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- Everything in our modern substitutes for religion—whether Baconian or Rousseauistic—will be found to converge upon the idea of service. The crucial question is whether one is safe in assuming that the immense machinery of power that has resulted from activity of the utilitarian type can be made, on anything like present lines, to serve disinterested ends; whether it will not rather minister to the egoistic aims either of national groups or of individuals.
- Irving Babbitt, "What I Believe" (1930), Irving Babbitt: Representative Writings (1981), pp. 7-8
- We are his,
To serve him nobly in the common cause,
True to the death, but not to be his slaves.
- William Cowper, The Task (1785), Book V, line 340.
- A master is embarrassed before his servant; a servant before his master. Only in the presence of his equals is a man entirely at his ease.
- Господин стеснен при слуге, слуга стеснен перед господином; только с равным себе вполне свободен человек.
- The rulers of the Gentiles lord it over them, and their great ones are tyrants over them. It will not be so among you; but whoever wishes to be great among you must be your servant, and whoever wishes to be first among you must be your slave; just as the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve.
- Jesus as reported in Matthew 20:25-27.
- Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon earth, where moth and rust doth corrupt, and where thieves break through and steal: But lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust doth corrupt, and where thieves do not break through nor steal: For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also. No man can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other. Ye cannot serve God and mammon.
- Matthew 6:19–21,24 (KJV)
- A servant is the true reflection of his master.
- Arthur M. Jolly, in the play The Lady Demands Satisfaction, (2018)
- Master, go on, and I will follow thee,
To the last gasp, with truth and loyalty.
- I am an ass, indeed, you may prove it by my long ears. I have served him from the hour of my nativity to this instant, and have nothing at his hands for my service but blows. When I am cold, he heats me with beating.
- William Shakespeare, The Comedy of Errors, Act IV, scene 4, line 29.
- Had I but serv'd my God with half the zeal
I serv'd my king, he would not in mine age
Have left me naked to mine enemies.
- We cannot all be masters, nor all masters cannot be truly followed.
- My heart is ever at your service.
- The swallow follows not summer more willing than we your lordship.
- You know that love
Will creep in service where it cannot go.
- Ask not what your country can do for you — ask what you can do for your country.
- John F. Kennedy, Inaugural address, Washington D.C. (20 January 1961)
- Understanding who you serve is always a very important problem, and it only gets harder the more people that you serve. We try to pay a lot of attention to this by a combination of very rigorous quantitative and qualitative feedback. But if you’re serving 1.2 billion people, it’s very hard.
Hoyt's New Cyclopedia Of Practical Quotations
- Quotes reported in Hoyt's New Cyclopedia Of Practical Quotations (1922), p. 699.
- If I had always served God as I have served you, Madam, I should not have a great account to render at my death.
- Francis Bacon, Life and Times of Francis the First, Volume I, p. 46, of ed. 2.
- And Master Kingston, this I will say—had I but served God as diligently as I have served the king, he would not have given me over in my grey hairs.
- Pierre de Bourdeille (Brantome), quoting Thomas Cromwell to his keeper.
- When I have attempted to join myself to others by services, it proved an intellectual trick,—no more. They eat your service like apples, and leave you out. But love them, and they feel you, and delight in you all the time.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson, Essays, Of Gifts.
- Had I but written as many odes in praise of Muhammad and Ali as I have composed for King Mahmud, they would have showered a hundred blessings on me.
- Is thy servant a dog, that he should do this great thing?
- II Kings, VIII. 13.
- "Sidney Godolphin," said Charles (II), "is never in the way and never out of the way."
- Thomas Babington Macaulay, 1st Baron Macaulay, History of England, Volume I, p. 265. Cabinet Ed. Phrase used later to describe a good valet.
- Who seeks for aid
Must show how service sought can be repaid.
- Owen Meredith (Lord Lytton), Siege of Constantinople.
- They also serve who only stand and wait.
- They serve God well,
Who serve his creatures.
- Mrs. Norton, The Lady of La Garaye, Conclusion, line 9.
- God curse Moawiyah. If I had served God so well as I have served him, he would never have damned me to all eternity.
- Found in Ockley's History of the Saracens. An. Hegira 54, A. D. 673.
- Domini pudet non servitutis.
- I am ashamed of my master and not of my servitude.
- Seneca the Younger, Troades, 989.
- Small service is true service while it lasts:
Of humblest friends, bright Creature! scorn not one;
The Daisy, by the shadow that it casts,
Protects the lingering dew drop from the Sun.
- William Wordsworth, To a Child, Written in Her Album.