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Duty Quotes

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.

Author: Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe (1749-1832)

Profession: German Poet, Dramatist, Novelist

Love can do much, but duty more.

Author: Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe (1749-1832)

Profession: German Poet, Dramatist, Novelist

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

Author: Oliver Goldsmith (1728-1774)

Profession: Anglo-Irish Author, Poet, Playwright

The rule of joy and the law of duty seem to me all one.

Author: Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr. (1841-1935)

Profession: American Judge

I slept, and dreamed that life was beauty; I woke, and found that life was Duty.

Author: Ellen Sturgis Hooper (1816-1841)

Profession: American Poet

It is not enough for us to prostrate ourselves under the tree which is Creation, and to contemplate its tremendous branches filled with stars. We have a duty to perform, to work upon the human soul, to defend the mystery against the miracle, to worship the incomprehensible while rejecting the absurd; to accept, in the inexplicable, only what is necessary; to dispel the superstitions that surround religion --to rid God of His Maggots.

Author: Victor Hugo (1802-1885)

Profession: French Poet, Dramatist, Novelist

Without duty, life is sort of boneless; it cannot hold itself together.

Author: Joseph Joubert (1754-1824)

Profession: French Moralist

Consult duty not events.

Author: Walter Savage Landor (1775-1864)

Profession: British Poet, Essayist

Duty is the sublimest word in the language. You can never do more than your duty. You should never wish to do less.

Author: Robert E. Lee (1807-1870)

Profession: American Confederate Army Commander

The sense of obligation to continue is present in all of us. A duty to strive is the duty of us all. I felt a call to that duty.

Author: Abraham Lincoln (1809-1865)

Profession: Sixteenth President of the USA

What is possible is our highest duty.

Author: William E. Mclaren


Possession without obligation to the object possessed approaches felicity.

Author: George Meredith (1828-1909)

Profession: British Author

Rank imposes obligation.

Author: Motto


A duty dodged is like a debt unpaid; it is only deferred, and we must come back and settle the account at last.

Author: Joseph Fort Newton


Let others laugh when you sacrifice desire to duty, if they will. You have time and eternity to rejoice in.

Author: Theodore Parker (1810-1860)

Profession: American Minister