A Dictionary of American Proverbs

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label Don't rely on the label of the bag. Rec. dist.: Wis.1st cit.:US 1885 Spurgeon, Salt- Cellars. 20c. coll.: Stevenson 80:3.

labeledSEE The door to SUCCESS is labeled push.

labor(n.)1. A mountain in labor brought forth a mouse. Rec. dist.: N.C.1st cit.: ca 1390 Gower, Confessio Amantis; US 1685 Wisehall in Hinckley Papers, Mass. Hist.Soc. Collections ( 1861). 20c. coll.: ODEP547, Whiting299, Stevenson 1629:6, Whiting( MP) 428.

2. By labor comes wealth. Rec. dist.: N.J.

3. From labor there shall come forth rest. Rec. dist.: N.Y., S.C.1st cit.:US 1845 Longfellow, To a Child. 20c. coll.: Stevenson 1330:8.

4. In all labor there is profit. Rec. dist.: N.J., N.Y., Ont., S.C.1st cit.:US 1948 Stevenson, Home Book of Proverbs. 20c. coll.: Stevenson 1331:3.

5. Labor brings pleasure, idleness, and pain. Rec. dist.: Mich.

6. Labor conquers all things. Var.: Labor overcomes all things. Rec. dist.: Ill., Ind., Ohio. 1st cit.: 1573 Amorous Tales, tr. Sannford; US 1970 Friedrich, Decline and Fall. 20c. coll.: ODEP438, Whiting( MP) 357, Stevenson 1334:3.

7. Labor helps, but you get more by luck. Rec. dist.: Ill.

8. Labor is light where love does pay. Rec. dist.: Wis.1st cit.: 1539 Frontinus, Stratagems of War, tr. Monsigne. 20c. coll.: ODEP438, Stevenson 1332:6.

9. Labor is the law of happiness. Rec. dist.: N.Y., S.C.1st cit.:USca 1881 Stevens, Life of Mme. de Stael. 20c. coll.: Stevenson 1330:8.

10. Labor makes life sweet. Rec. dist.: Ill., N.Y.

11. Labor warms; sloth harms. Rec. dist.: Ill. 1st cit.:US 1948 Stevenson, Home Book of Proverbs. 20c. coll.: Stevenson 1330:7.

12. Little labor, little gain. Vars.:(a) If little labor, little are our gains. (b) If little labor, little are your gains. Rec. dist.: Ont., Wis.

13. Nothing is denied to well-directed labor, and nothing is attained without it. Rec. dist.: Ill., Ind.

14. Seek till you find and you'll never lose your labor. Rec. dist.: N.Y.1st cit.: 1678 Ray, English Proverbs; US 1652 Complete Writings of Roger Williams. 20c. coll.: ODEP711, Whiting 249, Stevenson 2056:3.

15. The labor of the righteous tends to life, the fruit of the wicked to sin. Rec. dist.: Ill., Ind.

16. The poor man's labor is the rich man's wealth. Rec. dist.: N.Y.

17. There is no labor in the labor of love, and there is love in honest labor. Rec. dist.: Ill.

18. What you get by your own labor is sweet to the taste. Rec. dist.: Ill.

19. You may share the labors of the great, but you will not share the spoil. Rec. dist.: Ont.

SEE ALSO CHEAPEST is the dearest labor. / Build not up a FORTUNE on the labor of others. / GENIUS begins great works; labor alone finishes them. / KNOWLEDGE conquered by labor becomes a possession. / LEARNING without thought is labor lost; thought without learning is dangerous. / REST is the sweet sauce of labor. / The hope of REWARD sweetens labor.

labor(v.)1. Labor not to be rich. Rec. dist.: N.C.

2. Learn to labor and to wait. Rec. dist.: Miss., N.Y.1st cit.:US 1838 Longfellow, Psalm of Life. 20c. coll.: Stevenson 1333:2.

3. People labor all their lives to be rich that they might live without labor. Rec. dist.: Ill.

4. 'Tis pleasant to labor for those we love. Rec. dist.: Iowa.

SEE ALSO He labors in vain who tries to PLEASE everybody.

laborer1. A poor laborer is better than a rich loafer. Rec. dist.: Tex.

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  • Preface ix
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  • Abbreviations xvii
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  • L 357
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