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Respectfully Quoted: A Dictionary of Quotations. 1989.

NUMBER: 1356
AUTHOR: Minnie Richard Smith
QUOTATION: Diamonds are only chunks of coal,
That stuck to their jobs, you see.
ATTRIBUTION: MINNIE RICHARD SMITH, “Stick to Your Job,” lines 1–2.—Christian F. Kleinknecht, Poor Richard’s Anthology of Thoughts on Success, p. 44 (1947).
SUBJECTS: Perseverance