"Do your duty, and leave the rest to heaven."
Pierre Corneille
(1606-1684) French playwright, known as the "founder of French tragedy”
Horace (1639), Act II, sc. viii
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mmmm, duno?
 -- Mike, Norwalk     
    I might say pray to heaven first, then follow the spirit to the best of your ability. If you have no sensorial perception, or otherwise working knowledge of the spirit, then the quote and sentiment are irrelevant, nonsensical, and a non issue.
     -- Mike, Norwalk     
    That certainly gets people off the hook.
     -- EGL, LA     
    Very zen... do what you can, and let go of that which you can not affect...
     -- Anonymous, Reston, VA US     
    Anonymous from Reston, well said, an excellent atheistic interpretation for people of all faiths.
     -- Mike, Norwalk     
    Do your duty but never waste faith in ghosts.
     -- Dick, Fort Worth     
    Heaven is what your Duty makes it.
     -- Robert, Sarasota     
    Would you all feel better if he had said "the stars" instead of "heaven"? It seems that the passions of atheists are terribly stirred whenever a mention of God or heaven is made. I thought they were just silly superstitions. Maybe they mean something to you afterall.
     -- Ken, Allyn, WA     
    Perhaps conscience comes into play at some point. Of course, if you have no conscience, then that would certainly make it hard to follow it.
     -- David L. Rosenthal     
    The gods have their work, the people have theirs. Do your duty and trust in the process of life. Honor is something no one can take away from another.
     -- E Archer, NYC     
    I live my "duty" by this quote.
     -- Me Again     
    How does heaven go about doing anything? It would make as much (or more) sense to say, Do your duty, and to hell with the rest At least everyone would know what it meant
     -- Jack, Green, OH     
    My only duties are to myself and to the betterment of the world.
     -- Anonymous     
    I suspect it means do your duty and let the chips fall...
     -- jim k, Austin     
    Could it mean, Trusting God and luck?
     -- cal, Lewisville, Tx     
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