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Duty Quotes

The line of life is a ragged diagonal between duty and desire.

Author: William R. Alger (1822-1905)

Profession: American Writer

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

Author: St. Augustine (354-430)

Profession: Numidian-born Bishop of Hippo, Theologian

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.

Author: Henry Ward Beecher (1813-1887)

Profession: American Preacher, Orator, Writer

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

Author: Ambrose Bierce (1842-1914)

Profession: American Author, Editor, Journalist, "The Devil's Dictionary"

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

Author: Thomas Carlyle (1795-1881)

Profession: Scottish Philosopher, Author

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

Author: Pierre Teilhard De Chardin (1881-1955)

Profession: French Christian Mystic, Author

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.

Author: Charles Horton Cooley (1864-1929)

Profession: American Sociologist

Do your duty and leave the rest to heaven.

Author: Pierre Corneille (1606-1684)

Profession: French Dramatist

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.

Author: Theodore L. Cuyler (1822-1909)

Profession: American Pastor, Author

Duty cannot exist without faith.

Author: Benjamin Disraeli (1804-1881)

Profession: British Statesman, Prime Minister

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

Author: George Eliot (1819-1880)

Profession: British Novelist

Do that which is assigned to you and you cannot hope too much or dare too much.

Author: Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882)

Profession: American Poet, Essayist

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

Author: Augusta Jane Evans (1835-1909)

Profession: American Writer

Duty largely consists of pretending that the trivial is critical.

Author: John Fowles (1926)

Profession: British Novelist

I sighed as a lover, I obeyed as a son.

Author: Edward Gibbon (1737-1794)

Profession: British Historian