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DUTY
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Duty is the demand of the hour.
      - Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

But what is your duty? What the day demands.
  [Ger., Was aber ist deine Pflicht? Die Forderung des Tages.]
      - Johann Wolfgang von Goethe,
        Spruche in Prosa (III, 151)

Hath the spirit of all beauty
  Kissed you in the path of duty?
      - Anna Katharine Green, On the Threshold

Rugged strength and radiant beauty--
  These were one in Nature's plan;
    Humble toil and heavenward duty--
      These will form the perfect man.
      - Mrs. Sarah Josepha (Buell) Hale

Of an accountable creature, duty is the concern of every moment, since he is every moment pleasing or displeasing God.
      - Robert Hall

There is generally no such thing as duty to the people who do it. They simply take life as it comes, meeting, not, shirking its demands, whether pleasant or unpleasant; and that is pretty much all there is of it.
      - Gail Hamilton (pseudonym of Mary Abigail Dodge)

Only when the voice of duty is silent, or when it has already spoken, may we allowably think of the consequences of a particular action.
      - Augustus William Hare

Do your duty, and don't swerve from it. Do that which your conscience tells you to be right, and leave the consequences to God.
      - Benjamin Robert Haydon

The last pleasure in life is the sense of discharging our duty.
      - William Hazlitt (1)

Then on! then on! where duty leads,
  My course be onward still.
      - Reginald Heber, Journal

Let us not run out of the path of duty, lest we run into the way of danger.
      - Rowland Hill

I have learned that to do one's next duty is to take a step toward all that is worth possessing.
      - Josiah Gilbert Holland (used pseudonym Timothy Titcomb)

I slept and dreamed that life was Beauty;
  I woke, and found that life was Duty:--
    Was thy dream then a shadowy lie?
      - Ellen Sturgis Hooper, Duty

The things of the world are ever rising and falling, and in perpetual change; and this change must be according to the will of God, as He has bestowed upon man neither the wisdom nor the power to enable him to check it. The great lesson in these things is, that man must strengthen himself doubly at such times to fulfill his duty and to do what is right, and must seek his happiness and inward peace from objects which cannot be taken away from him.
      - Wilhelm von Humboldt

Only aim to do your duty, and mankind will give you credit where you fail.
      - Thomas Jefferson

Duty, though set about by thorns, may still be made a staff supporting even while it tortures. Cast it away, and, like the prophet's wand, it changes to a snake.
      - Douglas William Jerrold

Man owes two solemn debts--one to society, and one to-nature. It is only when he pays the second that he covers the first.
      - Douglas William Jerrold

Men must be either the slaves of duty, or the slaves of force.
      - Joseph Joubert

Without duty, life is soft and boneless; it cannot hold itself together.
      - Joseph Joubert

Both love of mankind, and respect for their rights are duties; the former however is only a conditional, the latter an unconditional, purely imperative duty, which he must be perfectly certain not to have transgressed who would give himself up to the secret emotions arising from benevolence.
      - Immanuel Kant

It is thy duty oftentimes to do what thou wouldst not; thy duty, too, to leave undone that thou wouldst do.
      - Thomas a Kempis

For of those to whom much is given, much is required.
      - John Fitzgerald Kennedy

Do to-day's duty, fight to-day's temptation; and do not weaken and distract yourself by looking forward to things which you cannot see, and could not understand if you saw them.
      - Charles Kingsley

Duty--the command of heaven, the eldest voice of God.
      - Charles Kingsley

I am not aware that payment, or even favors, however gracious, bind any man's soul and conscience in questions of highest morality and highest importance.
      - Charles Kingsley


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