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O, how full of briers is this working-day world!
      - William Shakespeare, As You Like It
         (Rosalind at I, iii)

What work's, my countrymen, in hand? Where go you
  With bats and clubs? The matter? Speak, I pray you.
      - William Shakespeare, Coriolanus
         (Menenius at I, i)

Why, universal plodding poisons up
  The nimble spirits in the arteries,
    As motion and long-during action tires
      The sinewy vigor of the traveller.
      - William Shakespeare, Love's Labor's Lost
         (Berowne at IV, iii)

I have had my labor for my travail; ill-thought-on of her, and ill-thought-on of you; gone between and between, but small thanks for my labor.
      - William Shakespeare,
        The History of Troilus and Cressida
         (Pandarus at I, i)

Another lean unwashed artificer
  Cuts off his tale and talks of Arthur's death.
      - William Shakespeare,
        The Life and Death of King John
         (Hubert at IV, ii)

I am giving you examples of the fact that this creature man, who in his own selfish affairs is a coward to the backbone, will fight for an idea like a hero. . . . I tell you, gentlemen, if you can shew a man a piece of what he now calls God's work to do, and what he will later call by many new names, you can make him entirely reckless of the consequences to himself personally.
      - George Bernard Shaw, Man and Superman
         (act III)

A man who has no office to go to--I don't care who he is--is a trial of which you can have no conception.
      - George Bernard Shaw, The Irrational Knot
         (ch. XVIII)

A day's work is a day's work, neither more nor less, and the man who does it needs a day's sustenance, a night's repose, and due leisure, whether he be a painter or ploughman.
      - George Bernard Shaw, Unsocial Socialist
         (ch. V)

Unless we put heart and soul into our labor we but brutify our actions.
      - Henry Wheeler Shaw (used pseudonyms Josh Billings and Uncle Esek)

The man who chooses his work because it fulfills a purpose he approves is the only one who grows in stature by working. He alone can properly say, at the end of it, "It is finished!"
      - Fulton John Sheen, The Way to Happiness

How many a rustic Milton has passed by,
  Stifling the speechless longings of his heart,
    In unremitting drudgery and care!
      How many a vulgar Cato has compelled
        His energies, no longer tameless then,
          To mould a pin, or fabricate a nail!
      - Percy Bysshe Shelley, Queen Mad
         (pt. V, st. 9)

I doubt if hard work, steadily and regularly carried on, ever yet hurt anybody.
      - Dean Arthur Penrhyn Stanley

The definition of woman's work is shitwork.
      - Gloria Steinem

A sword, a spade, and a thought should never be allowed to rust.
      - James Stephens

The world is ashamed of being virtuous.
      - Laurence Sterne

Nothing can be done at once hastily and prudently.
      - Syrus (Publilius Syrus), Maxims (357)

Do not waste bricks. (Waste your labor.)
  [Lat., Ne laterum laves.]
      - Terence (Publius Terentius Afer), Phormio
         (I, IV, 9), a Greek proverb

Its pomp, its pleasures, and its nonsense all.
      - James Thomson (1)

Good for the body is the work of the body, good for the soul the work of the soul, and good for either the work of the other.
      - Henry David Thoreau

Those who work much do not work hard.
      - Henry David Thoreau

Work is the inevitable condition of human life, the true source of human welfare.
      - Leo Tolstoy (Count Lev Tolstoi)

Work is a necessary evil to be avoided.
      - Mark Twain (pseudonym of Samuel Langhorne Clemens)

Heaven is blessed with perfect rest but the blessing of earth is toil.
      - Henry Jackson van Dyke (2),
        Toiling of Felix (last line)

The fruit derived from labor is the sweetest of pleasures.
  [Fr., Le fruit du travail est le plus doux des plaisirs.]
      - Luc de Clapier de Vauvanargues, Reflexions

Always at work.
      - Voltaire (Francois Marie Arouet Voltaire)

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