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But till we are built like angels, with hammer and chisel and pen,
  We will work for ourself and a woman, for ever and ever, Amen.
      - Rudyard Kipling, Imperial Rescript

And only the Master shall praise us, and only the Master shall blame;
  And no one shall work for money, and no one shall work for fame;
    But each for the joy of the working, and each, in his separate star,
      Shall draw the Thing as he sees It, for the God of Things as They Are!
      - Rudyard Kipling, L'Envoi, in "Seven Seas"

The gull shall whistle in his wake, the blind wave break in fire.
  He shall fulfill God's utmost will, unknowing His desire,
    And he shall see old planets pass and alien stars arise,
      And give the gale his reckless sail in shadow of new skies.
        Strong lust of gear shall drive him out and hunger arm his hand,
          To wring his food from a desert nude, his foothold from the sand.
      - Rudyard Kipling,
        The Foreloper (Interloper),
        published in "Century Magazine", Apr., 1909, but first published in London "Daily Telegraph", Jan. 1, 1909

And the Sons of Mary smile and are blessed--they know the angels are on their side:
  They know in them is the Grace confessed, and for them are the Mercies multiplied;
    They sit at the Feet, they hear the Word, they see how truly the Promise runs;
      They have cast their burden upon the Lord, and--the Lord He lays it on Martha's sons!
      - Rudyard Kipling, The Sons of Mary

If hard work were such a wonderful thing, surely the rich would have kept it all to themselves.
      - Lane Kirkland

I am gradually approaching the period in my life when work comes first. . . . No longer diverted by other emotions, I work the way a cow grazes.
      - Kathe Schmidt Kollwitz,
        diary entry, April 1910

I never made a dime talking.
      - Sebastian Spering Kresge,
        only words at a 1953 speech at Harvard University

No work is worse than overwork; the mind preys on itself,--the most unwholesome of food.
      - Charles Lamb (used pseudonym Elia)

Who first invented work, and bound the free
  And holyday-rejoicing spirit down . . .
    To that dry drudgery at the desk's dead wood? . . .
      Sabbathless Satan!
      - Charles Lamb (used pseudonym Elia), Work

The finest eloquence is that which gets things done: the worst is that which delays them.
      - David Lloyd George,
        at the Conference of Paris

Unemployment, with its injustice for the man who seeks and thirsts for employment, who begs for labour and cannot get it, and who is punished for failure he is not responsible for by the starvation of his children--that torture is something that private enterprise ought to remedy for its own sake.
      - David Lloyd George, in a speech

Work is my recreation,
  The play of faculty; a delight like that
    Which a bird feels in flying, or a fish
      In darting through the water,--Nothing more.
      - Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

Never idle a moment, but thrifty and thoughtful of others.
      - Henry Wadsworth Longfellow,
        Courtship of Miles Standish
         (pt. VIII, l. 46)

No man is born into the world whose work
  Is not born with him: there is always work,
    And tools to work withal, for those who will;
      And blessed are the horny hand of toil!
      - James Russell Lowell,
        A Glance Behind the Curtain (l. 202)

God be thank'd that the dead have left still
  Good undone for the living to do--
    Still some aim for the heart and the will
      And the soul of a man to pursue.
      - Lord Edward Robert Bulwer Lytton, 1st Earl of Lytton ("Owen Meredith"),

Mind, it is our best work that He wants, not the dregs of our exhaustion. I think He must prefer quality to quantity.
      - George MacDonald

Find something you love to do and you'll never have to work a day in your life.
      - Harvey MacKay

Work divided is in that manner shortened.
  [Lat., Divisum sic breve fiet opus.]
      - Martial (Marcus Valerius Martialis),
        Epigrams (bk. IV, 83, 8)

Why do strong arms fatigue themselves with frivolous dumb-bells? To dig a vineyard is a worthier exercise for men.
      - Martial (Marcus Valerius Martialis),
        Epigrams (bk. XIV, ep. 49)

Why do men delight in work? Fundamentally, I suppose, becasue there is a sense of relief and pleasure in getting something done--a kind of satisfaction not unlike that which a hen enjoys on laying an egg.
      - Henry Louis Mencken, Minority Report

A mad world, my masters.
      - Thomas Middleton

Man hath his daily work of body or mind
      - John Milton, Paradise Lost
         (bk. IV, l. 618)

The work under our labour grows
  Luxurious by restraint.
      - John Milton, Paradise Lost
         (bk. IX, l. 208)

I am nothing and to nothing tend,
  On earth I nothing have and nothing claim,
    Man's noblest works must have one common end,
      And nothing crown the tablet of his name.
      - Thomas Moore, Ode upon Nothing,
        appeared in "Saturday Magazine" about 1836, but not in collected works

Work is the world's easiest escape from boredom and the only sure fire road to success.
      - Marabel Morgan

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