Quotes and Sayings about Obligation



"He who is void of virtuous attachments in private life is, or very soon will be, void of all regard for his country. There is seldom an instance of a man guilty of betraying his country, who had not before lost the feeling of moral obligations in his private connections."
- Samuel Adams
(Related: Life, Country, Feeling, Man, Will)

"I think celebrities have an obligation to the public to not just sing or act."
- Clay Aiken
(Related: Act, Obligation, Public)

"Beside all this I think there was something personal, being Muslim myself who lived in the west I felt that it was my obligation my duty to tell the truth about Islam. It is a religion that has a 700 million following, yet it's so little known about it which surprised me."
- Moustapha Akkad
(Related: Religion, Truth, Islam, Muslim, Being, Duty, Obligation)

"When we were in the seminary we got a stipend direct from the government and for that stipend we had an obligation to stick to our teaching job for five years."
- Josef Albers
(Related: Government, Job, Obligation, Teaching, Years)

"I never thought of losing, but now that it' s happened, the only thing is to do it right. That's my obligation to all the people who believe in me. We all have to take defeats in life."
- Muhammad Ali
(Related: Life, Thought, People, Losing, Now, Obligation, Right)

"A judge can't have any preferred outcome in any particular case. The judge's only obligation - and it's a solemn obligation - is to the rule of law."
- Samuel Alito
(Related: Law, Obligation)

"I think we have a moral obligation to our children that can be easily summarized: number one, protect them from harm."
- Tom Allen
(Related: Children, Harm, Obligation)

"We have, unlike many of our competitors, continued to meet our various financial obligations."
- Gerard Arpey
(Related: Financial)

"We have an obligation to live in harmony with creation, with our capital... with God's creation. And we need to administer and work that very carefully."
- Bruce Babbitt
(Related: Work, God, Creation, Harmony, Obligation)

"Your only obligation in any lifetime is to be true to yourself. Being true to anyone else or anything else is not only impossible, but the mark of a fake messiah."
- Richard Bach
(Related: Being, Obligation)

"All of the muscles were gone, so that was a real tough time of rebuilding all of that. But you have a deadline, you have an obligation. You've said that you will commit to this part, and I just can't live with myself for not really giving it as much as I can."
- Christian Bale
(Related: Time, Giving, Obligation, Will)

"The personal thing is something I have never talked about. And I never will. That is prohibited. My job is public. But that's it. When you're not working, you don't have an obligation to be public."
- Javier Bardem
(Related: Job, Obligation, Public, Will)

"Wherefore for the public interest and benefit of human society it is requisite that the highest obligations possible should be laid upon the consciences of men."
- Isaac Barrow
(Related: Men, Society, Interest, Public)

"Romania will continue to fulfil its obligations in Afghanistan and Iraq."
- Traian Basescu
(Related: Afghanistan, Iraq, Will)

"In itself, homosexuality is as limiting as heterosexuality: the ideal should be to be capable of loving a woman or a man; either, a human being, without feeling fear, restraint, or obligation."
- Simone de Beauvoir
(Related: Fear, Being, Feeling, Homosexuality, Man, Obligation, Restraint, Woman)

"I have family obligations and all that stuff. I get my kids six weeks in the summer, which is a real intense period of time. I'm with them every minute of the day."
- Tom Berenger
(Related: Family, Time, Day, Kids, Summer)

"I know for certain of only one commandment, one obligation, that God imposes upon us, and that is to be compassionate toward other human beings."
- Theodore Bikel
(Related: God, Obligation)

"But the Western countries that link their partnership with the poorest countries with respect for democracy also have to consider that they have obligations towards these countries."
- Omar Bongo
(Related: Countries, Democracy, Partnership, Respect)

"Understand, when you eat meat, that something did die. You have an obligation to value it - not just the sirloin but also all those wonderful tough little bits."
- Anthony Bourdain
(Related: Obligation, Value)

"Hollywood has an obligation to watch what they put out there. Kids do imitate what they see - good or bad."
- Morgan Brittany
(Related: Hollywood, Kids, Obligation)

"Our obligation at the network is where do we fit into that and how can we best capitalize on that to make sure that our piece of that remains important to those young people."
- Tom Brokaw
(Related: People, Network, Obligation)

"Of course the EU and member states must work to ensure that people moving from one country to another understand their obligations and their rights in areas like health, road safety and further education."
- John Bruton
(Related: Education, Work, Health, People, Country, Rights, Road, Safety, states)

"As a human rights issue, the effort to end violence against women becomes a government's obligation, not just a good idea."
- Charlotte Bunch
(Related: Women, Idea, Government, Effort, End, Rights, Human rights, Obligation, Violence)

"The United States have fulfilled in good faith all their treaty stipulations with the Indian tribes, and have in every other instance insisted upon a like performance of their obligations."
- Martin Van Buren
(Related: Faith, Performance, states, United)

"The United States prefers that Iraq meet its obligations voluntarily, yet we are prepared for the alternative."
- George W. Bush
(Related: Iraq, states, United)

