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Chase brave employments with a naked sword
  Throughout the world.
      - George Herbert

Light burthens, long borne, growe heavie.
  [Light burdens, long borne, grow heavy.]
      - George Herbert, Jacula Prudentum

Work is the greatest thing in the world, so we should always save some of it for tomorrow.
      - Don Herold

Haste makes waste.
      - John Heywood, Proverbs (pt. I, ch. II)

The "value" or "worth" of a man is, as of all other things, his price; that is to say, so much as would be given for the use of his power.
      - Thomas Hobbes, Leviathan (ch. X)

Man's record upon this wild world is the record of work, and of work alone.
      - Josiah Gilbert Holland (used pseudonym Timothy Titcomb)

Patience, persistence, and power to do are only acquired by work.
      - Josiah Gilbert Holland (used pseudonym Timothy Titcomb)

We work and that is godlike.
      - Josiah Gilbert Holland (used pseudonym Timothy Titcomb)

Work is the means of living, but it is not living.
      - Josiah Gilbert Holland (used pseudonym Timothy Titcomb)

Work was made for man, and not man for work. Work is man's servant, both in its results to the worker and the world. Man is not work's servant, save as an almost universal perversion has made him such.
      - Josiah Gilbert Holland (used pseudonym Timothy Titcomb)

Light is the task when many share the toil.
      - Homer ("Smyrns of Chios"), The Iliad
         (bk. XII, l. 493), (Bryant's translation)

The fiction pleased; our generous train complies,
  Nor fraud mistrusts in virtue's fair disguise.
    The work she plyed, but, studious of delay,
      Each following night reversed the toils of day.
      - Homer ("Smyrns of Chios"), The Odyssey
         (bk. XXIV, l. 164), (Pope's translation)

When Darby saw the setting sun
  He swung his scythe, and home he run,
    Sat down, drank off his quart and said,
      "My work is done, I'll go to bed."
        "My work is done!" retorted Joan,
          "My work is done! Your constant tone,
            But hapless woman ne'er can say
              'My work is done' till judgment day."
      - St. John Honeywood, Darby and Joan

It's no credit to anyone to work too hard.
      - Edgar Watson Howe

He who helps destroy the boll-weevil has done as constructive work as he who plants the seed.
      - Rupert Hughes

Work, according to my feeling, is as much of a necessity to man as eating and sleeping. Even those who do nothing which to a sensible man can be called work, still imagine that they are doing something. The world possesses not a man who is an idler in his own eyes.
      - Wilhelm von Humboldt

For hearts where wakened love doth lurk,
  How fine, how blest a thing is work!
    For work does good when reasons fail.
      - Jean Ingelow

Work is its own best earthly meed,
  Else have we none more than the sea-born throng
    Who wrought those marvellous isles that bloom afar.
      - Jean Ingelow

We enjoy ourselves only in our work, our doing; and our best doing is our best enjoyment.
      - Hermann Jacobi

I find that the harder I work, the more luck I seem to have.
      - Thomas Jefferson

Keep doing some kind of work, that the devil may always find you employed.
  [Lat., Facito aliquid operis, ut semper te diabolus inveniat occupatum.]
      - Saint Jerome (Eusebius Hieronymus Sophronius, called Hieronymus)

It is impossible to enjoy idling thoroughly unless one has plenty of work to do.
      - Jerome Klapka Jerome,
        Idle Thoughts of an Idle Fellow

I like work; it fascinates me. I can sit and look at it for hours. I love to keep it by me: the idea of getting rid of it nearly breaks my heart.
      - Jerome Klapka Jerome, Three Men in a Boat
         (ch. XV)

Tho' we earn our bread, Tom,
  By the dirty pen,
    What we can we will be,
      Honest Englishmen.
        Do the work that's nearest
          Though it's dull at whiles,
            Helping, when we meet them,
              Lame dogs over stiles.
      - Charles Kingsley, Letter,
        to Thomas Hughes inviting him and Tom Taylor to go fishing, see "Memoirs of Kingsley" by his wife, ch. XV

For men must work and women must weep,
  And the sooner it's over the sooner to sleep,
    And good-bye to the bar and its moaning.
      - Charles Kingsley, Three Fishers

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