Heaven is blessed with perfect rest but the blessing of earth is toil.
~Henry van Dyke
God sells us all things at the price of labor.
~Leonardo da Vinci
The man who doesn't relax and hoot a few hoots voluntarily, now and then, is in great danger of hooting hoots and standing on his head for the edification of the pathologist and trained nurse, a little later on.
Work isn't to make money; you work to justify life.
Without labor nothing prospers.
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 rest; a field that has rested gives a bountiful crop.
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
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
Sometimes it's important to work for that pot of gold. But other times it's essential to take time off and to make sure that your most important decision in the day simply consists of choosing which color to slide down on the rainbow.
~Douglas Pagels, These Are the Gifts I'd Like to Give to You
The only liberty an inferior man really cherishes is the liberty to quit work, stretch out in the sun, and scratch himself.
There is precious little hope to be got out of whatever keeps us industrious, but there is a chance for us whenever we cease work and become stargazers.
The end of labor is to gain leisure.
It is labour indeed that puts the difference on everything.
~John Locke, An Essay Concerning Human Understanding, 1690
If all the cars in the United States were placed end to end, it would probably be Labor Day Weekend.
Labor Day is a glorious holiday because your child will be going back to school the next day. It would have been called Independence Day, but that name was already taken.