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Mankind are more indebted to industry than ingenuity; the gods set up their favors at a price, and industry is the purchaser.
      - Joseph Addison

Keep your working power at its maximum.
      - William R. Alger

The end of labor is to gain leisure. It is a great saying.
      - Aristotle

Application is the price to be paid for mental acquisition. To have the harvest, we must sow the seed.
      - Philip James Bailey

Protected industry, careering far,
  Detects the cause and cures the rage of war,
    And sweeps, with forceful arm, to their last graves,
      Kings from the earth and pirates from the waves.
      - Joel Barlow

Industry has annexed thereto the fairest fruits and the richest rewards.
      - Isaac Barrow

In the ordinary business of life, industry can do anything which genius can do, and very many things which it cannot.
      - Henry Ward Beecher

And in the same house remain, eating and drinking such things as they give: for the labourer is worthy of his hire. Go not from house to house.
      - Bible, Luke (ch. X, v. 7)

Seest thou a man diligent in his business? he shall stand before kings; he shall not stand before men.
      - Bible, Proverbs (ch. XXII, v. 29)

Industry is not only the instrument of improvement, but the foundation of pleasure. He who is a stranger to it may possess, but cannot enjoy; for it is labor only which gives relish to pleasure. It is the appointed vehicle of every good to man. It is the indispensable condition of possessing a sound mind in a sound body.
      - Hugh Blair

Why, man of idleness, labor has rocked you in the cradle, and nourished your pampered life; without it, the woven silk and the wool upon your bank would be in the shepherd's fold. For the meanest thing that ministers to human want, save the air of heaven, man is indebted to toil; and even the air, in God's wise ordination, is breathed with labor.
      - Edwin Hubbell Chapin

There is no art or science that is too difficult for industry to attain to; it is the gift of tongues, and makes a man understood and valued in all countries and by all nations; it is the philosopher's stone, that turns all metals, and even stones, into gold, and suffers not want to break into its dwelling; it is the northwest passage, that brings the merchant's ship as soon to him as he can desire. In a word, it conquers all enemies, and makes fortune itself pay contribution.
      - Lord Clarendon, Edward Hyde

The celebrated Galen said employment was nature's physician. It is indeed so important to happiness that indolence is justly considered the parent of misery.
      - Charles Caleb Colton

Industry cannot flourish if labor languish.
      - Calvin Coolidge

The bread earned by the sweat of the brow is thrice blessed bread, and it is far sweeter than the tasteless loaf of idleness.
      - Alfred Crowquill (pseudonym of Alfred H. Forrester)

That man is but of the lower part of the world that is not brought up to business and affairs.
      - Owen Felltham (Feltham)

At the workingman's house, hunger looks in, but dares not enter.
      - Benjamin Franklin

If we are industrious, we shall never starve; for, at the workingman's house hunger looks in, but dares not enter. Nor will the bailiff or the constable enter, for industry pays debts, while despair increaseth them.
      - Benjamin Franklin

Industry need not wish.
      - Benjamin Franklin

The way to wealth is as plain as the way to market. It depends chiefly on two words, industry and frugality: that is, waste neither time nor money, but make the best use of both. Without industry and frugality nothing will do, and with them everything.
      - Benjamin Franklin

Wherever a ship ploughs the sea, or a plough furrows the field; wherever a mine yields its treasure; wherever a ship or a railroad train carries freight to market; wherever the smoke of the furnace rises, or the clang of the loom resounds; even in the lonely garret where the seamstress plies her busy needle--there is industry.
      - James Abram Garfield

I have observed that as long as one lives and bestirs himself, he can always find food and raiment, though it may not be of the choicest description.
      - Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Like the bee, we should make our industry our amusement.
      - Oliver Goldsmith

The more we do, the more we can do; the more busy we are, the more leisure we have.
      - William Hazlitt (1)

Well for the drones of the social hive that there are bees of an industrious turn, willing, for an infinitesimal share of the honey, to undertake the labor of its fabrication.
      - Thomas Hood

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