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 Tobias Wolff - “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.”  
 Allen Weinstein - “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.”  
 John W. Snow - “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.”  
 Dave Van Ronk - “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.”  
 Shinichi Suzuki - “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.”  
 Shel Silverstein - “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.”  
 Ron Silver - “I think you have an obligation to be an optimist. Because if you're not, nothing will change.”  
 Lee Scott - “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.”  
 Robert Scheer - “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.”  
 Dennis Potter - “I was given talent, and if you are given it, it is your obligation to use it.”  
 Sidney Poitier - “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.”  
 Bill Owens - “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.”  
 Dave Obey - “I have an obligation to fight and to fight hard for what I believe in and for the progressive principles that we are supposed to defend.”  
 Bob Ney - “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.”  
 Alberto Moravia - “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.”  
 James Meade - “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 Monroe - “To impose taxes when the public exigencies require them is an obligation of the most sacred character, especially with a free people.”  
 Ang Lee - “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.”  
 Mickey Kaus - “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.”  
 Andrew Jackson - “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.”  
 Joshua Homme - “I think our thing is that you commit to go in and try to sound as original as possible. We just do our own thing because that's the obligation”  
 Garrett Hardin - “A coldly rationalist individualist can deny that he has any obligation to make sacrifices for the future.”  
 Dick Gephardt - “Those who have prospered and profited from life's lottery have a moral obligation to share their good fortune.”  
 Vito Fossella - “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.”  

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