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Henry Adams

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That the American, by temperament, worked to excess, was true; work and whiskey were his stimulants; work was a form of vice; but he never cared much for money or power after he earned them.
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Ch. 19.

 
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Work, and thou wilt bless the day
Ere the toil be done;
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Can not feel the sun.
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