Labour without joy is base. Labour without sorrow is base. Sorrow without labour is base. Joy without labour is base.
No one can become rich by the efforts of only their toil, but only by the discovery of some method of taxing the labor of others.
It is not, truly speaking, the labour 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 by labor that thought can be made healthy, and only by thought that labor can be made happy and the two cannot be separated with impunity
Large fortunes are all founded either on the occupation of land, or lending or the taxation of labor.
Cheerfulness is as natural to the heart of a man in strong health as color to his cheek and wherever there is habitual gloom there must be either bad air, unwholesome food, improperly severe labor, or erring habits of life.
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