"The nation's obligation to her defenders is as old as that defense itself."
- Steve Buyer
(Related: Defense, Nation, Obligation, Old)

"If I don't feel like writing today or for a few days, I don't. And I don't think about it. It is not an obligation-it is the greatest privilege."
- Jonathan Carroll
(Related: Obligation, Privilege, Today, Writing)

"Teaching civility is an obligation of the family."
- Stephen Carter
(Related: Family, Obligation, Teaching)

"I've always had an obligation to creation, above all."
- Nick Cave
(Related: Creation, Obligation)

"I'm concerned about the cost, just like everybody else. There's no question that we have an obligation to help the people of Louisiana and Mississippi to rebuild."
- Saxby Chambliss
(Related: People, Help, Obligation, Question)

"Resistance is feasible even for those who are not heroes by nature, and it is an obligation, I believe, for those who fear the consequences and detest the reality of the attempt to impose American hegemony."
- Noam Chomsky
(Related: Nature, Fear, American, Consequences, Heroes, Obligation, Reality)

"We've had it very clear to the Bosnians that our obligation to equip and train their forces is completely conditional on the foreign forces being gone."
- Warren Christopher
(Related: Being, Obligation)

"No obligation to do the impossible is binding."
- Marcus Tullius Cicero
(Related: Obligation)

"Voting is the most precious right of every citizen, and we have a moral obligation to ensure the integrity of our voting process."
- Hillary Clinton
(Related: Integrity, Obligation, Right, Voting)

"We have an opportunity, but we have an obligation to senior citizens and to the younger people who are entering the workforce today to help ensure that they are going to be able to trust the government to have a workable program that benefits them as well."
- Thad Cochran
(Related: Government, Trust, People, Opportunity, Benefits, Help, Obligation, Today)

"Our mother was a very religious and observant Jew, our father less so. She was kind of driving the religious education, so for us it was more a burden and an obligation when we were kids at that age."
- Joel Coen
(Related: Age, Education, Mother, Father, Burden, Driving, Kids, Obligation, Religious)

"Given the choice, children who don't want for anything will not save... We have an obligation as parents to give our children what they need. What they want we can give them as a special gift, or they can save their money for it."
- Barbara Coloroso
(Related: Money, Children, Choice, Obligation, Parents, Want, Will)

"While some of them acknowledge the obligation of natural morality in their mode of conducting their cases, and preserve their individual character as gentlemen, there are others who acknowledge no law, human or divine, but the law of Scotland."
- George Combe
(Related: Morality, Character, Gentlemen, Law, Obligation, Scotland)

"Each is under the most sacred obligation not to squander the material committed to him, not to sap his strength in folly and vice, and to see at the least that he delivers a product worthy the labor and cost which have been expended on him."
- Anna Julia Cooper
(Related: Strength, Folly, Labor, Obligation, Vice)

"Words without deeds violates the moral and legal obligation we have under the genocide convention but, more importantly, violates our sense of right and wrong and the standards we have as human beings about looking to care for one another."
- Jon Corzine
(Related: Legal, Care, Deeds, Genocide, Obligation, Right, Sense, Words, Wrong)

"You have to pick the stories that you want to be involved with and the end game is you'd like to be a part of a hit. But I think your moral obligation is to follow your own heart."
- Kevin Costner
(Related: Heart, End, Obligation, Want)

"As my dad said, you have an obligation to leave the world better than how you found it. And he also reminded us to be givers in this life, and not takers."
- Phil Crane
(Related: Dad, Life, Obligation, World)

"Pets are humanizing. They remind us we have an obligation and responsibility to preserve and nurture and care for all life."
- James Cromwell
(Related: Life, Care, Obligation, Pets, Responsibility)

"The Declaration of Independence says when government fails, the people have the right to replace it. Well, New York State government has failed and the people have the right, indeed the people have the the people have the obligation, to act."
- Andrew Cuomo
(Related: Government, People, Act, Independence, Obligation, Right, State)

"In those days, reserve duty lasted for six years, which, I might add, was three times as long as service in the regular army, although to be perfectly honest, I was unable to fulfill my entire obligation because I was taking acting classes and they said I could skip my last year."
- Larry David
(Related: Acting, Army, Duty, Obligation, Service, Years)

"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
(Related: Life, Heart, Comfort, Kindness, Smiles)

"The BBC has the obligation to think big. And at the moment, that clarion call sounds an uncertain note to me."
- Jonathan Dimbleby
(Related: Obligation)

"December 25th has become guilt and obligation."
- Phil Donahue
(Related: December, Guilt, Obligation)

"Over and over again, financial experts and wonkish talking heads endeavor to explain these mysterious, 'toxic' financial instruments to us lay folk. Over and over, they ignobly fail, because we all know that no one understands credit default obligations and derivatives, except perhaps Mr. Buffett and the computers who created them."
- Richard Dooling
(Related: Computers, Financial, Credit, Experts, Folk, Talking)

"When we ask American men and women in uniform to fight for this country and to defend this country's interest and then to send them overseas, there is no question we have an obligation to protect them and provide for their safety."
- Byron Dorgan
(Related: Men, Women, American, Country, Fight, Interest, Obligation, Question, Safety)

