Careful Words

obligation (n.)

  Too great haste to repay an obligation is a kind of ingratitude.

Isaac De Benserade (1612-1691): Maxim 226.

As though there were a tie

And obligation to posterity.

We get them, bear them, breed, and nurse:

What has posterity done for us

That we, lest they their rights should lose,

Should trust our necks to gripe of noose?

John Trumbull (1750-1831): McFingal. Canto ii. Line 121.