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Do something every day that you don't want to do. This is the golden rule for acquiring the habit of doing your duty without pain.

Oh, duty is what one expects from others, it is not what one does oneself.
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.
Do that which is assigned to you and you cannot hope too much or dare too much.
The first duty of life is to be as artificial as possible. What the second duty is no one as yet discovered.
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.
Activate yourself to duty by remembering your position, who you are, and what you have obliged yourself to be.
Never step over one duty to perform another.
When a stupid man is doing something he is ashamed of, he always declares that it is his duty.
The first requisite of a good citizen in this republic of ours is that he shall be able and willing to pull his weight.
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.
There is no duty we so much underrated as the duty of being happy.
Rank imposes obligation.
Duty cannot exist without faith.
Do the duty which lies nearest to you, the second duty will then become clearer.
No eulogy is due to him who simply does his duty and nothing more.
It is easier to do one's duty to others than to one's self. If you do your duty to others, you are considered reliable. If you do your duty to yourself, you are considered selfish.
A sense of duty is useful in work but offensive in personal relations. People wish to be liked, not to be endured with patient resignation.
The most beautiful things in the universe are the starry heavens above us and the feeling of duty within us.
Duty is the sublimest word in the language. You can never do more than your duty. You should never wish to do less.
I slept, and dreamed that life was beauty; I woke, and found that life was Duty.
Do your duty and leave the rest to heaven.
Our duty, as men and women, is to proceed as if limits to our ability did not exist. We are collaborators in creation.
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.
The line of life is a ragged diagonal between duty and desire.
Care not for time and success. Act out thy part, whether it be to fail or to prosper.
For many years I was a self-appointed inspector of snowstorms and rainstorms and did my duty faithfully, though I never received payment for it.
When we can say no not only to things that are wrong and sinful, but also to things pleasant, profitable, and good which would hinder and clog our grand duties and our chief work, we shall understand more fully what life is worth, and how to make the most of it.
Every right implies a responsibility; Every opportunity, an obligation, Every possession, a duty.
Where there are no rights, there are no duties.
Let us do our duty, in our shop in our kitchen, in the market, the street, the office, the school, the home, just as faithfully as if we stood in the front rank of some great battle, and knew that victory for mankind depends on our bravery, strength, and skill. When we do that, the humblest of us will be serving in that great army which achieves the welfare of the world.
Let others laugh when you sacrifice desire to duty, if they will. You have time and eternity to rejoice in.
A duty dodged is like a debt unpaid; it is only deferred, and we must come back and settle the account at last.
Possession without obligation to the object possessed approaches felicity.
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.
What is possible is our highest duty.
Without duty, life is sort of boneless; it cannot hold itself together.
The rule of joy and the law of duty seem to me all one.

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