"Every day President Bush and Congress refuse to fulfill their obligation to special ed is another day Wisconsin property taxpayers are stuck with the bill. It's unfair, irresponsible and must stop."
- Jim Doyle
(Related: Congress, Day, Obligation, President, Property)

"Relationships based on obligation lack dignity."
- Wayne Dyer
(Related: Dignity, Obligation, Relationships)

"If you are living out of a sense of obligation you are slave."
- Wayne Dyer
(Related: Living, Obligation, Sense)

"If you don't like the way the world is, you change it. You have an obligation to change it. You just do it one step at a time."
- Marian Wright Edelman
(Related: Change, Time, Obligation, World)

"We have to remind the people: Congress has the constitutional obligation and public responsibility to oversee these issues and the Department of Justice's operations."
- Sibel Edmonds
(Related: Congress, Justice, Obligation, Public, Responsibility)

"We have no more fundamental obligation in government than to ensure the safety of our citizens."
- Robert. L. Ehrlich
(Related: Government, Obligation, Safety)

"To know that everything we say and do to this new little human being may have a profound effect on him or her is a daunting obligation."
- Gloria Estefan
(Related: Being, Effect, May, Obligation)

"Divorced men are more likely to meet their car payments than their child support obligations."
- Susan Faludi
(Related: Car, Men, Support)

"A man must not deny his manifest abilities, for that is to evade his obligations."
- William Feather
(Related: Man)

"We as a Congress have a moral obligation to bring justice to the families of these victims. Furthermore, as a society based on laws, we have a responsibility to ensure that criminals don't go unpunished."
- Bob Filner
(Related: Society, Congress, Justice, Laws, Obligation, Responsibility, Victims)

"Russia under President Putin is less democratic and less free today than when he assumed office. If Russia cannot fulfill its obligation to the G-8 and maintain a high standard of democratic governance then its membership should be suspended."
- Vito Fossella
(Related: Obligation, Office, President, Russia, Today)

"My role and my obligation was to conduct criminal investigations."
- Louis Freeh
(Related: Obligation)

"Insofar as international law is observed, it provides us with stability and order and with a means of predicting the behavior of those with whom we have reciprocal legal obligations."
- J. William Fulbright
(Related: Legal, Behavior, Law, Order, Stability)

"Those who have prospered and profited from life's lottery have a moral obligation to share their good fortune."
- Dick Gephardt
(Related: Life, Fortune, Obligation)

"I jumped off the wheel of fortune because I wanted to simplify things. Now I've fulfilled my obligations to myself by making my new record. I'd like it to sell millions of copies, but my self - worth is not based on chart positions."
- Roland Gift
(Related: Fortune, Now, Self, Worth)

"The Chancellor also in effect asks us to bargain away whatever obligation or interest we have as regards the neutrality of Belgium. We could not entertain that bargain either."
- Edward Grey
(Related: Bargain, Belgium, Effect, Interest, Neutrality, Obligation)

"Government loses its claim to legitimacy when it fails to fulfill its obligations."
- Martin L. Gross
(Related: Government)

"I think you have an obligation to share what you know as a writer."
- David Guterson
(Related: Obligation, Writer)

"If a policy is wrongheaded, feckless and corrupt, I take it personally and consider it a moral obligation to sound off and not shut up until it's fixed."
- David Hackworth
(Related: Policy, Obligation, Sound)

"Gratitude is one of those things that cannot be bought. It must be born with men, or else all the obligations in the world will not create it."
- Edward F. Halifax
(Related: Men, Gratitude, Will, World)

"A coldly rationalist individualist can deny that he has any obligation to make sacrifices for the future."
- Garrett Hardin
(Related: Future, Obligation)

"The Leader of the Opposition's constitutional obligation - the obligation to Parliament - it's the reason we did the merger! - is to make sure Canadians have an alternative for government."
- Stephen Harper
(Related: Government, Leader, Obligation, Opposition, Parliament, Reason)

"It's the government's obligation to look really to the third parties to get the support to govern."
- Stephen Harper
(Related: Government, Obligation, Support)

"The most basic obligation we have to our veterans is that we keep the promises that were made to them. That is what makes the recent failures of the Veterans Administration so shameful."
- Doc Hastings
(Related: Obligation, Promises, Veterans)

"I am very proud of the quality of public education in Nebraska, but I believe we have an obligation to continually assess whether our system is meeting 21st Century education needs."
- Dave Heineman
(Related: Education, Quality, Meeting, Needs, Obligation, Public)

"The first thing I see is the obligation to serve peace."
- Gustav Heinemann
(Related: Peace, First, Obligation)

"There are events which are so great that if a writer has participated in them his obligation is to write truly rather than assume the presumption of altering them with invention."
- Ernest Hemingway
(Related: Events, Invention, Obligation, Writer)

"The nations must be organized internationally and induced to enter into partnership, subordinating in some measure national sovereignty to worldwide institutions and obligations."
- Arthur Henderson
(Related: Measure, Nations, Partnership)

