A man's best friends are his ten fingers.
Even in the meanest sorts of labor, the whole soul of a man is composed into a kind of real harmony the instant he sets himself to work.
Every man is dishonest who lives upon the labor of others, no matter if he occupies a throne.
Excellence in any department can be attained only by the labor of a lifetime; it is not to be purchased at a lesser price.
Genius begins great works; labor alone finishes them.
He that hath a trade hath an estate; he that hath a calling hath an office of profit and honor.
I believe in the dignity of labor, whether with head or hand; that the world owes no man a living but that it owes every man an opportunity to make a living.
I tell you, sir, the only safeguard of order and discipline in the modern world is a standardized worker with interchangeable parts. That would solve the entire problem of management.
If a little labor, little are our gains. Man's fortunes are according to his pains.
If a man loves the labor of his trade apart from any question of success or fame, the Gods have called him.
It is not, truly speaking, the labor that is divided; but the men: divided into mere segments of men –broken into small fragments and crumbs of life, so that all the little piece of intelligence that is left in a man is not enough to make a pin, or a nail, but exhausts itself in making the point of a pin or the head of a nail.
It is only through labor and painful effort, by grim energy and resolute courage, that we move on to better things.
Labor is man's greatest function. He is nothing, he can do nothing, he can achieve nothing, he can fulfill nothing, without working.
Labor is still, and ever will be, the inevitable price set upon everything which is valuable.
Labor is the curse of the world, and nobody can meddle with it without becoming proportionately brutified.
Labor is the instituted means for the methodical development of all our powers under the direction and control of the will.
Labor, if it were not necessary for existence, would be indispensable for the happiness of man.
Life gives nothing to man without labor.
No man receives the full culture of a man in whom the sensibility to the beautiful is not cherished; and there is no condition of life from which it should be excluded. Of all luxuries this is the cheapest, and the most at hand, and most important to those conditions where coarse labor tends to give grossness to the mind.
Precious gems are profoundly buried in the earth and can only be extracted at the expense of great labor.