“Mediocrity know nothing higher than itself, but talent instantly recognizes genius.”
—Arthur Conan Doyle
Leisure and solitude are the best effect of riches, because [they are] the mother of thought. Both are avoided by most rich men who seek company and business, which are signs of being weary of themselves. —Sir William Temple.
The fruit derived from labor is the sweetest of all pleasures. —Luc de Clapiers Vauvenargues
It is only by labor that thought can be made healthy, and only by thought that labor can be made happy; and the two cannot be separated with impunity. —John Ruski
The love of retirement has in all ages adhered closely to those minds which have been most enlarged by knowledge, or elevated by genius. Those who enjoyed everything generally supposed to confer happiness have been forced to seek it in the shades of privacy.
If you divorce capital from labor, capital is hoarded, and labor starves. —Daniel Webster
We demand that big business give people a square deal; in return we must insist that when anyone engaged in big business honestly endeavors to do right, he shall himself be given a square deal. —Theodore Roosevelt (Democrat)
What men want is not talent, it is purpose; in other words, not the power to achieve, but will to labor. I believe labored judiciously and continually applied become genius. —Edward Bulwer-Lytton