If you boys… you men can do what has to be done when you’d rather do almost anything else, why do you think I will do less? Or Egwene
We don’t choose our destinies but we must do our duties.
He that takes truth for his guide, and duty for his end, may safely trust to God’s providence to lead him aright
We live in a world that has walls and those walls need to be guarded by men with guns.
I don’t want fame, money, or duty. I want to close my eyes and see your loving beauty.
Always seek justice, but love only mercy. To love justice and hate mercy is but a doorway to more injustice.
My dear Gorgas,
Instead of being simply satisfied to make friends and draw your pay, it is worth doing your duty, to the best of your ability, for duty’s sake; and in doing this, while the indolent sleep, you may accomplish something that will be of real value to humanity.
Your good friend, Reed
Dr. Walter Reed encouraging Dr. William Gorgas who went on to make history eradicating Yellow Fever in Havana, 1902 and Panama, 1906, liberating the entire North American continent from centuries of Yellow Fever epidemics.
If we wish to be happy, monsieur, we must never comprehend duty; for, as soon as we comprehend it, it is implacable. One would say that it punishes you for comprehending it; but no, it rewards you for it; for it puts you into a hell where you feel God at your side.
In Kant’s description, ethical duty functions like a foreign traumatic intruder that from the outside disturbs the subject’s homeostatic balance, its unbearable pressure forcing the subject to act “beyond the pleasure principle,
The way I see it, when you put the uniform on, in effect you sign a contract. And you don’t back out of a contract merely because you’ve changed your mind. You can still speak up for your principles, you can still argue against the ones you’re being made to fight for, but in the end you do the job.