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The dog that trots about finds a bone.
as a gipsy saying.)
As the last bell struck, a peculiar sweet smile shone over his face, and he lifted up his head a little, and quickly said, “Adsum!” and fell back. It was the word we used at school, when names were called; and lo, he, whose heart was as that of a little child, had answered to his name, and stood in the presence of The Master.
THACKERAY—Newcomes. Bk. II. Ch. XLII.
8 Deep in my heart subsides the infrequent word, And there dies slowly throbbing like a wounded
bird. FRANCIS THOMPSON-Her Portrait. St. 3.
9 Hold fast the form of sound words.
II Timothy. I. 13.
The best verse hasn't been rhymed yet,
The best house hasn't been planned, The highest peak hasn't been climbed yet,
The mightiest rivers aren't spanned;
The chances have just begun
The best work hasn't been done.
As shadows attend substances, so words follow upon things.
ARCHBP. TRENCH-Study of Words. 11
Dat inania verba, Dat sine mente sonum.
He utters empty words, he utters sound without mind. VERGILÆneid. 10. 639.
By the way, The works of women are symbolical. We sew, sew, prick our fingers, dull our sight, Producing what? A pair of slippers, sir, To put on when you're weary-or a stool To tumble over and vex you
curse that stool! Or else at best, a cushion where you lean And sleep, and dream of something we are not, But would be for your sake. Alas, alas! This hurts most, this * that, after all,
we are paid The worth of our work, perhaps. E. B. BROWNING-Aurora Leigh. Bk. I. L. 465.
Get leave to work In this world,—-'tis the best you get at all. E. B. BROWNING--Aurora Leigh. Bk. III.
You (Pindar) who possessed the talent of speaking much without saying anything. VOLTAIRE-Sur la Carrousel de l’Impératrice
Let no one till his death Be called unhappy. Measure not the work Until the day's out and the labour done. E. B. BROWNING--Aurora Leigh. Bk. V. L. 78.
Free men freely work: Whoever fears God, fears to sit at ease. E. B. BROWNING—Aurora Leigh. Bk. VIII.
And still be doing, never done.
BUTLER—Hudibras. Pt. I. Canto I. L. 204.
It is the first of all problems for a man to find out what kind of work he is to do in this universe.
CARLYLE—Address at Edinburgh. (1866)
Penelopæ telam retexens.
Unravelling the web of Penelope.
(See also HOMER) All Nature seems at work, slugs leave their lair
The bees are stirring—birds are on the wingAnd Winter, slumbering in the open air,
Wears on his smiling face a dream of Spring!
COLERIDGE-Work Without Hope. Śt. 1.
I Corinthians. III. 13.
17 Work thou for pleasure paint or sing or carve The thing thou lovest, though the body starve Who works for glory misses oft the goal; Who works for money coins his very soul. Work for the work's sake, then, and it may be That these things shall be added unto thee. KENYON Cox-Our Motto.
(See also KIPLING) Better to wear out than to rust out. BISHOP CUMBERLAND, to one who urged him
not to wear himself out with work. See HORNE-Sermon on the Duty of Contending for the Truth. BOSWELL—Tour to the Heba rides. P. 18. Note. Said by GEORGE WHITEFIELD, according to SOUTHEY—Life of Wesley. II. p. 170 (Ed. 1858)
Genuine Work alone, what thou workest faithfully, that is eternal, as the Almighty Founder and World-Builder himself. CARLYLE--Past and Present. Bk. II. Ch.
All work, even cotton-spinning, is noble; work is alone noble. CARLYLE—Past and Present. Bk. III. Ch.
With hand on the spade and heart in the sky
Dress the ground and till it;
Turn out the golden millet.
Work, and rest shall be won;
Than alive when his work is done.
8 Earned with the sweat of my brows. CERVANTES—Don Quixote. Pt. 1. Bk. I. Ch. 4.
(See also GENESIS)
The Lord had a job for me, but I had so much
to do, I said, “You get somebody else or wait till I
get through." I don't know how the Lord came out, but He
seemed to get along:. But I felt kinda sneakin' like, 'cause I know'd
I done Him wrong. One day I needed the Lord-needed Him my
seli-needed Him right away, And He never answered me at all
, but I could hear Him say Down in my accusin' heart, “Nigger, l'se got
too much to do, You get somebody else or wait till I get through."
