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Now if any man build upon this foundation gold, silver, precious stones, wood, hay, stubble; Every man's work shall be made manifest: for the day shall declare it, because it shall be revealed by fire; and the fire shall try every man's work of what sort it is.

Bible Quotes , Source: I Corinthians (ch. III, v. 12-13)

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Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.

Bible Quotes , Source: II Timothy (ch. II, v. 15)

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Man goeth forth unto his work and to his labour until the evening.

Bible Quotes , Source: Psalms (ch. CIV, v. 23)

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Tools were made and born with hands, Every farmer understands.

William Blake Quotes , Source: Proverbs

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Hasten slowly, and without losing heart, put your work twenty times upon the anvil. [Fr., Hatez-vous lentement; et, sans perdre courage, Vingt fois sur le metier remettez votre ouvrage.]

Nicolas Boileau-Despreaux Quotes , Source: L'art Poetique (l. 171)

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The dog that trots about finds a bone.

George Henry Borrow Quotes , Source: Bible in Spain (ch. XLVII), (cited as a gypsy saying)

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The best verse hasn't been rhymed yet, The best house hasn't been planned, The highest peak hasn't been climbed yet, The mightiest rivers aren't spanned; Don't worry and fret, faint-hearted, The chances have just begun For the best jobs haven't been started, The best work hasn't been done.

Berton Braley Quotes , Source: No Chance

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By the way, The works of women are symbolical. We sew, sew, prick our fingers, dull out sight, Producing what? A pair of slippers, sir, To put on when you're weary--or a stool To tumble over and vex you . . . curse that stool! Or else at best, a cushion where you lean And sleep, and dream of something we are not, But would be for your sake. Alas, alas! This hurts most, this . . . that, after all, we are paid The worth of our work, perhaps.

Elizabeth Barrett Browning Quotes , Source: Aurora Leigh (bk. I, l. 465)

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Let no one till his death Be called unhappy. Measure not the work Until the day's out and the labour done.

Elizabeth Barrett Browning Quotes , Source: Aurora Leigh (bk. V, l. 78)

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Free men freely work: Whoever fears God, fears to sit at ease.

Elizabeth Barrett Browning Quotes , Source: Aurora Leigh (bk. VIII, l. 784)

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And still be doing, never done.

Samuel Butler (1) Quotes , Source: Hudibras (pt. I, canto I, l. 204)

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Genuine Work alone, what thou workest faithfully, that is eternal, as the Almighty Founder and World-Builder himself.

Thomas Carlyle Quotes , Source: Past and Present (bk. II, ch. XVII)

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With hand on the spade and heart in the sky Dress the ground and till it; Turn in the little seed, brown and dry, Turn out the golden millet. Work, and your house shall be duly fed: Work, and rest shall be won; I hold that a man had better be dead Than alive when his work is done.

Alice Cary Quotes , Source: Work

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Earned with the sweat of my brows.

Cervantes (Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra) Quotes , Source: Don Quixote (pt. I, bk. I, ch. 4)

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Each natural agent works but to this end,-- To render that it works on like itself.

George Chapman Quotes , Source: Bussy d'Ambois (act III, sc. 1)

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Nowher so besy a man as he ther was, And yet he semed bisier than he was.

Geoffrey Chaucer Quotes , Source: The Canterbury Tales (prologue, l. 321)

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Let us take to our hearts a lesson-- No lesson could braver be-- From the ways of the tapestry weavers On the other side of the sea.

Anson G. Chester Quotes , Source: Tapestry Weavers

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To build may have to be the slow and laborious task of years. To destroy can be the thoughtless act of a single day.

Anson G. Chester Quotes , Source: Tapestry Weavers

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Unraveling the web of Penelope. [Lat., Penelopae telam retexens.]

Cicero (Marcus Tullius Cicero) Quotes , Source: Acad. Quoest. (bk. IV, 29, 95)

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All Nature seems at work, slugs leave their lair-- The bees are stirring--birds are on the wing-- And Winter, slumbering in the open air, Wears on his smiling face a dream of Spring! And I the while, the sole unbusy thing, Nor honey make, nor pair, nor build, nor sing.

Samuel Taylor Coleridge Quotes , Source: Work Without Hope (st. 1)

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Work thou for pleasure--paint or sing or carve The thing thou lovest, though the body starve-- Who works for glory misses oft the goal; Who works for money coins his very soul. Work for the work's sake, then, and it may be That these things shall be added unto thee.

Kenyon Cox Quotes , Source: Our Motto

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Better to wear out than to rust out.

Bishop Richard Cumberland (1) Quotes , Source: to one who urged him not to wear himself with work

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To find out what one is fitted to do, and to secure an opportunity to do it, is the key to happiness.

Bishop Richard Cumberland (1) Quotes , Source: to one who urged him not to wear himself with work

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The Lord had a job for me, but I had so much to do, I said, "You get somebody else--or wait till I get through." I don't know how the Lord came out, but He seemed to get along: But I felt kinda sneakin' like, 'cause I know'd I done Him wrong. One day I needed the Lord--Needed Him myself--needed Him right away, And He never answered me at all, but I could hear Him say Down in my accusin' heart, "Nigger, I'se got too much to do, You get somebody else or wait till I get through."

Paul Laurence Dunbar Quotes , Source: The Lord had a Job

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All play and no work makes Jack a mere toy.

Paul Laurence Dunbar Quotes , Source: The Lord had a Job

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