C.N. Douglas, comp. Forty Thousand Quotations: Prose and Poetical. 1917.


Bodily labor alleviates the pain of the mind; whence arises the happiness of the poor.

La Rochefoucauld.

Toil and pleasure, in their natures opposite, are yet linked together in a kind of necessary connection.


  • He chooses best, whose labor entertains
  • His vacant fancy most; the toil you hate
  • Fatigues you soon, and scarce improves your limbs.
  • Armstrong.

    Toil to some is happiness, and rest to others. This man can only breathe in crowds, and that man only in solitudes.


  • Toil, and be strong; by toil the flaccid nerves
  • Grow firm, and gain a more compacted tone:
  • The greener juices are by toil subdued,
  • Mellow’d, and subtilis’d; the vapid old
  • Expell’d, and all the rancor of the blood.
  • Armstrong.

  • The body***
  • Much toil demands; the lean elastic less.
  • While winter chills the blood and binds the veins,
  • No labors are too hard; by those you ’scape
  • The slow diseases of the torpid year,
  • Endless to name.
  • Armstrong.