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"God loves an idle rainbow, no less than laboring seas." - Ralph Hodgson

"The sleep of a laboring man is sweet." - Bible

"The sleep of a laboring man is sweet." - Solomon

"In laboring to be concise, I become obscure. [Lat., Brevis esse laboro, obscurus fio.]" - Horace

"It's certain there is no fine thing Since Adam's fall but needs much laboring." - William Butler Yeats

"The laboring man has not leisure for a true integrity day by day." - Henry David Thoreau

"Labor leaders don't do much laboring after they are able to lead." - Will Rogers

"Great allowances ought to be made for the petulance of persons laboring under ill-health." - Samuel Richardson

"Laboring men can perform for themselves the office of becoming their own employers." - Leland Stanford

"When you are laboring for others, let it be with the same zeal as if it were for yourself." - Confucius

"You never find people laboring to convince you that you may live very happily upon a plentiful income." - Samuel Johnson

"Extremely foolish advice is likely to be uttered by those who are looking at the laboring vessel from the land." - Arthur Helps

"Sacrifice self to bless one another, even as God has blessed you. Forget self in laboring for mankind..." - Mary Baker Eddy

"The value of a thing is the amount of laboring or work that its possession will save the possessor." - Henry George

"True wisdom, laboring to expound, heareth others readily; False wisdom, sturdy to deny, closeth up her mind to argument." - Martin Farquhar Tupper

"We'll set thee to school to an ant. to teach thee there's no laboring i' th' winter." - William Shakespeare

"The doctor will persist in laboring under the delusion that patients want common sense instead of magic." - Rae Foley

"True wisdom, laboring to expound, heareth others readily; False wisdom, sturdy to deny, closeth up her mind to argument." - Martin Farquhar Tupper

"When you are laboring for others let it be with the same zeal as if it were for yourself." - Confucius

"Are you laboring under the impression that I read these memoranda of yours? I can't even lift them." - Franklin D Roosevelt

"When the stories come easily and the writing process doesn't feel laboring, that's usually a good sign for me." - David E Kelley

"Bureaucrats live on the fat of the land, while the rest of us stay skinny laboring to pay their salaries." - Charles E. McKenzie

"The laboring man and the artificer knows what every hour of his time is worth, and parts not with it but for the full value." - Edward Hyde, 1st Earl of Clarendon

"Nature always wears the colors of the spirit. To a man laboring under calamity, the heat of his own fire hath sadness in it." - Ralph Waldo Emerson

"Motherhood is a hallowed place because children are' commonplace. Co-laboring over the sculpting of souls is a sacred vocation, a humbling privilege. Never forget." - Ann Voskamp

"If there must always be a laboring population distinct from proprietors and employers, we regard the slave system as decidedly preferable to the system at wages." - Orestes Brownson

"In his voice resonated the timbre of a man who thinks he has convinced himself of an idea, but masks his own doubt by laboring to persuade others." - Katherine Howe

"Let us hope, I prayed, that a kind Providence will put a speedy end to the acts of God under which we have been laboring." - Peter De Vries

"If you're laboring up a steep hill, imagine that a towrope is attached to the center of your chest, pulling you steadily toward the top." - Jeff Galloway

"Death has no terrors for a sincere servant of Christ who is laboring to bring souls to a knowledge of the truth." - Ramon Llull

"When I was in high school, we were all laboring under the illusion, or maybe it was a reality, that everyone in our school was a virgin." - James Woods

"Quorum and group leaders should provide the leading voice and laboring oar in every ward and branch council regarding retention of converts." - D. Todd Christofferson

"For years I have endeavored to calm an impetuous tide - laboring to make my feelings take an orderly course - it was striving against the stream." - Mary Wollstonecraft

"The golf links lie so near the mill, That almost every day, The laboring children can look out, And watch the men at play" - Sarah Norcliffe Cleghorn

"Yonder cloud That rises upward always higher, And onward drags a laboring breast, And topples round the dreary west, A looming bastion fringed with fire." - Alfred Lord Tennyson

"Motherhood is a hallowed place because children aren't commonplace. Co-laboring over the sculpting of souls is a sacred vocation, a humbling privilege. Never forget." - Ann Voskamp

"Yonder cloud That rises upward always higher, And onward drags a laboring breast, And topples round the dreary west, A looming bastion fringed with fire." - Alfred Tennyson

"The golf links lie so near the mill That almost every day The laboring children can look out And watch the men at play." - Sarah N. Cleghorn

