Obligation Quotes

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Abraham Lincoln
“I am not bound to win, but I am bound to be true. I am not bound to
succeed, but I am bound to live up to what light I have.”
Abraham Lincoln

John Stuart Mill
“The object of this Essay is to assert one very simple principle, as entitled to govern absolutely the dealings of society with the individual in the way of compulsion and control, whether the means used be physical force in the form of legal penalties, or the moral coercion of public opinion. That principle is, that the sole end for which mankind are warranted, individually or collectively in interfering with the liberty of action of any of their number, is self-protection. That the only purpose for which power can be rightfully exercised over any member of a civilized community, against his will, is to prevent harm to others. His own good, either physical or moral, is not a sufficient warrant. He cannot rightfully be compelled to do or forbear because it will be better for him to do so, because it will make him happier, because, in the opinions of others, to do so would be wise, or even right. These are good reasons for remonstrating with him, or reasoning with him, or persuading him, or entreating him, but not for compelling him, or visiting him with any evil, in case he do otherwise. To justify that, the conduct from which it is desired to deter him must be calculated to produce evil to someone else. The only part of the conduct of any one, for which he is amenable to society, is that which concerns others. In the part which merely concerns himself, his independence is, of right, absolute. Over himself, over his own body and mind, the individual is sovereign.”
John Stuart Mill, On Liberty

Simon Morden
“People like us, we think differently, don't we? We are different. We do all the things that others do. But when it comes down to it, we don't need anyone else. We're happy doing what we do and having obligation interferes with that. And sometimes I think we don't even need ourselves. What's most important is to find out whether we're right or not.”
Simon Morden, Equations of Life

Robert W. Service
“A promise made is a debt unpaid”
Robert W. Service, The Cremation of Sam McGee

Aaron Sorkin
“If you feel that strongly about something, you have an obligation to try and change my mind.”
Aaron Sorkin

Tobias Wolff
“There are very few professions in which people just sit down and think hard for five or six hours a day all by themselves. Of course it's why you want to become a writer — because you have the liberty to do that, but once you have the liberty you also have the obligation to do it.”
Tobias Wolff

S.L. Jennings
“No child, no matter what path they may have chosen, should be abandoned by the people who should love them the most. When two people come together and make the conscious decision to create a life, they have an obligation to protect and love that child until death.”
S.L. Jennings, Dark Light

Donna Lynn Hope
“Some families are an odd melting pot of strangers with the occasional offering of obligation.”
Donna Lynn Hope

Anne Robert Jacques Turgot
“Respect is tendered with pleasure only where it is not exacted.”
Anne Robert Jacques Turgot, The Turgot Collection

“Takamasa Saegusa: 'Seigen, a mere member of the Toudouza, had the effrontery to sully the sacred dueling ground. For that reason, our lord had already decided to subject him to tu-uchi before long. Cut off his head immediately, and stick it on a pike!'

Gennosuke could hardly believe his ears. Such an insult to Irako Seigen was unwarranted. It was pride. For Gennosuke, Irako Seigen was pride itself.

Takamasa Saegusa: 'Fujiki Gennosuke! It is the way of the samurai to take the head of the defeated enemy on the battleground. Do not hesitate! If you are a samurai, you must carry out the duty of a samurai!'


Saegusa, Lord of Izu, continued shouting, but Gennosuke did not attend. That word 'samurai' alone reverberated through his body.

If one aims at the juncture between the base of the skull and the spine, decapitation is not that difficult, but Gennosuke could muster no more strength than a baby. He grew pale and trembled with the strain. He could only hack with his sword as if he were sawing wood. He felt nauseated, as if his own cells one after another were being annihilated. But this...

Lord Tokugawa Tadanaga: 'I approve.'

Takamasa Saegusa: 'Fujiki Gennosuke, for this splendid action you have received words of thanks from our lord. As a sign of his exceptional approval, you shall be given employment at Sunpu Castle. This great debt will by no means be forgotten. From this day forward you must offer your life to our lord!'

Prostrating himself, Gennosuke vomited.”
Takayuki Yamaguchi, シグルイ 15

Abū al-ʿAlāʾ al-Maʿarrī
“Reason forbade me many things which,
Instinctively, my nature was attracted to;
And a perpetual loss I feel if, knowing,
I believe a falsehood or deny the truth.”
Abu Al-Alaa Al-Maarri

“In the violent scorn of her revolted pride, of her indignant honor, had she forgotten a lowlier yet harder duty left undone?
In her contempt and dread of yielding to mere amorous weakness had she stifled and denied the cry of pity, the cry of conscience?
To suffer woes which hope thinks infinite. To forgive wrongs darker than death or night. To defy power which seems omnipotent. To love and live to hope till hope creates from it's own wreck the thing it contemplates. Neither to change, nor falter, nor repent.
This had been the higher, diviner way which she had missed, this obligation from the passion of the past which she had left unfulfilled, unaccepted.
Now the misgiving arose in her whether she had mistaken arrogance for duty; whether, cleaving so closely to honor she had forgotten the obligation of mercy.”

