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Without labor nothing prospers. ~Sophocles


But man is so made that he can only find relaxation from one kind of labour by taking up another. ~Anatole France, The Crime of Sylvestre Bonnard, 1881, translated by Lafcadio Hearn


If all the cars in the United States were placed end to end, it would probably be Labor Day Weekend. ~Doug Larson, c.1984


This is the gospel of labour — ring it, ye bells of the kirk —
The Lord of Love came down from above, to live with the men who work.
This is the rose that He planted, here in the thorn-cursed soil —
Heaven is blest with perfect rest, but the blessing of Earth is toil.
~Henry Van Dyke, "The Toiling of Felix: The Gospel of Labour," 1900


Thou, O God, dost sell us all good things at the price of labour. ~Leonardo da Vinci (1452–1519), translated by Maurice Baring


Labor Day is a glorious holiday because your child will be going back to school the next day. It would have been called Independence Day, but that name was already taken. ~Bill Dodds, How to Outsmart Your Kids, 1992


Work isn't to make money. You work to justify life. ~Marc Chagall, c.1969


Labor not — for one day,
just sit, breathe, and rejoice
drinking what you please
and enjoying what you may.
~Terri Guillemets, "Labor not for just one day," 2015


The man who does not relax and hoot a few hoots voluntarily, now and then, is in great danger of hooting hoots and standing on his head for the edification of the pathologist and trained nurse, a little later on. ~Elbert Hubbard, "Richard Wagner," Little Journeys to Homes of Great Musicians, 1901



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