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Life will frequently languish, even in the hands of the busy, if they have not some employment subsidiary to that which forms their main pursuit.
      - Hugh Blair

The rust rots the steel which use preserves.
      - Edward George Earle Lytton Bulwer-Lytton, 1st Baron Lytton

Employment, which Galen call's "nature's physician," is so essential to human happiness, that indolence is justly considered as the mother of misery.
      - Robert Burton

Let us candidly confess our indebtedness to the needle. How many hours of sorrow has it softened, how many bitter irritations calmed, how many confused thoughts reduced to order, how many life-plans sketched in purple!
      - Caroline H. Dall

Employment and ennui are simply incompatible.
      - Dorothee DeLuzy

The crowning fortune of a man is to be born to some pursuit which finds him employment and happiness, whether it be to make baskets, or broad swords, or canals, or statues, or songs.
      - Ralph Waldo Emerson

Employment is nature's physician, and is essential to human happiness.
      - Claudius Galen (Galenus)

At present, the most valuable gift which can be bestowed upon women is something to do which they can do well and worthily, and thereby maintain themselves.
      - James Abram Garfield

People cry out, and deplore the unremunerative employment of woman. The true want is the other way. Women really trained, and capable of good work, can command any wages or salaries.
      - Gail Hamilton (pseudonym of Mary Abigail Dodge)

What to an outsider will be no more than the vigorous presentation of a conviction, to an employee may be the manifestation of a determination which it is not safe to thwart.
      - Learned Hand

A vast deal of human sympathy runs along the electric line of needlework, stretching from the throne to the wicker chair of the humble seamstress.
      - Nathaniel Hawthorne

Nothing can hide from me the conviction that an immortal soul needs for its sustenance something more than visiting, and gardening, and novel-reading, and crochet-needle, and the occasional manufacture of sponge cake.
      - Thomas Wentworth Higginson

Women are in this respect more fortunate than men, that most of their employments are of such a nature that they can at the same time be thinking of quite different things.
      - Wilhelm von Humboldt

Be always employed about some rational thing, that the devil find thee not idle.
      - Saint Jerome (Eusebius Hieronymus Sophronius, called Hieronymus)

Exert your talents, and distinguish yourself, and don't think of retiring from the world until the world will be sorry that you retire. I hate a fellow whom pride or cowardice or laziness drives into a corner, and who does nothing when he is there but sit and growl. Let him, come out, as I do, and bark.
      - Samuel Johnson (a/k/a Dr. Johnson) ("The Great Cham of Literature")

Laziness begat wearisomeness, and this put men in quest of diversions, play and company, on which however it is a constant attendant; he who works hard, has enough to do with himself otherwise.
      - Jean de la Bruyere

What kind of work would be done if Hercules took to spinning wool in safe places, while Omphales turned out to do battle with monsters in his stead? What kind of men should we have as the result of the exchange?
      - E. Lynn Linton

The rust rots the steel which use preserves.
      - Lord Edward Robert Bulwer Lytton, 1st Earl of Lytton ("Owen Meredith")

It isn't the people you fire who make your life miserable, it's the people you don't.
      - Harvey MacKay

We have employment assigned to us for every circumstance in life. When we are alone, we have our thoughts to watch; in the family, our tempers; and in company, our tongues.
      - Hannah More

The question of woman's work in its economic aspect is really one not so much now of woman's rights as of woman's mights. Pretty much anything she wants to do, a resolute girl may now do.
      - Richard Heber Newton

The man who falls in love chill find plenty of occupation.
      - Ovid (Publius Ovidius Naso)

The great principle of human satisfaction is engagement.
      - William Paley, Archdeacon of Saragossa

The wise prove, and the foolish confess, by their conduct, that a life of employment is the only life worth leading.
      - William Paley, Archdeacon of Saragossa

Indolence is stagnation; employment is life.
      - Seneca (Lucius Annaeus Seneca)

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