From 1916 to 1939, Justice Louis Brandeis sat on the U.S. Supreme Court. Once, right before the start of an important trial, Justice Brandeis took a short vacation—and drew heavy criticism for it. But Brandeis delivered an excellent defense. “I need rest,” he said. “I find that I can do a year’s work in eleven months, but I can’t do it in twelve.”
I’m Howard Butt, Jr., of Laity Lodge. Music builds around silence. Sports call time-outs. Formal meals often have sorbets, to refresh the palate before the next course. Behind the Sabbath, our holidays, and our vacations from the job is the notion—all work includes rest. Rest is not escape, but essential to the high calling of our daily work.
Do not wear yourself out to get rich; have the wisdom to show restraint. Cast but a glance at riches, and they are gone, for they will surely sprout wings and fly off to the sky like an eagle.