"In short, it may be said that on paper the obligations to settle international disputes peacefully are now so comprehensive and far-reaching that it is almost impossible for a state to resort to war without violating one or more solemn treaty obligations."
- Arthur Henderson
(Related: War, May, Now, State)

"Since the world has existed, there has been injustice. But it is one world, the more so as it becomes smaller, more accessible. There is just no question that there is more obligation that those who have should give to those who have nothing."
- Audrey Hepburn
(Related: Injustice, Nothing, Obligation, Question, World)

"The obligation of subjects to the sovereign is understood to last as long, and no longer, than the power lasteth by which he is able to protect them."
- Thomas Hobbes
(Related: Power, Obligation)

"Besides, there were 50,000 fans or more there, and they wanted to see the best you've got. There was an obligation to the people, as well as to ourselves, to go all out."
- Carl Hubbell
(Related: People, Fans, Obligation)

"When I hear traditional family values raised, I hear that effort once again to re-establish the man as head and master of his family. Who had the, not only the right, but the obligation to discipline his wife and children to keep them in line?"
- Patricia Ireland
(Related: Family, Wife, Discipline, Values, Children, Effort, Man, Obligation, Right)

"Hey, we have obligations. We all work for a living now."
- Michael Irvin
(Related: Work, Living, Now)

"I believe that if you are elderly, physically or mentally handicapped we have an obligation too you, but if you are able-bodied, you should be working."
- Alphonso Jackson
(Related: Elderly, Obligation)

"I feel in the depths of my soul that it is the highest, most sacred, and most irreversible part of my obligation to preserve the union of these states, although it may cost me my life."
- Andrew Jackson
(Related: Life, Soul, May, Obligation, states)

"George W. Bush and his administration embarked on a full-scale assault on civil liberties, human rights and the rule of law, walking away from his international obligations, tearing up international treaties, protocols and UN conventions."
- Bianca Jagger
(Related: Civil liberties, Rights, Human rights, Law, Walking)

"The only obligation to which in advance we may hold a novel, without incurring the accusation of being arbitrary, is that it be interesting."
- Henry James
(Related: Being, May, Obligation)

"We English are good at forgiving our enemies; it releases us from the obligation of liking our friends."
- P. D. James
(Related: Enemies, English, Friends, Obligation)

"I came up in a family oriented towards the sick, so I always felt an obligation for doing something."
- Eddie Bernice Johnson
(Related: Family, Obligation)

"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
(Related: Gratitude, Inferiority, Benefits, Obligation, Pain, Pleasure, Revenge)

"The international community and Israel have the same opinion regarding the Hamas government. We don't say we are going to boycott it forever. We say the Hamas government must abide by the obligations the Palestinian Authority has signed."
- Moshe Katsav
(Related: Government, Authority, Community, Israel, Opinion)

"The Hamas organization is unwilling to honor the obligations that the Palestinian Authority has signed."
- Moshe Katsav
(Related: Authority, Honor)

"I know I have the mental capacity of a thousand bloggers, but because of that, my obligation to serve God is also that of a thousand bloggers."
- Mickey Kaus
(Related: God, Obligation)

"To state the facts frankly is not to despair the future nor indict the past. The prudent heir takes careful inventory of his legacies and gives a faithful accounting to those whom he owes an obligation of trust."
- John F. Kennedy
(Related: Trust, Despair, Facts, Future, Heir, Obligation, Past, State)

"We have obligations towards the innocent, the dead, towards the living, towards our children and their children."
- Ricardo Lagos
(Related: Children, Living)

"My obligation as president, and what I promise the country, is that the courts will be able to do their job free of all pressure."
- Ricardo Lagos
(Related: Country, Job, Obligation, President, Pressure, Promise, Will)

"True guilt is guilt at the obligation one owes to oneself to be oneself. False guilt is guilt felt at not being what other people feel one ought to be or assume that one is."
- R. D. Laing
(Related: People, Being, Guilt, Obligation)

"But I do believe this - I believe that fundamentally, society is headed in the right direction or wants to head in the right direction, and I think judges have an obligation to try to help it head there."
- Judge Mills Lane
(Related: Society, Direction, Help, Judges, Obligation, Right)

"My only obligation is to keep myself and other people guessing."
- Jude Law
(Related: People, Obligation)

"Sexuality is a big issue, but there are others - how much you commit to a relationship, to social obligation, to honesty and being honest with yourself."
- Ang Lee
(Related: Honesty, Being, Obligation, Sexuality)

"If there is to be peace in our industrial life let the employer recognize his obligation to his employees - at least to the degree set forth in existing statutes."
- John L. Lewis
(Related: Life, Peace, Employees, Obligation)

"I support development and deployment of a limited national missile defense. Few if any of our duties surpass our obligation to provide for the common defense of our nation."
- Joe Lieberman
(Related: Development, Defense, Nation, Obligation, Support)

"On this Veterans Day, let us remember the service of our veterans, and let us renew our national promise to fulfill our sacred obligations to our veterans and their families who have sacrificed so much so that we can live free."
- Dan Lipinski
(Related: Day, Promise, Service, Veterans)

