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It thou seek rest in this life, how wilt thou then attain to the everlasting rest? Dispose not thyself for much rest, but for great patience. Seek true peace--not in earth, but in heaven; not in men, nor in any other creature, but in God alone.
      - Thomas a Kempis

Oh, some seek bread--no more--life's mere subsistence,
  And some seek wealth and ease--the common quest;
    And some seek fame, that hovers in the distance;
      But all are seeking rest.
      - Rev. Frederick Langbridge

Thousands of toiling hands
  Where theirs have ceased from their labours,
    Thousands of aching brains
      Where theirs are no longer busy.
        Thousands of weary feet
          Where theirs have completed their Journey,
            Thousands of throbbing hearts
              Where theirs are at rest for ever.
      - Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

Rest is not idleness, and to lie sometimes on the grass under the trees on a summer's day, listening to the murmur of water, or watching the clouds float across the sky, is by no means a waste of time.
      - Sir John Lubbock, Lord Avebury

Rest is sweet after strife.
      - Lord Edward Robert Bulwer Lytton, 1st Earl of Lytton ("Owen Meredith"),
        Lucile (pt. I, canto VI, st. 25)

It is not the placidity of stupid ease that we should covet, but the repose that is requisite for the renewal of exhausted strength, the serenity that succeeds the storm, and the salubrity that repays its ravages.
      - Elias L. Magoon

Anything for a quiet life.
      - Thomas Middleton, title of a play

Take rest; a field that has rested gives a bountiful crop.
  [Lat., Da requiem; requietus ager bene credita reddit.]
      - Ovid (Publius Ovidius Naso), Ars Amatoria
         (II, 351)

Life's race will run,
  Life's work well done,
    Life's victory won,
      Now cometh rest.
      - Dr. Edward Hazen Parker,
        Funeral Ode on President Garfield,
        claimed for him by his brother in "Notes and Queries", May 25, 1901, p. 406

Rest is the sweet sauce of labor.
      - Plutarch

Diogenes found more rest in his tub than Alexander on his throne.
      - Francis Quarles

Put off thy cares with thy clothes; so shall thy rest strengthen thy labor, and so thy labor sweeten thy rest.
      - Francis Quarles

O rest! thou soft word! autumnal flower of Eden! moonlight of the spirit! Rest of the soul, when wilt thou hold our head that it may cease beating?
      - Jean Paul Friedrich Richter (Johann Paul Richter) (used ps. Jean Paul)

It is not in understanding a set of doctrines; not in outward comprehension of the "scheme of salvation," that rest and peace are to be found, but in taking up, in all lowliness and meekness, the yoke of the Lord Jesus Christ.
      - Frederick William Robertson

Repose demands for its expression the implied capability of its opposite,--energy.
      - John Ruskin

Let the weary at length possess quiet rest.
      - Seneca (Lucius Annaeus Seneca)

Master, I've filled my contract, wrought in Thy many lands;
  Not by my sins wilt Thou judge me, but by the work of my hands.
    Master, I've done Thy bidding, and the light is low in the west,
      And the long, long shift is over . . . Master, I've earned it--Rest.
      - Robert William Service,
        Song of the Wage Slave

  Can snore upon the flint when resty sloth
    Finds the down pillow hard.
      - William Shakespeare, Cymbeline
         (Belarius at III, vi)

Not all these, laid in bed majestical,
  Can sleep so soundly as the wretched slave,
    Who, with a body filled, and vacant mind,
      Gets him to rest, crammed with distressful bread;
        Never sees horrid night, the child of hell;
          But like a lackey, from the rise to set,
            Sweats in the eye of Phoebus, and all night
              Sleeps in Elysium; next day after dawn,
                Doth rise and help Hyperion to his horse;
                  And follows so the ever-running year
                    With profitable labor to his grave;
                      And but for ceremony, such a wretch,
                        Winding up days with toil and nights with sleep,
                          Had the forehand and vantage of a king.
      - William Shakespeare,
        The Life of King Henry the Fifth
         (King Henry at IV, i)

Sleepe after toyle, port after stormie seas,
  Ease after warre, death after life, does greatly please.
      - Edmund Spenser, The Faerie Queene
         (bk. I, canto IX, st. 40)

Straining breaks the bow, and relaxation relieves the mind.
  [Lat., Arcum intensio frangit, animum remissio.]
      - Syrus (Publilius Syrus), Maxims

And rest, that strengthens unto virtuous deeds,
  Is one with Prayer.
      - Bayard Taylor,
        Temptation of Hassan Ben Khaled (st. 4)

The camel at the close of day
  Kneels down upon the sandy plain
    To have his burden lifted off,
      And rest to gain.
      - Anna Temple, The Kneeling Camel

Now is done thy long day's work
  Fold thy palms across thy breast,
    Fold thine arms, turn to thy rest.
      Let them rave.
      - Lord Alfred Tennyson, A Dirge

Thou hadst, for weary feet, the gift of rest.
      - Sir William Watson (2), Wordsworth's Grave
         (II, st. 3)

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