I believe that we are here to work, and I believe that there is no escape from it. I think that we cannot get into our brain that desire too soon. Work we must if we shall succeed or if we shall advance. There is no other way.
Let us realize that the privilege to work is a gift, that power to work is a blessing, that love of work is success.
Nothing does itself—that is, nothing constructive. Someone has to do everything. Lessons don’t learn themselves; classes don’t teach themselves; food doesn’t prepare itself; dishes and other household duties don’t do themselves; the very sick don’t serve themselves; machines don’t make themselves; words don’t memorize themselves; skills don’t develop themselves; projects don’t plan themselves; buildings don’t build themselves. Someone has to lay every brick and drive every nail, make everything that is made, do everything that is done, think everything that is thought.
I would bid you stand up to your work, whatever it may be, and not be afraid of it.
Each will find that happiness in this world mainly depends on the work he does, and the way in which he does it.
Thou shalt not be idle; for he that is idle shall not eat the bread nor wear the garments of the laborer.
And behold, I tell you these things that ye may learn wisdom; that ye may learn that when ye are in the service of your fellow beings ye are only in the service of your God.
Behold, could ye suppose that ye could sit upon your thrones, and because of the exceeding goodness of God ye could do nothing and he would deliver you? Behold, if ye have supposed this ye have supposed in vain.