"The other part of our proposal that gets the 'dittoheads' upset is our suggestion that the commercial radio station owners either play by the rules or pay. In other words, if they don't want to be subject to local criticism of how they are meeting their license obligations, they should pay to support public broadcasters who will operate on behalf of the local community."
- Mark Lloyd
(Related: Community, Criticism, Meeting, Play, Public, Rules, Support, Want, Will, Words)

"The great city can teach something that no university by itself can altogether impart: a vivid sense of the largeness of human brotherhood, a vivid sense of man's increasing obligation to man; a vivid sense of our absolute dependence on one another."
- Seth Low
(Related: Brotherhood, Dependence, Man, Obligation, Sense, University)

"I have other obligations now - the show, my family, my life... though I know that without my sobriety I wouldn't have any of those things."
- Rob Lowe
(Related: Family, Life, Now)

"We have a responsibility as a state to protect our most vulnerable citizens: our children, seniors, people with disabilities. That is our moral obligation. But there is an economic justification too - we all pay when the basic needs of our citizens are unmet."
- John Lynch
(Related: People, Children, Justification, Needs, Obligation, Responsibility, State)

"I went to America on holiday when I was 17 and, before I knew it, I'd been signed up by an agency and had these obligations I didn't understand, but which I couldn't say no to. This industry chose me. But I did choose to make it fulfilling."
- Elle Macpherson
(Related: America, Holiday)

"You're never going to get anywhere in life if you don't live up to your obligations."
- Robert Mapplethorpe
(Related: Life)

"Talent is a gift that brings with it an obligation to serve the world, and not ourselves, for it is not of our making."
- Jose Marti
(Related: Talent, Obligation, World)

"God primes the pump of obligation."
- A. P. Martinich
(Related: God, Obligation)

"I was little impressed with this rough and ready way of persuading people to renew their contracts and decided that I was now quite free of any obligations."
- Pietro Mascagni
(Related: People, Now)

"If I were to agree to write the music for your beautiful poem, it would tie your poem up for some years as I have agreements and obligations which I must respect."
- Jules Massenet
(Related: Music, Respect, Years)

"You have to give access to people with disabilities but there is no requirement to hire them. What I mean by affirmative obligation is that producers must take the necessary steps to include opportunities for people with disabilities and a vast majority of them do."
- Richard Masur
(Related: People, Majority, Obligation)

"A dinner invitation, once accepted, is a sacred obligation. If you die before the dinner takes place, your executor must attend."
- Ward McAllister
(Related: Obligation)

"Some laws are wrong, and we have an obligation to speak out against those laws wherever they are."
- Julian McMahon
(Related: Laws, Obligation, Wrong)

"Second, there were the discussions and drafts leading up to the White Paper on Employment Policy of 1944 in which the UK government accepted the maintenance of employment as an obligation of governmental policy."
- James Meade
(Related: Government, Policy, Leading, Obligation)

"Possession without obligation to the object possessed approaches felicity."
- George Meredith
(Related: Obligation, Possession)

"Parents today are under a lot of stress, sometimes working two jobs just to make ends meet. They're trying to find day care for their kids and elder care for their own parents. The Federal Government shouldn't add to their worries by not living up to its obligations."
- Barbara Mikulski
(Related: Government, Care, Day, Jobs, Kids, Living, Parents, Stress, Today, Trying)

"The intrusions of the white race and the non- compliance with treaty obligations have been followed by atrocities that could alone satisfy a savage and revengeful spirit."
- Nelson A. Miles
(Related: Race, Spirit)

"Of two pleasures, if there be one which all or almost all who have experience of both give a decided preference, irrespective of any feeling of moral obligation to prefer it, that is the more desirable pleasure."
- John Stuart Mill
(Related: Experience, Feeling, Obligation, Pleasure)

"Life's under no obligation to give us what we expect."
- Margaret Mitchell
(Related: Life, Obligation)

"I have a lot of obligations."
- Isaac Mizrahi
"To impose taxes when the public exigencies require them is an obligation of the most sacred character, especially with a free people."
- James Monroe
(Related: People, Character, Obligation, Public, Taxes)

"The right of self defense never ceases. It is among the most sacred, and alike necessary to nations and to individuals, and whether the attack be made by Spain herself or by those who abuse her power, its obligation is not the less strong."
- James Monroe
(Related: Power, Abuse, Defense, Nations, Obligation, Right, Self, Spain)

"Death, they say, acquits us of all obligations."
- Michel de Montaigne
(Related: Death)

"Our ideals, laws and customs should be based on the proposition that each generation in turn becomes the custodian rather than the absolute owner of our resources - and each generation has the obligation to pass this inheritance on in the future."
- Alberto Moravia
(Related: Future, Ideals, Inheritance, Laws, Obligation)

"I also believe that member states of the United Nations should live up their obligations to pay their dues."
- Alex Morrison
(Related: Nations, states, United)

