Wednesday, January 16, 2008

"Doing One's Duty"

This great passage really caught me by surprise when I first read it. I thought it was well worth the time it takes to understand it thoroughly.

"However strange it may well seem, to do one's duty will make anyone conceited who only does it sometimes. Those who do it always would as soon think of being conceited of eating their dinner as of doing their duty. What honest boy would pride himself on not picking pockets? A thief would who was trying to reform would. To be conceited of doing one's duty is a sign of how little one does it, and how little one sees what a contemtible thing it is not to do it. Could any but a low creature be conceited of not being contemptible? Until our duty becomes to us as common as breathing, we are all poor creatures."
-George McDonald

Seize The Day!

Note: I've updated my Quotations and Poetry Collections and (hopefully) will continue to add new poetry and quotes whenever I get the chance...


Anya said...

That is a very thought-provoking quote. It sounds very Chesterton-y.

And I love your quote from Reagan!

Anya said...

Thanks for leaving me a comment; I told Raora that I've been praying for y'all. :)

(Arg, I can't type at 6:30 in the morning... this is the second code I've had to re-do!)