Work Quotes

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When I rest, I rust.
All labor has dignity.
If you rest, you rust.
Words do not make flour.
— Italian proverb

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Work is love made visible.
Many hands make light work.
Work to me is a sacred thing.
Work is much more fun than fun.

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It's an ear job, not an eye job.
Work hard. There is no shortcut.
We work to become, not to acquire.

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If you pay peanuts, you get monkeys.


The business of America is business.
Work is not a curse, but drudgery is.
Nobody ever drowned in his own sweat.
There's no such thing as a free lunch.
Work is not the curse, but drudgery is.


Civilization and profits go hand in hand.
The harder you work, the luckier you get.

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Work is the curse of the drinking classes.
Keep thy shop, and thy shop will keep thee.
All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy.
All work is empty save where there is love.
The man is nothing - his work is everything.
The loveliest of all four-letter words—Work!
He that can work is a born King of something.
Work expands so as to fill the time available.

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Work is man's most natural form of relaxation.


Man is not made for work; work is made for man.
The man who works and is not bored is never old.

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Few people do business well who do nothing else.


The playthings of our elders are called business.
Work is a way of shutting out ambiguous sentiment.
Work with some men is as besetting a sin as idleness.
When you soar like an eagle, you attract the hunters.


Work keeps us from three evils: boredom, vice and need.
If you would have your business done, go; if not, send.
I have nothing to offer but blood, toil, tears and sweat.
To find joy in work is to discover the fountain of youth.
Work is a necessity for man. Man invented the alarm clock.
He who is afraid of doing too much always does too little.
— German proverb

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Like every man of sense and good feeling, I abominate work.
Work is the refuge of people who have nothing better to do.
Like getting into a bleeding competition with a blood bank.


Put all your eggs in one basket and then watch that basket.
My father taught me to work; he did not teach me to love it.
Work keeps us from three great evils—boredom, vice and need.
Nothing is work unless you'd rather be doing something else.
The mark of a true professional is giving more than you get.

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Labor: One of the processes by which A acquires property of B.
At the workingman's house hunger looks in but dares not enter.
The more I want to get something done, the less I call it work.


The ideal client is the very wealthy man in very great trouble.
Everything considered, work is less boring than amusing oneself.
Work is the easiest activity man has invented to escape boredom.


If you have a job without any aggravations, you don't have a job.
Work expands so as to fill the time available for its completion.
There is as much dignity in tilling a field as in writing a poem.


The only difference between a rut and a grave are the dimensions.
I have never liked working. To me a job is an invasion of privacy.
I like work: it fascinates me. I can sit and look at it for hours.
When two men in business always agree, one of them is unnecessary.


I never see what has been done; I only see what remains to be done.
I go on working for the same reason that a hen goes on laying eggs.
Work and love, these are the basics. Without them there is neurosis.
Work keeps away those three great evils: boredom, vice, and poverty.
A man thinking or working is always alone, let him be where he will.
The best preparation for good work tomorrow is to do good work today.
Work is and always has been my salvation and I thank the Lord for it.
If you don't drive your business, you will be driven out of business.


Blessed is he who has found his work; let him ask no other blessedness.

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For workaholics, all the eggs of self-esteem are in the basket of work.
I pride myself on the fact that my work has no socially redeeming value.


Rank does not confer privilege or give power. It imposes responsibility.

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Human happiness is the true odor of growth, the sweet exaltation of work.
Can anything be sadder than work left unfinished?  Yes, work never begun.


Choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life.


The best work is not what is most difficult for you; it is what you do best.
A businessman is the only man who is forever apologizing for his occupation.
You see, no labor is really menial unless you're not getting adequate wages.

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A bee is never as busy as it seems; it's just that it can't buzz any slower.
When work is a pleasure, life is a joy!  When work is a duty, life is slavery.
To love what you do and feel that it matters – How could anything be more fun?
I believe in hard work.  It keeps the wrinkles out of the mind and the spirit.
It proves, on close examination, that work is less boring than amusing oneself.
A professional is someone who can do his best work when he doesn't feel like it.


Work is the grand cure of all the maladies and miseries that ever beset mankind.
Basically, I no longer work for anything but the sensation I have while working.
Well, we can't stand around here doing nothing, people will think we're workmen.
Work if you're paid to do it, an' it's pleasure if you pay to be allowed to do it.
The reason why worry kills more people than work is that more people worry than work.


