Mark Twain

"Keep away from people who try to belittle your ambitions. Small people always do that, but the really great make you feel that you, too, can become great."

- Mark Twain

Saturday, June 1, 2013

Quotes: WORK


There has never been but one question in all civilization-how to keep a few men from saying to many men: You work and earn bread and we will eat it.
Abraham Lincoln (1809 - 1865)


A man can only do what he can do. But if he does that each day he can sleep at night and do it again the next day.
Albert Schweitzer (1875 - 1965)


Man is so made that he can only find relaxation from one kind of labor by taking up another.
Anatole France (1844 - 1924), The Crime of Sylvestre Bonnard


All paid jobs absorb and degrade the mind.
Aristotle (384 BC - 322 BC)


Pleasure in the job puts perfection in the work.
Aristotle (384 BC - 322 BC)


You can't rest on your laurels. Your own body of work is yet to come.
Barack Obama (1961 - ), Arizona State Commencement Speech, 2009


One of the symptoms of an approaching nervous breakdown is the belief that one's work is terribly important.
Bertrand Russell (1872 - 1970), Conquest of Happiness (1930) ch. 5


It has been my experience that one cannot, in any shape or form, depend on human relations for lasting reward. It is only work that truly satisfies.
Bette Davis (1908 - 1989), The Lonely Life, 1962


You do your best work if you do a job that makes you happy.
Bob Ross (1942 - 1995), Best of Joy of Painting, Winter Elegance


We have too many people who live without working, and we have altogether too many people who work without living.
Charles Reynolds Brown


At least one study of blocked writers has found that they were more productive and more creative when they were essentially forced to write instead of scribbling only when the mood struck them.
Daniel Akst, We Have Met the Enemy: Self-Control in an Age of Excess, 2011


Real success is finding your lifework in the work that you love.
David McCullough (1933 - )


Doing what you love means dealing with things you don't.
David Shore, House M.D., Last Temptation, 2011



Working from home meant we could vary snack and coffee breaks, change our desks or view, goof off, drink on the job, even spend the day in pajamas, and often meet to gossip or share ideas. On the other hand, we bossed ourselves around, set impossible goals, and demanded longer hours than office jobs usually entail.
It was the ultimate "flextime," in that it depended on how flexible we felt each day, given deadlines, distractions, and workaholic crescendos.
Diane Ackerman, One Hundred Names for Love: A Stroke, A Marriage, and the Language of Healing, 2011


When a man tells you that he got rich through hard work, ask him: 'Whose?'
Don Marquis (1878 - 1937)


A human being must have occupation if he or she is not to become a nuisance to the world.
Dorothy L. Sayers (1893 - 1957)


Hard work never killed anybody, but why take a chance?
Edgar Bergen (1903 - 1978), (Charlie McCarthy)


Folks who never do more than their paid for, never get paid for any more than they do.
Elbert Hubbard (1856 - 1915)


Get happiness out of your work or you may never know what happiness is.
Elbert Hubbard (1856 - 1915)


Measure not the work until the day's out and the labor done.
Elizabeth Barrett Browning (1806 - 1861)


Our great weariness comes from work not done.
Eric Hoffer (1902 - 1983), The New York Times Magazine, April 25, 1971


A professional is one who does his best work when he feels the least like working.
Frank Lloyd Wright (1869 - 1959)


Getting fired is nature's way to telling you that you had the wrong job in the first place.
Hal Lancaster, in The Wall Street Journal


One kernel is felt in a hogshead; one drop of water helps to swell the ocean; a spark of fire helps to give light to the world. None are too small, too feeble, too poor to be of service. Think of this and act.
Hannah More


I long to accomplish a great and noble task, but it is my chief duty to accomplish humble tasks as though they were great and noble. The world is moved along, not only by the mighty shoves of its heroes, but also by the aggregate of the tiny pushes of each honest worker.
Helen Keller (1880 - 1968)


Derive happiness in oneself from a good day's work, from illuminating the fog that surrounds us.
Henri Matisse (1869 - 1954)


Work while you have the light. You are responsible for the talent that has been entrusted to you.
Henri-Frédéric Amiel


Do not hire a man who does your work for money, but him who does it for love of it.
Henry David Thoreau (1817 - 1862)


When your work speaks for itself, don't interrupt.
Henry J. Kaiser (1882 - 1967)


Life grants nothing to us mortals without hard work.
Horace (65 BC - 8 BC), Satires



People forget how fast you did a job - but they remember how well you did it.
Howard Newton


Nothing is really work unless you would rather be doing something else.
James M. Barrie (1860 - 1937)


By the work one knows the workmen.
Jean De La Fontaine (1621 - 1695)


Your whole life people tell you to do what you love. But if you gotta do something else to pay the bills, you don't automatically have to be miserable.
Jeph Jacques, Questionable Content, Give It Your All, 06-22-12


...in order that a man may be happy, it is necessary that he should not only be capable of his work, but a good judge of his work.
John Ruskin (1819 - 1900)


