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Ther n' is no werkman whatever he be,
  That may both werken wel and hastily.
    This wol be done at leisure parfitly.
      - Geoffrey Chaucer, The Canterbury Tales
         (l. 585), The Merchant's Tale

Nowher so besy a man as he ther was,
  And yet he semed bisier than he was.
      - Geoffrey Chaucer, The Canterbury Tales
         (prologue, l. 321)

Let us take to our hearts a lesson--
  No lesson could braver be--
    From the ways of the tapestry weavers
      On the other side of the sea.
      - Anson G. Chester, Tapestry Weavers

To build may have to be the slow and laborious task of years. To destroy can be the thoughtless act of a single day.
      - Sir Winston Leonard Spencer Churchill (3)

Unraveling the web of Penelope.
  [Lat., Penelopae telam retexens.]
      - Cicero (Marcus Tullius Cicero) (often called "Tully" for short),
        Acad. Quoest. (bk. IV, 29, 95)

All Nature seems at work, slugs leave their lair--
  The bees are stirring--birds are on the wing--
    And Winter, slumbering in the open air,
      Wears on his smiling face a dream of Spring!
        And I the while, the sole unbusy thing,
          Nor honey make, nor pair, nor build, nor sing.
      - Samuel Taylor Coleridge, Work Without Hope
         (st. 1)

Work is much more fun than fun.
      - Noel Coward

It is the primal curse, but softened into mercy, made the pledge of cheerful days and nights without a groan.
      - William Cowper

Work thou for pleasure--paint or sing or carve
  The thing thou lovest, though the body starve--
    Who works for glory misses oft the goal;
      Who works for money coins his very soul.
        Work for the work's sake, then, and it may be
          That these things shall be added unto thee.
      - Kenyon Cox, Our Motto

Better to wear out than to rust out.
      - Richard Cumberland, Bishop of Peterborough (1),
        to one who urged him not to wear himself with work

You never will be saved by works; but let us tell you most solemnly that you never will be saved without works.
      - Theodore Ledyard Cuyler

Do all the work you can; that is the whole philosophy of the good way of life.
      - Eugene Delacroix

We work not only to produce but to give value to time.
      - Eugene Delacroix

To find out what one is fitted to do, and to secure an opportunity to do it, is the key to happiness.
      - John Dewey

He just went out and did his job every day.
      - Bill Dickey, talking about Lou Gehrig

I never remember feeling tired by work, though idleness exhausts me completely.
      - Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

The Lord had a job for me, but I had so much to do,
  I said, "You get somebody else--or wait till I get through."
    I don't know how the Lord came out, but He seemed to get along:
      But I felt kinda sneakin' like, 'cause I know'd I done Him wrong.
        One day I needed the Lord--Needed Him myself--needed Him right away,
          And He never answered me at all, but I could hear Him say
            Down in my accusin' heart, "Nigger, I'se got too much to do,
              You get somebody else or wait till I get through."
      - Paul Laurence Dunbar, The Lord had a Job

All play and no work makes Jack a mere toy.
      - quoted by Maria Edgeworth, Henry and Lucy
         (vol. II)

Work should be for all of us a word as honorable and appealing as patriotism.
      - Dwight David Eisenhower

'Tis toil's reward, that sweetens industry,
  As love inspires with strength the enraptur'd thrush.
      - Ebenezer Elliott ("The Corn Law Rhymer"),
        Corn Law Rhymes (no. 7)

A man is relieved and gay when he has put his heart into his work and done his best.
      - Ralph Waldo Emerson

I look on that man as happy, who, when there is question of success, looks into his work for a reply, not into the market, not into opinion, not into patronage.
      - Ralph Waldo Emerson

On bravely through the sunshine and the showers!
  Time hath his work to do, and we have ours.
      - Ralph Waldo Emerson

Too busy with the crowded hour to fear to live or die.
      - Ralph Waldo Emerson, Quatrains--Nature

My work is a game, a very serious game.
      - M.C. Escher


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