Duty Proverbs

Sayings about Duty

The path of duty lies in what is near at hand, but men look for it in what is remote. ~ Japanese Proverbs

The main thing is that we can smile at our duties , even at our suffering. ~ Chinese Proverb

Never step over one duty to perform another. ~ English Proverbs

Duty before devotion.~ Mexican Proverbs

To serve our elders is a duty, our equals it is polite, but serving the young is humiliating. ~ Serbian Proverbs

It is the duty of children to wait on elders, and not the elders on children. ~ Kenyan Proverbs

Pursue your duties and don’t let them pursue you. ~ Japanese Proverb

Respect for ones parents is the highest duty of civil life. ~ Chinese Proverb

To marry once is a duty, twice a folly, and three times — madness. ~ Dutch Proverbs

The most beautiful things in the universe are the starry heavens above us and the feeling of duty within us. ~ Indian Proverb

Quotations about Duty

Every duty we omit obscures some truth we should have known. ~ John Ruskin

Not liberty but duty is the condition of existence. ~ Mathilde Blind

For duty, duty must be done; The rule applies to everyone. ~ W.S. Gilbert

Every right implies a responsibility; Every opportunity, an obligation, Every possession, a duty.~ John D. Rockefeller

Duty does not consist in suffering everything, but in suffering everything for duty. Sometimes, indeed, it is our duty not to suffer. ~ Alexandre Rodolphe Vinet

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

Duty is the goddess of manhood and she demands no mean sacrifice. ~ Janice Manning & Marshall Masters

It is one of the worst of errors to suppose that there is any other path of safety except that of duty. ~ James H. Aughey

Life is of little value unless it be consecrated by duty. ~ Samuel Smiles

The brave man inattentive to his duty, is worth little more to his country, than the coward who deserts her in the hour of danger. ~ Andrew Jackson

Our duty, as men and women, is to proceed as if limits to our ability did not exist. We are collaborators in creation. ~ Pierre Teilhard De Chardin

Nothing is properly one’s duty but what is also one’s interest. ~ Bishop John Wilkins

Men equally honest, equally devoted to their fatherland, are momentarily separated by different conceptions of their duty. ~ Jean-Paul Sartre

It is an achievement for a man to do his duty on earth irrespective of the consequences.~ Nelson Mandela

The pleasure a man of honor enjoys in the consciousness of having performed his duty is a reward he pays himself for all his pains. ~ Jean de la Bruyere

Do the duty which lies nearest to you, the second duty will then become clearer. ~ Thomas Carlyle

If you lay duties upon people and give them no rights, you must pay them well. ~ Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe

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

Duty–the command of heaven, the eldest voice of God. ~ Charles Kingsley

Duty is not collective; it is personal. ~ Calvin Coolidge

Men must be either the slaves of duty, or the slaves of force. ~ Joseph Joubert

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. ~ Thomas Szasz

Duty grows everywhere–like children, like grass. ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

Consult duty, not events.~ Walter Savage Landor

Duty. That which sternly impels us in the direction of profit, along the line of desire. ~ Ambrose Bierce

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

Oh! Duty is an icy shadow. It will freeze you. It cannot fill the heart’s sanctuary. ~ Augusta Jane Evans

Duty cannot exist without faith.~ Benjamin Disraeli

Without duty, life is sort of boneless; it cannot hold itself together. ~ Joseph Joubert

Love can do much, but duty more.~ Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe

Duty doesn’t need to call; it only needs to whisper. ~ Dean Koontz

As birds are made to fly and rivers to run, so the soul to follow duty. ~ Ramayana

Activate yourself to duty by remembering your position, who you are, and what you have obliged yourself to be.~ Thomas Kempis

A duty dodged is like a debt unpaid; it is only deferred, and we must come back and settle the account at last. ~ Joseph Fort Newton

We all know our duty better than we discharge it. ~ John Randolph of Roanoke

God never imposes a duty without giving the time to do it. ~ John Ruskin

Let us not run out of the path of duty, lest we run into the way of danger. ~ Rowland Hill

The superior man is the man who fulfils his duty. ~ Eugene Ionesco

Knowledge of our duties is the most useful part of philosophy. ~ Archbishop Richard Whately

If I do my full duty, the rest will take care of itself. ~ George S. Patton

The path of duty lies in what is near, and men seek for it in what is remote; the work of duty lies in what is easy, and men seek for it in what is difficult. ~ Mencius

Death is lighter than a feather, but Duty is heavier than a mountain. ~ Robert Jordan

The true way to render ourselves happy is to love our duty and find in it our pleasure. ~ Langlois de Motteville

We have an intuitive sense of our duty. ~ Jonathan Swift

An enlightened man had but one duty – to seek the way to himself, to reach inner certainty, to grope his way forward, no matter where it led. ~ Hermann Hesse

Do to-day’s duty, fight to-day’s temptation; and do not weaken and distract yourself by looking forward to things which you cannot see, and could not understand if you saw them. ~ Charles Kingsley

None should expect to prosper who go out of way of duty. ~ James H. Aughey

The line of life is a ragged diagonal between duty and desire.~ William R. Alger

It is wonderful what strength of purpose and boldness and energy of will are roused by the assurance that we are doing our duty. ~ Sir Walter Scott

