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LABOR
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While strength and years permit, endure labor; soon bent old age will come with silent foot.
  [Lat., Dum vires annique sinunt, tolerate labores.
    Jam veniet tacito curva senecta pede.]
      - Ovid (Publius Ovidius Naso), Ars Amatoria
         (II, 669)

The duty of labor is written on a man's body: in the stout muscle of the arm,, and the delicate machinery of the hand.
      - Theodore Parker

The lottery of honest labor, drawn by Time, is the only one whose prizes are worth taking up and carrying home.
      - Theodore Parker

Labor is the handmaid of religion.
      - Charles Henry Parkhurst

Love labor; for if thou dost not want it for food, thou mayest for physic.
      - William Penn

Taxation reaches down to the base; but the base is labor, and labor pays all.
      - Donn Piatt

The herd of hirelings. (A venal pack.)
  [Lat., Grex venalium.]
      - Plautus (Titus Maccius Plautus),
        Cistellaria (IV, 2, 67)

I have lost my oil and my labor. (Labored in vain.)
  [Lat., Oleum et operam perdidi.]
      - Plautus (Titus Maccius Plautus), Poenulus
         (I, 2, 119)

The man who by his labour gets
  His bread, in independent state,
    Who never begs, and seldom eats,
      Himself can fix or change his fate.
      - Matthew Prior, The Old Gentry

Labor is the true alchemist that beats out in patient transmutation the baser metals into gold.
      - William Morley Punshon

No labor is hopeless.
      - Joseph Roux

If you want knowledge, you must toil for it; if food, you must toil for it; and if pleasure, you must toil for it: toil is the law.
      - John Ruskin

Why, Hal, 'tis my vocation, Hal. 'Tis no sin for a man to labor in his vocation.
      - William Shakespeare,
        King Henry the Fourth, Part I
         (Falstaff at I, ii)

The labor we delight in physics pain.
      - William Shakespeare, Macbeth
         (Macbeth at II, iii)

I have had my labor for my travail; ill-thought-on of her, and ill-thought-on of you; gone between and between, but small thanks for my labor.
      - William Shakespeare,
        The History of Troilus and Cressida
         (Pandarus at I, i)

Many faint with toil,
  That few may know the cares and woe of sloth.
      - Percy Bysshe Shelley, Queen Mab

Observe, without labor nothing prospers.
      - Sophocles

Labor is the law of happiness.
      - Abel Stevens

Virtue's guard is labor; ease, her sleep.
      - Torquato Tasso

With starving labor pampering idle waste;
  To tear at pleasure the defected land.
      - James Thomson (1), Liberty
         (pt. IV, l. 1,160)

Clamorous pauperism feastest
  While honest Labor, pining, hideth his sharp ribs.
      - Martin Farquhar Tupper, Of Discretion

Stubborn labor conquers everything.
  [Lat., Labor omnia vincit improbus.]
      - Virgil or Vergil (Publius Virgilius Maro Vergil),
        Georgics (I, 145)

Labour rids us of three great evils: irksomeness, vice and poverty.
      - Voltaire (Francois Marie Arouet Voltaire)

Too long, that some may rest,
  Tired millions toil unblest.
      - Sir William Watson (2),
        New National Anthem

A fair return for their labor so as to have good homes, good clothing, good food.
      - Daniel Webster


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