A bad day at work is better than a good day in hell.
A hundred times every day I remind myself that my inner and outer life depend on the labors of other men, living and dead, and that I must exert myself in order to give in the same measure as I have received and am still receiving.
A lot of what passes for depression these days is nothing more than a body saying that it needs work.
A man is not paid for having a head and hands, but for using them.
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
A mind always employed is always happy. This is the true secret, the grand recipe, for felicity.
All labor that uplifts humanity has dignity and importance and should be undertaken with painstaking excellence.
Martin Luther King Jr.
As a cure for worrying, work is better than whiskey.
Ralph Waldo Emerson
Before the reward there must be labor. You plant before you harvest. You sow in tears before you reap joy.
Boredom is a sickness the cure for which is work; pleasure is only a palliative.
Le Duc de Lévis
Choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life.
Chop your own wood, and it will warm you twice.
Do your work with your whole heart, and you will succeed – there’s so little competition.
Early to bed and early to rise probably indicates unskilled labor.
Employment is nature’s physician, and is essential to human happiness.
Far and away the best prize that life offers is the chance to work hard at work worth doing.
God give me work, until my life shall end. And life, until my work is done.
God sells us all things at the price of labor.
Leonardo da Vinci
Hard work doesn’t guarantee success, but it improves its chances.
B. J. Gupta
Hard work is rewarding beyond gold. Sweating is living.
He who labors diligently need never despair; for all things are accomplished by diligence and labor.
Heaven is blessed with perfect rest but the blessing of earth is toil.
Henry van Dyke
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.
I always arrive late at the office, but I make up for it by leaving early.
I believe in the dignity of labor, whether with head or hand; that the world owes no man a living but that it owes every man an opportunity to make a living.
John D. Rockefeller
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.
D. H. Lawrence
I help by staying out of the way while other people are working.
Lyle Hintz Jr.
I know you’ve heard it a thousand times before. But it’s true – hard work pays off. If you want to be good, you have to practice, practice, practice. If you don’t love something, then don’t do it.
I watched a small man with thick calluses on both hands work 15 and 16 hours a day. I saw him once literally bleed from the bottoms of his feet, a man who came here uneducated, alone, unable to speak the language, who taught me all I needed to know about faith and hard work by the simple eloquence of his example.
I wonder if the clothes in China say, “Made around the corner.”
I would rather have a big burden and a strong back, than a weak back and a caddy to carry life’s luggage.
Idleness begets ennui, ennui the hypochondriac, and that a diseased body. No laborious person was ever yet hysterical.
If a man will not work, he shall not eat.
Paul the Apostle
If all the cars in the United States were placed end to end, it would probably be Labor Day Weekend.
If any man tells you he loves America, yet hates labor, he is a liar. If any man tells you he trusts America, yet fears labor, he is a fool.
If hard work were such a wonderful thing, surely the rich would have kept it all to themselves.
If you want to kill time, try working it to death.
I’m a great believer in luck, and I find the harder I work, the more I have of it.
International solidarity is not an act of charity: It is an act of unity between allies fighting on different terrains toward the same objective. The foremost of these objectives is to aid the development of humanity to the highest level possible.
It is better to wear out than to rust out.
It is labour indeed that puts the difference on everything.
It is necessary to work, if not from inclination, at least from despair. Everything considered, work is less boring than amusing oneself.
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.
It is only through labor and painful effort, by grim energy and resolute courage, that we move on to better things.
Keep working hard and you can get anything that you want. If God gave you the talent, you should go for it. But don’t think it’s going to be easy. It’s hard!
Labor Day differs in every essential from other holidays of the year in any country. All other holidays are in a more or less degree connected with conflict and battles of man’s prowess over man, of strife and discord for greed and power, of glories achieved by one nation over another. Labor Day is devoted to no man, living or dead, to no sect, race or nation.
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.
Labor Day, when we briefly pause from demonizing unions to enjoy mattress sales in their honor.
Labor disgraces no man; unfortunately, you occasionally find men who disgrace labor.
Ulysses S. Grant
Labor is the only prayer that Nature answers.