PAUL LAURENCE DUNBAR—The Lord had a Job.
Quanto mas que cada uno es hijo de sus obras.
The rather since every man is the son of his own works. CERVANTES—Don Quixote. Bk. I. Ch. 4.
10 Each natural agent works but to this end, To render that it works on like itself. GEORGE CHAPMAN-Bussy d'Ambois. Act
III. Sc. 1. 11 Ther n' is no werkman whatever he be, That may both werken wel and hastily. This wol be done at leisure parfitly. CHAUCER—Canterbury Tales. The Merchantes Tale. L. 585.
(See also HEYWOOD, SYRUS) Nowher so besy a man as he ther was, And yet he semed bisier than he was. CHAUCER—Canterbury Tales. Prologue. L.
All things are full of labour; man cannot utter it: the eye is not satisfied with seeing, nor the ear filled with hearing.
Ecclesiastes. I. 8.
The grinders cease because they are few.
Ecclesiastes. XII. 3.
All play and no work makes Jack a mere toy. Quoted by MARIA EDGEWORTH-Henry and
Lucy. Vol. II.
A woman's work, grave sirs, is never done.
(See also HONEYWOOD)
Each one to his own trade; then would the cows be well cared for. FLORIAN-Le Vacher et le Garde-chasse. 3
A ploughman on his legs is higher than a gentleman on his knees.
FRANKLIN—Poor Richard. Preface. (1758)
Light is the task when many share the toil.
(See also MARTIAL, PATTEN)
(See also CICERO)
Handle your tools without mittens.
FRANKLIN—Poor Richard. Preface. (1758)
5 Plough deep while sluggards sleep.
FRANKLIN-Poor Richard. Preface. (1758)
6 "Men work together," I told him from the heart, "Whether they work together or apart.”
ROBERT FROST—Tuft of Flowers.
7 In every rank, or great or small, 'Tis industry supports us all.
Gay-Man, Cat, Dog, and Fly. L. 63.
When Darby saw the setting sun
(See also EUSDEN)
Keep doing some kind of work, that the devil may always find you employed. ST. JEROME.
In the sweat of thy face shalt thou eat bread. I like work; it fascinates me. I can sit and Genesis. III. 19.
look at it for hours. I love to keep it by me: the (See also CERVANTES)
idea of getting rid of it nearly breaks my heart.
JEROME K. JEROME—Three Men in a Boat. So eine Arbeit wird eigentlich nie fertig; man
Ch. XV. muss sie für fertig erklären, wenn man nach Zeit und Umstand das Möglichste getan hat.
Tho' we earn our bread, Tom, Properly speaking, such work is never fin
By the dirty pen, ished; one must declare it so when, according
What we can we will be, to time and circumstances, one has done one's
Honest Englishmen. best.
Do the work that's nearest GOETHE-Italienische Reise. March 16, 1787.
Though it's dull at whiles, 10
Helping, when we meet them, He that well his warke beginneth
Lame dogs over stiles.
CHARLES The rather a good ende he winneth.
KINGSLEY-Letter. To THOMAS GOWER—Confessio Amantis.
HUGHES (1856), inviting HUGHES and TOM
TAYLOR to go fishing. See Memoirs of Kings11
ley, by his wife. Ch. XV. A warke it ys as easie to be done As tys to saye Jacke! robys on.
For men must work and women must weep, HALLIWELL-Archæological Dictionary. Quoted from an old Play. See GROSE—Classical
And the sooner it's over the sooner to sleep, Dictionary of the Vulgar tongue. HUDSON,
And good-bye to the bar and its moaning.
CHARLES KINGSLEY—Three Fishers. the English singer, made popular the refrain, “Before ye could cry ‘Jack Robinson.'"
