Duty Quotes

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Duty Quotes

Do your duty and a little more and the future will take care of itself.

Andrew Carnegie

It is the first responsibility of every citizen to question authority.

Benjamin Franklin

A sense of duty is useful in work, but offensive in personal relations.

Bertrand Russell

Every duty that is bidden to wait comes back with seven fresh duties at its back.

Charles Kingsley

The first duty of a man is the seeking after and the investigation of truth.


Honor is no phantom. Duty doesn’t melt away, no matter how much we might wish it to.

Claudia J. Edwards

When a stupid man is doing something he is ashamed of, he always declares that it is his duty.

George Bernard Shaw

The reward of one duty done is the power to fulfill another.

George Eliot

Do your duty as you see it, and damn the consequences.

George S. Patton Jr.

Our duty is to be useful, not according to our desires but according to our powers.

Henri Frédéric Amiel

Duty is one and invariable; it requires no impossibilities, nor can it ever be disregarded with impunity.

Henry David Thoreau

n action, to have moral worth, must be done from duty.

Immanuel Kant

People tend to forget their duties but remember their rights.

Indira Gandhi

No duty is more urgent than that of returning thanks.

James Allen

If you lay duties upon people and give them no rights, you must pay them well.

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Every right implies a responsibility; Every opportunity, an obligation, Every possession, a duty.

John D. Rockefeller

It’s an artist’s duty to reflect the times in which we live.

John Legend

It is our duty to be faithful, not with eye service as men pleasers.

Jupiter Hammon

The duty of youth is to challenge corruption.

Kurt Cobain

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.

Mark Twain

Every one regards his duty as a troublesome master from whom he would like to be free.

Mazo de la Roche

Every duty is a charge, but the charge of oneself is the root of all others.


With faith, discipline and selfless devotion to duty, there is nothing worthwhile that you cannot achieve.

Muhammad Ali Jinnah

Duty is what one expects from others.

Oscar Wilde

Happiness is the natural flower of duty.

Phillips Brooks

Do your duty and leave the rest to the gods.

Pierre Corneille

It is our duty as men and women to proceed as though the limits of our abilities do not exist.

Pierre Teilhard de Chardin

A man’s duty is to find out where the truth is, or if he cannot, at least to take the best possible human doctrine and the hardest to disprove, and to ride on this like a raft over the waters of life.


We all have the duty to do good.

Pope Francis

The reward of doing one duty is the power to do another.

Rabbi Ben Azai

We never fail when we try to do our duty, we always fail when we neglect to do it.

Robert Baden-Powell

Duty is the sublimest word in the language; you can never do more than your duty; you shall never wish to do less.

Robert E. Lee

There is no duty we so much underrate as the duty of being happy.

Robert Louis Stevenson

Your duty is to treat everybody with love as a manifestation of the Lord.

Swami Sivananda

Who escapes a duty, avoids a gain.

Theodore W. Parker

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

Thomas Jefferson

The duty of man is not a wilderness of turnpike gates, through which he is to pass by tickets from one to the other. It is plain and simple, and consists but of two points–his duty God, which every man must feel; and, with respect to his neighbor, to do as he would be done by.

Thomas Paine

A man who neglects his duty as a citizen is not entitled to his rights as a citizen.


Where duty is plain delay is both foolish and hazardous; where it is not, delay may be both wisdom and safety.

Tryon Edwards

Duty is that mode of action on the part of the individual which constitutes the best possible application of his capacity to the general benefit.

William Godwin

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