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He who would reach the desired goal must, while a boy, suffer and labor much and bear both heat and cold.
  [Lat., Qui studet optatam cursu coningere metam
    Multa tulit fecitque puer, sudavit et alsit.]
      - Horace (Quintus Horatius Flaccus),
        Ars Poetica (CCCCXII)

O sweet solace of labors.
  [Lat., O laborum
    Dulce lenimen.]
      - Horace (Quintus Horatius Flaccus), Carmina
         (I, 32, 14)

To carry timber into the wood.
  [Lat., In silvam ligna ferre.]
      - Horace (Quintus Horatius Flaccus), Satires
         (I, 10, 24)

What a glorious spectacle is that of the labor of man upon the earth! It includes everything in it that is glorious. Look around and tell me what you see, that is worth seeing, that is not the work of your hands and the hands of your fellows;--the multitudes of all ages.
      - William Howitt

And all labor without any play, boys,
  Makes Jack a dull boy in the end.
      - Alexander Hay Japp (used pseudonym H.A. Page),
        Vers de Societe

Excellence in any department can be attained only by the labor of a lifetime; it is not to be purchased at a lesser price.
      - Samuel Johnson (a/k/a Dr. Johnson) ("The Great Cham of Literature")

Why seekest thou rest, since thou art born to labor?
  [Lat., Cur quaeris quietem, quam natus sis ad laborem?]
      - Thomas a Kempis, De Imitatione Christi
         (II, 10, 1)

For men must work and women must weep.
      - Charles Kingsley

Bodily labor alleviates the pains of the mind; and hence arises the happiness of the poor.
      - Francois Duc de la Rochefoucauld

The workingmen are the basis of all governments, for the plain reason that they are the more numerous.
      - Abraham Lincoln

The heights by great men reached and kept
  Were not attained by sudden flight,
    But they, while their companions slept,
      Were toiling upward in the night.
      - Henry Wadsworth Longfellow,
        Birds of Passage--The Ladder of St. Augustine
         (st. 10)

Taste the joy
  That springs from labor.
      - Henry Wadsworth Longfellow,
        Masque of Pandora
         (pt. VI, In the Garden)

From labor there shall come forth rest.
      - Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, To a Child
         (l. 162)

Blessed are the horny hands of toil!
      - James Russell Lowell

Labor is itself a pleasure.
  [Lat., Labor est etiam ipsa voluptas.]
      - Manilius (Manlius or Mallius) (Marcus or Caius),
        Astronomica (IV, 155)

Bowed by the weight of centuries he leans
  Upon his hoe and gazes on the ground,
    The emptiness of ages in his face,
      And on his back the burden of the world.
      - Edwin Markham, The Man with the Hoe,
        written after seeing Millet's picture "Angelus"

Constant labor of one uniform kind destroys the intensity and flow of a man's animal spirits, which find recreation and delight in mere change of activity.
      - Karl Marx

Labor is the divine law of our existence; repose is desertion and suicide.
      - Giuseppe Mazzini

It is to labor, and to labor only, that man owes everything possessed of exchangeable value. Labor is the talisman that has raised him from the condition of the savage; that has changed the desert and the forest into cultivated fields; that has covered the earth with cities, and the ocean with ships; that has given us plenty, comfort, and elegance, instead of want, misery, and barbarism.
      - William M'Culloch

God has set labor and rest, as day and night to men successive.
      - John Milton

But now my task is smoothly done,
  I can fly, or I can run.
      - John Milton, Comus (l. 1,012)

Lo! all life this truth declares,
  Laborare est orare;
    And the whole earth rings with prayers.
      - Dinah Maria Mulock (used pseudonym Mrs. Craik),
        Labour is Prayer (st. 4)

Labor! all labor is noble and holy!
  Let thy great deeds be thy prayer to thy God.
      - Frances Sargent Osgood

Labor is life! 'Tis the still water faileth;
  Idleness ever despaireth, bewaileth;
    Keep the watch wound, for the dark rust assaileth.
      - Frances Sargent Osgood,
        To Labor is to Pray

Labor is rest--from the sorrow that greet us;
  Rest from all petty vexations that meet us,
    Rest from sin-promptings that ever entreat us,
      Rest from the world-sirens that hire us to ill.
        Work--and pure slumbers shall wait on thy pillow;
          Work--thou shalt ride over Care's coming billow;
            Lie not down wearied 'neath Woe's weeping willow!
              Work with a stout heart and resolute will!
      - Frances Sargent Osgood,
        To Labor is to Pray

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