Duty Sayings and Quotes

Below you will find our collection of inspirational, wise, and humorous old duty quotes, duty sayings, and duty proverbs, collected over the years from a variety of sources.

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

Tryon Edwards

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.     


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

Swami Sivananda

Happiness is the natural flower of duty.     

Phillips Brooks

Who escapes a duty, avoids a gain.     

Theodore W. Parker

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

George Eliot

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

Rabbi Ben Azai

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

Thomas Jefferson

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


No duty is more urgent than that of returning thanks.     

James Allen

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

Charles Kingsley

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

Henry David Thoreau

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

Bertrand Russell

Duty is what one expects from others.     

Oscar Wilde

The duty of youth is to challenge corruption.     

Kurt Cobain

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

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


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

Andrew Carnegie

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

Mazo de la Roche

People tend to forget their duties but remember their rights.     

Indira Gandhi

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

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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

Robert Baden-Powell

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

John D. Rockefeller

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

Jupiter Hammon

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

George S. Patton Jr.

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

John Legend

Do your duty and leave the rest to the gods.     

Pierre Corneille

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

Immanuel Kant

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


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

Claudia J. Edwards