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127 Work Quotes

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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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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'Tis toil's reward, that sweetens industry, As love inspires with strength the enraptur'd thrush.

Ebenezer Elliott ("The Corn Law Rhymer") Quotes , Source: Corn Law Rhymes (no. 7)

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Too busy with the crowded hour to fear to live or die.

Ralph Waldo Emerson Quotes , Source: Quatrains--Nature

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My work is a game, a very serious game.

Ralph Waldo Emerson Quotes , Source: Quatrains--Nature

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A woman's work, grave sirs, is never done.

Mrs. Eusden Quotes , Source: Poem

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Each one to his own trade; then would the cows be well cared for.

J.P. Claris de Florian Quotes , Source: Le Vacher et le Garde-chasse

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Plough deep while sluggards sleep.

Benjamin Franklin Quotes , Source: Poor Richard

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By working faithfully eight hours a day, you may get to be a boss and work twelve hours a day.

Benjamin Franklin Quotes , Source: Poor Richard (preface)

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"Men work together," I told him from the heart, "Whether they work together or apart."

Robert Lee Frost Quotes , Source: Tuft of Flowers

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In every rank, or great or small, 'Tis industry supports us all.

John Gay Quotes , Source: Man, Cat, Dog, and Fly (l. 63)

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Basically, I no longer work for anything but the sensation I have while working.

John Gay Quotes , Source: Man, Cat, Dog, and Fly (l. 63)

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Properly speaking, such work is never finished; one must declare it so when, according to time and circumstances, one has done one's best. [Ger., So eine Arbeit wird eigentlich nie fertig; man muss sie fur fertig erklaren, wenn man nach Zeit und Umstand das Moglichste getan hat.]

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe Quotes , Source: Italienische Reise

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A warke it ys as easie to be done As tys to saye Jacke! robys on.

James O. Halliwell Quotes , Source: Archoeological Dictionary, quotation from an old play

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When Adam dalfe and Eve spane So spire if thou may spede, Where was then the pride of man, That nowe merres his mede?

Richard Rolle de Hampole Quotes , Source: Early English Text Society Reprints (no. 26, p. 79)

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Joy to the Toiler!--him that tills The fields with Plenty crowned; Him with the woodman's axe that thrills The wilderness profound.

Benjamin Hathaway Quotes , Source: Songs of the Toiler

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Light burthens, long borne, growe heavie. [Light burdens, long borne, grow heavy.]

George Herbert Quotes , Source: Jacula Prudentum

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The "value" or "worth" of a man is, as of all other things, his price; that is to say, so much as would be given for the use of his power.

Thomas Hobbes Quotes , Source: Leviathan (ch. X)

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Light is the task when many share the toil.

Homer ("Smyrns of Chios") Quotes , Source: The Iliad (bk. XII, l. 493), (Bryant's translation)

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