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127 Work Quotes

I like work; it fascinates me. I can sit and look at it for hours. I love to keep it by me: the idea of getting rid of it nearly breaks my heart.

Jerome K. Jerome Quotes , Source: Three Men in a Boat (ch. XV)

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For men must work and women must weep, And the sooner it's over the sooner to sleep, And good-bye to the bar and its moaning.

Charles Kingsley Quotes , Source: Three Fishers

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The gull shall whistle in his wake, the blind wave break in fire. He shall fulfill God's utmost will, unknowing His desire, And he shall see old planets pass and alien stars arise, And give the gale his reckless sail in shadow of new skies. Strong lust of gear shall drive him out and hunger arm his hand, To wring his food from a desert nude, his foothold from the sand.

Rudyard Kipling Quotes , Source: The Foreloper (Interloper), published in "Century Magazine", Apr., 1909, but first published in Lond

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But till we are built like angels, with hammer and chisel and pen, We will work for ourself and a woman, for ever and ever, Amen.

Rudyard Kipling Quotes , Source: Imperial Rescript

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And only the Master shall praise us, and only the Master shall blame; And no one shall work for money, and no one shall work for fame; But each for the joy of the working, and each, in his separate star, Shall draw the Thing as he sees It, for the God of Things as They Are!

Rudyard Kipling Quotes , Source: L'Envoi, in "Seven Seas"

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And the Sons of Mary smile and are blessed--they know the angels are on their side: They know in them is the Grace confessed, and for them are the Mercies multiplied; They sit at the Feet, they hear the Word, they see how truly the Promise runs; They have cast their burden upon the Lord, and--the Lord He lays it on Martha's sons!

Rudyard Kipling Quotes , Source: The Sons of Mary

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I am gradually approaching the period in my life when work comes first. . . . No longer diverted by other emotions, I work the way a cow grazes.

Kathe Schmidt Kollwitz Quotes , Source: diary entry, April 1910

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Who first invented work, and bound the free And holyday-rejoicing spirit down . . . To that dry drudgery at the desk's dead wood? . . . Sabbathless Satan!

Charles Lamb (used pseudonym Elia) Quotes , Source: Work

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Never idle a moment, but thrifty and thoughtful of others.

Henry Wadsworth Longfellow Quotes , Source: Courtship of Miles Standish (pt. VIII, l. 46)

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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; And blessed are the horny hand of toil!

James Russell Lowell Quotes , Source: A Glance Behind the Curtain (l. 202)

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God be thank'd that the dead have left still Good undone for the living to do-- Still some aim for the heart and the will And the soul of a man to pursue.

Lord Lytton (Edward Robert Bulwer Lytton) ("Owen Meredith") Quotes , Source: Epilogue

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Work divided is in that manner shortened. [Lat., Divisum sic breve fiet opus.]

Marcus Valerius Martial Quotes , Source: Epigrams (bk. IV, 83, 8)

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Why do strong arms fatigue themselves with frivolous dumb-bells? To dig a vineyard is a worthier exercise for men.

Marcus Valerius Martial Quotes , Source: Epigrams (bk. XIV, ep. 49)

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Man hath his daily work of body or mind Appointed.

John Milton Quotes , Source: Paradise Lost (bk. IV, l. 618)

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The work under our labour grows Luxurious by restraint.

John Milton Quotes , Source: Paradise Lost (bk. IX, l. 208)

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I am nothing and to nothing tend, On earth I nothing have and nothing claim, Man's noblest works must have one common end, And nothing crown the tablet of his name.

Thomas Moore Quotes , Source: Ode upon Nothing, appeared in "Saturday Magazine" about 1836, but not in collected works

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Study until twenty-five, investigation until forty, profession until sixty, at which age I would have him retired on a double allowance.

Thomas Moore Quotes , Source: Ode upon Nothing, appeared in "Saturday Magazine" about 1836, but not in collected works

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The uselessness of men above sixty years of age and the incalculable benefit it would be in commercial, in political, and in professional life, if as a matter of course, men stopped work at this age.

William Osler Quotes , Source: in an address at John Hopkins University

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Work expands so as to fill the time available for its completion.

C. Northcote Parkinson Quotes , Source: Parkinson's Law (ch. 1)

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Nothing is impossible to industry.

Periander of Corinth Quotes , Source: his motto, inscribed on Temple of Apollo at Delphi,

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Ease and speed in doing a thing do not give the work lasting solidity or exactness of beauty.

Plutarch Quotes , Source: Life of Pericles

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The Moor has done his work, the Moor may go. [Ger., Der Mohr hat seine Arbeit gethan, der Mohr kann gehen.]

Johann Christoph Friedrich von Schiller Quotes , Source: Fiesco (III, 4)

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Hard toil can roughen form and face, And want call quench the eye's bright grace.

Sir Walter Scott Quotes , Source: Marmion (canto I, st. 28)

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O, how full of briers is this working-day world!

William Shakespeare Quotes , Source: As You Like It (Rosalind at I, iii)

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What work's, my countrymen, in hand? Where go you With bats and clubs? The matter? Speak, I pray you.

William Shakespeare Quotes , Source: Coriolanus (Menenius at I, i)

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