Best Quotes About Obligation

A man must not deny his manifest abilities, for that is to evade his obligations. -William Feather

Our major obligation is not to mistake slogans for solutions. -Edward R. Murrow

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

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

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

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

Death, they say, acquits us of all obligations. -Michel de Montaigne

Ambition breaks the ties of blood, and forgets the obligations of gratitude. -Sallust

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

Government loses its claim to legitimacy when it fails to fulfill its obligations. -Martin L. Gross

Life's under no obligation to give us what we expect. -Margaret Mitchell

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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 Wood, 1st Earl of Halifax

Relationships based on obligation lack dignity. -Wayne Dyer

If you are living out of a sense of obligation you are slave. -Wayne Dyer

It is time in the West to defend not so much human rights as human obligations. -Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn

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

Possession without obligation to the object possessed approaches felicity. -George Meredith

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

Too great haste to repay an obligation is a kind of ingratitude. -Francois de La Rochefoucauld

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

The United States prefers that Iraq meet its obligations voluntarily, yet we are prepared for the alternative. -George W. Bush

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

Divorced men are more likely to meet their car payments than their child support obligations. -Susan Faludi

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

Government's first duty and highest obligation is public safety. -Arnold Schwarzenegger

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

If an individual is born with the obligation to obey, who is born with the right to command? -Tom G. Palmer

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

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

We have no more fundamental obligation in government than to ensure the safety of our citizens. -Bob Ehrlich

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

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

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

We have obligations towards the innocent, the dead, towards the living, towards our children and their children. -Ricardo Lagos

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

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

Teaching civility is an obligation of the family. -Stephen Carter

I've always had an obligation to creation, above all. -Nick Cave

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

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

My only obligation is to keep myself and other people guessing. -Jude Law

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

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

Daley may not feel a moral responsibility to eliminate discrimination but he has a legal obligation to do so. -Bobby Rush

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

Scripture makes it clear to me that there is an obligation to speak out on behalf of those being persecuted. -Frank Wolf

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

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

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

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

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

It's the government's obligation to look really to the third parties to get the support to govern. -Stephen Harper

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

As a human rights issue, the effort to end violence against women becomes a government's obligation, not just a good idea. -Charlotte Bunch

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

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

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

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

Survival is a privilege which entails obligations. I am forever asking myself what I can do for those who have not survived. -Simon Wiesenthal

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

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

I came up in a family oriented towards the sick, so I always felt an obligation for doing something. -Eddie Bernice Johnson

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

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

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

Hollywood has an obligation to watch what they put out there. Kids do imitate what they see – good or bad. -Morgan Brittany

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

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

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

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

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

I think we have a moral obligation to our children that can be easily summarized: number one, protect them from harm. -Tom Allen

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

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 W. Welch, Jr.

Where we have been incorrect in what we have done, then I think we have an obligation to settle. -Lee Scott

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

I think you have an obligation to be an optimist. Because if you're not, nothing will change. -Ron Silver

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

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

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

The first thing I see is the obligation to serve peace. -Gustav Heinemann

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

To impose taxes when the public exigencies require them is an obligation of the most sacred character, especially with a free people. -James Monroe

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

You're never going to get anywhere in life if you don't live up to your obligations. -Robert Mapplethorpe

I have always thought music as a way out of the ordinary mundane obligations of life. -Martha Reeves

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

Your ability as republican volunteers, to rise to this challenge will mean that the two governments and others cannot easily hide from their obligations and their responsibility to resolve these problems. -Gerry Adams

Hey, we have obligations. We all work for a living now. -Michael Irvin

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

A coldly rationalist individualist can deny that he has any obligation to make sacrifices for the future. -Garrett Hardin

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

I think you have an obligation to share what you know as a writer. -David Guterson

The nation's obligation to her defenders is as old as that defense itself. -Steve Buyer

Congress has an obligation to protect our country's natural beauty, embodied in our nation's parks, rivers, and breathtaking landscapes. -Dave Reichert

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

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

I have a lot of obligations. -Isaac Mizrahi

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

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

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

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

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

My role and my obligation was to conduct criminal investigations. -Louis Freeh

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

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

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

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

As citizens, we all have an obligation to intervene and become involved – it's the citizen who changes things. -Jose Saramago

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

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

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

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

The Hamas organization is unwilling to honor the obligations that the Palestinian Authority has signed. -Moshe Katsav

I was given talent, and if you are given it, it is your obligation to use it. -Dennis Potter

I also believe that member states of the United Nations should live up their obligations to pay their dues. -Alex Morrison

Human beings exercise responsibilities within a social setting and a framework of obligations which transcend the principle of intelligence. -Michael Polanyi

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

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

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

The United States government has the obligation to educate all young people in this country. -Al Sharpton

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

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

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

I think celebrities have an obligation to the public to not just sing or act. -Clay Aiken

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

December 25th has become guilt and obligation. -Phil Donahue

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

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

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

We have, unlike many of our competitors, continued to meet our various financial obligations. -Gerard Arpey

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

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

We English are good at forgiving our enemies; it releases us from the obligation of liking our friends. -P. D. James

Remember always that you not only have the right to be an individual, you have an obligation to be one. -Eleanor Roosevelt

Pets are humanizing. They remind us we have an obligation and responsibility to preserve and nurture and care for all life. -James Cromwell

Those who have prospered and profited from life's lottery have a moral obligation to share their good fortune. -Dick Gephardt

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

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

In my afternoon walk I would fain forget all my morning occupations and my obligations to society. -Henry David Thoreau

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

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

God primes the pump of obligation. -A. P. Martinich

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

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

No obligation to do the impossible is binding. -Marcus Tullius Cicero

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

A good word is an easy obligation; but not to speak ill requires only our silence, which costs us nothing. -John Tillotson

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

Some laws are wrong, and we have an obligation to speak out against those laws wherever they are. -Julian McMahon

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

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

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

Romania will continue to fulfil its obligations in Afghanistan and Iraq. -Traian Basescu

Basketball is in my blood. It is my obligation to try. -Hakeem Olajuwon

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

In fact, I think – our view of this is that while the agreement, the compromise did not achieve the kind of super-sized deficit reduction that we sought, it did end the uncertainty around the perception, the possibility that the United States might default on its obligations for its first time. That was a good thing. -Jay Carney

I think we ought to all take a step back and remember where we were 24, 48 hours ago, a week ago, two weeks ago – the prospect that was hanging out there that America would not honor its obligations for the first time in its history, and the impact that would have on our economy and the global economy. -Jay Carney

And also I assert our interest in respecting all our obligations and implementing all our commitments. And will save no effort whatever to protect this newborn opportunity of peace, that is provided through what we have already declared here today. -Mahmoud Abbas

We're very proud to be part of the eurozone. But this comes with obligations and it is crucial we show the world we can live up to those obligations. -George Papandreou

Our position in Europe is not negotiable. The Greek people will defend it by all means. But participation in the euro involves rules and obligations, which we must consistently meet. Greece belongs to Europe and Europe cannot be envisaged without Greece. -Lucas Papademos

I believe that the United States has a moral obligation to stand up for those citizens of the world who cannot stand up for themselves, and I am proud to have authored the bill signed into law today that continues to put significant pressure on the brutal Burmese military junta. -Joseph Crowley

Everything about morality and obligations I owe to football. -Vidal Sassoon

I think that when you are in the limelight it is part of your obligation to be a good role model. A lot of kids look up to you, and you are given a God-given talent, so it is your responsibility. It isn't hard to deal with. I never have to think twice about doing anything. -Curtis Joseph

My obligation, if I become president, is to give another direction to Europe than the one that is being forced upon us today. -Francois Hollande

Everybody is watching you every minute anyways. If they think the message you're sending out is phony, they're going to say, 'Who does he think he is?' It's again good business. But it is also an obligation. -James Sinegal

I feel an obligation to set the record straight. Actors that say they're affected by something, that it changes their life, that they take it home with them, they're just trying to get nominated for an Oscar! -Joaquin Phoenix

As an immigrant, I chose to live in America because it is one of the freest and most vibrant nations in the world. And as an immigrant, I feel an obligation to speak up for immigration policies that will keep America the most economically robust, creative and freedom-loving nation in the world. -Rupert Murdoch

I have acted in a way that violates my obligations to my family and violates my, or any, sense of right and wrong. I apologize first and most importantly to my family. I apologize to the public, whom I promised better. -Eliot Spitzer

I wish I'd been better able to resist the sense of obligation to write some of the poems I did. It's in the nature of commissioned work to be written too much from the side of your mind that knows what it's doing, which dries up the poetry. -Andrew Motion

My first obligation is my job. It's very hard to really get into campaign mode when you've got to focus on doing the work. -Claire McCaskill

America should meet its obligations in the form of Social Security, Medicare, our ability to pay our military, legally binding legislation that allows unemployment compensation, the judiciary, the federal court system, the federal prison system, all those kinds of things have to be paid for. -Bill Johnson

If anything bad happens, the media will leap on it. We're under a huge obligation to be successful. -Toby Young

What I believe is that marriage is between a man and a woman, but what I also believe is that we have an obligation to make sure that gays and lesbians have the rights of citizenship that afford them visitations to hospitals, that allow them to be, to transfer property between partners, to make certain that they're not discriminated on the job. -Barack Obama

In the medium and long term. Spain is solvent and able to pay its high debts. In the short-term, we have the capacity to meet our obligations. -Luis de Guindos

Writers of historical fiction are not under the same obligation as historians to find evidence for the statements they make. For us it is sufficient if what we say can't be disproved or shown to be false. -Barry Unsworth

If you set as your goal to roll back the size of government, you have an obligation to answer the tough questions and show real courage, not just appeal to ideology. Treat the voters like adults. -Brian Baird

But I think the global economy will understand that the United States has the ability to meet its obligations. But it's not going to be able to do it over the long term if we can't control the growth of government. -Charles Bass

A bold reform agenda is our moral obligation. If we make the case effectively and win this November, then we will have the moral authority to enact the kind of fundamental reforms America has not seen since Ronald Reagan's first year. -Paul Ryan

We need to understand that we as citizens and as a government in any community throughout this country have no more important obligation than to educate those who are going to replace us. -Colin Powell

I want to wake up every day and do whatever comes in my mind, and not feel pressure or obligations to do anything else in my life. -Michael Jordan

No humorist is under any obligation to provide answers and probably if you were to delve into the literary history of humour it's probably all about not providing answers because the humorist essentially says: this is the way things are. -P. J. O'Rourke

With a host of proposals on the table and a President examining new ideas for health reform, we have an obligation to give real reform our best shot. -Ron Wyden

We do not think clearly about our moral obligations to animals. -Gary L. Francione

Our fiat currency is under increasing stress with our large and growing trade deficits. We have a federal deficit that is calculated in the trillions when we take into account the net present value of the future Social Security and Medicaid obligations we are creating today. -George Noory

As legislators and as Members of Congress, it is our obligation to speak up for those who are being ignored in our society. The Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) does just that. -Gwen Moore

