America fears the unshaven legs, the unshaven men's cheeks, the aroma of perspiration, and the limp prick. Above all it fears the limp prick.
— Walter Abish
His genius he was quite content in one brief sentence to define; Of inspiration one percent, of perspiration, ninety nine.
— perspire quotation by Thomas A. Edison
Give the laborer his wages before his perspiration be dry.
The artistic temperament is a disease that affects amateurs.
Artists of a large and wholesome vitality get rid of their art easily, as they breathe easily or perspire easily. But in artists of less force, the thing becomes a pressure, and produces a definite pain, which is called the artistic temperament.
One may no more live in the world without picking up the moral prejudices of the world than one will be able to go to hell without perspiring.
Patience, persistence and perspiration make an unbeatable combination for success.
I created a swallowable perfume. ... The fragrance comes out through the skin's surface when you perspire.
Being busy does not always mean real work.
The object of all work is production or accomplishment and to either of these ends there must be forethought, system, planning, intelligence, and honest purpose, as well as perspiration. Seeming to do is not doing.
It's only when you suddenly stop perspiring that your forearms go dull.
Do you know why conductors live so long? Because we perspire so much.
Success is 1% inspiration, 98% perspiration and 2% attention to detail.
Oh, yes; you Virginians shed barrels of perspiration while standing off at a distance and superintending the work your slaves do for you. It is different with us. Here it is every fellow for himself, or he doesn't get there.