January 9

IF thou hast yesterday thy duty done,
And thereby cleared firm footing for to-day,
Whatever clouds make dark to-morrow’s sun,
Thou shalt not miss thy solitary way.
Johann W. von Goethe

THE more prosaic our ordinary duties, the more necessary it is to keep up the tone of our minds by frequent visits to that higher region of thought and feeling, in which every work seems dignified in proportion to the ends for which, and the spirit in which, it is done; where we learn, while eagerly seizing every opportunity of exercising higher faculties and performing higher duties, to regard all useful and honest work as a public function, which may be ennobled by the mode of performing it—which has not properly any other nobility than that which it gives—and which, if ever so humble, is never mean but when it is meanly done, and when the motives for which it is done are mean motives.
John Stuart Mill

EVERY duty we omit obscures some truth we should have known.
John Ruskin


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