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Quotes of the Day for 18 June 2004 – Duty

Just days after Paris fell to the Nazis, Winston Churchill called his compatriots to do their duty in the familiar words of the first quote below, delivered in the House of Commons on this day in 1940. I've chosen a few other quotes on Duty to go with it.

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The quotes:

Let us therefore brace ourselves to our duty, and so bear ourselves that, if the British Empire and its Commonwealth lasts for a thousand years, men will still say, 'This was their finest hour.'
     - Winston Churchill, 1874 - 1965

This world is full of beauty, as other worlds above, and if we did our duty, it might be as full of love.
     - Gerald Massey

I long to accomplish a great and noble task, but it is my chief duty to accomplish small tasks as if they were great and noble.
     - Helen Keller, 1880 - 1968

If a sense of duty tortures a man, it also enables him to achieve prodigies.
     - Henry Louis Mencken, 1880 - 1956

We need to restore the full meaning of that old word, duty. It is the other side of rights.
     - Pearl S. Buck, 1892 - 1973

It is the duty of the President to propose and it is the privilege of the Congress to dispose.
     - Franklin Delano Roosevelt, 1882 - 1945


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