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How bething the, gentliman,
  How Adam dalf, and Eve span.
      - Unattributed Author,
        from a manuscript of the fifteenth century in the British Museum

All paid jobs absorb and degrade the mind.
      - Aristotle

The world is the same everywhere.
      - Berthold Auerbach

Why has no religion this command before all others: Thou shalt work?
      - Berthold Auerbach

The real essence of work is concentrated energy.
      - Walter Bagehot

We live not to ourselves, our work is life.
      - Philip James Bailey

When Adam dolve, and Eve span,
  Who was then the gentleman?
      - John Ball, Wat Tyler's Rebellion

Love and work have the virtues of making a man pretty indifferent to anything else.
      - Honore de Balzac

It is our actual work which determines our value.
      - George Bancroft

Nothing is really work unless you would rather be doing something else.
      - Sir James Matthew Barrie

This world is God's workshop for making men in.
      - Henry Ward Beecher

No fine work can be done without concentration and self-sacrifice and toil and doubt.
      - Max Beerbohm

Anyone can do any amount of work, provided it isn't the work he is supposed to be doing.
      - Robert Benchley

Thou shalt surely give him, and thine, and thine heart shall not be grieved when thou givest unto him: because that for this thing the Lord thy God shall bless thee in all thy works, and in all that thou puttest thine hand unto.
      - Bible, Deuteronomy (ch. XV, v. 10)

All things are full of labour; man cannot utter it: the eye is not satisfied with seeing, nor the ear filled hearing.
      - Bible, Ecclesiastes (ch. I, v. 8)

Remember now thy Creator in the days of thy youth, while the evil days come not, nor the years draw nigh, when thou shalt say, I have no pleasure in them;
  While the sun, or the light, or the moon, or the stars, be not darkened, nor the clouds return after the rain:
    In the day when the keepers of the house shall tremble, and the strong men shall bow themselves, and the grinders cease because they are few, and those that look out of the windows be darkened.
      - Bible, Ecclesiastes (ch. XII, v. 1-3)

In the sweat of thy face shalt thou eat bread, till thou return unto the ground; for out of it wast thou taken: for dust thou art, and unto dust shalt thou return.
      - Bible, Genesis (ch. III, v. 19)

Now if any man build upon this foundation gold, silver, precious stones, wood, hay, stubble;
  Every man's work shall be made manifest: for the day shall declare it, because it shall be revealed by fire; and the fire shall try every man's work of what sort it is.
      - Bible, I Corinthians (ch. III, v. 12-13)

For even when we were with you, this we commanded you, that if any would not work, neither should he eat.
      - Bible, II Thessalonians (ch. III, v. 10)

Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.
      - Bible, II Timothy (ch. II, v. 15)

Man goeth forth unto his work and to his labour until the evening.
      - Bible, Psalms (ch. CIV, v. 23)

Tools were made and born with hands,
  Every farmer understands.
      - William Blake, Proverbs

Hasten slowly, and without losing heart, put your work twenty times upon the anvil.
  [Fr., Hatez-vous lentement; et, sans perdre courage,
    Vingt fois sur le metier remettez votre ouvrage.]
      - Nicolas Boileau-Despreaux, L'art Poetique
         (l. 171)

The dog that trots about finds a bone.
      - George Henry Borrow, Bible in Spain
         (ch. XLVII), (cited as a gypsy saying)

The world itself makes us sick of the world.
      - Jacques Benigue Bossuet

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