„Duty is the great business of a sea officer; all private considerations must give way to it, however painful it may be.“

Letter to Frances Nisbet [citation needed]
1800s

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admirał brytyjski 1758 - 1805

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„What I have desired to do is to make the people of Boston realize that the most important office, and the one which all of us can and should fill, is that of private citizen. The duties of the office of private citizen cannot under a republican form of government be neglected without serious injury to the public.“

—  Louis Brandeis American Supreme Court Justice 1856 - 1941

Statement to a reporter in the Boston Record, 14 April 1903. (quoted in Alpheus Thomas Mason, Brandeis: A Free Man's Life (1946), p. 122.)
Commonly paraphrased as "The most important office is that of the private citizen" or "The most important political office is that of the private citizen", and sometimes misattributed to his dissenting opinion in Olmstead v. United States.
Extra-judicial writings

Austen Chamberlain Fotografia
William Morris Fotografia

„To give people pleasure in the things they must perforce use, that is one great office of decoration; to give people pleasure in the things they must perforce make, that is the other use of it.“

—  William Morris author, designer, and craftsman 1834 - 1896

The Decorative Arts (1877)
Kontekst: To give people pleasure in the things they must perforce use, that is one great office of decoration; to give people pleasure in the things they must perforce make, that is the other use of it.
Does not our subject look important enough now? I say that without these arts, our rest would be vacant and uninteresting, our labour mere endurance, mere wearing away of body and mind.

William Howard Taft Fotografia
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Daniel McCallum Fotografia

„Great promptness in the report of all derelictions of duty, that evils may be at once corrected.“

—  Daniel McCallum Canadian engineer and early organizational theorist 1815 - 1878

Report of the Superintendent of the New York and Erie Railroad to the Stockholders (1856)

Aldo Capitini Fotografia
Chester A. Arthur Fotografia

„Madam, I may be President of the United States, but my private life is nobody's damn business.“

—  Chester A. Arthur American politician, 21st President of the United States (in office from 1881 to 1885) 1829 - 1886

To a temperance reformer.
Quoted in Gentleman Boss: The Life of Chester Alan Arthur, ch. 8, Thomas C. Reeves (1975).
1880s

Mikhail Bakunin Fotografia

„What all other men are is of the greatest importance to me. However independent I may imagine myself to be, however far removed I may appear from mundane considerations by my social status, I am enslaved to the misery of the meanest member of society.“

—  Mikhail Bakunin Russian revolutionary, philosopher, and theorist of collectivist anarchism 1814 - 1876

Solidarity in Liberty: The Workers' Path to Freedom (1867)
Kontekst: What all other men are is of the greatest importance to me. However independent I may imagine myself to be, however far removed I may appear from mundane considerations by my social status, I am enslaved to the misery of the meanest member of society. The outcast is my daily menace. Whether I am Pope, Czar, Emperor, or even Prime Minister, I am always the creature of their circumstance, the conscious product of their ignorance, want and clamoring. They are in slavery, and I, the superior one, am enslaved in consequence.

Ulysses S. Grant Fotografia

„Let no guilty man escape, if it can be avoided. No personal considerations should stand in the way of performing a public duty.“

—  Ulysses S. Grant 18th President of the United States 1822 - 1885

Endorsement of a letter relating to the Whiskey Ring (29 July 1875).
1870s

Henrik Ibsen Fotografia
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Thomas Jefferson Fotografia

„To begin an affair of that kind now, and carry it on so long a time in form, is by no means a proper plan … whatever assurances I may give her in private of my esteem for her, or whatever assurances I may ask in return from her, depend on it — they must be kept in private.“

—  Thomas Jefferson 3rd President of the United States of America 1743 - 1826

Letter to John Page (15 July 1763); published in The Works of Thomas Jefferson (1905) http://oll.libertyfund.org/?option=com_staticxt&staticfile=show.php%3Ftitle=800&chapter=85791&layout=html&Itemid=27
1760s
Kontekst: To begin an affair of that kind now, and carry it on so long a time in form, is by no means a proper plan … whatever assurances I may give her in private of my esteem for her, or whatever assurances I may ask in return from her, depend on it — they must be kept in private. Necessity will oblige me to proceed in a method which is not generally thought fair; that of treating with a ward before obtaining the approbation of her guardian. I say necessity will oblige me to it, because I never can bear to remain in suspense so long a time. If I am to succeed, the sooner I know it, the less uneasiness I shall have to go through. If I am to meet with a disappointment, the sooner I know it, the more of life I shall have to wear it off: and if I do meet with one, I hope in God, and verily believe; it will be the last.

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