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The crowning fortune of a man is to be born to some pursuit which finds him employment and happiness, whether it be to make baskets, or broadswords, or canals, or statues, or songs.

The great happiness of life, I find after all, to consist in the regular discharge of some mechanical duty.

The highest excellence is seldom attained in more than one vocation. The roads leading to distinction in separate pursuits diverge, and the nearer we approach the one, the farther we recede from the other.

The prosperity of a people is proportionate to the number of hands and minds usefully employed. To the community, sedition is a fever, corruption is a gangrene, and idleness is an atrophy. Whatever body or society wastes more than it acquires, must gradually decay; and every jeing that continues to be fed, and ceases to labor, takes away something from the public stock.

The ugliest of trades have their moments of pleasure. Now, if I was a grave digger, or even a hangman, there are some people I could work for with a great deal of enjoyment.

The want of occupation is no less the plague of society, than of solitude.

We protract the career of time by employment, we lengthen the duration of our lives by wise thoughts and useful actions. Life to him who wishes not to have lived in vain is thought and action.

You cannot give an instance of any man who is permitted to lay out his own time, contriving not to have tedious hours.

You see men of the most delicate frames engaged in active and professional pursuits who really have no time for idleness. Let them become idle, - let them take care of themselves, let them think of their health, - and they die! The rust rots the steel which use preserves.

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