Obligation Proverbs

Sayings about Obligation

The first favor is a favor, the second an obligation. ~ Chinese Proverbs

If you fall into a pit, Providence is under no obligation to come and look for you.  ~ Iranian Proverbs

A priest is a man who is called Father by everyone except his own children who are obliged to call him Uncle. ~ Italian Proverbs

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

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

Man has responsibility, not power. ~ Tuscarora proverb

The obliging fool is worse than an enemy. ~ Ukrainian Proverbs

Quotations about Obligation

A tender conscience is a stronger obligation than a prison. ~ Thomas Fuller

Government’s first duty and highest obligation is public safety. ~ Arnold Schwarzenegger

To owe an obligation to a worthy friend is a happiness, and can be no disparagement. ~ Pierre Charron

There is a moral obligation that those who have should give to those who don’t. ~ Audrey Hepburn

The Universe is under no obligation to make sense to you. ~ Neil deGrasse Tyson

Relationships based on obligation lack dignity. ~ Wayne Dyer

You find in some a sort of graceless modesty, that makes them ashamed to requite an obligation. ~ Seneca

Noblesse oblige; or, superior advantages bind you to larger generosity. ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

Our obligation is to give meaning to life and in doing so to overcome the passive, indifferent life. ~ Elie Wiesel

Some pretend want of power to make a competent return; and you shall find in others a kind of graceless modesty, that makes a man ashamed of requiting an obligation, because it is a confession that he has received one. ~ Seneca

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

What do I owe to my times, to my country, to my neighbors, to my friends? Such are the questions which a virtuous man ought to ask himself often. ~ John Caspar Lavater

We are solemnly obliged to the children of those who have loved us. ~ Achille Poincelot

One of man’s greatest obligations is anger. ~ Nikos Kazantzakis

Life is made up, not of great sacrifices or duties, but of little things, in which smiles and kindness, and small obligations given habitually, are what preserve the heart and secure comfort. ~ Humphry Davy

Base natures ever judge a thing above them, and hate a power they are too much obliged to. ~ Thomas Otway

To feel oppressed by obligation is only to prove that we are incapable of a proper sentiment of gratitude. To receive favors from the unworthy is simply to admit that our selfishness is superior to our pride. Most men remember obligations, but not often to be grateful for them. The proud are made sour by the remembrance and the vain silent. ~ William Gilmore Simms

There is one thing diviner than duty, namely, the bond of obligation transmuted into liberty. ~ William R. Alger

It is no great misfortune to oblige ungrateful people, but an unsupportable one to be forced to be under an obligation to a scoundrel. ~ Philip James Bailey

Obligation is thraldom, and thraldom is hateful. ~ Thomas Hobbes

It is a secret, well known to all great men, that by conferring an obligation they do not always procure a friend, but are certain of creating many enemies. ~ Henry Fielding

We are always much better pleased to see those whom we have obliged than those who have obliged us. ~ Francois Duc de la Rochefoucauld

Trifling favors are readily acknowledged, though cheaply esteemed; but important ones are most rarely remembered. ~ Giovanni Ruffini

When you understand your obligations to God then you can understand your obligations to society. ~ H. Rap Brown

Obligation is the bitterest thraldom. ~ Madame Suzanne Curchod Necker

An obligation is something which constrains or induces us to act. ~ Lord Francis Jeffrey

There are minds so impatient of inferiority that their gratitude is a species of revenge, and they return benefits, not because recompense is a pleasure, but because obligation is a pain. ~ Samuel Johnson

Obligation Proverbs

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