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Luck is not chance, it's toil; fortune's expensive smile is earned.
A truly American sentiment recognizes the dignity of labor and the fact that honor lies in honest toil.
I have nothing to offer but blood, toil, tears and sweat.
It is questionable if all the mechanical inventions yet made have lightened the day's toil of any human being.
John Stuart Mill
One is not idle because one is absorbed. There is both visible and invisible labor. To contemplate is to toil, to think is to do. The crossed arms work, the clasped hands act. The eyes upturned to Heaven are an act of creation.
Toil without song is like a weary journey without an end.
H. P. Lovecraft
There are moments when all anxiety and stated toil are becalmed in the infinite leisure and repose of nature.
Henry David Thoreau
Just as we would have no need of the farmer's labor and toil if we were living amid the delights of paradise, so also we would not require the medical art for relief if we were immune to disease, as was the case, by God's gift, at the time of Creation before the Fall.
Sleep after toil, port after stormy seas, Ease after war, death after life does greatly please.
Honor lies in honest toil.
No fine work can be done without concentration and self-sacrifice and toil and doubt.
You cannot see the Grand Canyon in one view, as if it were a changeless spectacle from which a curtain might be lifted, but to see it, you have to toil from month to month through its labyrinths.
John Wesley Powell
The highest reward for a person's toil is not what they get for it, but what they become by it.
Trouble springs from idleness, and grievous toil from needless ease.
Essentially, all expressions of human nature ever produced, from a caveman's paintings to Mozart's symphonies and Einstein's view of the universe, emerge from the same source: the relentless dynamic toil of large populations of interconnected neurons.
I didn't want to be known. People say, 'I didn't want to toil in obscurity.' I like toiling in obscurity.
Mine is the horny hand of toil.
John Singer Sargent
As to that leisure evening of life, I must say that I do not want it. I can conceive of no contentment of which toil is not to be the immediate parent.
Toil is man's allotment; toil of brain, or toil of hands, or a grief that's more than either, the grief and sin of idleness.
Shun no toil to make yourself remarkable by some talent or other; yet do not devote yourself to one branch exclusively. Strive to get clear notions about all. Give up no science entirely; for science is but one.
Lucius Annaeus Seneca
The only sensible ends of literature are, first, the pleasurable toil of writing; second, the gratification of one's family and friends; and lastly, the solid cash.
It is labor that keeps the strong man strong. And spiritual labor, toil and burden-bearing, is what will give strength to the church of Christ.
Ellen G. White
Light is the task where many share the toil.
Work is toil: what one does only to earn a living. If it gives pleasure, it is leisure.
As Americans, we realize that there is no taxpayer money that wasn't first earned through the sweat and toil of one of our citizens.
Martin Luther King, Jr.
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Pray that your loneliness may spur you into finding something to live for, great enough to die for.
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