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- He that would make his own liberty secure, must guard even his enemy from oppression; for if he violates this duty, he establishes a precedent that will reach to himself.
- Thomas Paine (1737 - 1809)
- Where duty is plain, delay is both foolish and hazardous; where it is not, delay may provide both wisdom and safety.
- Tryon Edwards (1809 - 1894)
- Remember that it is nothing to do your duty, that is demanded of you and is no more meritorious than to wash your hands when they are dirty; the only thing that counts is the love of duty; when love and duty are one, then grace is in you and you will enjoy a happiness which passes all understanding.
- W. Somerset Maugham (1874 - 1965), The Painted Veil, 1925
- ...it is as hard to do your duty when men are sneering at you as when they are shooting at you.
- Woodrow Wilson (1856 - 1924)
- We live in an age disturbed, confused, bewildered, afraid of its own forces, in search not merely of its road but even of its direction. There are many voices of counsel, but few voices of vision; there is much excitement and feverish activity, but little concert of thoughtful purpose. We are distressed by our own ungoverned, undirected energies and do many things, but nothing long. It is our duty to find ourselves.
- Woodrow Wilson (1856 - 1924), Baccalaureate address, Princeton University, Princeton, New Jersey, June 9, 1907