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Maurice Maeterlinck – The great ancestral duty, the essential duty

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Maurice MaeterlinckThere is the great ancestral duty, the essential duty, stronger than death, which not even man’s will and anger are able to check. All our humble history, linked with that of the dog in our first struggles against every breathing thing, tends to prevent his forgetting it. And when, in our safer dwelling-places of to-day, we happen to punish him for his untimely zeal, he throws us a glance of astonished reproach, as though to point out to us that we are in the wrong and that, if we lose sight of the main clause in the treaty of alliance which he made with us at the time when we lived in caves, forests and fens, he continues faithful to it in spite of us and remains nearer to the eternal truth of life, which is full of snares and hostile forces.

Maurice Maeterlinck  

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Douglas MacArthur – Duty, Honor, Country.

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Douglas MacArthurThe Long Gray Line has never failed us. Were you to do so, a million ghosts in olive drab, in brown khaki, in blue and gray, would rise from their white crosses thundering those magic words: Duty, Honor, Country.

This does not mean that you are war mongers.

On the contrary, the soldier, above all other people, prays for peace, for he must suffer and bear the deepest wounds and scars of war.

Douglas MacArthur   (1880-1964)

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Niccolò Machiavelli – The duty of a man of honor to teach

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Niccolo MachiavelliIt is the duty of a man of honor to teach others the good which he has not been able to do himself because of the malignity of the times, that this good finally can be done by another more loved in heaven.

Niccolò Machiavelli  

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Winston Churchill – Let us therefore brace ourselves to our duty

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Winston ChurchillLet us therefore brace ourselves to our duty, and so bear ourselves that, if the British Commonwealth and its Empire lasts for a thousand years, men will still say, “This was their finest hour.”

Winston Churchill   (Nov 30, 1874-Jan 24, 1965)

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Douglas MacArthur – My twilight is here

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Douglas MacArthurThe shadows are lengthening for me. The twilight is here. My days of old have vanished, tone and tint. They have gone glimmering through the dreams of things that were. Their memory is one of wondrous beauty, watered by tears, and coaxed and caressed by the smiles of yesterday. I listen vainly, but with thirsty ears, for the witching melody of faint bugles blowing reveille, of far drums beating the long roll. In my dreams I hear again the crash of guns, the rattle of musketry, the strange, mournful mutter of the battlefield.

But in the evening of my memory, always I come back to West Point.

Always there echoes and re-echoes: Duty, Honor, Country.

Douglas MacArthur   (1880-1964)

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Theodore Roosevelt – High and resolute courage

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Theodore RooseveltWe are face to face with our destiny and we must meet it with a high and resolute courage. For us is the life of action, of strenuous perforrnance of duty; let us live in the harness, striving mightily; let us rather run the risk of wearing out than rusting out.

Theodore Roosevelt   (1858-1919)

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