"Your first obligation, I suppose, is to your God. Your second is to your family. And your third is to your community. And you ought to try to fulfill all of those in your life."
- Dick Murphy
(Related: Life, Family, God, Community, First, Obligation)

"Our major obligation is not to mistake slogans for solutions."
- Edward R. Murrow
(Related: Mistake, Obligation)

"Even without reforms, the Social Security fund will be able to meet 100 percent of its obligations until 2042."
- Grace Napolitano
(Related: Security, Will)

"Because of their low earnings and family obligations, Latinas would not be putting much money into private investment accounts. An average Latina could wind up losing thousands of dollars under this proposal."
- Grace Napolitano
(Related: Family, Money, Investment, Losing, Wind)

"We not only have a legal obligation to honor our commitments, we have a moral obligation to provide the coverage we promised to provide to these people."
- Bob Ney
(Related: Legal, People, Honor, Obligation)

"All sciences are now under the obligation to prepare the ground for the future task of the philosopher, which is to solve the problem of value, to determine the true hierarchy of values."
- Friedrich Nietzsche
(Related: Values, Future, Now, Obligation)

"We have an obligation and a responsibility to be investing in our students and our schools. We must make sure that people who have the grades, the desire and the will, but not the money, can still get the best education possible."
- Barack Obama
(Related: Education, Money, People, Desire, Obligation, Responsibility, Schools, Students, Will)

"Basketball is in my blood. It is my obligation to try."
- Hakeem Olajuwon
(Related: Basketball, Blood, Obligation)

"It is the solemn obligation of a leader always to be a leader. Even when - perhaps especially when - you don't feel like being a leader."
- Bill Owens
(Related: Leader, Being, Obligation)

"Each of us knows that we have an obligation to care for the old, the young and the sick. We stand strongest when we stand with the weakest among us."
- Sarah Palin
(Related: Care, Obligation, Old)

"Libertarians typically argue that particular obligations, at least under normal circumstances, must be created by consent; they cannot be unilaterally imposed by others."
- Tom G. Palmer
(Related: Circumstances)

"To repeat, communitarians maintain that we are constituted as persons by our particular obligations, and therefore those obligations cannot be a matter of choice."
- Tom G. Palmer
(Related: Choice)

"Obligations may be universal or particular."
- Tom G. Palmer
(Related: May)

"If an individual is born with the obligation to obey, who is born with the right to command?"
- Tom G. Palmer
(Related: Obligation, Right)

"Equality of rights means that some people cannot simply impose obligations on others, for the moral agency and rights of those others would then be violated."
- Tom G. Palmer
(Related: Equality, People, Rights)

"The obligations of our representatives in Washington are to protect our liberty, not coddle the world, precipitating no-win wars, while bringing bankruptcy and economic turmoil to our people."
- Ron Paul
(Related: People, Liberty, Washington, World)

"The moral and constitutional obligations of our representatives in Washington are to protect our liberty, not coddle the world, precipitating no-win wars, while bringing bankruptcy and economic turmoil to our people."
- Ron Paul
(Related: People, Liberty, Washington, World)

"National sovereignty is an obligation as well as an entitlement. A government that will not perform the role of a government forfeits the rights of a government."
- Richard Perle
(Related: Government, Rights, Obligation, Will)

"So I had to be careful. I recognized the responsibility that, whether I liked it or not, I had to accept whatever the obligation was. That was to behave in a manner, to carry myself in such a professional way, as if there ever is a reflection, it's a positive one."
- Sidney Poitier
(Related: Positive, Obligation, Reflection, Responsibility)

"Human beings exercise responsibilities within a social setting and a framework of obligations which transcend the principle of intelligence."
- Michael Polanyi
(Related: Intelligence, Exercise)

"I was given talent, and if you are given it, it is your obligation to use it."
- Dennis Potter
(Related: Talent, Obligation)

"I feel a big obligation to the audience, almost in a moral sense, to say something useful. If I'm going to spend a year of my life on these things, I want something that I feel that strongly about."
- Harold Ramis
(Related: Life, Obligation, Sense, Want)

"It makes no sense to talk of the social obligations of the corporation without reference to its economic obligations. The two are intertwined."
- Lee R. Raymond
(Related: Sense, Talk)

"I think that two people who decide to live together in a marriage situation, they have an obligation to make the marriage work for them."
- Helen Reddy
(Related: Marriage, Work, People, Obligation)

"I have always thought music as a way out of the ordinary mundane obligations of life."
- Martha Reeves
(Related: Life, Music, Thought)

"Honest pioneer work in the field of science has always been, and will continue to be, life's pilot. On all sides, life is surrounded by hostility. This puts us under an obligation."
- Wilhelm Reich
(Related: Life, Science, Work, Obligation, Will)

"Congress has an obligation to protect our country's natural beauty, embodied in our nation's parks, rivers, and breathtaking landscapes."
- Dave Reichert
(Related: Beauty, Congress, Country, Nation, Obligation, Rivers)

"It has been, after all, 11 years, more than a decade now, of defiance of U.N. resolutions by Saddam Hussein. Every obligation that he signed onto after the Gulf War, so that he would not be a threat to peace and security, he has ignored and flaunted."
- Condoleezza Rice
(Related: Peace, War, Defiance, Now, Obligation, Security, Years)

