profitable inconvenience

Proverbs 14


Where no oxen [are], the crib [is] clean: but much increase [is] by the strength of the ox.

Work can be expensive and inconvenient, but it still provides a lot of money, so the unpleasantness is worth it.

From: Work, for the Night Is Coming

By Anna Coghill, 1854 and Lowell Mason, 1864
Work, for the night is coming,
Under the sunset skies;
While their bright tints are glowing,
Work, for daylight flies.
Work till the last beam fadeth,
Fadeth to shine no more;
Work, while the night is darkening,
When man’s work is o’er.
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