Labours quotes:

  • Degrade first the Arts if you'd Mankind Degrade. Hire Idiots to Paint with cold light & hot shade: Give high Price for the worst, leave the best in disgrace, And with Labours of Ignorance fill every place. -- William Blake
  • [On her political writings:] It is, I confess, very possible that these my Labours may only be destined to line Trunks, or preserve roast Meat from too fierce a Fire; yet in that Shape I shall be useful to my Country. -- Mary Wortley Montagu
  • He who labours, prays. -- Saint Augustine
  • Children sweeten labours, but they make misfortunes more bitter. -- Francis Bacon
  • He who labours not, cannot enjoy the reward of labour. -- Samuel Smiles
  • Joy is of the will which labours, which overcomes obstacles, which knows triumph. -- William Butler Yeats
  • If we can but prevent the government from wasting the labours of the people, under the pretence of taking care of them, they must become happy. -- Thomas Jefferson
  • The general fact of surplus value, namely that the workmen does not get the full value of his labours, and that he is taken advantage of by the capitalist, is obvious. -- Edward Carpenter
  • An atmosphere of beliefs and conceptions has been formed by the labours and struggles of our forefathers, which enables us to breathe amid the various and complex circumstances of our life. -- William Kingdon Clifford
  • In Great Britain the price of food is at a higher level than in any other country, and consequently, the British artisan labours at a disadvantage in proportion to the higher rate of his food. -- Joseph Hume
  • My public life is before you; and I know you will believe me when I say, that when I sit down in solitude to the labours of my profession, the only questions I ask myself are, What is right? What is just? What is for the public good? -- Joseph Howe
  • Hee that labours and thrives spins gold. -- George Herbert
  • For it is commonly said: accomplished labours are pleasant. -- Marcus Tullius Cicero
  • Our fruitless labours mourn, And only rich in barren fame return. -- Homer
  • The theologian who labours without joy is not a theologian at all. -- Karl Barth
  • In vain our labours are, whatsoe'er they be, unless God gives the Benediction. -- Robert Herrick
  • He wears himself out by his labours, and grows old through his love of possessing wealth. -- Horace
  • Such is the supreme folly of man that he labours so as to labour no more. -- Leonardo da Vinci
  • A small daily task, if it be really daily, will beat the labours of a spasmodic Hercules. -- Anthony Trollope
  • The hog that ploughs not, not obeys thy call, Lives on the labours of this lord of all. -- Alexander Pope
  • The work of a garden bears visible fruits-in a world where most of our labours seem suspiciously meaningless. -- Pam Brown
  • All socialism involves slavery. That which fundamentally distinguishes the slave is that he labours under coercion to satisfy anothers desires. -- Herbert Spencer
  • The moon gazed on my midnight labours, while, with unrelaxed and breathless eagerness, I pursued nature to her hiding places. -- Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley
  • The labours of men of genius, however erroneously directed, scarcely ever fail in ultimately turning to the solid advantage of mankind. -- Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley
  • evil labours with vast power and perpetual success - in vain: preparing always only the soil for unexpected good to sprout in. -- J. R. R. Tolkien
  • One of the hardest labours of the just man is to expunge from his soul a malevolence which it is difficult to efface. -- Victor Hugo
  • They best can judge a poet's worth, Who oft themselves have known The pangs of a poetic birth By labours of their own. -- William Cowper
  • Old wives' tales are not enough in a day when old wives and old men, too, are constantly moving away from their labours. -- Vincent Massey
  • All labours draw hame at even, And can to others say, "Thanks to the gracious God of heaven, Whilk sent this summer day." -- Alexander Hume
  • O that the gods would bring to a miserable end such fictitious, crazy, deformed labours, with which the minds of the studious are blinded! -- William Gilbert
  • How vainly men themselves amaze, / To win the palm, the oak, or bays; / And their incessant labours see / Crowned from some single herb or tree. -- Andrew Marvell
  • Failure is less attributable to either insufficiency of means or impatience of labours than to a confused understanding of the thing actually to be done. -- John Ruskin
  • Age indomitably, in the European manner. Do not finish your labours young. Be a planet, not a meteor. Honor the working day. Sit at your desk. -- Vladimir Nabokov
  • Criticism, though dignified from the earliest ages by the labours of men eminent for knowledge and sagacity, has not yet attained the certainty and stability of science. -- Samuel Johnson
  • Demosthenes, when taunted by Pytheas that all his arguments "smelled of the lamp," replied, "Yes, but your lamp and mine, my friend, do not witness the same labours. -- Plutarch
  • The progress of freedom depends more upon the maintenance of peace, the spread of commerce, and the diffusion of education, than upon the labours of cabinets and foreign offices. -- Richard Cobden
  • The general fact of surplus value, namely that the workmen does not get the full value of his labours, and that he is taken advantage of by the capitalist, is obvious." -- Edward Carpenter
  • I ordinarily smoke fifteen cigars during my five hours' labours, and if my interest reaches the enthusiastic point, I smoke more. I smoke with all my might, and allow no intervals. -- Mark Twain
  • Every endeavor should be used to weaken and destroy all those institutions relating to corporations, apprenticeships, &c, which cause the labours of agriculture to be worse paid than the labours of trade and manufactures. -- Thomas Malthus