Seven hundred and sixteen billion dollars, funneled out of Medicare by President Obama. An obligation we have to our parents and grandparents is being sacrificed, all to pay for a new entitlement we didn't even ask for. The greatest threat to Medicare is Obamacare, and we're going to stop it. -Paul Ryan

The debt-ceiling vote isn't about what will be done in the future; it is about the integrity of America's commitment to support the bonds we issue. Elected officials have an obligation to maintain that integrity, regardless of whether they voted for the programs that required the borrowing in the first place. -John Sununu

You don't ever earn a right to stop doing anything if you feel there is an obligation to move in terms of public service. -Douglas Wilder

A big part of being in a wedding is the financial obligation, and that's something that people don't really talk about, but if you're asked to be in a wedding, you're gonna have to fork over some cash. -Kristen Wiig

In many ways, when you're a Nobel peace laureate, you have an obligation to humankind, to society. -Desmond Tutu

It is our moral obligation to give every child the very best education possible. -Desmond Tutu

I think you have an obligation to be honest. -Charles Barkley

The First Amendment is often inconvenient. But that is beside the point. Inconvenience does not absolve the government of its obligation to tolerate speech. -Anthony Kennedy

Chefs have a new opportunity – and perhaps even an obligation – to inform the public about what is good to eat, and why. -Rene Redzepi

There is no patriotic obligation to help advance the career of a politician who is otherwise pursuing interests that are fundamentally antithetical to your values. That's not the call of patriotism. -John Bolton

For the United States to recommit itself to the obligation that we undertook in the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty that many other states undertook, which was to work towards disarmament and the eventual elimination of nuclear weapons, is something that manifestly serves our national security interests. -Susan Rice

I'm very much a Christian in ideals and ethics, especially in terms of belief in fairness, a deep set obligation to others, and the virtues of charity, tolerance and generosity that we associate with traditional Christian teaching. -E. O. Wilson

When you're making a film, you have an obligation to fill the frame with life. -Joss Whedon

The people who did the collateralized mortgage obligations, sold them to pension funds, then sold them short, then bought credit default swap insurance on them, are just amazing. They are a law unto themselves. -Ben Stein

I was raised by my parents to believe that you had a moral obligation to try and help save the world. -Anne Lamott

America pays its bills. It always has. It always will. The fact that Washington is now debating whether to honor its debts and obligations, then, should come as a surprise. But playing political football with a necessary vote to raise the nation's debt ceiling has become as predictable as a Twitter rant from Charlie Sheen. -Peter Welch

If you ask the question of Americans, should we pay our bills? One hundred percent would say yes. There's a significant misunderstanding on the debt ceiling. People think it's authorizing new spending. The debt ceiling doesn't authorize new spending; it allows us to pay obligations already incurred. -Peter Welch

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

Everyone is given one gift, a reason for being, and it's our obligation to do something with it. Obviously, it's a challenge – but if you're not taking the bull by the horns, I have no patience for you. You're just taking up space. -Melissa Rosenberg

I still don't have a publicist. If I'm in a film, you have an obligation to promote it, I'll do as much as I can. -Gary Oldman

But no, I'm not political. My obligation is to pull the lever and elect somebody who's going to make life a little better for everybody, especially those who don't have as much good fortune as others. -Mark Wahlberg

We have an obligation to spread amateur baseball both at home and abroad. Building up the game at all levels – Little League, Babe Ruth Leagues, the colleges – is in our own self-interest. That's where the pool of talent is – and also of fans. -A. Bartlett Giamatti

My grandfather was a man, when he talked about freedom, his attitude was really interesting. His view was that you had obligations or you had responsibilities, and when you fulfilled those obligations or responsibilities, that then gave you the liberty to do other things. -Clarence Thomas

I have an obligation to try to live as long as I can for my family. -Elizabeth Edwards

I could have had someone else take care of my child but I did it because that was my moral obligation and also it was a joy and I felt it was in the best interests of the child. -Gloria Allred

Children are not a right, they are a privileged obligation. -Laura Schlessinger

As my other obligations are beginning to take an inordinate amount of time, I have asked to step down as WMG's board chairman, effective January 31, 2012. However, I will remain a director of the company and in that way, continue my association with Warner Music and its extraordinary people. -Edgar Bronfman, Jr.

I made the decision a long time ago that I had an obligation to my children that I happily fulfilled. -Connie Stevens

I was told by my grandfather who was a minister that we all were put here on earth to be of service to one another, and it is quite gratifying to know that if I am able to be of help to one that is not able to help themselves then I am fulfilling my obligation as a human being. -Dionne Warwick

Shareholders have the right and obligation to set the parameters of corporate behavior within which management pursues profit. -Eliot Spitzer

I delight in my family obligations, but they leave little time for breaks let alone quick trips across the country. -Carre Otis

The United States established itself as a trustworthy new nation in its first two decades after the Revolutionary War by paying its debts, even when many in the country believed it had no obligation to do so. Alexander Hamilton, the founder of this newspaper, insisted on it. -John Podhoretz

The thing is, Obama is right that it would be a calamity for the government to default on its debt by not meeting its obligations. Such a thing has never happened and can't be allowed to happen. -John Podhoretz

When God put everybody here, I don't think that he had a master plan of a pecking order. That's not what you see in the Bible. I disagree with that notion, so in my estimation, we've all been put on this planet to share it. It is our duty and our obligation and our responsibility to make sure that we've done so in the proper fashion. -Corey Feldman

I am and will remain a tax resident in France and in this regard I will, like all French people, fulfill my fiscal obligations. -Bernard Arnault

I have an obligation as a writer to tell a story as interestingly as possible, but with integrity and not inserting false drama… I'm looking to be subtle, but being a wordsmith does not interest me – I want to communicate. -Jonathan Coleman

You do feel a certain obligation to shows that raise your profile like 'Downton' has. But there are definitely other exciting opportunities out there. -Dan Stevens

I don't mind expressing my opinions and speaking out against injustice. I would be doing this even if I wasn't a writer. I grew up in a household that believed in social justice. I have always understood myself as having an obligation to stand on the side of the silenced, the oppressed, and the mistreated. -Tayari Jones

I always felt a weird obligation to be adventurous. -Bonnie Jo Campbell

I've always felt toward the slightest scene, even if all I had to do in a scene was just to come in and say, 'Hi,' that the people ought to get their money's worth and that this is an obligation of mine, to give them the best you can get from me. -Marilyn Monroe

The best thing I have are 5 percent bonds from 1780, denominated from $1 to $20. As far as I can tell, they are obligations from the United States of America, so I should be able to walk down to the Federal Reserve and redeem the uncanceled ones. With 217 years of accrued interest, for a $20 bond, that's about $800,000. -Andrew Tobias

You cheat yourself when you don't do what it is you're supposed to do. You have an obligation to learn everything that you can. -Marla Gibbs

I believe as musicians and artists we have an obligation to our souls. What that is? Only each one of us knows. I can speak for myself and say my obligation is to be happy. When I'm happy, I make great music. When I'm unhappy and my heart is broken, I may make brokenhearted music, but it still sounds good. -Narada Michael Walden

When children have grieving parents it's also common for them to feel an obligation to cheer them up and make them happy. -Simon Callow

Having caught a glimpse of what I might be able to do with my talent, I feel a tremendous obligation to try to fulfill it. -Simon Callow

My mother was Protestant, and in her mind life was more about work and obligations and responsibilities. -Sylvia Kristel

I have always that there ought to be some kind of mandatory national service, not necessarily in the military but to show everybody that freedom isn't free, that everybody has an obligation to the nation as a community. -Robert M. Gates

You don't only have the need to do it well because leading a country is something quite important, but also because I am the first woman I have the obligation to do it the best possible way so my country can continue voting for women in the future. It is a big responsibility. -Laura Chinchilla

It's a Cyprus of misery and soup kitchens and a state which cannot meet basic obligations. It can only cause me grief. -Nicos Anastasiades

From the Left comes the proposition that, given the slow economy, we should defer attending to the problem of mounting obligations – and the truly delusional idea that growing federal debt doesn't matter because we owe most of it to ourselves. -Steven Rattner

And so I believe that God plays this enormous role in my life. And I believe that it's my obligation to give back and to follow the rules that were set. And it also gives me an enormous sense of my own place and an enormous sense of stability. -Ronald Perelman

I do see myself as the heir to a vast, great, rich culture of painting – of art in general – which we have lost, but which places obligations on us. -Gerhard Richter

The usual test under the Federal Election Campaign Act for whether something counts as a campaign expenditure is whether the obligation would have existed but for the campaign. If so, it is not a campaign expenditure. -Bradley A. Smith

I came to the United States in the early '80s and was welcomed with open arms and given the opportunity to pursue my dreams. God has been very kind to us. My family and I are fortunate enough to be successful and we feel a tremendous responsibility and obligation to give back to our great country. -Naveen Jain

I come out of an academic background, and I'm aware that what I'm doing is simultaneously research and fiction. I want to meet both those obligations. -Emma Donoghue

I think America has dealt with – I mean, this is simplistic, and of course I don't live in America – but the impression I get is that there is not a kind of obligation to dislike those who are better off or be frightened of those who are worse off. -Julian Fellowes

There are a lot of obligations when you put out a record and it does well. People want to talk to you, which is nice. So then you make sure you do that. -Wesley Schultz

If you create something, whether it's a painting or a company, I think if you care about it, you have some obligation to go out and tell people about it. -Daniel H. Pink

It used to be that if you stood in front of a painting you didn't understand, you'd have some obligation to guess. Now you don't. -Dave Hickey

I think the obligation of an artist is to make a difference in the world. That is what matters most to me. I think that artists are the leaders of the world because they do not have a connection to the industrial complex, the day-to-day short-term survival that most people are involved with. -James Cromwell

Given how well the cards have been dealt to someone like myself, I think there's an inherent obligation to try to reach out and make a difference. -Max Walker

On top of the insult of destroying the geographic places we call home, the chain stores also destroyed people's place in the order of daily life, including the duties, responsibilities, obligations, and ceremonies that prompt citizens to care for each other. -James Howard Kunstler

A contract is an ask game, and if it asks for an hour, and I submit to an hour, then it's an hour. When I look at a contract, I look at the obligation – where, when, how long, the compensation. If I agree to it, that's the way it is. I have an obligation. They have an obligation. -Chuck Berry

I'm a true believer that you have a moral obligation to keep your employees honest, and that is why you have controls, so I'm never tempted or put in a position where I could do something to defraud my employer. -Frank Abagnale

I believe the artist has an obligation to society. -Marina Abramovic

To the factory farmer, in contrast to the traditional farmer with his sense of honor and obligation, the animals are 'production units,' and accorded all the sympathy that term suggests. -Matthew Scully

Slavery existed before the formation of this Union. It derived from the Constitution that recognition which it would not have enjoyed without the confederation. If the States had not united together, there would have been no obligation on adjoining States to regard any species of property unknown to themselves. -Jefferson Davis

