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Work quotes (85)

It takes a highly intellectual individual to enjoy leisure.... Most of us had better count on working. What a man really wants is creative challenge with sufficient skills to bring him within the reach of success so that he may have the expanding joy of achievement.... Few people overwork; plenty overeat overworry overdrink.... Few realize real joy and happiness of conquest. The basis of mental health for the average adult is more work provided the work is not mere drudgery.
Dr. Fay B. Nash   Category: Work

Work and thou canst escape the reward; whether the work be fine or course planting corn or writing epics so only it be honest work done to thine own approbation it shall earn a reward to the senses as well as to the thought.
Ralph Waldo Emerson   Category: Work

Put your shoulder to the wheel.
Aesop   Category: Work

Our greatest weariness comes from work not done.
Eric Hoffer   Category: Work

Brains first and then Hard Work.
Alan Alexander Milne   Category: Work

Work is the refuge of people who have nothing better to do.
Oscar Wilde   Category: Work

We don't work for each other We work with each other.
Stanley C. Gault   Category: Work

Our work is the presentation of our capabilities.
Edward Gibbon   Category: Work

What is love? ... It is the morning and the evening star.
Sinclair Lewis   Category: Work

If people really liked to work wed still be plowing the land with sticks and transporting goods on our backs.
William Feather   Category: Work

Begin where you are; work where you are; the hour you are now wasting dreaming of some far off success may be crowded with grand possibilities.
Orison Swett Marden   Category: Work

The best part of one's life is the working part the creative part. Believe me I love to succeed....However the real spiritual and emotional excitement is in the doing.
Garson Kanin   Category: Work

By the work one knows the workman.
Jean de La Fontaine   Category: Work

The harder you work the luckier you get.
Gary Player   Category: Work

If you intend to work there is no better place than right where you are; if you do not intend to go to work you cannot get along anywhere. Squirming and crawling from place to place can do no good.
Abraham Lincoln   Category: Work

At the working mans house hunger looks in but dares not enter.
Benjamin Franklin   Category: Work

There is nothing so easy but that it becomes difficult when you do it reluctantly.
Publius Terence (P. Terentius Afer)   Category: Work

Nothing is work unless you'd rather be doing something else.
George Halas   Category: Work

Hard work never killed anybody but why take the chance?
Edgar Bergen   Category: Work

He and I had an office so tiny that an inch smaller and it would have been adultery.
Dorothy Parker   Category: Work

How do I work? I grope.
Albert Einstein   Category: Work

The man who will use his skill and constructive imagination to see how much he can give for a dollar instead of how little he can give for a dollar is bound to succeed.
Henry Ford   Category: Work

Basically I no longer work for anything but the sensation I have while working.
Albert Giacometti   Category: Work

Oh you who are born of the blood of the gods Trojan son of Anchises easy is the descent to hell; the door of dark Dis stands open day and night. But to retrace your steps and come out to the air above that is work that is labor!
Publius Vergilius Maro Virgil   Category: Work

If you arent fired with enthusiasm you will be fired with enthusiasm.
Vincent Lombardi   Category: Work

A mans work is in danger of deteriorating when he thinks he has found the one best formula for doing it. If he thinks that he is likely to feel that all he needs is merely to go on repeating himself ... so long as a person is searching for better ways of doing his work he is fairly safe.
   Category: Work

Work is the true elixir of life. The busiest man is the happiest man. Excellence in any art or profession is attained only by hard and persistent work. Never believe that you are perfect. When a man imagines even after years of striving that he has attained perfection his decline begins.
Sir Theodore Martin   Category: Work

Its true hard work never killed anybody but I figure why take the chance?
Ronald Wilson Reagan   Category: Work

Practice non-action. Work without doing.
Lao Tzu   Category: Work

To find a career to which you are adapted by nature and then to work hard at it is about as near to a formula for success and happiness as the world provides. One of the fortunate aspects of this formula is that granted the right career has been found the hard work takes care of itself. Then hard work is not hard work at all.
Mark Sullivan   Category: Work

Work is of two kinds: first altering the position of matter at or near the earths surface relatively to other such matter; second telling other people to do so. The first kind is unpleasant and ill paid; the second is pleasant and highly paid.
Bertrand Russell   Category: Work

Drive a nail home and clinch it so faithfully that you can wake up in the night and think of your work with satisfaction a work at which you would not be ashamed to invoke the muse.
Henry David Thoreau   Category: Work

