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Quotations: Work

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

All paid jobs absorb and degrade the mind.
Aristotle

Pleasure in the job puts perfection in the work.
Aristotle

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

Work is either fun or drudgery. It depends on your attitude. I like fun.
Colleen C. Barrett

When it comes to getting things done, we need fewer architects and more bricklayers.
Colleen C. Barrett

Nothing is really work unless you would rather be doing something else.
James M. Barrie

Anyone can do any amount of work provided it isn't the work he is supposed to be doing at the moment.
Robert Benchley

Hard work never killed anybody, but why take a chance?
Edgar Bergen

Measure not the work until the day's out and the labor done.
Elizabeth Barrett Browning

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

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

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

It's important to know that words don't move mountains. Work, exacting work moves mountains.
Danilo Dolci

Plans are only good intentions unless they immediately degenerate into hard work.
Peter Drucker

Personally, I have nothing against work, particularly when performed, quietly and unobtrusively, by someone else. I just don't happen to think it's an appropriate subject for an ethic.
Barbara Ehrenreich

My work is a game, a very serious game.
M. C. Escher

By the work one knows the workmen.
Jean De La Fontaine

Man is so made that he can only find relaxation from one kind of labor by taking up another.
Anatole France

Life grants nothing to us mortals without hard work.
Horace

Get happiness out of your work or you may never know what happiness is.
Elbert Hubbard

When your work speaks for itself, don't interrupt.
Henry J. Kaiser

The work goes on, the cause endures, the hope still lives and the dreams shall never die.
Edward Kennedy

The sweat of hard work is not to be displayed. It is much more graceful to appear favored by the gods.
Maxine Hong Kingston

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

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

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

Real success is finding your lifework in the work that you love.
David McCullough

People who work sitting down get paid more than people who work standing up.
Ogden Nash

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

...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

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

One of the symptoms of an approaching nervous breakdown is the belief that one's work is terribly important.
Bertrand Russell

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

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

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