Work as if you live in the early days of a better nation.
As cited by Alasdair Gray: "The editor of the Sunday Herald and Alex Salmond were wrong to call me author of the slogan 'Work as if you live in the early days of a better nation'. I found it in a long poem by the Canadian author, Dennis Leigh. I read it in the late '70s and put it on the cover of a novel in 1984." - The Herald, 5 May 2007