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127 Work Quotes

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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I have had my labor for my travail; ill-thought-on of her, and ill-thought-on of you; gone between and between, but small thanks for my labor.

William Shakespeare Quotes , Source: The History of Troilus and Cressida (Pandarus at I, i)

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Another lean unwashed artificer Cuts off his tale and talks of Arthur's death.

William Shakespeare Quotes , Source: The Life and Death of King John (Hubert at IV, ii)

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Why, universal plodding poisons up The nimble spirits in the arteries, As motion and long-during action tires The sinewy vigor of the traveller.

William Shakespeare Quotes , Source: Love's Labor's Lost (Berowne at IV, iii)

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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 Quotes , Source: The Irrational Knot (ch. XVIII)

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I am giving you examples of the fact that this creature man, who in his own selfish affairs is a coward to the backbone, will fight for an idea like a hero. . . . I tell you, gentlemen, if you can shew a man a piece of what he now calls God's work to do, and what he will later call by many new names, you can make him entirely reckless of the consequences to himself personally.

George Bernard Shaw Quotes , Source: Man and Superman (act III)

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A day's work is a day's work, neither more nor less, and the man who does it needs a day's sustenance, a night's repose, and due leisure, whether he be a painter or ploughman.

George Bernard Shaw Quotes , Source: Unsocial Socialist (ch. V)

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How many a rustic Milton has passed by, Stifling the speechless longings of his heart, In unremitting drudgery and care! How many a vulgar Cato has compelled His energies, no longer tameless then, To mould a pin, or fabricate a nail!

Percy Bysshe Shelley Quotes , Source: Queen Mad (pt. V, st. 9)

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Nothing can be done at once hastily and prudently.

Syrus (Publilius Syrus) Quotes , Source: Maxims (357)

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Work is a necessary evil to be avoided.

Terence (Publius Terentius Afer) Quotes , Source: Phormio (I, IV, 9), a Greek proverb

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Heaven is blessed with perfect rest but the blessing of earth is toil.

Henry Jackson van Dyke Quotes , Source: Toiling of Felix (last line)

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The fruit derived from labor is the sweetest of pleasures. [Fr., Le fruit du travail est le plus doux des plaisirs.]

Luc de Clapier de Vauvanargues Quotes , Source: Reflexions (200)

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Beware of the man who works hard to learn something, learns it, and finds himself no wiser than before. He is full of murderous resentment of people who are ignorant without having come by their ignorance the hard way.

Kurt Vonnegut, Jr. Quotes , Source: Cat's Cradle

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But when dread Sloth, the Mother of Doom, steals in, And reigns where Labour's glory was to serve, Then is the day of crumbling not far off.

Sir William Watson (2) Quotes , Source: The Mother of Doom

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Too long, that some may rest, Tired millions toil unblest.

Sir William Watson (2) Quotes , Source: New National Anthem

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In books, or work, or healthful play, Let my first years be past, That I may give for every day Some good account at last. - Isaac Watts,

Isaac Watts Quotes , Source: Divine and Moral Songs for Children--Against Idleness and Mischief (song XX)

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There will be little drudgery in this better ordered world. Natural power harnessed in machines will be the general drudge. What drudgery is inevitable will be done as a service and duty for a few years or months out of each life; it will not consume nor degrade the whole life of anyone.

H.G. Wells (Herbert George Wells) Quotes , Source: Outline of History (ch. XLI, par. 4)

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Thine to work as well as pray, Clearing thorny wrongs away; Plucking up the weeds of sin, Letting heaven's warm sunshine in.

John Greenleaf Whittier Quotes , Source: The Curse of the Charter-Breakers

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The only place success comes before work is in the dictionary. •Vince Lombardi or •Donald Kendall My grandfather once told me that there are two kinds of people: those who do the work and those who take the credit. He told me to try to be in the first group; there was less competition there. •Indira Gandhi I love deadlines. I like the whooshing sound they make as they fly by. •Douglas Adams There are no menial jobs, only menial attitudes. •William Bennett The world is full of willing people; some willing to work, the rest willing to let them. •Robert Frost When work is a pleasure, life is a joy; when work is a duty, life is slavery. •Maksim Gorky One machine can do the work of fifty ordinary men. No machine can do the work of one extraordinary man. •Elbert Hubbard It is impossible to enjoy idling thoroughly unless one has plenty of work to do. •Jerome K Jerome One of the symptoms of an approaching nervous breakdown is the belief that one's work is terribly important. •Bertrand Russell Ninety-eight percent of the adults in this country are decent, hard-working, honest Americans. It's the other lousy two percent that get all the publicity. But then--we elected them. •Lily Tomlin Anyone can do any amount of work provided it isn't the work he is supposed to be doing at the moment. •Robert Benchley Opportunity is missed by most people because it is dressed in overalls and looks like work. •Thomas Edison Hard work spotlights the character of people: some turn up their sleeves, some turn up their noses, and some don't turn up at all. •Sam Ewing Real success is finding you lifework in the work that you love. •David McCullough Executive ability is deciding quickly and getting somebody else to do the work. •John G. Pollard Banker: A fellow who lends you his umbrella when the sun is shining and wants it back the minute it begins to rain. •Mark Twain

Vince Lombardi Quotes

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Work is the meat of life, pleasure the dessert.

Bertie Charles Forbes Quotes

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I look on that man as happy, who, when there is a question of success, looks into his work for a reply.

Ralph Waldo Emerson Quotes

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Work is the greatest thing in the world, so we should always save some of it for tomorrow.

Don Herold Quotes

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The day is short, the labor long, the workers are idle, and reward is great, and the Master is urgent.

Aboth, 2:15 Quotes

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The world is filled with willing people; some willing to work, the rest willing to let them.

Robert Frost Quotes

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Man is born to work and prosper and not to rest and rust.

Vijey Christopher J Quotes

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