(See also HAMLET under WORLD) 12 Joy to the Toiler!—him that tills
But till we are built like angels, with hammer
and chisel and pen, The fields with Plenty crowned;
We will work for ourself and a woman, for ever Him with the woodman's axe that thrills
and ever, Amen. The wilderness profound. BENJAMIN HATHAWAY-Songs of the Toiler.
KIPLING-Imperial Rescript. 13 Haste makes waste.
The gull shall whistle in his wake, the blind wave HEYWOOD-Proverbs. Pt. I. Ch. II.
break in fire. (See also CHAUCER)
He shall fulfill God's utmost will, unknowing His 14
desire, The "value" or "worth" of a man is, as of And he shall see old planets pass and alien stars all other things, his price; that is to say, so arise, much as would be given for the use of his power. And give the gale his reckless sail in shadow of HOBBES—Leviathan. Ch. X.
Strong lust of gear shall drive him out and hunger arm his hand,
Why do strong arms fatigue themselves with To wring his food from a desert nude, his foot frivolous dumb-bells? To dig a vineyard is a hold from the sand.
worthier exercise for men. KIPLING—The Foreloper (Interloper). Pub. in MARTIAL-Epigrams. Bk. XIV. Ep. 49.
Century Magazine, April, 1909. First pub.
Still some aim for the heart and the will
And the soul of a man to pursue. And only the Master shall praise us, and only the OWEN MEREDITH (Lord Lytton)- Epilogue.
Master shall blame; And no one shall work for money, and no one Man hath his daily work of body or mind shall work for fame;
Appointed. But each for the joy of the working, and each, in MILTON—Paradise Lost. Bk. IV. L. 618.
his separate star, Shall draw the Thing as he sees It, for the God
The work under our labour grows of Things as They Are!
Luxurious by restraint. KIPLING–L'Envoi. In Seven Seas.
MILTON—Paradise Lost. Bk. IX. L. 208. (See also Cox)
I am of nothing and to nothing tend, And the Sons of Mary smile and are blessed On earth I nothing have and nothing claim,
they know the angels are on their side; Man's noblest works must have one common end, They know in them is the Grace confessed, and
And nothing crown the tablet of his name. for them are the Mercies multiplied;
MOORE-Ode upon Nothing. Appeared in They sit at the Feet, they hear the Word, they Saturday Magazine about 1836. Not in see how truly the Promise runs;
Collected Works. They have cast their burden upon the Lord, and
-the Lord He lays it on Martha's Sons! The uselessness of men above sixty years of age KIPLING—The Sons of Mary.
and the incalculable benefit it would be in com
mercial, in political, and in professional life, if Who first invented work, and bound the free as a matter of course, men stopped work at this And holyday-rejoicing spirit down *
age. To that dry drudgery at the desk's dead
WILLIAM OSLER—Address, at Johns Hopkins wood?
University, Feb. 22, 1905.
Study until twenty-five, investigation until forty, profession until sixty, at which age I
would have him retired on a double allowance. The finest eloquence is that which gets things
WILLIAM OSLER. The statement made by done; the worst is that which delays them. D.' LLOYD GEORGE. At the Conference of
him which gave rise to the report that he
had advised chloroform after sixty. Denied Paris, Jan., 1919.
by him in Medical Record, March 4, 1905. Unemployment, with its injustice for the man who seeks and thirsts for employment, who begs Many hands make light work. for labour and cannot get it, and who is punished
WILLIAM PATTEN-Expedition into Scotland. for failure he is not responsible for by the star
(1547) In ARBER's Reprint of 1880. vation of his children—that torture is something
(See also HOMER)
Nothing is impossible to industry.
Ease and speed in doing a thing do not give ful of others.
the work lasting solidity or exactness of beauty. LONGFELLOW_Courtship of Miles Standish.
PLUTARCH-Life of Pericles. Pt. VIII. L. 46. 7
Man goeth forth unto his work and to his
Psalms. CIV. 23.
LOWELL-A Glance Behind the Curlain. L. 202. So spire if thou may spede,
Where was then the pride of man, Popularized by DENIS KEARNEY (Big Denny), That nowe merres his mede? of San Francisco.
