duty

A Quote by Thomas Paine on duty, enemies, liberty, oppression, and security

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)

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A Quote by Thomas Ken on blessings, death, duty, fatherhood, god, life, praise, sacrifice, sons, and soul

Awake, my soul, and with the sun thy daily course of duty run. Cast off dull sloth, and joyful rise to pay thy morning sacrifice. All praise to thee, who safe hast kept and hast refreshed me while I slept! Grant, Lord, when I from death shall wake, I may of endless life partake. All praise to thee, my God, this night for all the blessings of the light. Keep me, oh keep me, King of Kings, beneath Thine own almighty wings. Praise God, from Whom all blessings flow. Praise Him, all creatures here below. Praise Him above, ye heavenly host. Praise Father, Son, and Holy Ghost.

Thomas Ken (1637 - 1711)

Source: hymn writen by Thomas Ken, Morning Hymn, 1695

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A Quote by Thomas Jefferson on citizenship, duty, laws, nations, and obedience

Certainly one of the highest duties of the citizen is a scrupulous obedience to the laws of the nation. But it is not the highest duty.

Thomas Jefferson (1743 - 1826)

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A Quote by Thomas Jefferson on competence, duty, exercise, facts, government, people, power, and principles

To John Cartwright, 1824: We established however some, although not all its [self-government] important principles. The constitutions of most of our States assert, that all power is inherent in the people; that they may exercise it by themselves, in all cases to which they think themselves competent, (as in electing their functionaries executive and legislative, and deciding by a jury of themselves, in all judiciary cases in which any fact is involved,) or they may act by representatives, freely and equally chosen; that it is their right and duty to be at all times armed; . . .

Thomas Jefferson (1743 - 1826)

Source: Memorial Edition 16:45, Lipscomb and Bergh, editors.

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A Quote by Thomas Jefferson on duty, fear, good, government, men, and principles

No government can be maintained without the principle of fear as well as of duty. Good men will obey the last, but bad ones the former only.

Thomas Jefferson (1743 - 1826)

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A Quote by Thomas Jefferson on duty and trying

No duty the Executive had to perform was so trying as to put the right man in the right place.

Thomas Jefferson (1743 - 1826)

Source: History of the People of the U.S.; vol. ii, p.586

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A Quote by Thomas Jefferson on ability, acting, anxiety, character, citizenship, concern, difficulty, duty, honesty, individuality, information, interest, knowledge, men, motives, necessity, time, and understanding

Of the various executive abilities, no one excited more anxious concern than that of placing the interests of our fellow-citizens in the hands of honest men, with understanding sufficient for their stations. No duty is at the same time more difficult to fulfil. The knowledge of character possessed by a single individual is of necessity limited. To seek out the best through the whole Union, we must resort to the information which from the best of men, acting disinterestedly and with the purest motives, is sometimes incorrect.

Thomas Jefferson (1743 - 1826)

Source: Letter to Elias Shipman and others of New Haven, July 12, 1801.

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A Quote by Thomas Jefferson on aim, duty, failure, and mankind

Only aim to do your duty, and mankind will give you credit where you fail.

Thomas Jefferson (1743 - 1826)

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A Quote by Thomas Jonathan Jackson on duty, providence, and rest

Do your duty and leave the rest to Providence.

Thomas Jackson (1824 - 1863)

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A Quote by Thomas Carlyle on duty

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Do the duty which lieth nearest to thee! Thy second duty will already have become clearer.

Thomas Carlyle (1795 - 1881)

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