What is toil?

Some articles on toil:

Cynegeticus - Chapter 12
... He writes, “Those then, who have given themselves up to continual toil and learning hold for their own portion laborious lessons and exercises, but they ... Toil is required to discover what is good, without such labor they cannot become pious or wise ... Virtue is obvious,” explains Xenophon, “but because they must toil if they are to gain her, the many fall away.” He then turns to the unseen (feminine) form of Virtue who sees all men and honors ...
Gateshead Grammar School - Traditions
... Its motto "Toil No Soil" was unusually in English (not Latin, Greek or French) and was taken from a quote of the Greek Poet Hesiod in his poem Works and Days, Toil is no disgrace, it is idleness ... The motto is interpreted as Toil (is) No Soil (soil being a synonym of disgrace) Included in list of mottos ...
Igigi - Atrahasis
... Bore the labour, carried the load, The gods' load was great, The toil grievous, the trouble excessive ... The great Anunnaku, the Seven, Were making the Igigu undertake the toil ... On hearing that toil on the irrigation channel is the reason for the disquiet, the Annanuki council decide to create man to carry out agricultural labour ...
Elysium - Classical Literature
... the good receive a life free from toil, not scraping with the strength of their arms the earth, nor the water of the sea, for the sake of a poor sustenance ... who gladly kept their oaths enjoy a life without tears, while the others undergo a toil that is unbearable to look at ... but also produce a natural fruit that is plentiful and wholesome enough to feed, without toil or trouble, a leisured folk ...

More definitions of "toil":

  • (noun): Productive work (especially physical work done for wages).
    Synonyms: labor, labour

Famous quotes containing the word toil:

    Some poems are for holidays only. They are polished and sweet, but it is the sweetness of sugar, and not such as toil gives to sour bread. The breath with which the poet utters his verse must be that by which he lives.
    Henry David Thoreau (1817–1862)

    I hear ... foreigners, who would boycott an employer if he hired a colored workman, complain of wrong and oppression, of low wages and long hours, clamoring for eight-hour systems ... ah, come with me, I feel like saying, I can show you workingmen’s wrong and workingmen’s toil which, could it speak, would send up a wail that might be heard from the Potomac to the Rio Grande; and should it unite and act, would shake this country from Carolina to California.
    Anna Julia Cooper (1859–1964)

    I favor the policy of economy, not because I wish to save money, but because I wish to save people. The men and women of this country who toil are the ones who bear the cost of the Government. Every dollar that we carelessly waste means that their life will be so much the more meager. Every dollar that we prudently save means that their life will be so much the more abundant. Economy is idealism in its most practical terms.
    Calvin Coolidge (1872–1933)