- Duty. Duty grows everywhere, like
- Perish discretion when it interferes
- The people of this country have shown
by the highest
proofs human nature
can give, that wherever the path of duty and honor may lead, however
and rugged it may be, they are ready to walk in it.—James A. Garfield.
- The true way to render ourselves
happy is to love our
duty and find
in it our pleasure.—Mme. de Motteville.
him who gropes painfully in darkness or uncertain
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
to be a duty! Thy second duty will already have become
- Fear God, and keep his commandments:
for this is the
whole duty of man.—Ecclesiastes
- Commonplace though it may appear,
this doing of one's
the highest ideal of life and character. There may be nothing heroic
it; but the common lot of men is not heroic.—Samuel Smiles.
- Who escapes a duty avoids a
us do our duty in our shop or our kitchen, the
market, the street,
the office, the school, the home, just as faithfully as if we stood in
the front rank of some great battle, and we knew that victory for
depended upon our bravery, strength, and skill. When we do that the
of us will be serving in that great army which achieves the welfare of
the world.—Theodore Parker.
- In every profession the daily and
common duties are the
- Let men laugh when you sacrifice
desire to duty, if they
will. You have
time and eternity to rejoice in.—Theodore Parker.
- Be not diverted from your duty by any
the silly world
may make upon you, for their censures are not in your power, and
should not be any part of your concern.—Epictetus.
- It is thy duty oftentimes to do what
thou wouldst not;
thy duty, too,
to leave undone that thou wouldst do.—Thomas à Kempis.
- There is no evil that we cannot
either face or fly from
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
morning, and dwell in the utmost parts of the seas, 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
are yet with us. We cannot escape their power, nor fly from their
They are with us in this life, will be with us at its close, and in
scene of inconceivable solemnity which lies yet further onward we shall
still find ourselves surrounded by the consciousness of duty, to pain
wherever it has been violated, and to console us so far as God may have
given us grace to perform it.—Webster.