Monday, May 02, 2005

Labor Quotes

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.  ~Charles Simmons 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.  ~Adam Smith Take a man out of the trenches, make him a straw boss, and he develops a belly.  ~Martin H. Fischer 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 People love chopping wood.  In this activity one immediately sees results.  ~Albert Einstein A mind always employed is always happy.  This is the true secret, the grand recipe, for felicity.  ~Thomas Jefferson 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.  ~Henry Ford 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 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


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