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Quotations about Labor
No man e'er was glorious, who was not laborious. ~Benjamin Franklin, Poor Richard's Almanack, 1734
Man is so made that he can only find relaxation from one kind of labor by taking up another. ~Anatole France, The Crime of Sylvestre Bonnard
Everybody loves some fun, back-breaking manual labor! ~Animal Crossing: Wild World (Nintendo video game) written by Takayuki Ikkaku, Arisa Hosaka, and Toshihiro Kawabata
For me the diamond dawns are set
In rings of beauty,
And all my ways are dewy wet
With pleasant duty.
~John Townsend Trowbridge
There are only three instincts: eating-drinking, sex, and work. ~Martin H. Fischer (1879–1962)
Believe me, the man who earns his bread by the sweat of his brow, eats oftener a sweeter morsel, however coarse, than he who procures it by the labor of his brains. ~Washington Irving, letter to Pierre Paris Irving (nephew), 1824 December 7th
Genius begins great works; labor alone finishes them. ~Joseph Joubert
What the country needs is dirtier fingernails and cleaner minds. ~Will Rogers
People love chopping wood. In this activity one immediately sees results. ~Attributed to Albert Einstein
Helped are those who create anything at all, for they shall relive the thrill of their own conception and realize a partnership in the creation of the Universe that keeps them responsible and cheerful. ~Alice Walker
Hard work, worry and whiskey are the friends of man. ~Martin H. Fischer (1879–1962)
A mind always employed is always happy. This is the true secret, the grand recipe, for felicity. ~Thomas Jefferson
God give me work, till my life shall end
And life, till my work is done.
~Epitaph of Winifred Holtby
A man who has no office to go to — I don't care who he is — is a trial of which you can have no conception. ~George Bernard Shaw
Chop your own wood, and it will warm you twice. ~Old New England Saying [Or, "Split your own wood..." Sometimes attributed to Abraham Lincoln.
[T]he voluntary exercise of energy would be thought so delightful, that people would not dream of handing over its pleasure to the jaws of a machine.... this kind of division of labour is really only a new and wilful form of arrogant and slothful ignorance, far more injurious to the happiness and contentment of life than the ignorance of the processes of nature.... [T]he true secret of happiness lies in the taking a genuine interest in all the details of daily life, in elevating them by art instead of handing the performance of them over to unregarded drudges, and ignoring them... ~William Morris, "The Aims of Art," 1887
To a bee, honey is work
To us, it is leisure, luxury, pleasure.
If only the eating thereof
would fill us with the spirit of hard work.
~Terri Guillemets, "Labor, Honey, Life"
Temperance and labor are the two true physicians of man. ~Jean Jacques Rousseau
As a cure for worrying, work is better than whiskey. ~Thomas A. Edison
Hard work is rewarding beyond gold. Sweating is living. ~Terri Guillemets
It is better to wear out than to rust out. ~Richard Cumberland
We seem as a nation to be suffering from a mania for play. The huge development of pleasure-chasing automobiles merely symbolizes our universal restless eagerness to be running after something, anything, that we can classify as diversion. Under pressure from tormenting constituents our legislatures are piling up holidays. And the cry of labor everywhere is "Cut down hours; cut down hours," until it seems as if brief, tired minutes were all that would be left for work. The obvious deduction is that work is always something to be got rid of, as if it were a curse. Yet life is work. ~Author unknown, editorial from Labor Digest, June 1922, quoted in Quotations for Special Occasions by Maud van Buren
When everything is finished, the mornings are sad. ~Antonio Porchia, Voces, 1943, translated from Spanish by W.S. Merwin
Maybe a person's time would be as well spent raising food as raising money to buy food. ~Frank A. Clark
Thank God every morning when you get up, that you have something to do that day which must be done, whether you like it or not. Being forced to work and forced to do your best will breed in you temperance and self-control, diligence and strength of will, cheerfulness and content, and a hundred virtues which the idle never know. ~Charles Kingsley