The rescue of a person, who is assaulted, or restrained of his liberty, without authority of law, is not only morally, but legally, a meritorious act; for every body is under obligation to go to the assistance of one who is assailed by assassins, robbers, ravishers, kidnappers, or ruffians of any kind. -Lysander Spooner

Now a slave is not 'held' by any legal contract, obligation, duty, or authority, which the laws will enforce. He is 'held' only by brute force. One person beats another until the latter will obey him, work for him, if he require it, or do nothing if he require it. -Lysander Spooner

The laws recognize no obligation on the part of the slave to labor for or serve his master. If he refuse to labor, the law will not interfere to compel him. The master must do his own flogging, as in the case of an ox or a horse. -Lysander Spooner

A nation has its first obligation to its own workers and its own poor. -Richard Lamm

We're all lonely, but I'd rather be lonely by myself than with a long list of duties and obligations. I think that's why people kill themselves, really. -Morrissey

Buying a home today is a complex process, but that in no way excuses home buyers from their obligation for due diligence. -Henry Paulson

You must remember, my own philosophy is that you don't belong only to yourself. You have an obligation to the society which protected you when you were brought into the world, which taught you, which supported you and nurtured you. You have an obligation to repay it. -Jacob K. Javits

I think that the press has a duty and an obligation to report on local government, state government, federal government – to be aggressive, to do its job. And its job is to report on whatever it's covering. -Mark McKinnon

As a journalist, you have to have multiple sources and verifiable science, and when you've done that and satisfied the most skeptical voice in your head, you have an obligation to ride through the streets – let people know what's going on. -Josh Fox

There's this really good line in 'Women in Love' where Ursula says, 'I always thought it was a sin to be unhappy.' And actually I think that's very common, it's what a lot of people feel – that you have an obligation to life to be happy if you can. -Rachel Cusk

Every generation has an obligation to leave its children in a better position than it inherited. Our representatives in Washington are breaking faith with that covenant. America must reduce its federal spending and accumulation of debt for the sake of generations to come. -David Malpass

I'm thankful for the ability to share my faith in a lot of different places. It's something that I take as a responsibility and an obligation to handle as best as I can. -Tim Tebow

I wanted to fight in the Iraq war because I felt like I had an obligation as a human being to help free people from oppression. -Edward Snowden

The clearest actions come from truth, not obligation. -Gerard Way

Every writer loves the idea of being able to go in and fix a problem and then leave without obligation. It's fun! -Joss Whedon

I have an obligation to do press, but I don't have an obligation to stay out dancing until 3 A.M. -Joss Whedon

I'm particularly interested in the public role that all buildings play. I believe that we architects should try to go beyond our basic obligations to the public, and our opportunities to do so are many. -Cesar Pelli

After Lyndon Johnson's Great Society, the belief in decent housing as a political right or social obligation was supplanted in the U.S. by the notion that suitable shelter should be an act of charity. -Martin Filler

Christmas is a rare occasion when we are reminded that we have obligations to people we did not choose to be related to, and that love is not just a spontaneous feeling but something we sometimes really have to work at, with people we may not even much like. -Julian Baggini

In the nineties, everybody wants to talk about their rights and privileges. Twenty-five years ago, people talked about their obligations and responsibilities. -Lou Holtz

What we need to understand is that when traditions become laws, rules, obligations and expectations others put on us that we don't want to fulfill, then they lose real meaning and steal the joy from our lives. And if we're too religious, we won't be able to be led by the Holy Spirit and enjoy an intimate relationship with Him. -Joyce Meyer

In my relationship with God, I've learned that if I follow a 'formula' for how I spend my time with Him, then I'm just accomplishing a checklist of things I feel obligated to do to please Him. This makes my spiritual life more about doing what I need to do to fulfill an obligation than something meaningful. -Joyce Meyer

Freedom is not the absence of obligation or restraint, but the freedom of movement within healthy, chosen parameters. -Kristin Armstrong

True luxury is being able to own your time – to be able to take a walk, sit on your porch, read the paper, not take the call, not be compelled by obligation. -Ashton Kutcher

When the AIDS epidemic broke, because I happened to be a science nerd and knew a lot about viruses and a lot about that virus at the time, I felt a moral obligation to go out and try to stem the fear and get out and explain to people what the disease was and how it worked. -Morgan Fairchild

When I went to school – Pasadena Playhouse – we were taught that the obligation of the actor is twofold: to entertain and to educate. -Sid Haig

The beauty of life is in people who feel some obligation to enhance life. Without that, we're only half alive. -Ralph Waite

I did not raise my son, Sam, to celebrate Mother's Day. I didn't want him to feel some obligation to buy me pricey lunches or flowers, some annual display of gratitude that you have to grit your teeth and endure. -Anne Lamott

That is our first amendment, freedom of speech. But I also believe that we have an obligation to the youth to be somewhat responsible in what we say on records. But I think that comes with age. I think that comes with artists growing up and becoming assured of who they are as people. -Ja Rule

We, as artists, we have the right to express ourselves. That is our first amendment, freedom of speech. But I also believe that we have an obligation to the youth to be somewhat responsible in what we say on records. But I think that comes with age. I think that comes with artists growing up and becoming assured of who they are as people. -Ja Rule

When I'm in management meetings when we're deciding my future, those decisions are left up to me. I'm the one who has to go out and fulfill all these obligations, so I should be able to choose which ones I do or not. That's the part of my life where I feel most in control. -Taylor Swift

As someone who's spent time with our troops in Iraq and Afghanistan on USO tours and met wounded warriors at Walter Reed and Bethesda, I feel a deep obligation to the men and women who have risked life and limb on our behalf. -Al Franken

I guess what I'd like to say is that people in Sierra Leone are human beings, just like Americans. They want to send their kids to school; they want to live in peace; they want to have their basic rights of life just like everyone else. I think we all owe an obligation to support people who want to do that. -Ishmael Beah

'We, The People' is more than a statement of purpose. It is an acknowledgement of an obligation to each other. -Charlie Pierce

We owe each other a debt and we owe each other an obligation, and because of these fundamental American imperatives, there are things that we own in common with each other, and that we are obliged to protect for our posterity. The water. The trees. The wild places in the land. We lose sight of these truths sometimes. -Charlie Pierce

I've always sensed for myself an obligation to bear witness to my time. -Athol Fugard

When writing about historical characters I try to be as accurate as possible, and in particular not to misrepresent the view they held. With a real historical figure you have to be fair, and this is not an obligation you have in dealing with your own creations, so it is quite different. -Pat Barker

One has a sort of spiritual obligation to go back to the source material of the literature, to make contact with one of the seminal plays of the modern theater. -Arthur Penn

We can't do every good thing there is to do in the world. Too many Christians live under the terror of total obligation, thinking every act of injustice, every opportunity of ministry, and every urgent appeal are our responsibilities. -Kevin DeYoung

Sometimes Christians live in a terror of universal obligation: AIDS over here, people to be saved over here, a crushing sense of low-level guilt every day of our lives. Question to ask: Where has God put me right now? I need to say no to a whole bunch of other things because if I don't say no I can't say yes to others. -Kevin DeYoung

Somewhere there's a score being kept, so you have an obligation to live life as well as you can, be as engaged as you can. -Bill Murray

We're born alone. We do need each other. It's lonely to really effectively live your life, and anyone you can get help from or give help to; that's part of your obligation. -Bill Murray

If a Pope clearly realizes that he is no longer physically, psychologically, and spiritually capable of handling the duties of his office, then he has a right and, under some circumstances, also an obligation to resign. -Pope Benedict XVI

All that I know most surely about morality and obligations I owe to football. -Albert Camus

If a person says or does something that we consider offensive, our first obligation is to refuse to take offense and then communicate privately, honestly, and directly with that individual. Such an approach invites inspiration from the Holy Ghost and permits misperceptions to be clarified and true intent to be understood. -David A. Bednar

The responsibility to seek learning by faith rests upon each of us individually, and this obligation will become increasingly important as the world in which we live grows more confused and troubled. -David A. Bednar

You're always having to live more to fuel something new. It's an obligation to yourself and to the audience. The personal baggage that comes with being a known actor just adds to that struggle. -Sean Penn

I feel like it's my responsibility and my obligation to stand up and to say that which I believe to be the truth. -Jimmy Swaggart

Life is busy. There are daily concerns and obligations that have to be met, and to take time to think about how precious and special a human life is that you only get one, and that every wasted minute is lost. You can't get it back. -Rush Limbaugh

What is a coach? We are teachers. Educators. We have the same obligations as all teachers, except we probably have more influence over young people than anybody but their families. And, in a lot of cases, more than their families. -Joe Paterno

Construction of the first gas pipeline system was started during the 1960s, at the height of the Cold War, and for all those years, from the 1960s until this day, Russia has been fulfilling its contract obligations in a very consistent and reliable way, regardless of the political situation. -Vladimir Putin

I respect the IBF obligation to fight Povetkin, but I would like the exception to fight David Haye. That is the only title the Klitschkos don't have. We have them all except the WBA, which is why Haye is such an interesting cookie for me to eat. -Wladimir Klitschko

There's an obligation to not lead people down the wrong path, but I hardly think me wearing short shorts on stage is creating monsters. -Iggy Azalea

I've always felt that the obligation of teachers is to have a huge, broad overview and to provide a foundation course to the students. The long view of history is absolutely crucial. -Camille Paglia

We take men's obligation to earn money, and when they do it well, we blame them for having power and being oppressors. And when they don't do it all, women just don't marry men who are reading 'I'm Okay, You're Okay' in the unemployment line. -Warren Farrell

We have no obligation to make history. We have no obligation to make art. We have no obligation to make a statement. Our obligation is to make money. -Don Simpson

The University has a moral obligation to provide equal opportunities to women, minority persons and all other groups who work or seek to work at Harvard. -Derek Bok

I think the problems with comedians that are political, and there are some brilliant ones, are the ones that offer no solutions. Not that there's a moral obligation for a comic to fix things, but I like to see a comic that's upset about something and offer a solution. It can be a funny solution. I like to see the thought process. -Kyle Kinane

I've always felt obligated to help those less fortunate than me. It's an obligation that anyone who has a chance to be in the NBA should feel and act upon. -Dikembe Mutombo

I have so many friends and obligations, and I want to go out and support people. But we eat at home. -Waris Ahluwalia

The privilege of holding the priesthood, which is the power and authority to act in God's name, is a great blessing and privilege and one that carries with it equally great obligations and responsibilities. -Ezra Taft Benson

I never felt an obligation to say every single terrible thing that happened to me. -Amanda Lindhout

I have an obligation to use what I know to try to bring real, usable medical science to every doctor and bedside and patient. -Patrick Soon-Shiong

If you look upon chronic diseases as an epidemic, and you see that the chronically ill are the poor, then you see that this issue of the uninsured is not really a moral but a financial obligation to change health care. -Patrick Soon-Shiong

