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DUTY
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Thanks to the gods! my boy has done his duty.
      - Joseph Addison, Cato (act IV, sc. 4)

Man is saved by love and duty, and by the hope that springs from duty, or rather from the moral facts of consciousness, as a flower springs from the soil.
      - Henri-Frederic Amiel

Never to tire, never to grow cold; to be patient, sympathetic, tender; to look for the budding flower and the opening heart; to hope always; like God, to love always--this is duty.
      - Henri-Frederic Amiel

Our duty is to be useful, not according to our desires but according to our powers.
      - Henri-Frederic Amiel

Consult duty, not events.
      - Arthur Annesley, 1st Earl of Anglesey

Do daily and hourly your duty; do it patiently and thoroughly. Do it as it presents itself; do it at the moment, and let it be its own reward. Never mind whether it is known and acknowledged or not, but do not fail to do it.
      - James H. Aughey

It is one of the worst of errors to suppose that there is any other path of safety except that of duty.
      - James H. Aughey

None should expect to prosper who go out of way of duty.
      - James H. Aughey

In doing what we ought we deserve no praise, because it is our duty.
      - Saint Aurelius Augustine (Augustine of Hippo)

Duty itself is supreme delight when love is the inducement and labor. By such a principle the ignorant are enlightened, the hard-hearted softened, the disobedient reformed, and the faithful encouraged.
      - Hosea Ballou

No frozen-hearted woman ever I laid eyes on but has made duty her religion.
      - Honore de Balzac

It is not the profession of religion which creates the obligation for the performance of duty; for that existed before any such profession was made. The profession of religion only recognizes the obligation.
      - Albert Barnes

He who is false to present duty breaks a thread in the loom, and will find the flaw when he may have forgotten its cause.
      - Henry Ward Beecher, Life Thoughts

Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter: Fear God and keep His commandments: for this is the whole duty of man.
      - Bible, Ecclesiastes (ch. XII, v. 13)

Not liberty but duty is the condition of existence.
      - Mathilde Blind (f/k/a Mathilde Cohen)

To do my duty in that state of life unto which it shall please God to call me.
      - Book of Common Prayer, Catechism

I think myself obliged, whatever my private apprehensions may be of the success, to do my duty, and leave events to their Disposer.
      - Robert Boyle

Men love to hear of their power, but have an extreme disrelish to be told their duty.
      - Edmund Burke

Feeble are we? Yes, without God we are nothing. But what, by faith, every man may be, God requires him to be. This is the only Christian idea of duty. Measure obligation by inherent ability! No, my brethren, Christian obligation has a very different measure. It is measured by the power that God will give us, measured by the gifts and possible increments of faith. And what a reckoning will it be for many of us, when Christ summons us to answer before Him under the law, not for what we are, but for what we might have been.
      - Horace Bushnell

Go to your duty, every man, and trust yourself to Christ; for He will give you all supply just as fast as you need it. You will have just as much power as you believe you can have. Be a Christian; throw yourself upon God's work; and get the ability you want in it.
      - Horace Bushnell

In the sacred fact of obligation you touch the immutable, and lay hold, as it were, on the eternities. At the very center of your being, there is a fixed element, and that of a kind or degree essentially sovereign. A standard is set up in your very thought, by which a great part of your questions are determined, and about which your otherwise random thoughts may settle into order and law.
      - Horace Bushnell

Take your duty, and be strong in it, as God will make you strong. The harder it is, the stronger in fact you will be. Understand, also, that the great question here is, not what you will get, but what you will become. The greatest wealth you can ever get will be in yourself. Take your burdens and troubles and losses and wrongs, if come they must and will, as your opportunity, knowing that God has girded you for greater things than these.
      - Horace Bushnell

The moment you can make a very simple discovery, viz., that obligation to God is your privilege, and is not imposed as a burden, your experience will teach you many things--that duty is liberty, that repentance is a release from sorrow, that sacrifice is gain, that humility is dignity, that the truth from which you hide is a healing element that bathes your disordered life, and that even the penalties and terrors of God are the artillery only of protection to His realm.
      - Horace Bushnell

In all common ordinary cases, we see intuitively at first view what is out duty, what is the honest part. This is the ground of the observation, that the first thought is often the best. In these cases, doubt and deliberation is itself dishonesty; as it was in Balaam upon the second message.
      - Bishop Joseph Butler

To what gulfs
  A single deviation from the track
    Of human duties leads even those who claim
      The homage of mankind as their born due,
        And find it, till they forfeit it themselves!
      - Lord Byron (George Gordon Noel Byron)


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