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It is generally said, "Past labors are pleasant," Euripides says, for you all know the Greek verse, "The recollection of past labors is pleasant."
  [Lat., Vulgo enim dicitur, Jucundi acti labores: nec male Euripides: concludam, si potero, Latine: Graecum enim hunc versum nostis omnes: Suavis laborum est proeteritorum memoria.
      - Cicero (Marcus Tullius Cicero) (often called "Tully" for short),
        De Finibus Bonorum et Malorum (II, 32)

American labor, which is the capital of our workingmen.
      - Steven Grover Cleveland, Annual Message

A truly American sentiment recognizes the dignity of labor and the fact that honor lies in honest toil.
      - Steven Grover Cleveland,
        Letter accepting the nomination for President

When admirals extoll'd for standing still,
  Of doing nothing with a deal of skill.
      - William Cowper, Table Talk (l. 192)

Honest labor bears a lovely face.
      - Thomas Dekker (Decker), Patient Grissell
         (act I, sc. 1)

Labour itself is but a sorrowful song,
  The protest of the weak against the strong.
      - Rev. Frederick William Faber,
        The Sorrowful World

Who will not suffer labor in this world, let him not be born.
      - John Florio

It is so far from being needless pains, that it may bring considerable profit, to carry Charcoals to Newcastle.
      - Thomas Fuller (1),
        Pisgah--Sight of Palestine
         (ed. 1650, p. 128)

There are two kinds of people, those who do the work and those who take the credit. Try to be in the first group; there is less competition there.
      - Indira Gandhi

If the power to do hard work is not talent, it is the best possible substitute for it.
      - James Abram Garfield

For as labor cannot produce without the use of land, the denial of the equal right to the use of land is necessarily the denial of the labor to its own produce.
      - Henry George, Progress and Poverty
         (bk. VII, ch. I)

Some relaxation is necessary to people of every degree; the head that thinks and the hand that labors, must have some little time to recruit their diminished powers.
      - Bernard Gilpin

How blest is he who crowns in shades like these,
  A youth of labour with an age of ease.
      - Oliver Goldsmith, The Deserted Village
         (l. 99)

Labor disgraces no man; unfortunately, you occasionally find men who disgrace labor.
      - Ulysses Simpson Grant

I have spent my life laboriously doing nothing.
  [Lat., Vitam perdidi laboricose agendo.]
      - quoted by Hugo Grotius, on this death bed

Moderate labor of the body conduces to the preservation of health, and cares many initial diseases.
      - William Harvey (1)

Labor is the curse of the world, and nobody can meddle with it without becoming proportionately brutified.
      - Nathaniel Hawthorne

If little labour. little are our gaines:
  Man's fortunes are according to his paines.
      - Robert Herrick,
        Hesperides--No Paines, No Gaines

God gives every bird its food, but He does not throw it into the nest. He does not unearth the good that the earth contains, but He puts it in our way, and gives us the means of getting it ourselves.
      - Josiah Gilbert Holland (used pseudonym Timothy Titcomb)

Labor in all its variety, corporeal and mental, is the instituted means for the methodical development of all our powers under the direction and control of will.
      - Josiah Gilbert Holland (used pseudonym Timothy Titcomb)

To labor rightly and earnestly is to walk in the golden track that leads to God. It is to adopt the regimen of manhood and womanhood. It is to come into sympathy with the great struggle of humanity toward perfection. It is to adopt the fellowship of all the great and good the world has ever known.
      - Josiah Gilbert Holland (used pseudonym Timothy Titcomb)

Labor conquers all things.
      - Homer ("Smyrns of Chios")

To labour is the lot of man below;
  And when Jove gave us life, he gave us woe.
      - Homer ("Smyrns of Chios"), The Iliad
         (bk. X, l. 78), (Pope's translation)

Our fruitless labours mourn,
  And only rich in barren fame return.
      - Homer ("Smyrns of Chios"), The Odyssey
         (bk. X, l. 46), (Pope's translation)

With fingers weary and worn,
  With eyelids heavy and red,
    A woman sat in unwomanly rags,
      Plying her needle and thread.
      - Thomas Hood, Song of the Shirt

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