One of the symptoms of an absence of innovation is the fact that you lose your jobs. Everyone else catches up with you. They can do what you do better than you or cheaper than you. And in a multinational corporate-free market enterprise, it is the company's obligation to take the factory to a place where they can make it more cheaply. -Neil deGrasse Tyson

When an industry matures, it means it's not advancing, and of course the jobs go overseas. That's the obligation of the multi-national corporation: to put the factory where it can make the widget as cheap as possible. Don't get angry when a corporation does that; we've all bought into this concept. We live in a capitalistic society. -Neil deGrasse Tyson

I think marriage is a boring and fault-ridden contractual obligation. -Henry Rollins

My obligation is to the owners of Barclays, my shareholders. They hired me. People who criticise compensation for individuals in isolation at, say, BarCap, individuals who don't work in the U.K. and are competing with U.S., German or Asian banks, they should look at all these factors. -Bob Diamond

I have to understand how we are going to market the movie. We view marketing as an extension of content creation… Every time a consumer sees our movie, in whatever form, our obligation is to entertain the audience. -Chris Meledandri

When you get right down to it, there's something uniquely satisfying in being gripped by a great plot, in begrudging whatever real-world obligations might prevent you from finding out what happens next. -Jean Hanff Korelitz

My father valued patriotism above all other social obligations, but he had his own particular interpretation of just how true patriotism was meant to function. -Thomas Steinbeck

For years, I've felt an obligation to harvest an animal, since all my life I've so mindlessly consumed them. But that was from the safety of my desk. -Rosecrans Baldwin

A default on our debts as a result of not meeting our obligations would be a disaster for the stock market, and Americans would see their retirement funds shrivel up. -Charles B. Rangel

While it may be difficult to understand why cities and even entire states would doom themselves to insolvency by undertaking these obligations, the answer is simple: Democratic politicians, who have near-total political control of California and of America's biggest cities, support this massive transfer of wealth to public employees. -Devin Nunes

I feel it is an obligation to help people understand the relation of food to agriculture and the relationship of food to culture. -Alice Waters

The obligation of the state is to guarantee freedom of religion, and that implies dealing with all of them on an equal footing. -Ricardo Alarcon

I think, when you are writing non-fiction, you feel there's an obligation to get it absolutely right, so all your factual details have to be, have, you know, to go through a long list of them and tick them. I'm not saying that's not important in fiction, but I think you have a bit more leeway; you can suit yourself. -Ronald Frame

I would consider myself to be a moderate Republican, but more important than that, I believe our system of government is the best system there is… and while I have no illusions of changing the world, I've had good opportunities in life, and I believe there's an obligation to give something back by participating. -Pat Meehan

We have an obligation to help people that cannot help themselves. The mentally retarded, the physically retarded, et cetera. -Lou Holtz

There is no time and space limitation for public accountability on the Internet. Creative commonality is standard and does not resemble the authoritarian style of the dead communist experience. It seems that it is no longer society's obligation to understand legislation; it is a duty for governments to be understood by their people. -Eduardo Paes

The main bone of contention is whether Islamic injunctions are legal or moral categories. When Muslims say Islam commands daily prayers or bans alcohol, are they talking about public obligations that will be enforced by the state or personal ones that will be judged by God? -Mustafa Akyol

The novelist's obligation to remake the sensuous texture of a vanished world is also the historian's. The strongest fiction writers often do deep research to make the thought and utterances of lost time credible. -Simon Schama

I have to tell you, I live paycheck to paycheck like most Americans. It's very difficult for me to say, 'Hey, I can give up my paycheck,' because the reality is, I have financial obligations that I have to meet on a month-to-month basis that doesn't make it possible for me. -Linda Sanchez

Every city and town in America would be bankrupt if they kept their books the way private-sector companies keep their books – because of the obligation cities and towns have taken upon themselves to provide health care for their retirees. -Clayton M. Christensen

We citizens of the affluent countries tend to discuss our obligations toward the distant needy mainly in terms of donations and transfers, assistance and redistribution: How much of our wealth, if any, should we give away to the hungry abroad? -Thomas Pogge

To say that the United States has pursued diplomacy with North Korea is a little bit misleading. It did under the Clinton administration, though neither side completely lived up to their obligations. Clinton didn't do what was promised, nor did North Korea, but they were making progress. -Noam Chomsky

Nicaragua dealt with the problem of terrorism in exactly the right way. It followed international law and treaty obligations. It collected evidence, brought the evidence to the highest existing tribunal, the International Court of Justice, and received a verdict – which, of course, the U.S. dismissed with contempt. -Noam Chomsky

Your obligation as a base runner is to try and be safe within the rules. OK? -Pete Rose

I want to say that maybe I've made some wrong decisions, but I'm still an honorable person, and I intend to take care of all of my obligations. -Harmon Killebrew

The ransoming of captives has been practiced by Jews for many centuries and has been regarded as a greater obligation than charity for the poor. -Elliott Abrams

If you know something is morally reprehensible, then it is your moral obligation to stop it as soon as possible. -Jane Velez-Mitchell

When Zionism becomes co-extensive with Jewishness, Jewishness is pitted against the diversity that defines democracy, and if I may say so, betrays one of the most important ethical dimensions of the diasporic Jewish tradition: namely, the obligation of co-habitation with those different from ourselves. -Judith Butler

As borrowers, we may feel guilty about running up debt, anxious about making payments, and resentful of the constraints that old obligations (and old credit records) impose on our current choices. We may find it too easy to buy things we may later regret. -Virginia Postrel

An Obama administration truly looking to break with the molds of the past would stop treating Africa as an obligation and start treating it as globalization's next great opportunity, understanding that Chinese – along with Indians and Arab sovereign wealth funds – are natural partners in this process. -Thomas P.M. Barnett

We have a legal and moral obligation to rid our world of nuclear tests and nuclear weapons. When we put an end to nuclear tests, we get closer to eliminating all nuclear weapons. A world free of nuclear weapons will be safer and more prosperous. -Ban Ki-moon

We have a legal and moral obligation to rid our world of nuclear tests and nuclear weapons. -Ban Ki-moon

I am pleased to be part of Promontory's steady efforts to assist banks and other financial firms in meeting legal and regulatory obligations and challenges. -Laurence D. Fink

I'm proud to be Secretary of Labor. But I'm even prouder of two more important titles: dad and husband. I've been able to be all three. I want all working people, no matter what their jobs are, to be able to meet their obligations both at work and at home. -Tom Perez

We were against the war in Vietnam and for voter registration and social issues. Everybody has their choices, and the obligation of a comedian is first to entertain. And if you're so inclined, and you have some bigger thought, make sure you express it, because that's a gift. -Tom Smothers

I lived in a world where social arrangements were taken for granted and assumed to be timeless. A child's obligation was to learn these usages, not to question them. The complexities of racial deportment were of a piece with learning manners and etiquette more generally. -Drew Gilpin Faust

It took a generation for companies to recognise their responsibilities in terms of labour practices and another generation for them to recognise their environmental obligations. -Rebecca MacKinnon

Under the common law, one of the more controversial rules is the 'no duty to rescue rule' that says that, if you were not responsible for placing someone in danger or risk, you have no obligation to help them, even when it would cost little to save their life. -Jonathan Turley

Form is, in a way, death. A novelist's obligation is to break free from the form, even though he knows that this will also be seen as artificial and distanced from life. -Karl Ove Knausgard

We are evolutionary descendents of this marvellous panoply of life. And what that says unequivocally is we have an utter total obligation to make sure we have an environment that not only is good for us but is good for all living organisms. -Leroy Hood

I hate the amount of communication, the obligation that you have just by owning a phone. -Lucas Till

I got married very early, and in no time at all, we had three children. And it seemed to me I had an obligation to support them. -E. L. Doctorow

I have been blessed to realize my dream of becoming an underwater photojournalist, but with that, I feel an obligation and sense of urgency to share what I have seen with others. -Brian Skerry

Union leaders argue that pension shortfalls account for a proportionally tiny portion of governments' financial problems, and by all accounts, there are plenty of parties to blame for the growth in payrolls and obligations. -Charles Duhigg

As God has not made anything useless in this world, as all beings fulfill obligations or a role in the sublime drama of Creation, I cannot exempt from this duty, and small though it be, I too have a mission to fill, as for example: alleviating the sufferings of my fellowmen. -Jose Rizal

In all the debate about Afghanistan, we don't hear much about our obligation to the wretched lives of Afghan women. They are being treated as collateral damage as the big boys discuss geopolitical goals. -Tina Brown

I wouldn't say you worry about your health when you run. I would say a quarterback as an obligation to protect yourself as a runner, whether it's getting out of bounds, sliding or getting down, whatever it might be. -Andrew Luck

The thing we should all be looking for are people who want to make a difference. I'm a big believer in the Silicon Valley religion of the power of markets. But I also believe in our obligation to give back, and to give back in the way we do business, to create more value than we capture for ourselves. -Tim O'Reilly

My only description for me is that there's no throwaway people. That's the creed that I live by. It doesn't matter if I'm singing or not. That's the kind of person that my father and mother wanted me to be. The end obligation is to make people feel good about who they are. -Arlo Guthrie

We must look to an open, tolerant, inclusive England, which embraces the values of a Britain that still leads the world in terms of an open democracy, as well as an understanding of the needs for responsibilities and obligations to run alongside the affirmation of individual rights. -David Blunkett

To be a human being is to be in a state of tension between your appetites and your dreams, and the social realities around you and your obligations to your fellow man. -John Updike

Children are free moral agents and have a right to be exposed to a range of beliefs well beyond the rigid doctrinal confines of their parent's faith, and we have an obligation to insist that they be so exposed, at least in public schools, if not elsewhere. -Tim Wise

I used to feel an obligation to invent things. I felt I was a failure because I didn't do massive great novels about Australia or the outback or something. I just don't feel that any more. -Helen Garner

Maybe this is pathetic, but I still dread producing a book that doesn't earn back its advance. I hate obligations that are financially foggy. -Helen Garner

America's commitment to collective defense under Article 5 of NATO is a sacred obligation in our view – a sacred obligation not just for now, but for all time. -Joe Biden

I think most actors feel an obligation to do right by the people they're playing. -Kyle MacLachlan

In so many ways, a lot of the drive I've had to do certain things has been because of this sense that I have both the opportunity and in some sense the obligation to ratify that my parents' life had purpose. -Marco Rubio

Imagine how much capital a country like Argentina might attract – if instead of defaulting seriatim and affecting a pose of anger toward creditors, it borrowed responsibly and honored its obligations. -Paul Singer

Those who have won the ovarian lottery by being born in an advanced society to loving parents have a special obligation to help restore the American Dream. -George Kaiser

Every state has an undoubted right to determine the status, or domestic and social condition, of the persons domiciled within its territory except insofar as the powers of the states in this respect are restrained, or duties and obligations imposed upon them, by the Constitution of the United States. -Roger B. Taney

He who is unconscious of the ties which connect him with every individual of his species feels no obligation to make sacrifices for their welfare or happiness. -Benjamin Robbins Curtis

