Labor Day Reflections

Though-provoking insights about the dignity of work

A hand that's dirty with honest labor is fit to shake with any neighbor. ~Proverb

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.  ~Geoffrey Norman

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.  ~Charles Wagner

God sells us all things at the price of labor.  ~Leonardo da Vinci

Dare to be honest and fear no labor. ~Robert Burns

"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."  ~Voltaire

Boredom is a sickness the cure for which is work; pleasure is only a palliative.  ~Le Duc de Lévis, Mémoires

Work isn't to make money; you work to justify life.  ~Marc Chagall

When I work I relax; doing nothing or entertaining visitors makes me tired.  ~Pablo Picasso

Genius begins great works; labor alone finishes them. ~Joseph Joubert

What the country needs is dirtier fingernails and cleaner minds. ~Will Rogers

People love chopping wood. In this activity one immediately sees results. ~Albert Einstein

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.  ~Charles Kingsley

I asked for a hoe, and I set me to work,
And my red blood danced as I went:
At night I rested, and looking back,
I counted my day well spent.
~Eleanor H. Porter, "Dorothy Tries Her Hand"


___________, "Quotations about Labor," The Quote Garden,, July 30, 2016.

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