"The people of the Middle East share the desire for freedom. We have an opportunity - and an obligation - to help them turn this desire into reality."
- Condoleezza Rice
(Related: People, Opportunity, Desire, Freedom, Help, Obligation, Reality)

"It is high time that the international community tell Saddam Hussein and his regime that this is not an issue of negotiation with the U.N. about obligations that they undertook in 1991."
- Condoleezza Rice
(Related: Time, Community, Negotiation)

"Too great haste to repay an obligation is a kind of ingratitude."
- Francois de La Rochefoucauld
(Related: Haste, Ingratitude, Obligation)

"I believe that every right implies a responsibility; every opportunity, an obligation; every possession, a duty."
- John D. Rockefeller
(Related: Opportunity, Duty, Obligation, Possession, Responsibility, Right)

"Every right implies a responsibility; Every opportunity, an obligation, Every possession, a duty."
- John D. Rockefeller
(Related: Opportunity, Duty, Obligation, Possession, Responsibility, Right)

"There is an apprenticeship system in jazz. You teach the young ones. So even if the musicians weren't personally that likable, they felt an obligation to help the younger musicians."
- Dave Van Ronk
(Related: Help, Jazz, Musicians, Obligation)

"Remember always that you not only have the right to be an individual, you have an obligation to be one."
- Eleanor Roosevelt
(Related: Obligation, Right)

"Confidence... thrives on honesty, on honor, on the sacredness of obligations, on faithful protection and on unselfish performance. Without them it cannot live."
- Franklin D. Roosevelt
(Related: Honesty, Performance, Confidence, Honor, Protection)

"Claims of right and insistence upon obligations may depend upon treaty stipulations, or upon the rules of international law, or upon the sense of natural justice applied to the circumstances of a particular case, or upon disputed facts."
- Elihu Root
(Related: Circumstances, Facts, Justice, Law, May, Right, Rules, Sense)

"Daley may not feel a moral responsibility to eliminate discrimination but he has a legal obligation to do so."
- Bobby Rush
(Related: Legal, Discrimination, May, Obligation, Responsibility)

"Ambition breaks the ties of blood, and forgets the obligations of gratitude."
- Sallust
(Related: Gratitude, Ambition, Blood)

"As citizens, we all have an obligation to intervene and become involved - it's the citizen who changes things."
- Jose Saramago
(Related: Obligation)

"What Clinton severed with his welfare reform was the obligation of the federal government to step in when the states failed and to monitor these programs."
- Robert Scheer
(Related: Government, Obligation, Reform, states, Welfare)

"The decision came from the publisher. It certainly was cleared by Chicago. And then they come out with these fine sounding words about relation to readers and their obligation. It has nothing to do with that."
- Robert Scheer
(Related: Decision, Chicago, Nothing, Obligation, Words)

"Americans are blessed with great plenty; we are a generous people and we have a moral obligation to assist those who are suffering from poverty, disease, war and famine."
- Adam Schiff
(Related: War, People, Americans, Disease, Famine, Obligation, Poverty, Suffering)

"This is not a change of career for me. Just an expansion of it. I have contracts and obligations and business partners who are counting on me. And I would only want to do another movie if it's as good as this one."
- Claudia Schiffer
(Related: Business, Change, Career, Want)

"Because I have sixty years of being a professional composer, conductor, musician, whatever, and you develop a lot of friendships and you get involved with a lot of sort of long-term commitments and obligations."
- Gunther Schuller
(Related: Being, Years)

"Government's first duty and highest obligation is public safety."
- Arnold Schwarzenegger
(Related: Government, Duty, First, Obligation, Public, Safety)

"One of the problems with even suggesting that purpose of a Federal law is for law enforcement officers to assist in protecting the public outside their jurisdictions is that it may give them encouragement or even a sense of obligation to do so."
- Bobby Scott
(Related: Purpose, Encouragement, Law, May, Obligation, Problems, Public, Sense)

"Where we have been incorrect in what we have done, then I think we have an obligation to settle."
- Lee Scott
(Related: Obligation)

"So I think we have an obligation with our size to make sure that we are open to what people have to say to us because the people who criticize us, they're not all mean-spirited."
- Lee Scott
(Related: People, Obligation, Open)

"The president does not have any obligation to make a consensus appointment here. What the president's obligation is, is to pick a judicial conservative, and I believe that's what he's gonna do."
- Jay Alan Sekulow
(Related: Conservative, Obligation, President)

"I don't feel the obligation to have a big explosion in the first 20 seconds so the audience doesn't turn on another channel. We are trying to make something that looks like a feature film that was bought for television and I think we are succeeding."
- Tom Selleck
(Related: Film, First, Obligation, Television, Trying)

"We can be thankful to a friend for a few acres, or a little money; and yet for the freedom and command of the whole earth, and for the great benefits of our being, our life, health, and reason, we look upon ourselves as under no obligation."
- Lucius Annaeus Seneca
(Related: Health, Life, Money, Friend, Being, Benefits, Earth, Freedom, Obligation, Reason)

