The sweet soother of my toils. [ Horace to his lyre ]
The toils of honor dignify repose. [ Hoole ]
See how the skilful lover spreads his toils. [ Stillingfleet ]
Dreams in their development have breath,
And tears, and tortures, and the touch of joy.
They have a weight upon our waking thoughts,
They take a weight from off our waking toils,
They do divide our being. [ Byron ]
The love of praise, however concealed by art
Reigns, more or less, and glows, in every heart:
The proud, to gain it, toils on toils endure;
The modest shun it, but to make it sure. [ Young ]
Unhappy he! who from the first of joys.
Society, cut off, is left alone
Amid this world of death. Day after day.
Sad on the jutting eminence he sits,
And views the main that ever toils below;
Still fondly forming in the farthest verge,
Where the round ether mixes with the wave.
Ships, dim-discovered, dropping from the clouds;
At evening, to the setting sun he turns
A mournful eye, and down his dying heart
Sinks helpless. [ Thomson ]
Parasites pitch up toils to catch deer in a platter. [ Proverb ]
Ponder the lives of the glorious in art; or literature through all ages. What are they but records of toils and sacrifices, supported by the earnest hearts of their votaries? [ Henry T. Tuckerman ]
The bee is enclosed, and shines preserved, in a tear of the sisters of Phaeton, so that it seems enshrined in its own nectar. It has obtained a worthy reward for its great toils; we may suppose that the bee itself would have desired such a death. [ Martial ]
What delight will it afford to renew the sweet counsel we have taken together, to recount the toils, the combats, and the labor of the way, and to approach, not the house, but the throne of God, in company, in order to join in the symphonies of heavenly voices, and lose ourselves amidst the splendor and fruitions of the beatific vision. [ Robert Hall ]