I got the blues thinking of the future, so I left off and made some marmalade. It's amazing how it cheers one up to shred oranges and scrub the floor.
Heaven is blessed with perfect rest but the blessing of earth is toil.
~Henry van Dyke
If you want to kill time, try working it to death.
To labor is to pray.
~Motto of the Benedictines
A lot of what passes for depression these days is nothing more than a body saying that it needs work.
The cure for anything is salt water - sweat, tears, or the sea.
Sweat cleanses from the inside. It comes from places a shower will never reach.
No man is born into the world whose workIs not born with him; there is always workAnd tools to work withal, for those who will....
~James Russell Lowell
Yes, I am positive that one of the great curatives of our evils, our maladies, social, moral, and intellectual, would be a return to the soil, a rehabilitation of the work of the fields.
God sells us all things at the price of labor.
~Leonardo da Vinci
Nothing got without pains but an ill name and long nails.
"I have no more than twenty acres of ground," he replied, "the whole of which I cultivate myself with the help of my children; and our labor keeps off from us the three great evils - boredom, vice, and want."
Boredom is a sickness the cure for which is work; pleasure is only a palliative.
~Le Duc de Lévis, Mémoires
What the country needs are a few labor-making inventions.
Work isn't to make money; you work to justify life.
It is necessary to work, if not from inclination, at least from despair. Everything considered, work is less boring than amusing oneself.
When I work I relax; doing nothing or entertaining visitors makes me tired.
There are moments when art attains almost to the dignity of manual labor.
We are closer to the ants than to the butterflies. Very few people can endure much leisure.
~Gerald Brenan, Thoughts in a Dry Season
Without labor nothing prospers.
Idleness begets ennui, ennui the hypochondriac, and that a diseased body. No laborious person was ever yet hysterical.
~Thomas Jefferson, 1787
It is only the constant exertion and working of our sensitive, intellectual, moral, and physical machinery that keep us from rusting, and so becoming useless.
Labor was the first price, the original purchase-money that was paid for all things. It was not by gold or by silver, but by labor, that all wealth of the world was originally purchased.
Take a man out of the trenches, make him a straw boss, and he develops a belly.
~Martin H. Fischer
Employment is nature's physician, and is essential to human happiness.
Man is so made that he can only find relaxation from one kind of labor by taking up another.
~Anatole France, The Crime of Sylvestre Bonnard
For me the diamond dawns are set
In rings of beauty,
And all my ways are dewy wet
With pleasant duty.
~John Townsend Trowbridge
People love chopping wood. In this activity one immediately sees results.
Helped are those who create anything at all, for they shall relive the thrill of their own conception and realize a partnership in the creation of the Universe that keeps them responsible and cheerful.
A mind always employed is always happy. This is the true secret, the grand recipe, for felicity.
God give me work, till my life shall end
And life, till my work is done.
~Epitaph of Winifred Holtby
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
Chop your own wood, and it will warm you twice.
Temperance and labor are the two true physicians of man.
~Jean Jacques Rousseau
As a cure for worrying, work is better than whiskey.
~Thomas A. Edison
Sweat silently. Let's have no squawking about a little expenditure of energy.
~Martin H. Fischer
It is better to wear out than to rust out.
Look at a day when you are supremely satisfied at the end. It's not a day when you lounge around doing nothing; it's when you've had everything to do, and you've done it.
We seem as a nation to be suffering from a mania for play. The huge development of pleasure-chasing automobiles merely symbolizes our universal restless eagerness to be running after something, anything, that we can classify as diversion. Under pressure from tormenting constituents our legislatures are piling up holidays. And the cry of labor everywhere is "Cut down hours; cut down hours," until it seems as if brief, tired minutes were all that would be left for work. The obvious deduction is that work is always something to be got rid of, as if it were a curse. Yet life is work.
~Author unknown, editorial from Labor Digest, June 1922, quoted in Quotations for Special Occasions by Maud van Buren
When everything is finished, the mornings are sad.
~Antonio Porchia, Voces, 1943, translated from Spanish by W.S. Merwin
Maybe a person's time would be as well spent raising food as raising money to buy food.
~Frank A. Clark
Thank God every morning when you get up, that you have something to do that day which must be done, whether you like it or not. Being forced to work and forced to do your best will breed in you temperance and self-control, diligence and strength of will, cheerfulness and content, and a hundred virtues which the idle never know.