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  • No obligation on your part.
  • That was your trust, your obligation, your responsibility.
  • Can’t you be strong enough to fulfill your obligation and to perform a husband’s duty?
  • There aren’t any obligations, except the necessity of the moment.
  • Don’t you want to have me as one of your men under obligation?
  • It was a contract, an obligation!
  • He had never been afraid of burdens, because he had known his ability to carry them, and he had never assumed an obligation unless he was certain that he could fulfill it.
  • An obligation?
  • I will not assume obligations that I can’t fulfill.
  • It will give more freedom to the individual and strengthen the bonds of collective obligations.
  • That’s the first obligation of any wife-and of a woman in your position in particular!
  • Do you ask what moral obligation I owe to my fellow men?
  • None-except the obligation I owe to myself, to material objects and to all of existence: rationality.
  • That which others claimed to feel at the sight of the stars-stars safely distant by millions of years and thus imposing no obligation to act, but serving as the tinsel of futility-she had felt at the sight of electric bulbs lighting the streets of a town.
  • He remembered the austerely pitiless respect he had felt for his contract of marriage, for all his contracts and all his legal obligations-and he saw what sort of legality his scrupulous observance was expected to serve.
  • And because, were she lying crushed under the ruins of a building, were she torn by the bomb of an air raid, so long as she was still in existence she would know that action is man’s foremost obligation, regardless of anything he feels-she was able to run down the platform and to see the face of the stationmaster when she found him-she was able to order: "Hold Number 57 for me!"-then to run to the privacy of a telephone booth in the darkness beyond the end of the platform, and to give…

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  • She feels that helping him is her obligation.
  • I have a family obligation Saturday afternoon.

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