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Duty is one and invariable; it requires no impossibilities, nor can it ever be disregarded with impunity.
      - Henry David Thoreau

The gospel chargeth us with piety towards God, and justice and charity to men, and temperance and chastity in reference to ourselves.
      - John Tillotson

There is little pleasure in the world that is true and sincere besides the pleasure of doing our duty and doing good. I am sure no other is comparable to this.
      - John Tillotson

Duty, especially out of the domain of love, is the veriest slavery in the world.
      - Timothy Titcomb (pseudonym of Josiah Gilbert Holland)

Attention is our first duty whenever we want to know what is our second duty. There is no such cause of confusion and worry about what we ought to do, and how to do it, as our unwillingness to bear what God would tell us on that very point.
      - Henry Clay Trumbull

In every profession the daily and common duties are the most useful.
      - Unknown

Duty does not consist in suffering everything, but in suffering everything for duty. Sometimes, indeed, it is our duty not to suffer.
      - Alexandre Rodolphe Vinet

The consideration that human happiness and moral duty are inseparably connected will always continue to prompt me to promote the progress of the former by inculcating the practice of the latter.
      - George Washington

The most fruitful and elevating influence I have ever seemed to meet has been my impression of obligation to God.
      - Daniel Webster

There is no evil that we cannot either face or fly from, but the consciousness of duty disregarded. A sense of duty pursues us ever. It is omnipresent, like the Deity. If we take to ourselves the wings of the morning, and dwell in the uttermost parts of the sea, duty performed, or duty violated, is still with us, for our happiness or our misery. If we say the darkness shall cover us, in the darkness as in the light our obligations are yet with us. We cannot escape their power, nor fly from their presence. They are with us in this life, will be with us close; and in that scene of inconceivable solemnity, which lies yet farther onward we shall still find ourselves surrounded by the consciousness of duty, to pain us wherever it has been violated, and to console us so far as God may have given us grace to perform it.
      - Daniel Webster

knowledge of our duties is the most useful part of philosophy.
      - Archbishop Richard Whately

Every man has obligations which belong to his station. Duties extend beyond obligations, and direct the affections, desires, and intentions, as well as the actions.
      - William Whewell

Simple duty hath no place for fear.
      - John Greenleaf Whittier

Simply duty hath no place for fear.
      - John Greenleaf Whittier,
        Tent on the Beach--Abraham Davenport
         (last line)

Nothing is properly one's duty but what is also one's interest.
      - Bishop John Wilkins

I fancy that it is just as hard to do your duty when men are sneering at you as when they are shooting at you.
      - Thomas Woodrow Wilson

To check the erring and reprove;
  Thou who art victory and law,
    When empty terrors overawe,
      Give unto me, made lowly wise,
        The spirit of self-sacrifice.
      - William Wordsworth

The primal duties shine aloft, like stars;
  The charities that soothe, and heal, and bless
    Are scattered at the feet of Man, like flowers.
      - William Wordsworth, Excursion (bk. IX)

Give unto me, made lowly wise,
  The spirit of self-sacrifice;
    The confidence of reason give;
      And in the light of truth thy
        Bondman let me live!
      - William Wordsworth, Ode to Duty

Stern Daughter of the Voice of God.
      - William Wordsworth, Ode to Duty

Who art a light to guide, a rod
  To check the erring, and reprove.
      - William Wordsworth, Ode to Duty

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