For many women, the on-time payments of domestic support obligations are essential to economic survival. -Elizabeth Warren

Other countries around the world make employees and retirees first in the priority. For example, in Mexico, the bankruptcy laws say if a company wants to go bankrupt… obligations to employees and retirees will have a first priority. That has an effect on every negotiation that takes place with every company in Mexico. -Elizabeth Warren

A Syriza government will respect Greece's obligation as a eurozone member to maintain a balanced budget and will commit to quantitative targets. -Alexis Tsipras

It seems to me that it's every man's obligation to make what contribution he can. You live each day as best you can. That, to me, is what makes life interesting. -Rod McKuen

When the country's indebtedness is so colossal and where the budget deficit is so huge, there is a moral obligation on people to pay their fair and reasonable dues. -John Caudwell

Entrepreneurship requires flexibility and an open society, and there will always be people who succeed and people who follow. For those who lead, they have an obligation to create a better life for the people around them. -Daniel A. D'Aniello

Please, please, stop referring to yourselves as 'consumers.' OK? Consumers are different than citizens. Consumers do not have obligations, responsibilities and duties to their fellow human beings. -James Howard Kunstler

Ordinary citizens are obliged and, if need be, compelled by force to meet their commitments. But let higher obligations of an international order be involved, and governments repudiate them, more often than not with a disdainful shrug of the shoulders. -Charles Albert Gobat

I would say you have an ethical obligation to pay the taxes that you owe, but you don't have an ethical obligation to pay taxes that you don't owe. In fact, you should be seeking ways to legally minimise your taxes. -John Mackey

People who have money have an obligation. I wouldn't say I'm entitled to tell them what to do with it but to use it wisely. -Chuck Feeney

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

When I am free to train and free to move, I feel like a gorilla in the jungle. Then, when there are a bunch of media obligations, I feel like I have been captured and am being kept on display. -Conor McGregor

One of man's greatest obligations is anger. -Nikos Kazantzakis

When a man becomes a writer, I think he takes on a sacred obligation to produce beauty and enlightenment and comfort at top speed. -Kurt Vonnegut

The only obligation which I have a right to assume is to do at any time what I think right. -Henry David Thoreau

A free and rooted society ought to consist of a web of moral obligations. We have the right to ignore them, but we ought to be actually obliged not to let other people starve or to let them lapse into destitution. -Pankaj Mishra

When we protect our children in their schools or on our streets, we are living up to our obligations – obligations which we should take solemnly. -Dannel Malloy

The idea that someone is going to write me, and I'm not going to answer – I was just raised not to do that. We are the result of our upbringing, and my upbringing was very much to meet obligations… You just didn't let things go. -Alan Furst

Every father loves their children. I love my two sons very dearly. The only thing that is important to me is that they do what they want to do. They shouldn't feel a sense of obligation. -Kerry Stokes

As a democratic society, Malawi has a moral obligation to ensure that each and every injustice, whether through acts of commission or omission, is met with deliberate and tangible action. -Joyce Banda

In the West, especially after World War II, the government came to be seen as so successful that it could fulfill all the obligations that in less modern societies are fulfilled by the family. -Lee Kuan Yew

We lived in the shadow of our rich relations. Mother was intent on keeping up with the people she was raised with, which was impossible. My father was a physician who wanted to be a rabbi but was weighed down by a great sense of obligation to support his family in style. -Stewart Stern

A lot of crime writing suffers from treading water. I feel an obligation to move the character on and not repeat myself. I try to fit him into a different period and a different agenda. That way, you learn slightly more about his personal history in the tradition of the unreliable narrator. It makes it more challenging to write. -Philip Kerr

The one thing the Victorians really believed in was philanthropy. I think we've forgotten the obligation to be philanthropic. I think we need smaller government, but I want to make it clear I'm not the Sarah Palin of the Cotswolds. -Susan Hill

Stories are not explanations of the world we live in. Science does that, and math does that. Our obligation as fiction writers is to enhance the mysteries. -Tim O'Brien

A writer's obligation is to invent: to go beyond what did happen and to look at what could have happened but didn't. Fiction writers are born liars. -Tim O'Brien

I don't think of myself as a hard man, but other people may think otherwise. You know you have obligations to do the best you can for people, for your job, for your shareholders… it all has to be balanced between the hardness and the softness. -Frank Lowy

Give yourself more opportunities for privacy, when you are not bombarded with duties and obligations. Privacy is not a rejection of those you love; it is your deserved respite for recharging your batteries. -Wayne Dyer

I think the man who eats the bread of idleness is under a certain obligation to speak well of labor. -Robert Green Ingersoll

If there is any God, there is only one way to please him, and that is by a conscientious discharge of your obligations to your fellow men. -Robert Green Ingersoll

The obligation of any judge is to decide the case before the court, and the nature of the issue presented will largely determine the appropriate scope of the principle on which its decision should rest. -David Souter

When Congress exercises the powers delegated to it by the Constitution, it may impose affirmative obligations on executive and judicial officers of state and local governments as well as ordinary citizens. -David Souter

To involve young people and make sure that the system is more relevant to them in Scotland, we have a clear obligation to implement a policy of home rule. -Charles Kennedy

Russia has every reason to dispose of its nuclear arsenal… to suit its interests and international legal obligations. -Sergei Lavrov

My children have gone to Catholic school… Part of their whole education is talking about the inner life and looking at your life, even though you're only 15 or 16 – thinking about your mortality, thinking about the value of your life, thinking about your obligations. -Alice McDermott

Older couples bring obligations such as support payments and debt as well as decades of financial experience to a marriage. -Jean Chatzky

I think we have a real obligation when we do have animals in captivity to understand their needs and to care for them as well as we can. -K. A. Applegate

You no more have the right to risk others by failing to vaccinate than you do by sending your child to school with a hunting knife. Vaccination isn't a private choice but a civic obligation. -Nicholas Kristof

Our obligation is to refuse to let bad win, to refuse to let evil hold the field. -James Comey

When any practice is proposed and enforced as a binding duty, we have a right to examine the grounds of the alleged obligation. -Adoniram Judson

My major obligation or responsibility is to work to integrate gender issues throughout the work of the State Department. -Melanne Verveer

I spent so many years in terror of 'making it legal' because the expression rang all too true – the wedding ritual struck me as nothing but a flowery front for the fulfilment of countless, tedious contracts and obligations. -Lynn Coady

Having got the best of education myself, I firmly believe it is my personal obligation to give back to the community. -Romesh Wadhwani

In the family, no one is ever pushed. I came to politics spontaneously; there was no obligation. It has to happen naturally. -Marion Marechal-Le Pen

Though every nation must do its part to address climate change, developed nations are responsible for the lion's share of carbon pollution in the atmosphere, and they have an obligation to help developing nations transition to a sustainable future. -Frances Beinecke

The U.S. can become carbon neutral in our lifetimes. In the process, we will put millions of Americans to work, make our companies more competitive, and shield our communities from extreme weather. And we will honor our obligation to leave the world a better place for future generations. -Frances Beinecke

Climate change is the central environmental ill of our time. We have an obligation to protect our children from the dangers of this widening scourge, and we aren't yet doing enough about it. -Frances Beinecke

Today and always, there will be an obligation to pass on to the new generation the tradition of liberal scholarship – scientific or in the humanities – and to bring the understanding of things and human actions to everyone. -Frank Macfarlane Burnet

I will give a proof to demonstrate with facts that there are no rules in painting and that oppression or servile obligation of making all study or follow the same path is a great impediment for the young who profess this very difficult art. -Francisco Goya

The people of the North owe to the colored race a deep obligation that is no easy matter to fulfill. -Hiram Rhodes Revels

And if you want a commander in chief who will fulfill the most solemn obligation of the president to keep this nation safe, then support a candidate who has demonstrated the commitment, the judgment, the experience, the clarity of vision, to identify our enemy, to call it by its name, radical islamic terrorism. -Ted Cruz

I generally don't climb something if it makes me feel fear. The beauty of soloing is that there's no pressure – no one's telling me to do it. So if something seems scary, I don't have any obligation to do it. I can prepare further or just walk away entirely. -Alex Honnold

Whatever may be my feelings of personal gratitude to the Navy of the United States, I feel myself under still greater obligations to them for the honor they have done to the American name in every part of the globe. -Marquis de Lafayette

Broadcast television is designed to reach as many people as possible, right? There's an obligation that we as creators have to advertisers, and it is an advertising medium. -Jerrod Carmichael

In Khazak culture, historically, if any traveller comes riding from a long way, there is an obligation to take him into your home. For the first three days, the host doesn't even have the right to ask his name, his destination or his business. -Tim Cope

I think when you're working with a character that another writer is acting as – for lack of a better word – custodian of, your obligation as a professional is to not do anything that violates that 'primary' take. -Greg Rucka

I think people have a legitimate right to minimise their tax obligations if they can, but they should pay their fair whack. I do think it's important to be transparent. -Boris Johnson

Lawyers have their duties as citizens, but they also have special duties as lawyers. Their obligations go far deeper than earning a living as specialists in corporation or tax law. They have a continuing responsibility to uphold the fundamental principles of justice from which the law cannot depart. -Robert Kennedy

Yes, Europe needs to be more welcoming, but that's only half of it. Muslims need to embrace the obligations of European residence and citizenship. -David Ignatius

I think it's our obligation as filmmakers, as people investigating the world, to create the reality that is most insightful to the issues at hand. Here are human beings, like us, boasting about atrocities that should be unimaginable. -Joshua Oppenheimer

Before playing with his equals, the child is influenced by his parents. He is subjected from his cradle to a multiplicity of regulations, and even before language he becomes conscious of certain obligations. -Jean Piaget

When I see something that I think isn't right, I think I have some kind of, for right or wrong, an obligation to fix it. -Corey Lewandowski

The obligation of the judge in the circuit is to follow the previous decisions in the circuit unless those decisions are overruled by an en bloc panel of the court. -Merrick Garland

I think that man has a fundamental obligation to extract from himself and from the earth all that it can give; and this obligation is all the more imperative that we are absolutely ignorant of what limits – they may still be very distant – God has imposed on our natural understanding and power. -Pierre Teilhard de Chardin

Scoutcraft is a means through which the veriest hooligan can be brought to higher thought and to the elements of faith in God; and, coupled with the Scout's obligation to do a good turn every day, it gives the base of Duty to God and to Neighbour on which the parent or pastor can build with greater ease the form of belief that is desired. -Robert Baden-Powell

I try to understand the rules and follow them. And I try to make sure that I'm disclosing my obligations. -Cheryl Mills

When China fails to live up to its obligations, we push back – sort of. We accept arguments from Chinese leaders that they are a developing country that needs time to reform. -Sherrod Brown

America will honor our treaty obligations. -John R. Allen

The only duty an artist has is in the quality of the art. There is no moral obligation to denounce. An artist confronted with a tremendous injustice sometimes feels inclined to say something. Denouncing the situation is the artist's choice. -Fernando Botero

