a little (hard) work never killed anyone

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a little (hard) work never killed anyone

Doing hard, arduous work won't have any ill effects on a person, and, in fact, it is often beneficial to them. I told Mrs. Smith that you would help clean out her attic, and I don't want to hear any complaints about it—a little work never killed anyone. I think it would be good for Sarah to get a job this summer. A little hard work never killed anyone, after all.
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