"The United States government has the obligation to educate all young people in this country."
- Al Sharpton
(Related: Government, People, Country, Obligation, states, United)

"We cannot cut and run. If we are to ensure freedom and democracy, it is essential that we follow through on our obligation to bring about stability in Iraq."
- Richard Shelby
(Related: Democracy, Freedom, Iraq, Obligation, Stability)

"I think you have an obligation to be an optimist. Because if you're not, nothing will change."
- Ron Silver
(Related: Change, Nothing, Obligation, Will)

"He has the obligation to society that any human being has. I don't think a satirist has any greater obligation to society than a bricklayer or anybody else."
- Shel Silverstein
(Related: Society, Being, Obligation)

"Most men remember obligations, but are not often likely to be grateful; the proud are made sour by the remembrance and the vain silent."
- William Gilmore Simms
(Related: Men, Remembrance)

"I think we'll build a consensus for action on Social Security reform which will reduce that long-term unfunded obligation and put the system on a sustainable basis."
- John W. Snow
(Related: Action, Obligation, Reform, Security, Will)

"Social Security represents an $11 trillion unfunded obligation. And when I say unfunded obligation, I mean we have to come up with $11 trillion at some point to make the system whole."
- John W. Snow
(Related: Obligation, Security)

"It is time in the West to defend not so much human rights as human obligations."
- Alexander Solzehnitsyn
(Related: Time, Rights, Human rights)

"Sometimes I feel an obligation to be accessible as a personality, but for me the driving force since the beginning has always been good work, taking risks, trying new things. If the door opens, go through it. Always go forwards."
- David Soul
(Related: Work, Beginning, Driving, Force, Obligation, Personality, Trying)

"Man is created to be God's deputy on earth and it is important to realize the obligation to rid ourselves of all illusions and to make our lives a preparation for the next life."
- Cat Stevens
(Related: Life, God, Earth, Man, Obligation, Preparation)

"Art exists for the human species. I think that all of the people who love art, those who teach art, and all of you should burn with the obligation to save the world."
- Shinichi Suzuki
(Related: Art, Love, People, Obligation, World)

"In my afternoon walk I would fain forget all my morning occupations and my obligations to society."
- Henry David Thoreau
(Related: Society, Forget, Occupations)

"A good word is an easy obligation; but not to speak ill requires only our silence, which costs us nothing."
- John Tillotson
(Related: Nothing, Obligation, Silence, Word)

"A democratic government is the only one in which those who vote for a tax can escape the obligation to pay it."
- Alexis de Tocqueville
(Related: Government, Tax, Obligation, Vote)

"In other words, a democratic government is the only one in which those who vote for a tax can escape the obligation to pay it."
- Alexis de Tocqueville
(Related: Government, Tax, Obligation, Vote, Words)

"As though there were a tie And obligation to posterity. We get them, bear them, breed, and nurse: What has posterity done for us. That we, lest they their rights should lose, Should trust our necks to gripe of noose?"
- John Trumbull
(Related: Trust, Rights, Obligation, Posterity)

"To live forever should not be an obligation. In fact, eternal life should only be for those who wish for it, because if we are depressed and unhappy with our lives, just the idea of living forever is an unbearable source of suffering."
- Claude Vorilhon
(Related: Life, Idea, Fact, Living, Obligation, Suffering)

"It is an eternal obligation toward the human being not to let him suffer from hunger when one has a chance of coming to his assistance."
- Simone Weil
(Related: Being, Chance, Hunger, Obligation)

"For the Archivist, this role is a result of his obligation to preserve and assure timely and maximum access to our governmental records in the evolving historic saga of the American people."
- Allen Weinstein
(Related: People, American, Obligation, Result)

"And of all illumination which human reason can give, none is comparable to the discovery of what we are, our nature, our obligations, what happiness we are capable of, and what are the means of attaining it."
- Adam Weishaupt
(Related: Happiness, Nature, Discovery, Reason)

"For, quite literally, the whole world today is looking for us to take the lead in carrying out those obligations imposed on the American people as a whole by the beautiful, compassionate and courageous principle of noblesse oblige."
- Robert Welch
(Related: People, American, Today, World)

"Our obligation is to give meaning to life and in doing so to overcome the passive, indifferent life."
- Elie Wiesel
(Related: Life, Meaning, Obligation)

"Survival is a privilege which entails obligations. I am forever asking myself what I can do for those who have not survived."
- Simon Wiesenthal
(Related: Survival, Privilege)

"Scripture makes it clear to me that there is an obligation to speak out on behalf of those being persecuted."
- Frank R. Wolf
(Related: Being, Obligation, Scripture)

"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
(Related: Liberty, Obligation, Want, Writer)

"Sometimes I think that I was forced to withdraw into depression because it was the only rightful protest I could throw in the face of a world that said it was alright for people to come and go as they please, that there were simply no real obligations left."
- Elizabeth Wurtzel
(Related: People, Depression, Protest, World)