Saddam Hussein was undoubtedly a brutal dictator who had attacked Iraq's neighbours, repressed and killed many of his own people, and was in violation of obligations imposed by the U.N. Security Council. -John Chilcot

The Constitution makes very clear what the obligation of the United States Senate is and what the obligation of the president of the United States is. To allow a Supreme Court position to remain vacant for well over a year cuts against what I think the intentions of the framers are and what the traditions of the Senate and the executive are. -Cory Booker

In my own situation, I cannot show anything… And I believe that everybody now understands that, president or not president, one is entitled to have a private life. But of course when one is president, this creates duties and obligations. -Francois Hollande

It's my damn duty and obligation to do everything possible for Europe to find a united path. -Angela Merkel

If you wish to have free access to the single market, then you have to accept the fundamental rights as well as obligation that come from it. -Angela Merkel

When it is real person, especially who means so much to millions of people, you have an obligation, you cannot take liberties, you cannot pretend to know. But we are telling the love story of Michael Aris and his wife, the story of a beautiful, lush country, and the emotions of a mother. -Michelle Yeoh

I have no obligation to deal with slime. -Terry Sanford

We'll uphold our treaty obligations, including the mutual defense agreement that is NATO. -Mike Pence

I have a moral position against the death penalty. But I took an oath of office to uphold it. Following an oath of office is also a moral obligation. -Tim Kaine

While marriage is historically associated with dire obligation and clipped wings, I've found that it actually liberates you to take on adventure and achieve your dreams. I like to call my husband 'my person.' Find your 'person,' and you can do anything! -Lake Bell

I'd much rather have the freedom, and the obligation to use it responsibly, than be put in a box. -Jason Bateman

While the Census Bureau already has a legal obligation to keep people's information confidential, we all know that in an age of cyber attacks and computer hacking that ensuring people's privacy can be difficult. -Jeff Duncan

Congress has an obligation to clear the legal fog by passing my bill to require the federal government to obtain a warrant if it wants to conduct aerial surveillance. -Suzan DelBene

When active duty ends, we have an obligation to uphold our own pledge: a pledge to ensure that every veteran receives the care and benefits they deserve. -John Delaney

We have a sacred obligation to support our men and women in uniform. -John Delaney

It is indefensible that IRS Commissioner Koskinen has not been held accountable for failing to meet his legal obligations. This is exactly what the American people are tired of when they say that our government is on the wrong track. -Bill Flores

I don't apologize for looking after New Jersey's interests. That's an obligation that I'll always keep. -Rodney Frelinghuysen

It's our moral obligation, as well as, I believe, it is the government's obligation to take care of its people. -Marcia Fudge

Once we as doctors are entrusted with the well-being of our patients and their children, it is our duty to take action, to be selfless, and fulfill our obligation to the service of others. I did so willingly, and it brought me great joy throughout my professional career. However, I always had a desire to do more. -Phil Gingrey

It is simply a moral obligation to make sure our nation's heroes have a home to return to at night. -Gene Green

Just to continue a space program because it's a space program? No, I don't think we have an obligation for that. -John Glenn

Holiness of life is not the privilege of a chosen few – it is the obligation, the call, and the will of God for every Christian. -Mother Angelica

The climate issue is for the state. It is an obligation for all governments. -Michel Temer

I've been given benefits from the day I was born. A loving family. A great education. So I see it as an obligation, as a Christian and as a human being, to help. -Tom Catena

Traditionally, you support your nominee for president, and so when I went to Cleveland, I gave a strong speech about Hillary Clinton and her devastating foreign policy, but also in the support of the nominee. I think that's an obligation that we have to support the nominee. -Michael McCaul

I do not take my obligations as a senator lightly. -Tom Cotton

When I went to college, it became more of a hobby, and that's when I think I got the realest music education. It wasn't something that I had to do. It wasn't an obligation. -Awkwafina

When you're running a company, you have employees – lots of them – that can interrupt your schedule. You have customers that can interrupt your schedule. You have a certain obligation to wave the flag because people expect to get out and wave the flag. The number of ways that others can command your time is high. -Steve Ballmer

After the acquisition of id by Zenimax, we had sort of taken the mobile platform team down to a skeleton crew. We were left with about two people who were finishing up the previous obligations on that. The rest had just been dispersed and absorbed by the other teams in the company. -John Carmack

I don't feel that as human beings we have an obligation to dislike someone based on their beliefs, and it's OK to have a human reaction to someone even if you feel what they do is hideous and objectionable. You can still enjoy their company and find them interesting to be around. -Louis Theroux

Under HB 2655, the state is responsible to ensure parents are aware of the purpose and value of assessments and receive notice from their local school districts about their rights and obligations. Educators must engage with parents about the value of assessment and the potential consequences if parents opt out and student participation diminishes. -Kate Brown

Men and women motivated by faith have every right and obligation to bring their belief and commitment to the public debate. However, that is very different from the governmental establishment of religion that our founders warned against and our constitution prohibits. -Bill Haslam

We need to recognize our agreements and disagreements with whomever is chosen as president, but we can't continue to just stall out in Washington just because it's not who I voted for. We have still an obligation and duty to challenge and to work through. -Matt Mead

My father volunteered in early 1941, before Pearl Harbor, and became an officer in the U.S. Navy. As I was growing up, he taught me the responsibility of command: A leader is ultimately responsible for every aspect of the welfare of people under his or her care. That was a deeply felt obligation in his generation. -Chesley Sullenberger

You're supported by everything in New York if you want to be a performing artist. You come here, you can change your name. You leave home, you come here, you're severed from family obligations – the old identity drops away as soon as you come to New York because you're coming to New York, if you're an artist, to be someone else. -Margo Jefferson

More important than your obligation to follow your conscience, or at least prior to it, is your obligation to form your conscience correctly. -Antonin Scalia

Since the women are the ones who bear the babies, and there's nothing we can do about that, our laws and customs then make it the financial obligation of the husband to provide the support. It is his obligation and his sole obligation. And this is exactly and precisely what we will lose if the Equal Rights Amendment is passed. -Phyllis Schlafly

Being a lawyer is not merely a vocation. It is a public trust, and each of us has an obligation to give back to our communities. -Janet Reno

My own personal popularity can have no influence over me when the dictates of my best judgment and the obligations of an oath require of me a particular course. Under such circumstances, whether I sink or swim on the tide of popular favor is, to me, a matter of inferior consideration. -John Tyler

I guess I don't like the fact that my life is becoming less and less my own – the prevailing attitude that you have an obligation to deliver yourself to the public. Actually, you're delivered to the public whether you like it or not. I guess if you don't like it, you should stop doing what provokes it. In my case, that's acting. -Robert Redford

I think there is a very powerful wish that we all have of being self-contained and having sort of opted out or choosing to remove ourselves from society and to have no ties and no obligations, and even no possessions. To be free in a particular way. -Edward Zwick

I would describe myself as outspoken. Not political. Outspoken about what I want to say. There are things that need to be said… and I think it's my obligation to say them. -Benjamin Clementine

We have many rules and regulations that can be sometimes confusing and complicated. By reaching out to the employer community and educating them on what their responsibilities and obligations are to their work force, that, along, with strong enforcement, is the best way to protect workers. -Elaine Chao

We want to make sure that workers know their rights and that employers know their obligations. That is the best way to protect workers. -Elaine Chao

Because it started as an offshoot of al Qaeda in Iraq, ISIL has long been subject to U.N. sanctions, and all countries have a legal obligation to freeze its assets and prohibit its business dealings. But countries around the world need to do more to make these sanctions work. -Samantha Power

I was returned to the Senate by the people of Alaska, and I have an obligation to all of them – it's not an obligation to my party; it's an obligation to Alaskans. -Lisa Murkowski

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

We've walked away from our treaty obligations in Ukraine, putting NATO at risk. -Ryan Zinke

I fully believe that the U.S. has the obligation to honor its debt. -Steve Mnuchin

Jews are frequently compared to the proverbial 'canary in the coal mine,' an enduring signal for when the world is failing to meet its obligations in tackling bigotry. It has never been clearer to me just how widely understood that truism is. -Ephraim Mirvis

Render to God what you owe him; recognize the obligations you are under to him. -Louis XIV

We now occupy the proud attitude of a sovereign and independent Republic, which will impose upon us the obligation of evincing to the world that we are worthy to be free. This will only be accomplished by wise legislation, the maintenance of our integrity, and the faithful and just redemption of our plighted faith wherever it has been pledged. -Sam Houston

When I joined the Senate in January 2011, I raised my right hand, placed my left hand on the Bible, and swore a solemn oath to support and defend the Constitution of the United States. Defending the constitutional domain of the branch of government in which I serve is an obligation of that oath. -Ron Johnson

For our part, the U.S. government has an obligation to aggressively pursue every opportunity to expand trade, boost the economy, and create well-paid jobs here at home. -Max Baucus

We Americans have an obligation to come to China, to learn more about China. Why? Because with each passing day, it's going to be more and more in our future. -Max Baucus

Love should be an inspiration, not an obligation. -Zsa Zsa Gabor

I believe the attorney general or the deputy attorney general has an obligation to follow the law and the Constitution and to give their independent legal advice to the President. -Sally Yates

The damage caused by corruption is just as real in Angola and Azerbaijan as it is in Atlanta and Albuquerque, and it's our obligation to advance the rule of law wherever our laws apply. -Sally Yates

At the Justice Department, we have no greater obligation than ensuring all people are treated equally under the law, and Americans must know that we will vigorously pursue criminal activity regardless of whether the crime is committed on a street corner or in a corner office. -Sally Yates

The first obligation is to the French people and establish solidarity among our own citizens. -Marine Le Pen

Being a conservative has given me clarity; it's given me freedom – my mind is free; therefore, my heart is lighter. And that's a gift from God that I believe we have an obligation to share with others. -Dana Perino

Why should Americans on the DMZ be among the first to die in a second Korean War? Should the North attack the South, could we not honor our treaty obligations with air and naval power offshore? -Pat Buchanan

There's great affection, tremendous loyalty, but anytime you open up the season, when you walk in the locker room, there is a circle, and my obligation to everyone in that locker room is the circle has to be as strong as possible to give us a chance to win. -Jim Irsay

Surely, nothing can be more dangerous than the doctrine that the moral obligations of men change with the latitude and longitude of a place. -William Lloyd Garrison

It is not only our duty but our moral obligation to break from the oppression of debt. We must rise above the political considerations and do what is right for the future of our nation. -Dan Coats

I think there are moral obligations, and I think there are economic transactions. So I think that chores are good; I think that allowances are good. I think combining them is bad. -Daniel H. Pink

To some extent, the act of creation and the act of selling are hard to disentangle. If you create something, whether it's a painting or a company, I think if you care about it, you have some obligation to go out and tell people about it. -Daniel H. Pink

The obligation to remember is inscribed on every Holocaust memorial, but even the words 'Never Forget' become irksome eventually. -Howard Jacobson

