minded and
in a state where he can receive information and inspiration.
You always have to be ready for that little artistic Epiphany.
- Nick Cave

If it is the duty of the State to educate,
it is the duty of the State also to bear the burden of education,
namely, the taxation out of which education is provided.
- Edmund Barton

To escape jury duty in England, wear a bowler hat and
carry a copy of the Daily telegraph.
- John Mortimer

Partisanship is our great curse.
We too readily assume that everything has two sides
and that it is our duty to be on one or the other.
- James Harvey Robinson

I don't understand people who like to work and talk
about it like it was some sort of goddamn duty.
Doing nothing feels like floating on warm water to me.
Delightful, perfect.
- Ava Gardner

To grasp the full significance of life is the actor's duty,
to interpret it is his problem, and to express it his dedication.
- Marlon Brando

I took upon myself to enact the part of a poor,
unfortunate crazy girl, and felt it my duty not to
shirk any of the disagreeable results that should follow.
- Nellie Bly

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

Because I remember, I despair.
Because I remember, I have the duty to reject despair.
- Elie Wiesel

All Americans have a sacred duty to guarantee Social
Security benefits to our nation's senior citizens.
- Steve King

The religious idea of God cannot do full duty for the metaphysical infinity.
- Alan Watts

The work of many of the greatest men,
inspired by duty, has been done amidst suffering and trial and difficulty.
They have struggled against the tide,
and reached the shore exhausted.
- Samuel Smiles

No more duty can be urged upon those who are entering
the great theater of life than simple loyalty to their best convictions.
- Edwin Hubbel Chapin

Man is a living duty, a depository of powers that he
must not leave in a brute state.
Man is a wing.
- Jose Marti

Good luck is the willing handmaid of a upright and energetic character,
and conscientious observance of duty.
- James Russell Lowell

From a very early age I had imbibed the opinion that
it was every man's duty to do all that lay in his power
to leave his country as good as he had found it.
- William Cobbett

Distrust of authority should be the first civic duty.
- Norman Douglas

Painting is a faith, and it imposes the duty to disregard public opinion.
- Vincent Van Gogh

A Failure in this Duty did once involve our Nation
in all the Horrors of Rebellion and Civil War.
- Charles Inglis


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