An aphorism is nothing else but the slightest
form of writing raised to the highest level of expressive communication. Carl William Brown





Even in the meanest sorts of labor, the whole soul of a man is composed into a kind of real harmony the instant he sets himself to work.


Thomas Carlyle (1795-1881, Scottish philosopher, author)


Even in the meanest sorts of labor, the whole soul of a man is composed into a kind of real harmony the instant he sets himself to work.


Thomas Carlyle (1795-1881, Scottish philosopher, author)


We've no use for intellectuals in this outfit. What we need is chimpanzees. Let me give you a word of advice: never say a word to us about being intelligent. We will think for you, my friend. Don't forget it.


Louis-Ferdinand Celine (1894-1961, French author)


The fruit derived from labor is the sweetest of all pleasures.


Luc De Clapiers


A man's best friends are his ten fingers.


Robert Collyer (1823-18?, American reverend)


Labor is man's greatest function. He is nothing, he can do nothing, he can achieve nothing, he can fulfill nothing, without working.


Orville Dewey (American critic)


He that hath a trade hath an estate; He that hath a calling hath an office of profit and honor.


Benjamin Franklin (1706-1790, American scientist, publisher, diplomat)


Labor is the source of all wealth and all culture.




Who will not suffer labor in this world, let him not be born.


John Florio (c.1553-1625, British author, translator)


I tell you, sir, the only safeguard of order and discipline in the modern world is a standardized worker with interchangeable parts. That would solve the entire problem of management.


Jean Giraudoux (1882-1944, French diplomat, author)


Excellence in any department can be attained only by the labor of a lifetime; it is not to be purchased at a lesser price.


Samuel Johnson (1709-1784, British author)


Labor is the curse of the world, and nobody can meddle with it without becoming proportionately brutalized.


Nathaniel Hawthorne (1804-1864, American novelist, short story writer)


If a little labor, little are our gains. Man's fortunes are according to his pains.


Robert Herrick (1591-1674, British poet)


Labor is the instituted means for the methodical development of all our powers under the direction and control of the will.


Josiah Gilbert Holland (1819-1881, American author)


Life gives nothing to man without labor.


Horace (BC 65-8, Italian poet)


Every man is dishonest who lives upon the labor of others, no matter if he occupies a throne.


Robert Green Ingersoll (1833-1899, American orator, lawyer)


Take not from the mouth of labor the bread it has earned.


Thomas Jefferson (1743-1826, American President (3rd))


Labor, if it were not necessary for existence, would be indispensable for the happiness of man.


Samuel Johnson (1709-1784, British author)


Genius begins great works; labor alone finishes them.


Joseph Joubert (1754-1824, French moralist)


Syzygy, inexorable, pancreatic, phantasmagoria --- anyone who can use those four words in one sentence will never have to do manual labor.


W.P. Kinsella


Precious gems are profoundly buried in the earth and can only be extracted at the expense of great labor.


Sri Anandamayi Ma (1896-1982, Bengali spiritual teacher)


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 (1839-1937, American industrialist, philanthropist, founder Exxon)


The miracle of the seed and the soil is not available by affirmation; it is only available by labor.


Jim Rohn (American businessman, author, speaker, philosopher)

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It is not, truly speaking, the labor that is divided, but the men divided into mere segments of men, broken into small fragments and crumbs of life, so that all the little piece of intelligence that is left in a man is not enough to make a pin, or a nail, but exhausts itself in making the point of a pin or the head of a nail.


John Ruskin (1819-1900, British critic, social theorist)


There is no real wealth but the labor of man.


Percy Bysshe Shelley (1792-1822, British poet)


Labor is still, and ever will be, the inevitable price set upon everything which is valuable.


Samuel Smiles (1812-1904, Scottish author)


If a man loves the labor of his trade apart from any question of success or fame, the Gods have called him.


Robert Louis Stevenson (1850-1895, Scottish essayist, poet, novelist)


The biggest labor problem is tomorrow.


Brigham Young (1801-1877, American Mormon leader)


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