For most of us, fidelity is faithfulness to an obligation, trust, or duty. For the men and women of the FBI, fidelity also means fidelity to country. It means fidelity to justice and the law, fidelity to the Constitution, fidelity to equality and liberty. -Robert Mueller

You have to just do music, and you're becoming this entertainer, and so many people require so much of your time for different things, different obligations you have to make money, or just different obligations you have as a person in whatever the situation may be. -Future

No one law or set of laws will end horrific acts of violence, but Congress has an obligation to take action and make sure that terrorists and bad guys don't have easy access to guns in our country. -Marc Veasey

I've always been able to work. I think it's an actor's obligation to keep working if you can. -Adam West

Like pretty much every other ambitious person, I always figured I'd eventually move to New York. It is, at this point, half-dream and half-obligation for people trying to do big things. It's the American Dream inside the American Dream. -Ryan Holiday

Any time you find yourself doing something out of obligation, that's a time you should start questioning whether you're spending your time wisely. -Payal Kadakia

We have an obligation to our men and women in uniform – and to future generations – to do something about the issue of climate change. -Tammy Duckworth

My obligation is to the movie audiences. -Ron Howard

In my real life, I see people who are really enjoying their lives – I mean, really enjoying their lives – and they take joy in their daily obligations; they just do. And I believe that at a certain point, you've got to choose to be that way. You choose to approach your life that way. Or it's all kind of a drag until Friday. -Holly Hunter

My role has been limited to focus on fiduciary obligations to our investors as a general partner of our funds. -Dave McClure

As a German, in view of the history of World War II and the terrible deeds of the Nazi period, I feel a special obligation to help as much as I can to develop European-Israeli relations and thus contribute to ensuring Israel's future and existence. -Helmut Kohl

If we hit the debt ceiling, that's… essentially defaulting on our obligations, which is totally unprecedented in American history. The impact on the economy would be catastrophic. -Austan Goolsbee

Sometimes audiences want to see what we're doing to their world. It's our obligation sometimes to reflect it. -Taylor Sheridan

There are things that need to be said… and I think it's my obligation to say them. -Benjamin Clementine

In the fashion world, you have to make clothes to sell. You have to make clothes for the press. You have to make clothes for yourself. What I mean is, everything is an obligation. But a writer? A pure artist? Maybe he doesn't make one lira – but he does what he wants. -Giorgio Armani

How old was Noah when he built the ark? 600. He wasn't, like, cashing Social Security checks; he wasn't hanging out – he was working. So, I think we have an obligation to work. -Greg Gianforte

Russia's leaders, rich with oil wealth and corrupt with power, have rejected democratic ideals and the obligations of a responsible power. -John McCain

I never want to make people upset, but sometimes we may. When I interview people, I try to make it clear that our obligation is to what we uncover and to telling that story and to presenting it fairly and making sure everyone has a say. -David Grann

You have to go where the truth takes you, and that doesn't always take you in exactly the same place where people you speak to might want,or suspects may want. That's your ultimate obligation. -David Grann

We're trying to make sure that financial advisers act like lawyers and doctors. When you go to a lawyer or doctor, they have an obligation to put your best interests first. Financial advisers don't. -Tom Perez

You shouldn't have to win the boss lottery in order to have a little bit of flexibility at work. Raising and supporting a family isn't just a financial obligation. What's important isn't just being able to put food on the dinner table – we want you to be at the dinner table, too. -Tom Perez

As candidates and elected officials, we have an obligation to be honest. -Cary Kennedy

It's so easy to call something a Jewish story or a gay story or a woman's story. Aesthetically, if a story is not universal, it has failed. Your obligation is to the story. One rule creatively, and emotionally, is its universality. -Nathan Englander

I do not owe hundreds of millions of potential foreign workers from around the world an obligation. I owe Singaporeans a responsibility. -Lee Hsien Loong

The United States has never prioritized or failed to pay any obligation when due during a debt limit impasse. Despite the institutional risks and the lack of clear legal authority, we assume that Treasury will attempt to prioritize payments in a last-ditch effort to avoid default. -Jerome Powell

We do take seriously our obligation to assess whether our reforms are achieving their desired effects without imposing unnecessary burden. -Jerome Powell

Liquidity problems can occur in central clearing, even if all counterparties have the financial resources to meet their obligations, if they are unable to convert those resources into cash quickly enough. -Jerome Powell

For decades, Iran has covertly worked to develop a nuclear weapons program and has repeatedly violated its international obligations. -J. B. Pritzker

I didn't record 'Pumped Up Kicks' out of a sense of moral obligation. -Mark Foster

I was raised in, and presumably to, the cutlery business. I really didn't think that that's what I wanted to do for a career. But I felt a certain obligation to give it a try. -H. W. Brands

It's a violation of federal law for an officer or an employee of the United States government to make or authorize an expenditure or obligation exceeding the amount we've appropriated. -Ted Yoho

My obligation is to disclose companies in which I'm an officer, a director, or an investor. -Wilbur Ross

If you try and work out at 4:30 in the afternoon, how many people are going to chip away at that time? Your boss, your job, your work, your family, your other obligations that you might have. At 4:30 in the morning, all those people are asleep, so you can do whatever you want. -Jocko Willink

Sometimes entrepreneurs, successful people, need to put their blinders back on. They're losing their day to distraction, to faulty obligations. -Brendon Burchard

I don't feel an obligation to go by the rankings – we all know how those rankings are produced anyway. I want to go out there and fight the money fight. -Tyron Woodley

We also have to think as fighters, celebrities – whatever you want to call us – that we have an obligation to point out stuff that's just completely wrong. -Tyron Woodley

North Koreans are tragically oppressed. Despite the risks to my personal safety, I feel a strong obligation to tell the world about the Orwellian nightmare that North Koreans face. -Lee Hyeon-seo

If you have an opportunity to help others or incite change, it feels like a moral obligation to do so. -Elizabeth Chambers

As you have more resources in life, it's your obligation to deploy those for the benefit of others. -Stephen A. Schwarzman

A dream is better than obligation. -Riyad Mahrez

This is Leicester: it is not like Manchester City or Manchester United. They have an obligation to win things. We don't have an obligation; it is just a dream. -Riyad Mahrez

Being a black belt from the Nogueira brothers, I have the obligation to always defend myself well on the ground. -Anderson Silva

I feel like there's an obligation – this sounds terribly pretentious – if you're an artist, to share your own experience in a way that's truthful and honest: 'This is what I have to share; this is my life.' -Casey Affleck

Each generation has an obligation to pick up the baton. We want young people to feel a sense of responsibility to take that baton and run with it. -Valerie Jarrett

As a pro-business Democrat, I understand the obligations of publicly traded companies to maximize returns to shareholders. -William M. Daley

At some point, I don't want to have any obligation. And just chill out. -Charles Barkley

A lot of times, they can't hire actors just because there's this obligation that the audiences don't know who they are, and it's about making money. For me, the project that felt like all of it was 'Rachel Getting Married' because I had such a good time on that movie. Jonathan Demme, to me, is one of the most actor-friendly directors. -Rosemarie DeWitt

It seems like an obligation if you have it so good. You have to spread the wealth. -Hannah Teter

If you back out of a convention… you can't dodge your obligation. Torture is still not acceptable. -Peter Maurer

I believe, as do most people, that we have an obligation to assist the truly destitute. -Angus Deaton

Those of us who were lucky enough to be born in the right countries have a moral obligation to reduce poverty and ill health in the world. -Angus Deaton

The state has not only the obligation to stay neutral in matters of religion but also to ensure that freedom of thought and conscience of all individuals is protected. -Asma Jahangir

When you have a voice, you also have a moral obligation to use that voice for good. -Leandra Medine

I grew up always thinking that fighting for justice was our obligation, whether that's giving your voice to something, serving as a verbal advocate for someone, or physically being in spaces or occupying space to make and create change. -Angela Rye

When you're doing a film, your agent and manager spend hours – days – talking about contractual obligations. If you turn up for work and ask for a peeled grape on top of foie gras but you don't get it, you can't get annoyed. -Timothy Spall

The listening community has the obligation of distinguishing informed opinion from tweets. -Carl Hart

Trump errs on the side of bluster sometimes for effect, but I don't think that the people who voted for him, most of them, would ever be for not caring for immigrants or refugees. People in the church know it's our obligation. -Eric Metaxas

The privilege of a free society is that every man, woman, and child has the opportunity – and the obligation as a free people – to determine the trajectory of their country, of a political race. -Dana Loesch

Girls must understand not only their moral obligation but their power to be allies to each other at parties and other potentially unsafe spaces for girls. -Rachel Simmons

If we avail ourselves to serve in terms of the Constitution, we should be prepared if, indeed, those we serve deem it appropriate to suffer the hardship that comes with our constitutional obligations. -Jacob Zuma

In the 1880s, women were decades away from earning the right to vote. Few owned property – if they were even permitted to do so. In addition to childcare obligations, many toiled in work that was either underpaid or not paid at all. Essentially, the gears of progress for women were moving slowly in just about every arena of life. -Mary Pilon

That's been my routine for years and years… Up early before everybody else, before I get connected, before I get bugged, before I have obligations. Get the writing done first, then be the person I want to be in other ways after that. -John Edgar Wideman

We confuse insurance with our moral obligation to provide health-care services to people. And what we try to do is finance our moral obligation through the insurance system, which punishes the people who are fiscally responsible to buy insurance. -Ron Williams

We have a moral obligation to get healthcare to people who need it. -Ron Williams

When you play the king of elves and alien warlords, little me is very uninteresting. But, at the same time, actors feel this obligation to be transparent, and I truly don't understand the point. -Lee Pace

The obligation of every ethical management is to make sure we optimize the long-term value of the company. -Jeff Bewkes

We have an obligation to provide a return for our shareholders. -Bobby Kotick

It was just the DNA of my family. Giving back didn't feel like an entitlement; it was an obligation. -Marc Platt

Fires and floods, we're hardwired to accept them or at least file them under Bad Things Happening. But there's something so abstract and so modern about a bank making a technical mistake about how it funded its obligations to depositors, and suddenly you're out of work. -John Lanchester

You can't explain collateralized debt obligation in a novel – it's too draggy. -John Lanchester

Marriage is no longer the only place where people make major life transitions and decisions, enter into commitments, or incur obligations. -Stephanie Coontz

Whatever their relative valuation of the single and married states, most societies in history made sharp distinctions between those who married and those who remained single: They were seen as mutually exclusive ways of life, with different legal rights and social obligations. -Stephanie Coontz

Because we live so much of our adult lives as singles, it no longer makes sense to assume that marriage is the only way people will organize their obligations and commitments. -Stephanie Coontz

We need to push for work-family practices and policies that allow individuals to customize their work lives according to their changing individual preferences and family obligations, not just their traditional gender roles. -Stephanie Coontz

It's really hard to have your voice heard in a man's world. People are always comparing women and bringing them down – that, I'm completely against. We have an obligation as women to not pit ourselves against each other, because men are going to do it for us. -Eiza Gonzalez

