Sir Richard Francis Burton Quote

“Do what thy manhood bids thee do, From none but self expect applause: He noblest lives and noblest dies Who makes and keeps his self-made laws.”

~ Sir Richard Francis Burton

Ratings and Comments

Joe, Rochester, MI

Wonderful. Take personal responsibility for yourself and your actions.

greg, auckland,NZ

i think that this quote is actually by German philosopher/poet Heinrich Heine

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Jane    12/25/06
Robert, Sarasota

On the understanding that the gentleman is honorable - Most of my resources confirm Burton only one said Heine

Mike, Norwalk

I'm with Joe

Ken, Allyn, WA

Your freedom and nobility depend on your personal responsibility. No one can be free who behaves like a child. It requires manhood. Socialist societies create dependency, encourage irresponsibility by subsidizing childish behavior, and never places blame on the individual. Because of this, no one who lives in a socialistic society can live in noble freedom.

helorat, Milton

Good quote regardless of who said it and Ken, Once again I concur.

E Archer, NYC

True enough for oneself, but what about the other noble guy who has 'differing' self-made laws? ;-)

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Anonymous    7/16/10

Right On! Sir Richard

jim k, Austin, Tx

Good on you, Joe and Ken.

Patrick Henry, Red Hill

As Heraclitus expressed it:

" Character is destiny."

Ah, the Virtue of mindlessly maligned Victorian Values...


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