Robert Christy, comp. Proverbs, Maxims and Phrases of All Ages. 1887.


A good handicraft has a golden foundation.Dutch.

A good head and industrious hand are worth gold in any land.German.

A good laborer is better than a bad priest.German.

A good trade will carry farther than a thousand florins.German.

A grain of rice, a thread of hemp, are the fruit of the sweat of the poor.Chinese.

A man must live by his trade.

A man of many trades begs his bread on Sundays.

A ploughman on his legs is higher than a gentleman on his knees.Franklin.

A trade is an estate for life.Turkish.

Adam got a hoe and Eve got a spinning-wheel and thence came all the nobles.Danish.

All for each and each for all.Maxim of Knights of Labor.

All the grains of rice that are in the soup have been matured by the sweat of the laborer.Chinese.

Another man’s trade costs money.Portuguese.

As the labor, so the pay.

Be the first in the field and the last to the couch.Chinese.

Blessing goes with labor.Turkish.

Bodily labor earns not much.

By labor comes wealth.Yarubas (Africa).

By labor fire is got out of a stone.Dutch.

Every laborer is worthy of his hire.German.

Finished labors are pleasant.

For just experience tells in every soil,
That those who think must govern those who toil.Pope.

From labor there shall come forth rest.Longfellow.

He that by the plough would thrive, himself must either hold or drive.Franklin.

He that hath some land must have some labor.

He that labors and thrives spins gold.

He that labors is tempted by one devil and he that is idle by a thousand.Italian.

Honest labor bears a lovely face.Thos. Dekker.

In all labor there is profit.Bible.

It is hard to labor with an empty belly.Danish.

Labor conquers all things.Virgil.

Labor has a bitter root but a sweet taste.Danish.

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

Labor is itself a pleasure.Lucretius.

Labor is only awarded the lowest.

Labor is preferable to idleness as brightness to rust.Plato.

Labor is the best sauce.Latin.

Labor itself is but a sorrowful song,
The protest of the weak against the strong.F. W. Faben.

Labor makes bread out of a stone.German.

Labor not to be rich.Bible.

Labor rids us of three great evils: tediousness, vice and poverty.French.

Labor warms, sloth harms.

Labor, wide as the earth, has its summit in heaven.Carlyle.

Labor without luck helps not.German.

Love labor; for if thou dost not want it for food, thou mayest for physic.William Penn.

Many a man labors for the day he will never live to see.Danish.

No man can eat anything sweeter in this world than what is acquired by his own labor.Turkish Spy.

Past labor is pleasant.

Reward sweetens labor.Dutch.

Such hath it been—shall be—beneath the sun,
The many still must labor for the one.Byron.

The gods sell everything for labor.

The labor we delight in physics pain.Shakespeare.

The laborer is worthy of his hire.New Testament.

The palm is not gained without the dust of labor.Latin.

The sleep of the laboring man is sweet whether he eat little or much; but the abundance of the rich will not suffer him to sleep.Bible.

The three things most difficult are,—to keep a secret, to forget an injury and to make good use of labor.Chilo.

Those who labor with their minds rule; those who labor with their bodies are ruled.Chinese.

To labor is the lot of man below.Homer.

What is done by hand-labor is eaten with pleasure.Chinese.

Without labor, no good thing.German.

Without labor there was no ease, no rest.Carlyle.