You can tell some fellows arent afraid of work by the way they fight it.
Unknown   Category: Work

The worst-tempered people Ive ever met were the people who knew they were wrong.
Wilson Mizner   Category: Work

Take two workers in an organization. One limits his giving by wages he is paid. He insists on being paid instantly for what he does. That shows he is a man of limited imagination and intelligence. The other is a natural giver. His philosophy of life compels him to make himself useful. He knows that if he takes care of other peoples problems they will be forced to take care of him to protect their own interests. The more a man gives of himself to his work the more he will get out of it both in wages and satisfaction.
J. T. Mackey   Category: Work

Work keeps us from three great evils boredom vice and need.
Francois Voltaire   Category: Work

Personal deficiencies might be termed negative qualities and include unreliability failure to cooperate laziness, untidiness, trouble makin,g interference, and dishonesty. Positive qualities would include willingness, cheerfulness, courtesy, honesty, neatness, reliability, and temperance. Many fail in their work because they are unable to overcome one personal deficiency. Check up on yourself. Don't be afraid to put yourself under a microscope. Eliminate your negative qualities. Develop your positive ones. You can't win with the check mark in the wrong place.
M. Winette   Category: Work

We need the iron qualities that go with true manhood. We need the positive virtues of resolution of courage of indomitable will of power to do without shrinking the rough work that must always be done.
Theodore Roosevelt   Category: Work

He is not only idle who does nothing but he is idle who might be better employed.
Socrates   Category: Work

Toil says the proverb is the sire of fame.
Euripides   Category: Work

Retirement kills more people than hard work ever did.
Malcolm S. Forbes   Category: Work

When people are the least sure they are often the most dogmatic.
John Kenneth Galbraith   Category: Work

We are coming to see that there should be no stifling of labor by capital or of capital by labor; and also that there should be no stifling of labor by labor or of capital by capital.
John Davison Rockefeller Jr.   Category: Work

Work is love made visible.
Kahlil Gibran   Category: Work

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

By working faithfully eight hours a day you might eventually get to be a boss and work twelve hours a day.
Robert Frost   Category: Work

Let him who has given a favor be silent; let he who has received it tell it. Qui dedit beneficium taceat; narrat qui accepit
Lucius Annaeus Seneca   Category: Work

Nothing is really work unless you would rather be doing something else.
Sir James Matthew Barrie   Category: Work

The men who start out with the notion that the world owes them a living generally find that the world pays its 'debt' in the penitentiary or the poor house.
William Graham Sumner   Category: Work

Work is a four-letter word.
Morrissey   Category: Work

All work is as seed sown; it grows and spreads and sows itself anew.
Thomas Carlyle   Category: Work

Princeton Universtiy October 13 1928: In order to be a success in business there is one thing you must do. You cannot be successful without it. That is WORK. I have not told you anything new. Everyone knows that you cannot be successful in anything without work. Why does not everyone work? Because some lack the one thing that makes men want to work ENTHUSIASM. That is something no one can give you. You must acquire it yourself and the only way that you can become enthusiastic about anything is to have a thorough KNOWLEDGE of it. You have never seen an enthusiastic man who was lazy.
Thomas J. Watson   Category: Work

All growth depends upon activity. There is no development physically or intellectually without effort and effort means work.
Calvin John Coolidge   Category: Work

Thank God every morning when you get up that you have something to do which must be done whether you like it or not. Being forced to work and forced to do your best will breed in you temperance self-control diligence strength of will content and a hundred other virtues which the idle never know.
Charles Kingsley   Category: Work

O how full of briers is this working-day world!
William Shakespeare   Category: Work

If I have work to do the sooner started the sooner through.
Proverb   Category: Work

When people go to work they shouldnt have to leave their hearts at home.
Betty Bender   Category: Work

A pint of sweat saves a gallon of blood.
General George S. Patton   Category: Work

No sun no moon no morn no noon No dawn no dusk no proper time of day ...... No road no street no t other side the way ...... No shade no shine no butterflies no bees No fruits no flowers no leaves no buds.
Thomas Hood   Category: Work

The secret of joy in work is contained in one word excellence. To know how to do something well is to enjoy it.
Pearl S. Buck   Category: Work

