Grocott & Ward, comps. Grocott’s Familiar Quotations, 6th ed. 189-?.


Trimm’d in forms and visages of duty.
Shakespeare.—Othello, Act I. Scene 1. (Iago.)

Never any thing can be amiss
When simpleness and duty tender it.
Shakespeare.—Midsummer Night’s Dream, Act V. Scene 1. (Theseus.)

Peace and health shall bless
Thy frugal fare, served by the unhired hand,
That seeks no wages save a parent’s smile.
Grahame.—The Rural Calendar, June, Line 38.

My noble father,
I do perceive here a divided duty;
To you, I am bound for life and education;
My life and education both do learn me
How to respect you; you are the lord of duty;
I am hitherto your daughter: But here’s my husband.
Shakespeare.—Othello, Act I. Scene 3. (Desdemona to her Father.)

Stern daughter of the voice of God!
Wordsworth.—Ode to Duty, Vol. V. Page 46.

In all ordinary cases we see intuitively at first view what is our duty, what is the honest part. In these cases doubt and deliberation is of itself dishonesty; as it was in Balaam’s case upon the second message.
Bishop Butler.—Sermon 7, at the Rolls.

Duty demands, the parent’s voice
Should sanctify the daughter’s choice,
In that is due obedience shewn;
To choose belongs to her alone.
Ed. Moore.—Fable VI.

Thanks to the gods! my boy has done his duty.
Addison.—Cato, Act IV. Scene 4.