Archive for the ‘duty’ Category

Since it has pleased Providence to place me in this station, I shall do my utmost to fulfill my duty towards my country

October 11, 2009

Since it has pleased Providence to place me in this station, I shall do my utmost to fulfill my duty towards my country; I am very young and perhaps in many, though not in all things, inexperienced, but I am sure that very few have more real good-will and more real desire to do what is fit and right than I have.

Queen Victoria, journal entry, Tuesday, 20th June 1837, on her accession to the throne.

One of the most dangerous of beliefs is that you yourself have ‘more real good-will and more real desire to do what is fit and right’ than almost anyone else.

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There are 3 dogs in the world

August 22, 2009

The parable of the Three Dogs

There are three dogs in the world. The firstĀ is tied to a pole yelping because it can’t be trusted. The second is ‘set free’ but is always foraging in the dustbins for food. The third walks contentedly beside its master.

Jim Gourlay

Duty

August 6, 2009

Thank God I have done my duty.

Nelson’s dying words