"Christianity was the temple that was to be eternal, and on it, as unconscious builders, men were laboring in all the ages from the creation." - Cyrus David Foss

"Of all the contrivances for cheating the laboring classes of mankind, none has been more effective than that which deludes them with paper money." - Daniel Webster

"Goals are good. Laboring with a distant aim sets the mind in a higher key and puts us at our best." - Spencer W. Kimball

"Most people aren't anywhere near to realizing their creative potential, in part because they're laboring in environments that impede intrinsic motivation." - Teresa Amabile

"And as he, who with laboring breath has escaped from the deep to the shore, turns to the perilous waters and gazes." - Dante Alighieri

"For about a year, I just didn't know what to do. I did laboring jobs, working in the docks, construction sites." - Daniel Daylewis

"He mocks the people who proposes that the government shall protect the rich and that they in turn will care for the laboring poor." - Grover Cleveland

"I am not an enemy of the Negro. We want him here among us; he is the only laboring class we have." - Nathan Bedford Forrest

"For about a year, I just didn't know what to do. I did laboring jobs, working in the docks, construction sites." - Daniel Day-Lewis

"Let us hope, that a kind Providence will put a speedy end to the acts of God under which we have been laboring." - Peter De Vries

"The mass of our citizens may be divided into two classes - the laboring and the learned. The laboring will need the first grade of education to qualify them for their pursuits and duties; the learned will need it as a foundation for further acquirements." - Thomas Jefferson

"The laboring man and the trade-unionist, if I understand him, asks only equality before the law. Class legislation and unequal privilege, though expressly in his favor, will in the end work no benefit to him or to society." - William Howard Taft

"Are we truly obeying the command to love our neighbor as ourselves if we're storing up money for potential future needs when our neighbor is laboring today under actual present needs?" - Randy Alcorn

"He raked his fingers through his hair. "She doesn't need me." Ralston smirked. "You are laboring under that mistaken impression that it is their job to need us. In my experience it is almost always the other way around." - Sarah Maclean

"The way a source strains toward the light, toward the air. Its laboring work, its effort, its black passageways like despair. That's the way a poet looks for words. With muscles, gestures." - Anna Kamienska

"Farming is a most senseless pursuit, a mere laboring in a circle. You sow that you may reap, and then you reap that you may sow. Nothing ever comes of it." - Joannes Stobaeus

"Hence! home, you idle creatures, get you home! Is this a holiday? What, know you not, Being mechanical, you ought not walk Upon a laboring day without the sign Of your profession? Speak, what trade art thou?" - William Shakespeare

"Hundreds of poor laboring men and women are being thrown into jails and police stations because of their political beliefs. In fact, an attempt is being made to deport an entire political party." - Jane Addams

"Organize, and stand together. Claim something together, and at once; let the nation hear a united demand from the laboring voice, and then, when you have got that, go on after another; but get something." - Wendell Phillips

"The way a source strains toward the light, toward the air. Its laboring work, its effort, its black passageways like despair. That's the way a poet looks for words. With muscles, gestures." - Anna Kamienska

"I am deeply interested in this work. I am anxious to encourage the people to press on in securing their genealogies and after doing so in laboring in our temples." - Heber J Grant

"Whatever thing a man sets his heart on...is his god; and if his god doesn't also happen to be the true and living God of Israel that man is laboring in idolatry." - Spencer W. Kimball

"Our work, abiding, shall bring to us the endless glory with which God at last overpays the toils, even as now He overanswers the poor prayers of His laboring servants." - Alexander MacLaren

"I am a poor man and of little worth, who is laboring in that art that God has given me in order to extend my life as long as possible." - Michelangelo

"In a very alert and bright state of society people learn co-operation by themselves, but in older and quieter conditions of laboring enterprise, such a bill as I propose will point out the way to mutual exertion." - Leland Stanford

"The employer class is less indispensable in the modern organization of industries because the laboring men themselves possess sufficient intelligence to organize into co-operative relation and enjoy the entire benefits of their own labor." - Leland Stanford

"What the working man sells is not directly his Labor, but his Laboring Power, the temporary disposal of which he makes over to the capitalist. This is so much the case that I do not know whether by the English Law, but certainly by some Continental Laws, the maximum time is fixed for which a man is allowed to sell his laboring power. If allowed to do so for any indefinite period whatever, slavery would be immediately restored. Such a sale, if it comprised his lifetime, for example, would make him at once the lifelong slave of his employer." - Karl Marx

