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Let him who gropes painfully in darkness or uncertain light, and prays vehemently that the dawn may ripen into day, lay this precept well to heart: "Do the duty which lies nearest to thee," which thou knowest to be a duty! Thy second duty will already have become clearer.
      - Thomas Carlyle

Our grand business undoubtedly is, not to see what lies dimly at a distance, but to do what lies clearly at hand.
      - Thomas Carlyle

The latest gospel in this world is, know thy work and do it.
      - Thomas Carlyle

Duties are ours; events are God's. This removes an infinite burden from the shoulders of a miserable, tempted, dying creature. On this consideration only, can he securely lay down his head, and close his eyes.
      - Richard Cecil

I see nothing worth living for but the divine virtue which endures and surrenders all things for truth, duty, and mankind.
      - William Ellery Channing

No man living in deliberate violation of his duty, in willful disobedience to God's commands, as taught by conscience, can possibly make progress in acquaintance with the Supreme Being. Vain are all acts of worship in church or in secret, vain are religious reading and conversation, without this instant fidelity.
      - William Ellery Channing

The sense of duty is the fountain of human rights. In other words, the same inward principle which teaches the former bears witness to the latter. Duties and rights must stand and fall together.
      - William Ellery Channing

There is no mean work save that which is sordidly selfish; there is no irreligious work save that which is morally wrong; while in every sphere of wife "the post of honor is the post of duty."
      - Edwin Hubbell Chapin

The destiny of mankind is not decided by material computation. When great causes are on the move in the world . . . we learn that we are spirits, not animals, and that something is going on in space and time, and beyond space and time, which, whether we like it or not, spells duty.
      - Winston Churchill (2)

There is no moment without some duty.
      - Cicero (Marcus Tullius Cicero) (often called "Tully" for short)

Submission to duty and God gives the highest energy. He, who has done the greatest work on earth, said that He came down from heaven, not to do His own will, but the will of Him who sent Him. Whoever allies himself with God is armed with all the forces of the invisible world.
      - James Freeman Clarke

If doing what ought to be done be made the first business and success a secondary consideration--is not this the way to exalt virtue?
      - Confucius

The sense of duty pursues us ever.
      - Joseph Cook

Duty is not collective; it is personal.
      - Calvin Coolidge

When faith and hope fail, as they do sometimes, we must trust charity, which is love in action. We must speculate no more on our duty; but simply do it. When we have done it, however blindly, perhaps heaven will show us the reason why.
      - Mrs. Craik (pseudonym of Dinah Maria Mulock)

I choose to be found doing my duty.
      - Abraham Davenport

Every one regards his duty as a troublesome master from whom he would like to be free.
      - Mazo de la Roche

It is an impressive truth that sometimes in the very lowest forms of duty, less than which would rank a man as a villain, there is, nevertheless the sublimest ascent of self-sacrifice. To do less would class you as an object of eternal scorn, to do so much presumes the grandeur of heroism.
      - Thomas De Quincey ("The Opium Eater")

A nation, as an individual, has duties to fulfill appointed by God and His moral law.
      - Benjamin Disraeli, 1st Earl of Beaconsfield

Stern duties need not speak sternly. He who stood firm before the thunder worshipped the "still small voice."
      - Sydney Thompson Dobell

Not aw'd to duty by superior sway.
      - John Dryden, Eleonora (l. 178)

Maintain your post: That's all the fame you need;
  For 'tis impossible you should proceed.
      - John Dryden,
        To Mr. Congreve, on his Comedy "The Double Dealer"

Whatever our place allotted to us by Providence that for us is the post of honor and duty. God estimates us, not by the position we are in, but by the way in which we fill it.
      - Tryon Edwards

As soon as we lay ourselves entirely at His feet, we have enough light given us to guide our own steps; as the foot-soldier, who hears nothing of the councils that determine the course of the great battle he is in; hears plainly enough the word of command which he must himself obey.
      - George Eliot (pseudonym of Mary Ann Evans Cross)

Can man or woman choose duties? No more than they can choose their birthplace, or their father and mother.
      - George Eliot (pseudonym of Mary Ann Evans Cross)

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