In order that people may be happy in their work, these three things are needed: They must be fit for it. They must not do too much of it. And they must have a sense of success in it.
John Ruskin (1819 - 1900), Pre-Raphaelitism, 1850
Never continue in a job you don't enjoy. If you're happy in what you're doing, you'll like yourself, you'll have inner peace. And if you have that, along with physical health, you will have had more success than you could possibly have imagined.
Johnny Carson (1925 - 2005)


Genius begins great works; labor alone finishes them.
Joseph Joubert


Always work hard on something uncomfortably exciting.
Larry Page, University of Michigan Commencement Address, 2009


Iron rusts from disuse; stagnant water loses its purity and in cold weather becomes frozen; even so does inaction sap the vigor of the mind.
Leonardo da Vinci (1452 - 1519), The Notebooks


You have to surrender to the fact that you are of too many in a highly competitive field where it is difficult to stand out. Over time, through your work, you will demonstrate who you are and what you bring to the field. Just stay with it and keep working.
Lisa Kudrow, Vasser Commencement Address, 2010


My work is a game, a very serious game.
M. C. Escher (1898 - 1972)


The sweat of hard work is not to be displayed. It is much more graceful to appear favored by the gods.
Maxine Hong Kingston, The Woman Warrior, 1976
It does not seem to be true that work necessarily needs to be unpleasant. It may always have to be hard, or at least harder than doing nothing at all. But there is ample evidence that work can be enjoyable, and that indeed, it is often the most enjoyable part of life.
Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi, Flow: The Psychology of Optimal Experience, 1990


People who work sitting down get paid more than people who work standing up.
Ogden Nash (1902 - 1971)


When you choose the paradigm of service, it turns everything you do from a job into a gift.
Oprah Winfrey (1954 - ), Stanford Commencement Adress, 2008


When you're doing the work you're meant to do, it feels right and every day is a bonus, regardless of what you're getting paid.
Oprah Winfrey (1954 - ), Stanford Commencement Adress, 2008


Plans are only good intentions unless they immediately degenerate into hard work.
Peter Drucker (1909 - 2005)


You don't become great by trying to be great. You become great by wanting to do something, and then doing it so hard that you become great in the process.
Randall Munroe, xkcd, Marie Curie, 2011


The more I want to get something done, the less I call it work.
Richard Bach


Anyone can do any amount of work provided it isn't the work he is supposed to be doing at the moment.
Robert Benchley (1889 - 1945)
Anyone who works is a fool. I don't work - I merely inflict myself upon the public.
Robert Morley


Hard work spotlights the character of people: some turn up their sleeves, some turn up their noses, and some don't turn up at all.
Sam Ewing


It's not the hours you put in your work that counts, it's the work you put in the hours.
Sam Ewing


Live neither in the past nor in the future, but let each day's work absorb your entire energies, and satisfy your widest ambition.
Sir William Osler (1849 - 1919), to his students


You've got to find what you love and that is as true for work as it is for lovers. Your work is going to fill a large part of your life and the only way to be truly satisfied is to do what you believe is great work. And the only way to do great work is to love what what you do. If you haven't found it yet, keep looking and don't settle. As with all matters of the heart, you'll know when you've found it.
Steve Jobs (1955 - 2011), Stanford Commencement Adress, 2005


Everybody loves some fun, back-breaking manual labor!
Takayuki Ikkaku, Arisa Hosaka and Toshihiro Kawabata, Animal Crossing: Wild World, 2005


Far and away the best prize that life offers is the chance to work hard at work worth doing.
Theodore Roosevelt (1858 - 1919), Speech in New York, September 7, 1903


Genius is one per cent inspiration, ninety-nine per cent perspiration.
Thomas A. Edison (1847 - 1931), Harper's Monthly, 1932


Blessed is he who has found his work; let him ask no other blessedness.
Thomas Carlyle (1795 - 1881), Past and Present, 1843

I'm a great believer in luck, and I find the harder I work the more I have of it.
Thomas Jefferson (1743 - 1826), (attributed)

In most cases being a good boss means hiring talented people and then getting out of their way. In other cases, to get the best work out of people you may have to pretend you are not their boss and let them treat someone else like the boss, and then that whispers to you behind a fake wall and you tell them what to tell the first person. Contrary to what I believed as a little girl, being the boss almost never involves marching around, waving your arms, and chanting, " I am the boss! I am the boss!"
Tina Fey, Bossypants, 2011


Whoever does not love his work cannot hope that it will please others.
Unknown


Work saves us from three great evils: boredom, vice and need.
Voltaire (1694 - 1778), Candide, 1759


A man ought to work. That's what he's here for. That's how he contributes to the welfare of the community.
W. Somerset Maugham (1874 - 1965), The Razor's Edge, 1943


I like manual labor. Whenever I've got waterlogged with study, I've taken a spell of it and found it spiritually invigorating.
W. Somerset Maugham (1874 - 1965), The Razor's Edge, 1943


The secret of greatness is simple: do better work than any other man in your field - and keep on doing it.
Wilfred A. Peterson


Whenever it is in any way possible, every boy and girl should choose as his life work some occupation which he should like to do anyhow, even if he did not need the money.
William Lyon Phelps







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