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The theologian may indulge the pleasing task of describing Religion as she descended from Heaven, arrayed in her native purity. A more melancholy duty is imposed on the historian. He must discover the inevitable mixture of error and corruption which she contracted in a long residence upon earth, among a weak and degenerate race of beings.
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Edward Gibbon Quotes

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It is not a man's duty, as a matter of course, to devote himself to the eradication of any, even the most enormous wrong; he may still properly have other concerns to engage him; but it is his duty, at least, to wash his hands of it, and, if he gives it no thought longer, not to give it practically his support. If I devote myself to other pursuits and contemplations, I must first see, at least, that I do not pursue them sitting upon another man's shoulders.
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Henry David Thoreau Quotes

The duty of literature is to note what counts, and to light up what is suited to the light. If it ceases to choose and to love, it becomes like a woman who gives herself without preference.
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Anatole France Quotes

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Let us have faith that right makes might, and in that faith, let us, to the end, dare to do our duty as we understand it.
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Abraham Lincoln Quotes

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To keep the body in good health is a duty; Otherwise we shall not be able to keep our mind strong and clear.
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Buddha Quotes

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My doctor says that I have a malformed public-duty gland and a natural deficiency in moral fiber, and that I am therefore excused from saving Universes.
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Douglas Adams Quotes

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Duty is what one expects from others.
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Oscar Wilde Quotes

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It is, in my view, the duty of an apple to be crisp and crunchable, but a pear should have such a texture as leads to silent consumption.
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Edward Bunyard Quotes

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

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There is not a more pleasing exercise of the mind than gratitude. It is accompanied with such an inward satisfaction that the duty is sufficiently rewarded by the performance.
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Joseph Addison Quotes

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Every duty which is bidden to wait returns with seven fresh duties at its back.
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Charles Kingsley Quotes

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The things that will destroy America are prosperity-at-any-price, peace-at-any-price, safety-first instead of duty-first, the love of soft living, and the get-rich-quick theory of life.
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Theodore Roosevelt Quotes

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We cannot, by total reliance on law, escape the duty to judge right and wrong... There are good laws and there are occasionally bad laws, and it conforms to the highest traditions of a free society to offer resistance to bad laws, and to disobey them.
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Alexander Bickel Quotes

When you go into court you are putting your fate into the hands of twelve people who weren't smart enough to get out of jury duty.
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Norm Crosby Quotes

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Western society has accepted as unquestionable a technological imperative that is quite as arbitrary as the most primitive taboo: not merely the duty to foster invention and constantly to create technological novelties, but equally the duty to surrender to these novelties unconditionally, just because they are offered, without respect to their human consequences.
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Lewis Mumford Quotes

Teaching should be such that what is offered is perceived as a valuable gift and not as a hard duty.
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The first duty of a government is to give education to the people.
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Simón Bolívar Quotes

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Happiness is the natural flower of duty.
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Phillips Brooks Quotes

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The right to private property meant at the same time the right and duty to be personally concerned about your own well-being, to be personally concerned about your family's income, to be personally concerned about your future. This is hard work.
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Mikhail Khodorkovsky Quotes

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Lets have faith that right makes might; and in that faith let us, to the end, dare to do our duty as we understand it.
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Abraham Lincoln Quotes

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