Work Quotations


Successful farming admits of no idling.

Journal, 23 July 1852

The farmer increases the extent of habitable earth. He makes soil. That is an honorable occupation.

Journal, 2 March 1852

It is not enough to be industrious; so are the ants. What are you industrious about?

Thoreau to H.G.O. Blake, 16 November 1857

Do not hire a man who does your work for money, but him who does it for love.

“Life without Principle”

Work your vein till it is exhausted, or conducts you to a broader one.

Thoreau to Daniel Ricketson, 18 February 1851

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