"To remove warfare from a spiritual life is to render it unspiritual. Life in the spirit is a suffering way, filled with watching and laboring, burdened by weariness and trial, punctuated by heartbreak and conflict. It is a life utterly outpoured for the kingdom of God and lived in complete disregard for one's personal happiness." - Watchman Nee

"I am weary seeing our laboring classes so wretchedly housed, fed, and clothed, while thousands of dollars are wasted every year over unsightly statues. If these great man must have outdoor memorials, let them be in the form of handsome blocks of buildings for the poor" - Elizabeth Cady Stanton

"Nature always wears the colors of the spirit. To a man laboring under calamity the heat of his own fire hath sadness in it. Then there is a kind of contempt of the landscape felt by him who has just lost by death a dear friend. The sky is less grand as it shuts down over less worth in the population." - Ralph Waldo Emerson

"The history of work has been, in part, the history of the worker's body. Production depended on what the body could accomplish with strength and skill. Techniques that improve output have been driven by a general desire to decrease the pain of labor as well as by employers' intentions to escape dependency upon that knowledge which only the sentient laboring body could provide." - Shoshana Zuboff

"As it becomes more and more difficult to get land, so will the virtual enslavement of the laboring-classe s go on. As the value of land rises, more and more of the earnings of labor will be demanded for the use of land, until finally nothing is left to laborers but the wages of slavery - a bare living." - Henry George

"[H]ow do I pity those who (assuming the name of friends) surround themselves with maxims importing the wisdom of doubt and suspicion, 'til they impose on themselves that very hard task of laboring through life without ever knowing a human creature to whom they can make the proper use of language and freely speak the dictates of their hearts!" - Sarah Fielding

"Actually, the laboring man has not leisure for a true integrity day by day; he cannot afford to sustain the manliest relations tomen; his labor would be depreciated in the market. He has no time to be anything but a machine." - Henry David Thoreau

"I hold the value of life is to improve one's condition. Whatever is calculated to advance the condition of the honest, struggling laboring man, so far as my judgment will enable me to judge of a correct thing, I am for that thing." - Abraham Lincoln

"Meanwhile, spiritual submissiveness brings about the wiser use of our time, talents, and gifts as compared with our laboring diligently but conditionally to establish our own righteousness instead of the Lord's (D&C 1:16). After all, Lucifer was willing to work very hard, but conditionally in his own way and for his own purposes." - Neal A Maxwell

"Man is a carnivorous production, And must have meals, at least one meal a day; He cannot live, like woodcocks, upon suction, But, like the shark and tiger, must have prey; Although his anatomical construction Bears vegetables, in a grumbling way, Your laboring people think beyond all question, Beef, veal, and mutton better for digestion." - Lord Byron

"It is notorious that, whenever the demand for labor is much greater than the supply, or the wages of labor are much higher than the expenses of living, very many, even on the ordinary laboring class, are remarkable for indolence, and work no more than compelled by necessity." - Edmund Ruffin

"When a man is laboring under the pain of any distemper, it is then that he recollects there are gods, and that he himself is but a man; no mortal is then the object of his envy, his admiration, or his contempt, and having no malice to gratify, the tales of slander excite not his attention." - Pliny the Younger

"Woman, I hold, is the personification of self-sacrifice, but unfortunately today she does not realize what a tremendous advantage she has over man. As Tolstoy used to say, they are laboring under the hypnotic influence of man. If they would realize the strength of non-violence they would not consent to be called the weaker sex." - Mahatma Gandhi

"Simplicity is always a virtue. One kid on a riverbank working out a Stephen Foster tune on his new harmonica heard from the correct esthetic distance projects more magic and power than the entire Vienna Philharmonic and Chorus laboring (once again) through the Mozart Requiem or Bach's B Minor Mass." - Edward Abbey

"The laboring classes constitute the main part of our population. They should be protected in their efforts peaceably to assert their rights when endangered by aggregated capital and all statutes on this subject should recognize the care of the State for honest toil and be framed with a view of improving the condition of the workingman" - Grover Cleveland

"To this must be added that the hiring of labor and the conduct of trade are concentrated in the hands of comparatively few; so that a small number of very rich men have been able to lay upon the teeming masses of the laboring poor a yoke little better than that of slavery itself." - Pope Leo XIII

"If a man has the assurance within his own heart that he is worthy, and that he is laboring to the best of his ability to do good, he can stand up under the condemnation, the criticism and the censure of those by whom he is surrounded." - Heber J Grant