I was putting on a stiff upper lip and trying to fulfill the obligations I thought were demanded of me, taking over my father's role of taking care of my mother… and having to be the recipient of her confessions and emotions but of a delusional nature. -Allen Ginsberg

I've always stayed independent, but I've always felt an obligation to make movies an untutored audience could like. -Paul Morrissey

Escrow accounts are an important tool for homeowners to the reduce the risk of mortgage default on high-priced loans. Millions of Americans, including my wife and I, utilize these accounts to make monthly payments towards the annual financial obligations that come with homeownership like taxes and insurance. -Seth Moulton

Part of our obligation is to ensure that policymakers are provided with the fullest possible picture of any matters that might affect national security. -James Clapper

There is a real danger of unintended consequences, of encouraging people to give up. Pessimism, if it becomes a habit, can reinforce a narrative of unstoppable decline. If there is nothing we can do, that releases us from our obligations. -David Grinspoon

Kendall is really satisfied on her role in 'Keeping Up With the Kardashians.' With her modeling career, she's so busy. If she's not walking a runway, she's shooting a campaign or traveling around the world with her fashion obligations. She's a pretty busy little girl. -Kris Jenner

Human nature being what it is, if you told me you were going to give me one dollar with no strings attached, I probably wouldn't question the gift too much. But if you told me you wanted to give me one hundred dollars with no obligation, I'd have to think about it for a minute before accepting. -Tony Evans

When you're in a gang, you go through life like any other individual. You have certain obligations, but you are not forced to do anything. -Richard Cabral

Your only true obligation in a gang is to be committed and be there when your brothers need you. -Richard Cabral

If Obama succeeds in turning health insurance and funding for college into universal entitlements, he will have expanded Washington's obligations on the scale of an LBJ or an FDR. -Jacob Weisberg

Most lawsuits against the EPA historically have come either because of the agency's lack of regard for a statute or because the EPA failed in an obligation or deadline. -Scott Pruitt

Contemporary families can be made in many ways. You might step up when relatives or friends are unable to meet their obligation to their children. You might marry someone who is already a parent. Or you might, as in my case, yearn to create a family and decide to adopt. -Rumaan Alam

I'm the last senior executive who was hired by Roy Vagelos. It's an honor, but it also imposes upon me an obligation not only to think about his legacy but also about this company's legacy. -Kenneth Frazier

We all have some basic obligation to one another. -Richard N. Haass

Toronto is my home. It's where my family is. I think I feel an obligation to be within subway distance of the people who raised me. -Sheila Heti

Poetry is not the language we live in. It's not the language of our day-to-day errand-running and obligation-fulfilling, not the language with which we are asked to justify ourselves to the outside world. It certainly isn't the language to which commercial value has been assigned. -Tracy K. Smith

I believe that the president should be excused from some of the burdens of ordinary citizenship while serving in office. This is not something I necessarily thought in the 1980s or 1990s. Like many Americans at that time, I believed that the president should be required to shoulder the same obligations that we all carry. -Brett Kavanaugh

In everything I do, I want people to get the message of acceptance, to learn not to practice contempt without investigation. I have an obligation to do it. -Andrew Zimmern

The only obligation you have as a film-maker is to tell your version of the truth and to use your film to illuminate reality. Whatever that means. -Kevin Macdonald

The basic idea of a hackathon is to erase all routine obligations for the day so that employees can clear a mental space for creativity. -Neil Blumenthal

Running shouldn't feel like a punishment or an obligation. It should be a treat. -Christina Tosi

We have an obligation to figure out how to help people cope with the rapidly changing nature of technology. -Oren Etzioni

Everybody has the prerogative for their own career in this business, and I firmly believe that to this day. But if you and I give each other our word – call me corny – I think you have an obligation to uphold that. -Shane Douglas

My whole obligation was to West Indies cricket. As I have always said, I have never made a run for me. Records meant nothing. The team was important. -Garfield Sobers

My whole obligation was to West Indies cricket. As I have always said, 'I have never made a run for me.' -Garfield Sobers

Laws are there for a reason, and we have an obligation to follow them. -Rod Rosenstein

You approach the cases, not thinking that you have some obligation to win but that you actually have to evaluate the facts and make sure that you're doing the right thing. -Rod Rosenstein

I'm not under obligation to provide information to everyone that wants it when they want it. -Michael Avenatti

Nepal is our closest neighbour, and we must make every effort to ensure that, as a small neighbour, we attend to their perceptions. Even when they are wrong, we have an obligation to create an environment in which the common people in Nepal feel that in India they have a great friend. -Manmohan Singh

A father who is distracted for a few minutes by his myriad interests and obligations in the world of adult interactions is being, well, a father. A mother who does the same is failing her children. -Kim Brooks

In my time at Milan, the club played with a 4-3-1-2 formation, and I was the player behind the two strikers. At Real, I play behind three. There is a greater defensive obligation, but I try to work around the area. -Kaka

The Mormon belief system unites curiously American pairs of opposites. A relish for the dog-eat-dog practices of the marketplace goes hand in hand with the stern obligation to 'help thy neighbor.' -Shana Alexander

At Barca, we always have an obligation to win and to do it in style for our fans in the stadiums and around the world. -Samuel Eto'o

The appetite of the British people for a long-term involvement in another Middle Eastern conflict could not be weaker. There is no wish to have any further long-term obligations of a military kind that do not affect the most direct national interest. -Jacob Rees-Mogg

As artists, we are blessed to be able to make money but, on the same note, are held accountable for our federal tax obligations just like everyone else. -Rick Ross

Scoring a goal feels a bit like a liberating act. It is a mix of sensations that only strikers can feel in their own guts. We work for that, to score. It is like a commitment, an obligation we take with ourselves. -Edinson Cavani

No matter what age you are, as a fighter, your obligation is to win. -Yoel Romero

I do feel the obligation and desire to win the Scudetto with Juventus, and obviously everybody wants to win the Champions League. -Carlos Tevez

If you don't like a film or do a film out of obligation in a comfortable zone, it would be very painful, but when you do something with passion, interest, and belief in it, it excites you. -Nani

We're sober now, and we all have families and obligations of being senior citizens. Oh, that's hard to say. We have grown-up responsibilities. We used to all live in the same car. -Joe Walsh

The U.S. government has a sacred, solemn, inviolable obligation to enforce the laws of the United States to stop illegal immigration and to secure and protect the borders. -Stephen Miller

Being a baseball player is most important, first and foremost. Obviously, there are other obligations that come with everything. You just need to balance it and take it in stride, but at the same time, be mindful of your time and prioritize everything and what is most beneficial. -Christian Yelich

We all have an obligation to pass on a better environment to our kids. -Andrew Scheer

We didn't really grow up in a gendered environment. We didn't have a hierarchy. My family is fearless. They truly believe that they have something to contribute to society and that it is an obligation as humans. I try to embed in my children that they have something to contribute. And that you give because you have to, not to be appreciated. -Ilhan Omar

We are also trying to fight successfully in the European Union against anti-Semitism. Because of Austria's history, it is, from my point of view, our obligation to do that. -Sebastian Kurz

Part of being a Manchester United player under Sir Alex Ferguson, perhaps the most important part of being one of United's attacking players was that when you were in possession, you had to take risks in order to create goal-scoring chances. It was not an option; it was an obligation. -Paul Scholes

My survival case comes with a purpose and obligation, which is why I have launched Nadia's Initiative, an organisation dedicated to helping women and children who have been victimised… My initiative is trying to get support needed to get Sinjar rebuilt. -Nadia Murad

At City, it's our obligation to be fighting on all fronts for all trophies, and the Premier League is one of them. -Jesus Navas

After the World Cup, the next two or three days there is a lot of celebration, a lot of obligation, towards the country, towards the French Federation, towards the fans. And then, after that, you feel so empty – mentally and physically. It's a long tournament; it demands a lot of energy and a lot of emotion. -Hugo Lloris

I never did films for the sake of money alone or for any favour or obligation. -Radhika Pandit

People think that footballers just have a kick around with their mates. If they win, fine; if they don't, that's then fine, too. No pasa nada. No. You have an obligation and responsibility. -Dani Alves

As someone whose music is connected to his personal growth, I feel an obligation to follow this muse wherever it leads. -Devin Townsend

The Government should be held accountable if it puts soldiers at unnecessary risk, which is why it is vital to retain full transparency in inquests. Governments also have a moral obligation to ensure proper care for the injured and their families. -Dominic Raab

We all have an obligation as actors to be true to ourselves and our best instincts, but often there's a higher purpose, which is to serve the text and, in the grander sense, serve the series, even if that means to fall on your sword and take the hit. -Peter Scolari

I just never in my life imagined not graduating college, so I feel like it's kind of my obligation to my parents, almost, to give them a degree in return for everything they've given me. -Josh Rosen

Any government in the world, when facing an armed rebellion, has a constitutional, legal, and moral obligation to resist these militants. -Omar al-Bashir

I promise by my conscience and honor to faithfully fulfill the obligations of the office of president of the government with loyalty to the King, and to keep and enforce the Constitution as the fundamental norm of the State. -Pedro Sanchez

An embedded growth obligation is how fast a structure has to grow in order to maintain its honest positions. -Eric Weinstein

Individuals in very small groups are about the only thing that is free of the disease of the embedded growth obligation. -Eric Weinstein

I like to solve problems. I know it is a skill set, but it's also an obligation. I grew up with parents who believe that you don't simply complain: you try to find solutions and fix what's in front of you. -Stacey Abrams

At any given moment, we each face a barrage of obligations, often disparate and distinct from what we thought would happen when we woke up. From the tragic to the common to the extraordinary, life refuses to be divvied up into careful slices of time. No technology can manage to overcome the realities of reality. -Stacey Abrams

Georgians understand obligation, love of family, and payment plans. -Stacey Abrams

I come from a background where we have been taught to give back to the society, as it is an obligation for all of us. -Urmila Matondkar

I really respect my craft and obligation to my audience. -Iliza Shlesinger

If you think of a solo artist, you normally know them by their name; you don't normally describe their kind of music. You just say, 'It's so and so, or it's so and so.' But with bands, everyone feels an obligation to categorize them. -Ian Gillan

I realized that so much of our precious time is taken up by obligations that we don't even really need. -Jesse Itzler

It's been a lot of responsibility to be an ambassador for U.S. wrestling and the sport. It's a tough journey. There's a lot of obligations but also a lot of opportunity. -Jordan Burroughs

I feel an obligation to use black dancers because there must be more opportunities for them, but not because I'm a black choreographer talking to black people. -Alvin Ailey

I realized that, as a woman, you have an obligation to be a feminist. -Sadie Sink

Our obligation is to our young people, is to our women, to make sure our women are protected in our community. -Linda Sarsour

If you believe that through putting the judiciary under political control you can make it a better judiciary, you are wrong, and you are violating your own obligations under European treaties. -Frans Timmermans

We in Britain do not have the same capabilities as the United States, but we are members of the United Nations Security Council. And we take our obligations and duties deriving from that very seriously. -Michael Portillo

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