Grocott & Ward, comps. Grocott’s Familiar Quotations, 6th ed. 189-?.


Labor is the curse of the world, and nobody can meddle with it without becoming proportionably brutified.
Hawthorne.—American Note-Books, August 12, 1841.

Clamorous labor
Knocked with its hundred hands at the golden gates of the morning.
Longfellow.—Evangeline, Part I., iv. Line 4.

No man is born into the world, whose work
Is not born with him; there is always work,
And tools to work withal, for those who will;
And blessed are the horny hands of toil!
Lowell.—A Glance Behind the Curtain, Line 202.

Labor! all labor is noble and holy!
Let thy great deeds be thy prayer to thy God.
Frances S. Osgood.—Laborare est Orare.

Labor is rest,—from the sorrows that greet us;
Rest from all petty vexations that meet us,
Rest from sin-promptings that ever entreat us,
Rest from world-sirens that lure us to ill.
Frances S. Osgood.—Laborare est Orare.

Labor is the law of happiness.
Abel Stevens.—Life of Madame de Staël, Chap. XVI.

Labor, you know, is Prayer.
Bayard Taylor. Improvisations, St. 11.