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I got the blues thinking of the future, so I left off and made some marmalade.  It's amazing how it cheers one up to shred oranges and scrub the floor.  ~D.H. Lawrence

Heaven is blessed with perfect rest but the blessing of earth is toil.  ~Henry van Dyke

If you want to kill time, try working it to death.  ~Sam Levonson

To labor is to pray.  ~Motto of the Benedictines

A lot of what passes for depression these days is nothing more than a body saying that it needs work.  ~Geoffrey Norman

The cure for anything is salt water - sweat, tears, or the sea.  ~Isak Dinesen

Sweat cleanses from the inside.  It comes from places a shower will never reach.  ~George Sheehan

No man is born into the world whose work
Is not born with him; there is always work
And tools to work withal, for those who will....
~James Russell Lowell

Yes, I am positive that one of the great curatives of our evils, our maladies, social, moral, and intellectual, would be a return to the soil, a rehabilitation of the work of the fields.  ~Charles Wagner

God sells us all things at the price of labor.  ~Leonardo da Vinci

Nothing got without pains but an ill name and long nails.  ~Scottish Proverb

"I have no more than twenty acres of ground," he replied, "the whole of which I cultivate myself with the help of my children; and our labor keeps off from us the three great evils - boredom, vice, and want."  ~Voltaire

Boredom is a sickness the cure for which is work; pleasure is only a palliative.  ~Le Duc de Lévis, Mémoires

What the country needs are a few labor-making inventions.  ~Arnold Glasow

Work isn't to make money; you work to justify life.  ~Marc Chagall

It is necessary to work, if not from inclination, at least from despair.  Everything considered, work is less boring than amusing oneself.  ~Charles Baudelaire

When I work I relax; doing nothing or entertaining visitors makes me tired.  ~Pablo Picasso

There are moments when art attains almost to the dignity of manual labor.  ~Author Unknown

We are closer to the ants than to the butterflies.  Very few people can endure much leisure.  ~Gerald Brenan, Thoughts in a Dry Season

Without labor nothing prospers.  ~Sophocles

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.
~Corri Alius

Idleness begets ennui, ennui the hypochondriac, and that a diseased body.  No laborious person was ever yet hysterical.  ~Thomas Jefferson, 1787

It is only the constant exertion and working of our sensitive, intellectual, moral, and physical machinery that keep us from rusting, and so becoming useless.  ~Charles Simmons

Is the blue sky happy?
It is doing its daily duty,
Of course it is happy.
~Ed Northstrum

Labor was the first price, the original purchase-money that was paid for all things.  It was not by gold or by silver, but by labor, that all wealth of the world was originally purchased.  ~Adam Smith

Take a man out of the trenches, make him a straw boss, and he develops a belly.  ~Martin H. Fischer

> Employment is nature's physician, and is essential to human happiness.  ~Galen

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

For me the diamond dawns are set
In rings of beauty,
And all my ways are dewy wet
With pleasant duty.
~John Townsend Trowbridge

People love chopping wood.  In this activity one immediately sees results.  ~Albert Einstein

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.  ~Henry Ford

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

Sweat silently.  Let's have no squawking about a little expenditure of energy.  ~Martin H. Fischer

It is better to wear out than to rust out.  ~Richard Cumberland

Look at a day when you are supremely satisfied at the end. It's not a day when you lounge around doing nothing; it's when you've had everything to do, and you've done it.  ~Lord Acton

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


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