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Winston ChurchillIt’s not enough that we do our best; sometimes we have to do what’s required.

—  Winston Churchill, 1874-1965, British Prime Minister, Nobel 1953

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

—  George Bernard Shaw, 1856-1950, Irish writer, Nobel 1925

Eugene IonescoWe are all Victims of Duty.

—  Eugene Ionesco, 1912-1994, French-Romanian playwright

Ralph Waldo EmersonTo live without duties is obscene.

—  Ralph Waldo Emerson, 1803-1884, American philosopher

Ralph Waldo EmersonWe do what we must, and call it by the best names we can.

—  Ralph Waldo Emerson, 1803-1884, American philosopher

Albert CamusI know of only one duty, and that is to love.

—  Albert Camus, 1913-1960, French writer, Nobel 1957

Will DurantNever mind your happiness; do your duty.

—  Will Durant, 1885-1981, American historian & philosopher

Karl KrausThe “rights” of women are men's duties.

—  Karl Kraus, 1874-1936, Austrian writer

Zig ZiglarDuty makes us do things well, but love makes us do them beautifully.

—  Zig Ziglar, 1926-2012, American self-help writer

Ayn RandThere is no such thing as duty. If you know that a thing is right, you want to do it. If you don't want to do it—it isn't right. If it's right and you don't want to do it—you don't know what right is and you're not a man.

—  Ayn Rand, 1905-1982, American writer & philosopher

Quotes in Verse

Constantine KavafyHonor to those who in the life they lead
define and guard a Thermopylae.
Never betraying what is right,
consistent and just in all they do.

—  Constantine Kavafy, 1868-1933, Greek poet ‐ Thermopylae

Lord ByronI slept and dreamt that life was beauty;
I woke and found that life was duty.

—  Lord Byron, 1788-1824, British poet


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