"It has been said that true religion will make a man a more thorough gentleman than all the courts in Europe. And it is true that you may see simple laboring men as thorough gentlemen as any duke, simply because they have learned to fear God; and, fearing him, to restrain themselves, which is the very root and essence of all good breeding." - Charles Kingsley

"The vice and drunkenness among the lowering laboring classes is growing to frightful excess, and the multitudes of low Irish Catholics ... restricted by poverty in their own country run riot in this ... as long as we are overwhelmed with Irish immigrants, so long will the evil abound." - John Pintard

"I do conscientiously and sincerely believe that the Order of Freemasonry, if not the greatest, is one of the greatest moral and political evils under which the Union is now laboring ... a conspiracy of the few against the equal rights of the many ...Masonry ought forever to be abolished. It is wrong - essentially wrong - a seed of evil, which can never produce any good." - John Quincy Adams

"Everybody is pretty good in the first quarter. Second quarter, you have a little bump or two on you coming into the half. By the time the third quarter comes around, you're tired, you're laboring. When you come to the fourth quarter, it calls on your character." - Jerry Jones

"I was co-editor of the magazine called The Jazz Review, which was a pioneering magazine because it was the only magazine, then or now, in which all the articles were written by musicians, by jazz men. They had been laboring for years under the stereotype that they weren't very articulate except when they picked up their horn." - Nat Hentoff

"I famously stole tons of VHS tapes from a video store I worked in. It was detailed in my special, Laboring Under Delusions. I worked at Tower Video and stole a bunch of videotapes from them, and then got caught and had to return the videotapes. It was a mortifying experience." - Paul F. Tompkins

"The liberal reward of labor, therefore, as it is the necessary effect, so it is the natural symptom of increasing national wealth. The scanty maintenance of the laboring poor, on the other hand, is the natural symptom that things are at a stand, and their starving condition that they going backwards fast." - Adam Smith

"An honest, sensible, humane man, . . . laboring to do good rather than be rich, to be useful rather than make a show, living in modest simplicity . . . is really the most respectable man in society, [and] makes himself and all about him most happy." - John Adams

"The rights and interests of the laboring man will be protected and cared for, not by the labor agitators, but by the Christian men to whom God in His infinite wisdom has given control of the property interests of the country." - George Baer

"Genius, without work, is certainly a dumb oracle, and it is unquestionably true that the men of the highest genius have invariably been found to be amongst the most plodding, hard-working, and intent men - their chief characteristic apparently consisting simply in their power of laboring more intensely and effectively than others." - Samuel Smiles

"Laboring through a world every day more stultified, which expected salvation in codes and governments, ever more willing to settle for suburban narratives and diminished payoffs-what were the chances of finding anyone else seeking to transcend that, and not even particularly aware of it?" - Thomas Pynchon

"The laboring people should unite and should protect themselves against all idlers. You can divide mankind into two classes: the laborers and the idlers, the supporters and the supported, the honest and the dishonest. Every man is dishonest who lives upon the unpaid labor of others, no matter if he occupies a throne. All laborers should be brothers." - Robert Green Ingersoll

"Yet, so far from laboring to know the forbidden tree of worldly pleasures and its various fruits, man gives himself up to a careless and thoughtless state of life, and yields to the lust of the flesh, not considering that this lust is really the forbidden tree." - Johann Arndt

"I know of nothing that brings greater joy to the human heart than laboring at home or abroad for the salvation of the souls of men. I know of nothing which gives us a greater love of all that is good, than teaching this Gospel of Jesus Christ." - Heber J Grant

"Labor will hurt. Probably a lot. But whether this is negative is another matter... A laboring woman can be in a great deal of pain, yet feel loved and supported and exhilarated by the creative forces flowing through her body and her ability to meet labor's challenges." - Henci Goer

"All observers not laboring under hallucinations of the senses are agreed, or can be made to agree, about facts of sensible experience, through evidence toward which the intellect is merely passive, and over which the individual will and character have no control." - Chauncey Wright

"So long as the great majority of the poor in any country are inert and are laboring without any hope in this world, the whole associated life of that community rests on an equivocal foundation. Its moral and social order is tied to an economic system which starves and mutilates the great majority of the population, and under such conditions its religion necessarily becomes a spiritual drug, administered for the purpose of subduing the popular discontent and relieving the popular misery." - Herbert Croly

"To each, therefore, must be given his own share of goods, and the distribution of created goods, which, as every discerning person knows, is laboring today under the gravest evils due to the huge disparity between the few exceedingly rich and the unnumbered propertyless, must be effectively called back to and brought into conformity with the norms of the common good, that is, social justice." - Pope Pius XI

