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 :: Famous Quotations Topic: Duty (47 Quotations)

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The line of life is a ragged diagonal between duty and desire.
~ William R. Alger

 

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No eulogy is due to him who simply does his duty and nothing more.
~ St. Augustine

 

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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

 

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Duty. That which sternly impels us in the direction of profit, along the line of desire.
~ Ambrose Bierce

 

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Do the duty which lies nearest to you, the second duty will then become clearer.
~ Thomas Carlyle

 

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Our duty, as men and women, is to proceed as if limits to our ability did not exist. We are collaborators in creation.
~ Pierre Teilhard De Chardin

 

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When one has come to accept a certain course as duty he has a pleasant sense of relief and of lifted responsibility, even if the course involves pain and renunciation. It is like obedience to some external authority; any clear way, though it lead to death, is mentally preferable to the tangle of uncertainty.
~ Charles Horton Cooley

 

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Do your duty and leave the rest to heaven.
~ Pierre Corneille

 

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Sufficient to each day are the duties to be done and the trials to be endured. God never built a Christian strong enough to carry today's duties and tomorrow's anxieties piled on the top of them.
~ Theodore L. Cuyler

 

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Duty cannot exist without faith.
~ Benjamin Disraeli

 

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The reward of one's duty is the power to fulfill another.
~ George Eliot

 

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Do that which is assigned to you and you cannot hope too much or dare too much.
~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

 

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Oh! Duty is an icy shadow. It will freeze you. It cannot fill the heart's sanctuary.
~ Augusta Jane Evans

 

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Duty largely consists of pretending that the trivial is critical.
~ John Fowles

 

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I sighed as a lover, I obeyed as a son.
~ Edward Gibbon

 

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How can we know ourselves? Never by reflection, but only through action. Begin at once to do your duty and immediately you will know what is inside you.
~ Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe

 

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Love can do much, but duty more.
~ Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe

 

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But in his duty prompt at every call, he watched and wept, he prayed and felt for all.
~ Oliver Goldsmith

 

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The rule of joy and the law of duty seem to me all one.
~ Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr.

 

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I slept, and dreamed that life was beauty; I woke, and found that life was Duty.
~ Ellen Sturgis Hooper

 

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