What is irksome?

Famous quotes containing the word irksome:

    Let what is irksome become habitual, no more will it trouble you.
    Ovid (Publius Ovidius Naso)

    Such is the labor which the American Congress exists to protect,—honest, manly toil,—honest as the day is long,—that makes his bread taste sweet, and keeps society sweet,—which all men respect and have consecrated; one of the sacred band, doing the needful but irksome drudgery.
    Henry David Thoreau (1817–1862)

    How irksome is this music to my heart!
    When such strings jar, what hope of harmony?
    William Shakespeare (1564–1616)