Until our duty becomes to us common as breathing, we are poor creatures. ~ George Macdonald

A man who refuses a duty … is not punished … but forsaken. And he will never know love or honor or happiness again. ~ S. M. Stirling

I have learned that to do one’s next duty is to take a step toward all that is worth possessing. ~ Josiah Gilbert Holland

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

From the point of view of the individual, duty is the surrender of one’s thought and mind to the fixed ideas of culture, society, and the state. ~ John F. Welsh

Besides the five senses, there is a sixth sense, of equal importance–the sense of duty. ~ Christian Nestell Bovee

Every one regards his duty as a troublesome master from whom he would like to be free. ~ Mazo de la Roche

Where there are no rights, there are no duties.~ Henri Benjamin Rebecque

All the slaves of duty dig their own graves sooner or later. ~ K. J. Parker

Every duty is great; great, because it tries our principle; great, because for the time being it tries our loyalty to conscience, and our energy and will. ~ E. H. Chapin

There is no moment without some duty. ~ Marcus Tullius Cicero

Much has been given us, and much will rightfully be expected from us. We have duties to others and duties to ourselves; and we can shirk neither. ~ Theodore Roosevelt

In every profession the daily and common duties are the most useful. ~ Author Unknown

Do your duty, and don’t swerve from it. Do that which your conscience tells you to be right, and leave the consequences to God. ~ Benjamin Robert Haydon

Consult duty, not events. ~ Arthur Annesley

Do your duty and leave the rest to heaven.~ Pierre Corneille

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

Men love to hear of their power, but have an extreme disrelish to be told their duty. ~ Edmund Burke

Do the duty which lies nearest to thee. ~ Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

The doing of things from duty is but a stage on the road to the kingdom of truth and love. ~ George MacDonald

There is nothing in the universe I fear but that I shall not know all my duty, or shall fail to do it. ~ Mary Lyon

Simple duty hath no place for fear. ~ John Greenleaf Whittier

The thing which must be, must be for the best; God helps us do our duty and not shrink. ~ Lord Edward Robert Bulwer Lytton

Duty is the sublimest word in the language. You can never do more than your duty. You should never wish to do less.~ Robert E. Lee

Man cannot choose his duties. ~ George Eliot

I slept, and dreamed that life was Beauty; I woke, and found that life was Duty. ~ Ellen Sturgis Hooper

Only when the voice of duty is silent, or when it has already spoken, may we allowably think of the consequences of a particular action. ~ Augustus William Hare

We never fail when we try to do our duty; we always fail when we neglect to do it. ~ Lord Baden-Powell

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

Duties are ours; events are God’s. This removes an infinite burden from the shoulders of a miserable, tempted, dying creature. ~ Richard Cecil

The sense of duty pursues us ever. ~ Joseph Cook

Let us 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

There is no duty we so much underrate as the duty of being happy. ~ Robert Louis Stevenson

Do daily and hourly your duty; do it patiently and thoroughly. Do it as it presents itself; do it at the moment, and let it be its own reward. ~ James H. Aughey

Duty is what goes most against the grain, because in doing that we do only what we are strictly obliged to, and are seldom much praised for it. ~ Jean de la Bruyere

In doing what we ought we deserve no praise, because it is our duty. ~ Joseph Addison

The last pleasure in life is the sense of discharging our duty. ~ William Hazlitt

Oh, duty is what one expects from others, it is not what one does oneself. ~ Oscar Wilde

Every duty, even the least duty, involves the whole principle of obedience. ~ Henry Edward Manning

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. ~ Mother Teresa

You will always find those who think they know your duty better than you know it. ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

What is possible is our highest duty.~ William E. McLaren

A sense of duty is useful in work but offensive in personal relations. ~Bertrand Russell

Do well the duty that lies before you. ~ Pittacus of Mitylene

Who escapes a duty, avoids a gain.~ Theodore Parker

The reward of one’s duty is the power to fulfill another.~ George Eliot

The sense of duty is the fountain of human rights. ~ William Ellery Channing

Duties extend beyond obligations, and direct the affections, desires, and intentions, as well as the actions. ~ William Whewell

Man is saved by love and duty, and by the hope that springs from duty, or rather from the moral facts of consciousness, as a flower springs from the soil. ~ Henri-Frederic Amiel

No man’s spirits were ever hurt by doing his duty. ~ William Paley

Families are nothing other than the idolatry of duty. ~ Ann Oakley

Our duty is to be useful, not according to our desires but according to our powers. ~ Henri-Frederic Amiel

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

The constant duty of every man to his fellows is to ascertain his own powers and special gifts, and to strengthen them for the help of others. ~ John Ruskin

Duty is the demand of the hour. ~ Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

One painful duty fulfilled makes the next plainer and easier. ~ Helen Keller

What is the most important duty? One’s duty toward one’s parent. ~ Mencius

Three things prompt men to a regular discharge of their duty in time of action: natural bravery, hope of reward, and fear of punishment. ~ George Eliot

There is little pleasure in the world that is true and sincere besides the pleasure of doing our duty and doing good. I am sure no other is comparable to this. ~ John Tillotson

I believe that every right implies a responsibility; every opportunity, an obligation; every possession, a duty. ~ John D. Rockefeller, Jr.

I choose to be found doing my duty. ~ Abraham Davenport

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