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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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Haste makes waste.

John Heywood Quotes , Source: Proverbs (pt. I, ch. II)

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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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The fiction pleased; our generous train complies, Nor fraud mistrusts in virtue's fair disguise. The work she plyed, but, studious of delay, Each following night reversed the toils of day.

Homer ("Smyrns of Chios") Quotes , Source: The Odyssey (bk. XXIV, l. 164), (Pope's translation)

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When Darby saw the setting sun He swung his scythe, and home he run, Sat down, drank off his quart and said, "My work is done, I'll go to bed." "My work is done!" retorted Joan, "My work is done! Your constant tone, But hapless woman ne'er can say 'My work is done' till judgment day."

St. John Honeywood Quotes , Source: Darby and Joan

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I find that the harder I work, the more luck I seem to have.

St. John Honeywood Quotes , Source: Darby and Joan

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