“She was like a queen who beholds the virgin soil of her kingdom invaded and wasted by a traitor.
Any other thing she would have pardoned: infidelity, indifference, cruelty, any sins of manhood's caprice or passion, but who should pardon this?
The sin was not alone against herself; it was against every law of decency and truth that ever she had been taught to hold sacred; it was against all those great dead, who lay with the cross on their breasts and their swords by their side, from whom she had received and treasured the traditions of honor and purity of race.
It was those dead knights whom he had smote upon the mouth and mocked, crying to them: 'Lo! your place is mine; my sons will reign in your stead. I have tainted your race forever; for every my blood flows with yours!'
The greatness of a race is a thing far higher than mere pride. Its instincts are noble and supreme. Its obligations are no less than its privileges; it is a great light which streams backward through the darkness of the ages, and if by that light you guide not your footsteps, then are you thrice accursed, holding as you do that lamp of honor in your hands.
So she had always thought, and now he had dashed the lamp in the dust.

Roger Scruton
“What makes a political order legitimate, in the conservative view, is not the free choices that create it, but the free choices that it creates.”
Roger Scruton, Conservatism: An Invitation to the Great Tradition

Rick Kirschner
“The best protection is to snip the connecting cord they’ve attached that ties your choice to guilt. First, snip the cord inside yourself. Then thank them for their support, as if support was what they had to offer. This disconnects their access and frees you to move on without any chains of obligation to bind you.”
Rick Kirschner, Dealing with Difficult People : 24 lessons for Bringing Out the Best in Everyone

“An equally compelling point regarding the power of reciprocity comes from an account of a woman who saved her life not by giving a gift as did the captured soldier, but by refusing a gift and the powerful obligations that went with it.”
Robert Cialdini, Influence: The Psychology of Persuasion

Alexander McCall Smith
“Von Igelfeld wondered whether there was a moral obligation to read a letter. Surely the moral principles involved were the same as those which applied when somebody addressed a remark to one. One does not have to answer; but inevitably does.”
Alexander McCall Smith, Portuguese Irregular Verbs

Roger Scruton
“The lesson of history for Hume is that the established order, founded on customs that are followed and accepted, is always to be preferred to the ideas, however exultant and inspiring, of those who would liberate us from our inherited sense of obligation.”
Roger Scruton, Conservatism: An Invitation to the Great Tradition

Craig D. Lounsbrough
“In the Bible God says, "Then you will call on me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you.” God will listen. Not out of obligation. Not because you are a project. Not because you are a charity case. Not because God is checking a box. There’s none of that. The fact is, He created us to be heard by Him. Therefore, He can do nothing other than listen to us.”
Craig D. Lounsbrough

Amos Tutuola
“I had forgotten that things might change in future and that promise was a debt.”
Amos Tutuola, Ajaiyi and His Inherited Poverty

Maggie Nelson
“As we think, we might remember that it matters not only with whom and what we choose to think; it also matters what spirit we choose to think with.”
Maggie Nelson, On Freedom: Four Songs of Care and Constraint

“Prayer is more relational than duty or obligation”
Dr. Lucas D. Shallua

“In Simon's voice, he heard the siren song of family—how it pulls you despite all sense; how it forces you to discard your convictions, your righteous selfhood, in favor of profound dependence.”
Chloe Benjamin, The Immortalists

Alice Zeniter
“Perhaps if his childhood had been like Clarisse’s, he would have done something else, he would have taken the time she suggested to to discover what he truly loves, what he wants to devote his days to doing, but he has not been able to shake off entirely the obligation of the utilitarian, the efficient, the concrete, nor has he been able to shake off a notion of the civil service as a grail where he is fortunate to be allowed to work.

At night, as he sets his alarm clock, he sometimes thinks that it takes much longer than he expected to escape, and that if he has not put as much distance between himself and his childhood as he would have liked, the next generation can carry on where he left off. He imagines that what he is really doing in the stifling little room that serves as his office is amassing shares in freedom that he will be able to pass on to his children.”
Alice Zeniter, L'Art de perdre

“Rather than just accepting- we need to be committed to our purpose.
কেবল গ্রহণ করার চেয়ে – আমাদের উদ্দেশ্যটির প্রতি প্রতিশ্রুতিবদ্ধ হওয়া দরকার।”
Mozammel Khan

Vincent Okay Nwachukwu
“For peace of mind, forgiveness is an obligation, not an option. It is the debt we owe our offenders. It's just like turning the table and becoming the one owing your debtor. Abiding by this maxim is sublime.”
Vincent Okay Nwachukwu

Tiphanie Yanique
“Family can be like an anchor. An anchor may tether you. An anchor may also pull and sink your ship.”
Tiphanie Yanique, Land of Love and Drowning

“Kind acts be celebrated not like duties but like an obligation to humanity! Let's just say, fewer humans are standing out from the inhumans!”
Somya Kedia

Bertrand Russell
“What we ‘ought’ to desire is merely what someone else wishes us to desire. Usually it is what the authorities wish us to desire — parents, school-masters, policemen, and judges. If you say to me ‘you ought to do so-and-so’, the motive power of your remark lies in my desire for your approval — together, possibly, with rewards or punishments attached to your approval or disapproval. Since all behaviour springs from desire, it is clear that ethical notions can have no importance except as they influence desire. They do this through the desire for approval and the fear of disapproval.”
Bertrand Russell, What I Believe

Andrew Pacholyk
“An obligation is rarely done out of joy. But, joy is the obligation of the soul.”
Andrew Pacholyk, Pearls of Light: passion, poetry & positive affirmations

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