Without work, all life goes rotten, but when work is soulless, life stifles and dies.
I am so full of my work, I can't stop to eat or sleep, or for anything but a daily run.
The world is full of willing people, some willing to work, the rest willing to let them.
I don't like work—no man does—but I like what is in the work—the chance to find yourself.
The virtuous heart, like the body, grows sound and strong more by work than by good food.
Work is the greatest thing in the world, so we should always save some of it for tomorrow.


I don't like work--no man does--but I like what is in the work--the chance to find yourself.
Far and away the best prize that life offers is the chance to work hard at work worth doing.
When you work you are a flute through whose heart the whispering of the hours turns to music.
While none of the work we do is very important, it is important that we do a great deal of it.
If you don't want to work you have to work to earn enough money so that you won't have to work.


The person who knows how will always have a job. But the person who knows why will be his boss.

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Intellectual "work" is misnamed; it is a pleasure, a dissipation, and is its own highest reward.

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My father always told me, "Find a job you love and you'll never have to work a day in your life."

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If you cannot work with love but only with distaste, it is better that you should leave your work.

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Far and away the best prize that life has to offer is the chance to work hard at work worth doing.
You're wishin' too much, baby. You gotta stop wearing your wishbone where your backbone oughtta be.


Nothing is illegal if a hundred businessmen decide to do it, and that's true anywhere in the world.
Work is often the father of pleasure; I pity the man overwhelmed with the weight of his own leisure.
It is just as important that business keep out of government as that government keep out of business.
I don't want to achieve immortality through my work. I want to achieve immortality through not dying.
The person who knows 'how' will always have a job. The person who knows 'why' will always be his boss.
The passions that motivate you may change, but it is your work in life that is the ultimate seduction.
It is a commonplace observation that work expands so as to fill the time available for its completion.
It is the privilege of any human work which is well done to invest the doer with a certain haughtiness.

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Anyone can do any amount of work, provided it isn't the work he is supposed to be doing at that moment.
The only way anybody'd get me to work was to make the hours from one to two with an hour off for lunch.
The sweat of hard work is not to be displayed.  It is much more graceful to appear favored by the gods.


Landlord of a bordello! The company's good and the mornings are quiet, which is the best time to write.
I look on that man as happy, who, when there is a question of success, looks into his work for a reply.
If a man love the labor of any trade, apart from any question of success or fame, the gods have called him.
Many of us spend half of our time wishing for things we could have if we didn't spend half our time wishing.
There are very few jobs that actually require a penis or vagina. All other jobs should be open to everybody.
One of the symptoms of an approaching nervous breakdown is the belief that one's work is terribly important.


Work consists of whatever a body is obliged to do, and play consists of whatever a body is not obliged to do.


A man who enjoys responsibility usually gets it. A man who merely likes exercising authority usually loses it.

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Just as appetite comes by eating, so work brings inspiration, if inspiration is not discernible at the beginning.

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Every child should be taught that useful work is worship and that intelligent labor is the highest form of prayer.
Of life's two chief prizes, beauty and truth, I found the first in a loving heart and the second in a labourer's hand.

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I would live all my life in nonchalance and insouciance, 
Were it not for making a living, which is rather a nouciance.

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Retirement, we understand, is great if you are busy, rich and healthy. But then, under those conditions, work is great too.


Good for the body is the work of the body, good for the soul is the work of the soul, and good for either the work of the other.
Every man's work, whether it be literature or music or pictures or architecture or anything else, is always a portrait of himself.
If you have great talents, industry will improve them ; if you have but moderate abilities, industry will supply their deficiency.
Every man's work, pursued steadily, tends . . . to become an end in itself, and so to bridge over the loveless chasms of his life.
You can't always sit around and wait for inspiration to strike.  Amateurs wait for inspiration. The real pros get up and go to work.

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My parents always told me that people will never know how long it takes you to do something. They will only know how well it is done.

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It's strange how unimportant your job is when you're asking for a raise, but how important it can be when you want to take a day off.


Work was like cats were supposed to be; if you disliked and feared it and tried to out of its way, it knew at once and sought you out.
The man with the best job in the country is the vice-president. All he has to do is get up every morning and say, 'How is the president?'
Work is a religion to me, the only religion I have. Work is something you can count on, a trusted, life-long friend who never deserts you.
Work is not a curse, it is the prerogative of intelligence, the only means to manhood, and the measure of civilization. Savages do not work.
I am a sensitive writer, actor and director. Talking business disgusts me. If you want to talk business, call my disgusting personal manager.
It is an immutable law in business that words are words, explanations are explanations, promises are promises—but only performance is reality.
Although we may not realize it, or want to admit it, many of us bring our emotional lives, with childhood's emotional baggage, to work every day.
Being the richest man in the cemetery doesn't matter to me. Going to bed at night saying we've done something wonderful that's what matters to me.


