Thursday, 17 May 2012


Duties are not performed for duty's sake, but because their neglect would make the man uncomfortable. A man performs but one duty – the duty of contenting his spirit, the duty of making himself agreeable to himself. - Mark Twain

Duty doesn't need to call; it only needs to whisper. And if you heed the call, no matter what happens, you have no need for regret. - Dean Koontz

Duty is the sublimest word in our language. Do your duty in all things. You cannot do more. You should never do less. - Robert E. Lee

Even the wild beasts have a duty to perform, for duty is the handmaiden of life. All things that have life have a duty, for life itself is duty. When a man has no obligations, he is dead. - Janice Manning & Marshall Masters

Every duty is great; great, because it tries our principle; great, because for the time being it tries our loyalty to conscience, and our energy and will. - E. H. Chapin

Honour is no phantom. Duty doesn't melt away, no matter how much we might wish it to. - Claudia J. Edwards

If there is to be no satisfaction in pleasure, none in wisdom, none in ambition, none in the golden mean, what then? Ah, where then? In duty. In doing right because it is right. - Lyman Abbott

In doing what we ought, we deserve no praise, because it is our duty. - Joseph Addison

No duty is more urgent than that of returning thanks. - James Allen

No more duty can be urged upon those who are entering the great theatre of life than simple loyalty to their best convictions. - Edwin Hubbel Chapin

Obedience and resignation are our personal offerings upon the altar of duty. - Hosea Ballou

One painful duty fulfilled makes the next plainer and easier. - Helen Keller

Our duty is wakefulness, the fundamental condition of life itself. The unseen, the unheard, the untouchable is what weaves the fabric of our see-able universe together. - Robin Craig Clark

The brave man inattentive to his duty, is worth little more to his country, than the coward who deserts her in the hour of danger. - Andrew Jackson

The brave man wants no charms to encourage him to his duty, and the good man scorns all warnings that would deter him from fulfilling it. - Edward Bulwer-Lytton

The daily life is so wearisome; yet duty lies that way. - C. W. Leadbeater

The first duty of a man is to think for himself. - José Martí

The journey of life is plain and straight enough if people were trained to make principle their watchword and duty their rule. - James Platt

The superior man is the man who fulfils his duty. - Eugene Ionesco

The want of reward is no warrant for us to dispense with our duty. - Samuel Richardson

There are not good things enough in life to indemnify us for the neglect of a single duty. - Madame Swetchine

Until our duty becomes to us common as breathing, we are poor creatures. - George MacDonald

We need to restore the full meaning of that old word, duty. It is the other side of rights. - Pearl Buck

We never fail when we try to do our duty – we always fail when we neglect to do it. - Lord Baden-Powell

What chastity is to woman, duty is to man, the willingly assumed burden of their kind. - Janice Manning & Marshall Masters

When the destinies of the world are at stake, there comes a point at which private esteem and admiration must give way to the sense of public duty. - William Archer

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