"I've worked with volunteers before," he began. "It's important not to... not to treat them like servants. We may feel that they are laboring to obtain a heavenly reward, and should therefore work harder than they would for money; but they don't necessarily take that attitude. They feel they're working for nothing, and doing a great kindness to us thereby; and if we seem ungrateful they will work slowly and make mistakes. It will be best to rule them with a light touch." - Ken Follett

"To establish a defence on the ground of insanity, it must be clearly proved that, at the time of the committing of the act, the party accused was laboring under such a defect of reason, from disease of the mind, as not to know the nature and quality of the act he was doing; or, if he did know it, that he did not know he was doing what was wrong." - Nicholas Conyngham Tindal

"The human race may be compared to a writer. At the outset a writer has often only a vague general notion of the plan of his work, and of the thought he intends to elaborate. As he proceeds, penetrating his material, laboring to express himself fitly, he lays a firmer grasp on his thought; he finds himself. So the human race is writing its story, finding itself, discovering its own underlying purpose, revising, recasting a tale pathetic often, yet none the less sublime." - Felix Adler

"There is no man more pusillanimous than I when I am planning a campaign. I purposely exaggerate all the dangers and all the calamities that the circumstances make possible. I am in a thoroughly painful state of agitation. This does not keep me from looking quite serene in front of my entourage; I am like an unmarried girl laboring with child. Once I have made up my mind, everything is forgotten except what leads to success." - Napoleon Bonaparte

"... we have almost succeeded in leveling all human activities to the common denominator of securing the necessities of life and providing for their bundance. Whatever we do, we are supposed to do for the sake of "making a living;" such is the verdict of society, and the number of people, especially in the professions who might challenge it, has decreased rapidly. The only exception society is willing to grant is to the artist, who, strictly speaking, is the only "worker" left in a laboring society." - Hannah Arendt

"Perhaps basketball and poetry have just a few things in common, but the most important is the possibility of transcendence. The opposite is labor. In writing, every writer knows when he or she is laboring to achieve an effect. You want to get from here to there, but find yourself willing it, forcing it. The equivalent in basketball is aiming your shot, a kind of strained and usually ineffective purposefulness. What you want is to be in some kind of flow, each next moment a discovery." - Stephen Dunn

"We have no paupers ... The great mass of our [United States] population is of laborers; our rich, who can live without labor, either manual or professional, being few, and of moderate wealth. Most of the laboring class possess property, cultivate their own lands, have families, and from the demand for their labor are enabled to exact from the rich and the competent such prices as enable them to be fed abundantly, clothed above mere decency, to labor moderately and raise their families. ... Can any condition of society be more desirable than this?" - Thomas Jefferson

"I"ve worked with volunteers before," he began. "It's important not to... not to treat them like servants. We may feel that they are laboring to obtain a heavenly reward, and should therefore work harder than they would for money; but they do' necessarily take that attitude. They feel they"re working for nothing, and doing a great kindness to us thereby; and if we seem ungrateful they will work slowly and make mistakes. It will be best to rule them with a light touch." - Ken Follett

"We do believe in setting goals. We live by goals. In athletics we always have a goal. When we go to school, we have the goal of graduation and degrees. Our total existence is goal-oriented. We must have goals to make progress, encouraged by keeping records . . . as the swimmer or the jumper or the runner does . . . Progress is easier when it is timed, checked, and measured. . . .Goals are good. Laboring with a distant aim sets the mind in a higher key and puts us at our best. Goals should always be made to a point that will make us reach and strain." - Spencer W. Kimball

"No two things differ more than hurry and dispatch. Hurry is the mark of a weak mind, dispatch of a strong one. A weak man in office, like a squirrel in a cage, is laboring eternally, but to no purpose, and is in constant motion without getting on a job; like a turnstile, he is in everybody's way, but stops nobody; he talks a great deal, but says very little; looks into everything but sees nothing; and has a hundred irons in the fire, but very few of them are hot, and with those few that are, he only burns his fingers." - Charles Caleb Colton

"Oh, my dear Kepler, how I wish that we could have one hearty laugh together. Here, at Padua, is the principal professor of philosophy, whom I have repeatedly and urgently requested to look at the moon and planets through my glass, [telescope] which he pertinaciously refuses to do. Why are you not here? what shouts of laughter we should have at this glorious folly! and to hear the professor of philosophy at Pisa laboring before the grand duke with logical arguments, as if with magical incantations, to charm the new planets out of the sky." - Galileo Galilei



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