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Hoyt & Roberts, comps.  Hoyt’s New Cyclopedia of Practical Quotations.  1922.
 
Occupation
 
  I hold every man a debtor to his profession; from the which as men of course do seek to receive countenance and profit, so ought they of duty to endeavor themselves, by way of amends, to be a help and ornament thereunto.
        Bacon—Maxims of the Law. Preface.
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Quam quisque novit artem, in hac se exerceat.
  Let a man practise the profession which he best knows.
        Cicero—Tusculanarum Disputationum. I. 18.
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  The ugliest of trades have their moments of pleasure. Now, if I were a grave-digger, or even a hangman, there are some people I could work for with a great deal of enjoyment.
        Douglas Jerrold—Jerrold’s Wit. Ugly Trades.
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And sure the Eternal Master found
The single talent well employ’d.
        Samuel Johnson—On the Death of Robert Levet. St. 7.
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  The hand of little employment hath the daintier sense.
        Hamlet. Act V. Sc. 1. L. 77.
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  Thus Nero went up and down Greece and challenged the fiddlers at their trade. Æropus, a Macedonian king, made lanterns; Harcatius, the king of Parthia, was a mole-catcher; and Biantes, the Lydian, filed needles.
        Jeremy Taylor—Holy Living. Ch. I. Sec. I. Rides far Employing Our Time.
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