Work that is pure toil, done solely for the sake of the money it earns, is also sheer drudgery because it is stultifying rather than self improving.
I like work;  it fascinates me.  I can sit and look at it for hours.  I love to keep it by me:  the idea of getting rid of it nearly breaks my heart.
Work was like a stick.  It had two ends.  When you worked for the knowing you gave them quality; when you worked for a fool you simply gave him eyewash.
Since life is our most precious gift
And since it is given to us to live but once, 
Let us so live that we will not regret 
Years of uselessness and inertia.
Job. A low word now much in use, of which I cannot tell the etymology. (1) A low, mean lucrative busy affair. (2) Petty, piddling work: a piece of chance work.
Whenever you're sitting across from some important person, always picture him sitting there in a suit of long red underwear. That's the way I always operated in business.
Three things—autonomy, complexity, and a connection between effort and reward—are, most people agree, the three qualities that work has to have if it is to be satisfying.

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The man whose life is devoted to paperwork has lost the initiative. He is dealing with things that are brought to his notice, having ceased to notice anything for himself.
As is the ease in all branches of ert, success depends in a very large measure upon
individual initiative and exertion, and cannot be achieved except by dint of hard work.
The only way to do great work is to love what you do.  If you haven't found it yet, keep looking. Don't settle. As with all matters of the heart, you'll know when you find it.
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.
The greatest analgesic, soporific, stimulant, tranquilizer, narcotic, and to some extent even antibiotic—in short, the closest thing to a genuine panacea—known to medical science is work.
The greatest analgesic, soporific, stimulant, tranquilizer, narcotic, and to some extent even antibiotic—in  short, the closest thing to a genuine panacea—known to medical science is work.
Work is wholesome. And there is plenty for every one; it keeps us from ennui and mischief, is good for health and spirits, and gives us a sense of power and independence better than money or fashion.
You just said work did not do you any good!  What's the need of working if it doesn't get you anywhere?  What's the use of boring around in the same hole like a worm?  Making the hole bigger to stay in?
Why do men delight in work?  Fundamentally, I suppose, because there is a sense of relief and pleasure in getting something done—a kind of satisfaction not unlike that which a hen enjoys on laying an egg.
Work is love made visible. And if you cannot work with love but only with distaste, it is better that you should leave your work and sit at the gate of the temple and take alms of those who work with joy.
The high prize of life, the crowning fortune of a man, is to be born with a bias to some pursuit which finds him in employment and happiness—whether it be to make baskets, or broadswords, or canals, or songs.

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It may also be said that rational, industrious, useful human beings are divided into two classes: first, those whose work is work and whose pleasure is pleasure; and secondly, those whose work and pleasure are one.
A person who works should take time to rest, to spend time with family, to enjoy [life], to read, listen to music, play a sport. When work doesn't allow room for healthy leisure time, for restorative rest, then it enslaves [the worker].


I thank my father so much for sending me to work [at the age of 13]. Working was one of those things that made me a better person, and, in particular, in the laboratory [where he worked], I learned the good and the bad of all human labor.
It is always about the work. In the latter years of your life, your happiness and your self-esteem will be determined by the mountains you surmounted, the valleys you climbed out of, and the life andior career that you forgive for yourself.
To crush, to annihilate a man utterly, to inflict on him the most terrible of punishments so that the most ferocious murderer would shudder at it and dread it beforehand, one need only give him work of an absolutely, completely useless and irrational character.
When campaigning for the Senate in I962, Teddy Kennedy found himself talking with a blue-collar worker who said bluntly, "I understand you've never worked a day in your life." Kennedy braced himself for a resentful lecture, only to be taken by surprise when the man continued, "Let me tell you, you haven't missed a thing."
In God's eyes every legitimate work has dignity and importance, which means we should do our work with pride and diligence and integrity. But our work was never meant to become the center of our lives. That place belongs only to God, and when we allow our work to dominate and control us, then it has become an idol to us — and that is wrong.

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Declaring that "all labor has dignity," King stated that sanitation workers deserved a living wage and union rights, for what made labor menial was not hard and dirty work, but lack of union rights and poor conditions. As he told the Local 1199 hospital workers union a short while before he came to Memphis, "You see, no labor is really menial unless you're not getting adequate wages."

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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 you do. If you haven't found it yet, keep looking. Don't settle. As with all matters of the heart, you'll know when you find it. And, like any great relationship, it just gets better and better as the years roll on. So keep looking until you find it. Don't settle.