Robert Green Ingersoll
Labor wants also pride and joy in doing good work, a sense of making or doing something beautiful or useful – to be treated with dignity and respect as brother and sister.
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 laor, that all weather of the world was originally purchased.
Man is so made that he can only find relaxation from one kind of labor by taking up another.
Manual labor to my father was not only good and decent for it’s own sake but, as he was given to saying, it straightened out one’s thoughts.
Mary Ellen Chase
Maybe a person’s time would be as well spent raising food as raising money to buy food.
Frank A. Clark
Men are made stronger on the realization that the helping hand they need is at the end of their own right arm.
Sidney J. Phillips
My grandfather once told me that there were two kinds of people: those who do the work and those who take the credit. He told me to try to be in the first group; there was much less competition.
No business which depends for existence on paying less than living wages to its workers has any right to continue in this country. By living wages I mean more than a bare subsistence level – I mean the wages of decent living.
Franklin D. Roosevelt
No great achievement is possible without persistent work.
No labor, however humble, is dishonoring.
Nobody can think straight who does not work. Idleness warps the mind.
Nonbureaucratic, participative, solidarity-driven, noncommercial, arty. With all those manifest virtues, you have to wonder why a setup like this can’t seem to last any longer than a Labor Day weekend.
Nothing got without pains but an ill name and long nails.
People love chopping wood. In this activity one immediately sees results.
Poorly paid labor is inefficient labor, the world over.
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.
Sweat silently. Let’s have no squawking about a little expenditure of energy.
Martin H. Fischer
Take a man out of the trenches, make him a straw boss, and he develops a belly.
Martin H. Fischer
Take rest; a field that has rested gives a bountiful crop.
Temperance and labor are the two true physicians of man.
Jean Jacques Rousseau
The cure for anything is salt water – sweat, tears, or the sea.
The end of labor is to gain leisure.
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.
The man who rolls up his shirt sleeves is rarely in danger of losing his shirt.
The miracle of the seed and the soil is not available by affirmation; it is only available by labor.
The one thing that matters is the effort.
Antoine de Sainte-Exupery
The only liberty an inferior man really cherishes is the liberty to quit work, stretch out in the sun, and scratch himself.
H. L. Mencken
The reward of a thing well done, is to have done it.
Ralph Waldo Emerson
The tendency of taxation is to create a class of persons who do not labor, to take from those who do labor the produce of that labor, and to give it to those who do not labor.
There are moments when art attains almost to the dignity of manual labor.
There is no labor a person does that is undignified; if they do it right.
There is no substitute for hard work.
Thomas A. Edison
There is power, there is power in a band of working men, when they stand, hand in hand. That’s a power, that’s a power that must rule in every land.
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.
H. M. Tomlinson
Thunder is good, thunder is impressive; but it is lightning that does the work.
To labor is to pray.
Undoubtedly, a man is to labor to better his condition, but first to better himself.
William Ellery Channing
We are closer to the ants than to the butterflies. Very few people can endure much leisure.
What does labor want? We want more schoolhouses and less jails; more books and less arsenals; more learning and less vice; more leisure and less greed; more justice and less revenge; in fact, more of the opportunities to cultivate our better natures.
What the country needs are a few labor-making inventions.
When everything is finished, the mornings are sad.
When I work I relax; doing nothing or entertaining visitors makes me tired.
When people ask me, ‘Why can’t labor organize the way it did in the thirties?’ the answer is simple: everything we did then is now illegal.
Without labor nothing prospers.
Work hard, but not just to please your masters when they are watching. As slaves of Christ, do the will of God with all your heart. Work with enthusiasm, as though you were working for the Lord rather than for people.
Paul the Apostle
Work is less boring than amusing yourself.
Roger W. Hancock
Work is no disgrace; the disgrace is idleness.
Work isn’t to make money; you work to justify life.
Workers of the world awaken. Break your chains, demand your rights. All the wealth you make is taken, by exploiting parasites. Shall you kneel in deep submission from your cradle to your grave. Is the height of your ambition to be a good and willing slave?
Workingmen are at the foundation of society. Show me that product of human endeavor in the making of which the workingman has had no share, and I will show you something that society can well dispense with.