Duty Quotes

Most popular duty quotes

Happiness isn't a moral force.  It's a duty.
One has two duties—to be worried and not to be worried.
The reward of one duty is the power to fulfill another.
A sense of duty is moral glue, constantly subject to stress.
What's a man's first duty? The answer's brief: to be himself.

authenticity be yourself

What's a man's first duty? The answer is brief: To be himself.
Do not make someone else do the work that you should be doing.
Oh duty,
Why hast thou not the visage of a sweetie or a cutie?
The last pleasure in life is the sense of discharging our duty.
He gives only the worthless gold
Who gives from a sense of duty.

Giving

Any-time you give up pleasure for duty, you're a stronger person.
Duty largely consists of pretending that the trivial is critical.
There is no duty we so much underrate as the duty of being happy.
Duty is what one expects from others, it is not what one does oneself.
The service we render others is the rent we pay for our room on earth.
That dull, laden, soul-depressing sensation known as the sense of duty.
Without duty, life is soft and boneless; it cannot hold itself together.
The life of pleasure breeds boredom. The life of duty breeds resentment.

resentment

Only aim to do your duty, and mankind will give you credit where you fail.
Oh!  Duty is an icy shadow.  It will freeze you.  It cannot fill the heart's sanctuary.
Your duty is to scream those truths that one should shout but that are merely whispered.

truth

Duty, n. That which sternly impels us in the direction of profit, along the line of desire.
Those who expect to reap the blessings of freedom must undergo the fatigue of supporting it.

freedom

When a stupid man is doing something he is ashamed of, he always declares that it is his duty.
The most beautiful things in the universe are the starry heavens above us and the feeling of duty within us.

Indian proverbs proverbs

It is seldom very hard to do one's duty when one knows what it is, but it is often exceedingly difficult to find this out.
There are two freedoms: the false where a man is free to do what he likes; the true where a man is free to do what he ought.

freedom

The burning conviction that we have a holy duty toward others is often a way of attaching our drowning selves to a passing raft.
If we believe a thing to be bad, and if we have a right to prevent it, it is our duty to try to prevent it and damn the consequences.
Duty is a very personal thing. It is what comes from knowing the need to take action and not just a need to urge others to do something.
A sense of duty is useful in work, but offensive in personal relations.  People wish to be liked, not to be endured with patient resignation.
Make it a point to do something every day that you don't want to do. This is the golden rule for acquiring the habit of doing your duty without pain.

how to live life

When one has come to accept a certain course as duty he has a pleasant sense of relief and of lifted responsibility, even if the course involves pain and renunciation.
It is easier to do one's duty to others than to one's self.  If you do your duty to others, you are considered reliable.  If you do your duty to yourself, you are considered selfish.
Duties are not performed for duty's sake, but because their neglect would make the man uncomfortable.  A man performs but one duty—the duty of contenting his spirit, the duty of making himself agreeable to himself.
Duty is a debt you owe to yourself to fulfill obligations you have assumed voluntarily. Paying that debt can entail anything from years of patient work to instant willingness to die.  Difficult it may be, but the reward is self-respect.