Work is more fun than fun.
Noel Coward   Category: Work

The harder I work the luckier I get.
Samuel Goldwyn   Category: Work

Anyone can do any amount of work provided it isnt the work he is supposed to be doing.
Robert Charles Benchley   Category: Work

A molehill man is a pseudo-busy executive who comes to work at 9 AM and finds a molehill on his desk. He has until 5 PM to make this molehill into a mountain. An accomplished molehill man will often have his mountain finished before lunch.
Fred Allen   Category: Work

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   Category: Work

Three men were laying brick. The first was asked: What are you doing? He answered: Laying some brick. The second man was asked: What are you working for? He answered: Five dollars a day. The third man was asked: What are you doing? He answered: I am helping to build a great cathedral. Which man are you?
Charles Michael Schwab   Category: Work

Nothing worthwhile comes easily. Half effort does not produce half results. It produces no results. Work continuous work and hard work is the only way to accomplish results that last.
Hamilton Holt   Category: Work

Today a thousand doors of enterprise are open to you inviting you to useful work. To live at this time is an inestimable privilege and a sacred obligation devolves upon you to make right use of your opportunities. Today is the day in which to attempt and achieve something worthwhile.
Grenville Kleiser   Category: Work

Good work is dignified. It develops your faculties and serves your community. It is a central human activity. Work in this view: makes you honest with yourself requires that you develop your faculties and skills empowers you to do what you are really good at and love to do connects you in a compassionate way with the outside world supports the philosophy of non-destructiveness and sustainability and integrates work with personal life and community.
Roger Pritchard   Category: Work

To bring ones self to a frame of mind and to the proper energy to accomplish things that require plain hard work continuously is the one big battle that everyone has. When this battle is won for all time then everything is easy.
Thomas A. Buckner   Category: Work

Every kind of work can be a pleasure. Even simple household tasks can be an opportunity to exercise and expand our caring our effectiveness our responsiveness. As we respond with caring and vision to all work we develop our capacity to respond fully to all of life. Every action generates positive energy which can be shared with others. These qualities of caring and responsiveness are the greatest gift we can offer.
Tarthang Tulku   Category: Work

American business long ago gave up on demanding that prospective employees be honest and hardworking. It has even stopped hoping for employees who are educated enough that they can tell the difference between the men's room and the women's room without having little pictures on the doors.
Dave Barry   Category: Work

I am wondering what would have happened to me if some fluent talker had converted me to the theory of the eight-hour day and convinced me that it was not fair to my fellow workers to put forth my best efforts in my work. I am glad that the eight-hour day had not been invented when I was a young man. If my life had been made up of eight-hour days I do not believe I could have accomplished a great deal. This country would not amount to as much as it does if the young men of fifty years ago had been afraid that they might earn more than they were paid for.
Thomas Alva Edison   Category: Work

The law of work does seem utterly unfair but there it is and nothing can change it; the higher the pay in enjoyment the worker gets out of it the higher shall be his pay in money also.
Mark Twain   Category: Work

Only through dedicated work does a man fulfill himself.
William S. Carlson   Category: Work

Do the hard jobs first. The easy jobs will take care of themselves.
Dale Carnegie   Category: Work

You are as young as your faith as old as your doubt as young as your self-confidence as old as your fear as young as your hope as old as your despair.
Paul H. Dunn   Category: Work

The secret of the true love of work is the hope of success in that work; not for the money reward for the time spent or for the skill exercised but for the successful result in the accomplishment of the work itself.
Sidney A. Weltmer   Category: Work

If you don't want to work you have to work to earn enough money so that you wont have to work.
Ogden Nash   Category: Work

The essence of work is concentrated energy.
Walter Bagehot   Category: Work

The first sign of a nervous breakdown is when you start thinking your work is terribly important.
Milo Bloom   Category: Work

One is always seeking the touchstone that will dissolve ones deficiencies as a person and as a craftsman. And one is always bumping up against the fact that there is none except hard work concentration and continued application.
Paul Gallico   Category: Work

Youre only as good as the people you hire.
Ray Kroc   Category: Work

You have the right to work but never to the fruit of the work. You should never engage in action for the sake of reward nor should you long for inaction.
Bhagavad-Gita   Category: Work

The return from your work must be the satisfaction which that work brings you and the world's need of that work. With this life is heaven or as near heaven as you can get. Without this with work which you despise which bores you and which the world does not need this life is hell.
W. E. B. Du Bois   Category: Work