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The guard of virtue is labor, and ease her sleep.

The labor and sweat of our brows is so far from being a curse, that without it our very bread would not be so great a blessing. - If it were not for labor, men could neither eat so much, nor relish so pleasantly, nor sleep so soundly, nor be so healthful, so useful, so strong, so patient, so noble, nor so untempted.

The labor of the body relieves us from the fatigues of the mind; and this it is which forms the happiness of the poor.

The lottery of honest labor, drawn by time, is the only one whose prizes are worth taking up and carrying home.

The necessity of labor is a part of the primeval curse; and all the beauty, or glory, or dignity pertaining to it, depends on the ends to which it is the means.

The pernicious, debilitating tendencies of bodily pleasure need to be counteracted by the invigorating exercises of bodily labor; whereas, bodily labor without bodily pleasure converts the body into a mere machine, and brutifies the soul.

The true epic of our times is not "arms and the man,"  but "tools and the man," an infinitely wider kind of epic.

There are many ways of being frivolous, only one way of being intellectually great; that is honest labor.

There is a perennial nobleness and even sacredness in work.-Were he ever so benighted and forgetful of his high calling, there is always hope in a man who actually and earnestly works.

There is but one method of success, and that is hard labor; and a man who will not pay that price for distinction had better at once dedicate himself to the pursuit of the fox.

They can expect nothing but their labor for their pains.

Toil and pleasure, in their nature opposites, are yet linked together in a kind of necessary connection.

What men want is not talent, it is purpose; in other words, not the power to achieve, but will to labor. I believe that labor judiciously and continuously applied becomes genius.

Whatever there is of greatness in the United States, or indeed in any other country, is due to labor. The laborer is the author of all greatness and wealth. Without labor there would be no government, and no leading class, and nothing to preserve.

Without labor nothing prospers.

Work is a great blessing; after evil came into the world, it was given as an antidote, not as a punishment.

You and I toiling for earth, may at the same time be toiling for heaven, and every day's work may be a Jacob's ladder reaching up nearer to God.


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