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Absence of occupation is not rest; A mind quite vacant is a mind distressed.

Cheerfulness is the daughter of employment; and I have known a man come home, in high spirits, from a funeral, merely because he has had the management of it.

Employment, which Galen calls "Nature's physician," is so essential to human happiness that indolence is justly considered as the mother of misery.

Every base occupation makes one sharp in its practice, and dull in every other.

Every Egyptian was commanded by law annually to declare by what means he maintained himself; and if he omitted to do it, or gave no satisfactory account of his way of living, he was punishable with death. This law Solon brought from Egypt to Athens, where it was inviolably observed as a most equitable regulation.

I have lived to know that the great secret of human happiness is this: never suffer your energies to stagnate. The old adage of "too many irons in the fire," conveys an abominable lie. You cannot have too many - poker, tongs, and all - keep them all going.

I hold every man a debtor to his profession; from the which as men of course do seek to receive countenance and profit, so ought they of duty to endeavor themselves, by way of amends, to be a help and ornament thereunto.

I take it to be a principal rule of life, not to be too much addicted to any one thing.

Indolence is a delightful but distressing state; we must be doing something to be happy. Action is no less necessary than thought to the instinctive tendencies of the human frame.

It is an undoubted truth that the less one has to do the less time one finds to do it in. One yawns, one procrastinates, one can do it when one will, and, therefore, one seldom does it at all; whereas, those who have a great deal of business must buckle to it; and then they always find time enough to do it.

It was a maxim with the Jews, "that he that did not bring up his son to some honest calling, brought him up to be a thief."

Let a man choose what condition he will, and let him accumulate around him all the goods and all the ratifications seemingly calculated to make him happy in it--if that man is left at any time without occupation or amusement, and reflects on what he is, the meager, languid felicity of big present lot will not bear him up. He will turn necessarily to gloomy anticipations of the future; and except, therefore, his occupation calls him out of himself, he is inevitably wretched.

Let parents who hate their offspring rear them to hate labor and to inherit riches, and before long they will be stung by every vice, racked by its poison, and damned by its penalty.

Most of the trades, professions, and ways of living among mankind, take their original either from the love of pleasure, or the fear of want. The former, when it becomes too violent, degenerates into luxury, and the latter into avarice.

No thoroughly occupied man was ever yet very miserable.

Occupation is the necessary basis of all enjoyment.

Occupation is the scythe of time.

Occupation was one of the pleasures of paradise, and we cannot be happy without it.

Temptation rarely comes in working hours. It is in their leisure time that men are made or marred.

The busy have no time for tears.


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