You've been working hard all year. Through the bitter cold of winter and the blistering heat of summer, you've kept your nose to the grindstone and your eye on the prize. Your passion is exceeded only by your work ethic. You must be very tired.

I certainly believe, as many others do, that hard work and luck go hand-in-hand. But most of all, I'm a believer in working smarter, not harder. Put your energy to good use and use your time efficiently.

Whatever your work style, now it's time to take a rest. Your work will still be there when you get back. Take a breather. Give yourself a pat on the back for all you've accomplished. Take this unofficial last hoorah of summer and live a little. You've earned it!

Here are quotes on the value of labor that will strengthen your resolve, and hopefully lighten your load:

1. "No man needs sympathy because he has to work, because he has a burden to carry. It is only through labor and painful effort, by grim energy and resolute courage, that we move on to better things." - Theodore Roosevelt

2. "No man e'er was glorious, who was not laborious." - Benjamin Franklin

3. "Pleasure in the job puts perfection in the work." - Aristotle

4. "Genius is 1% inspiration and 99% perspiration." - Thomas Edison

5. "If all the cars in the United States were placed end to end, it would probably be Labor Day Weekend." - Doug Larson

6. "No matter how much falls on us, we keep plowing ahead. That's the only way to keep the roads clear." - Greg Kincaid

7. "Don't mistake activity with achievement." - John Wooden

8. "The gods had condemned Sisyphus to ceaselessly rolling a rock to the top of a mountain, whence the stone would fall back of its own weight. They had thought with some reason that there is no more dreadful punishment than futile and hopeless labor." - Albert Camus

9. "What the country needs is dirtier fingernails and cleaner minds." - Will Rogers

10. "The one thing that matters is the effort." - Antoine de-Sainte-Exupéry

11. "The problem is that those of us who are lucky enough to do work that we love are sometimes cursed with too damn much of it." - Terry Gross

12. "The supreme accomplishment is to blur the lines between work and play." - Arnold J. Toynbee

13. "What we've lost sight of is that performing manual labor with your hands is one of the most incredibly satisfying and positive things you can do." - Nick Offerman

14. "Nobody can think straight who does not work. Idleness warps the mind." - Henry Ford

15. "Far and away the best prize that life offers is the chance to work hard at work worth doing." - Thomas Jefferson

16. "Labor disgraces no man; unfortunately, you occasionally find men who disgrace labor." - Ulysses S. Grant

17. "Amateurs sit and wait for inspiration. The rest of us just get up and go to work." - Stephen King

18. "The fruit derived from labor is the sweetest of pleasures." - Luc de Clapiers

19. "Without labor nothing prospers." - Sophocles

20. "Nothing ever comes to one that is worth having except as a result of hard work." - Booker T. Washington

21. "A hundred times every day I remind myself that my inner and outer life depend on the labors of other men, living and dead, and that I must exert myself in order to give in the same measure as I have received and am still receiving." - Albert Einstein

22. "Before the reward there must be labor. You plant before you harvest. You sow in tears before you reap joy." - Ralph Ransom

23. "Choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life." - Confucius

24. "Of all the American educational system's problems, none is more severe than the academic year beginning before Labor Day." - P. J. O'Rourke

25. "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." - John D. Rockefeller

26. "I believe that summer is our time, a time for the people, and that no politician should be allowed to speak to us during the summer. They can start talking again after Labor Day." - Lewis Black

27. "It is for us to pray not for tasks equal to our powers, but for powers equal to our tasks, to go forward with a great desire forever beating at the door of our hearts as we travel toward our distant goal." - Helen Keller

28. "Nothing will work unless you do." - Maya Angelou

29. "If any man tells you he loves America, yet hates labor, he is a liar. If any man tells you he trusts America, yet fears labor, he is a fool." - Abraham Lincoln

30. "Take rest. A field that has rested gives a bountiful crop." - Ovid

Published on: Sep 1, 2018