RICHARD ROLLE DE HAMPOLE-Early Eng8
lish Text Society Reprints. No. 26. P. 79. Divisum sic breve fiet opus.
Work divided is in that manner shortened. How bething the, gentliman,
How Adam dalf, and Eve span.
MS. of the Fifteenth Century. British Museum.
12 When Adam dolve, and Eve span,
Ne laterum laves. Who was then the gentleman?
Do not wash bricks. (Waste your labor.) Lines used by JOHN BALL in Wat Tyler's Re TERENCE—Phormio. I. IV. 9. A Greek
bellion. See HUME-History of England. proverb. Vol. I. Ch. XVII. Note 8. So Adam
13 reutte, und Eva span, Wer war da ein A workman that needeth not to be ashamed. eddelman? (Old German saying.)
II Timothy. II. 15. (See also GROBIANUS under ANCESTRY)
Heaven is blessed with perfect rest but the Der Mohr hat seine Arbeit gethan, der Mohr blessing of earth is toil. kann gehen.
HENRY VAN DYKE—Toiling of Felix. Last line. The Moor has done his work, the Moor may go.
Le fruit du travail est le plus doux des plaisirs. SCHILLER-Fiesco. III. 4.
The fruit derived from labor is the sweetest
of pleasures. Hard toil can roughen form and face,
Too long, that some may rest,
Tired millions toil unblest.
go you With bats and clubs? The matter? speak, I But when dread Sloth, the Mother of Doom, pray you.
steals in, Coriolanus. Act I. Sc. 1. L. 55.
And reigns where Labour's glory was to serve,
Then is the day of crumbling not far off. Another lean, unwashed artificer.
WM. WATSON—The Mother of Doom. August King John. Act IV. Sc. 2. L. 201.
28, 1919. Why, universal plodding poisons up
or work, or healthful play. The nimble spirits in the arteries,
ISAAC WATTS-Divine Songs. XX.
There will be little drudgery in this better orLove's Labour's Lost. Act IV. Sc. 3. L. 305. dered world. Natural power harnessed in ma
chines will be the general drudge. What drudg
ery is inevitable will be done as a service and A man who has no office to go to—I don't care who he is—is a trial of which you can have
duty for a few years or months out of each life; no conception.
it will not consume nor degrade the whole life of
anyone. BERNARD SHAW—Irrational Knot. Ch. XVIII.
H. G. WELLS Outline of History. Ch. XLI.
Par. 4. I am giving you examples of the fact that this creature man, who in his own selfish affairs is a Thine to work as well as pray, coward to the backbone, will fight for an idea Clearing thorny wrongs away; like a hero.
I tell you, gentlemen, if Plucking up the weeds of sin, you can shew a man a piece of what he now calls Letting heaven's warm sunshine in. God's work to do, and what he will later call by
WHITTIER—The Curse of the Charter-Breakers. many new names, you can make him entirely St. 21. reckless of the consequences to himself personally.
WORLD (See also ACTING, LIFE, MAN) BERNARD SHAW—Man and Superman. Act III.
The wrecks of matter, and the crush of worlds. A day's work is a day's work, neither more
ADDISON—Cato. Act V. Sc. 1. nor less, and the man who does it needs a day's
This restless world sustenance, a night's repose, and due leisure, Is full of chances, which by habit's power whether he be painter or ploughman.
To learn to bear is easier than to shun. BERNARD SHAW–Unsocial Socialist. Ch. V.
JOHN ARMSTRONG-Art of Preserving Health.
Bk. II. L. 453.
The other powerless to be born,
With nowhere yet to rest my head, His energies, no longer tameless then,
Like these, on earth I wait forlorn. To mould a pin, or fabricate a nail!
MATTHEW ARNOLD-Stanzas from the Grande SHELLEY-Queen Mab. Pt. V. St. 9.
Nothing can be done at once hastily and prudently. SYRUS—Maxims. 357.
(See also CHAUCER)
Securus judicat orbis terrarum.
The verdict of the world is conclusive.