Work Quotes

 For even when we were with you, this we commanded you, that if any would not work neither should he eat. 
Author: Saint Paul
Nationality: Tarsus In Cilicia - South-central Turkey
b. December 5  - d.  December 67
  
 I slip from workaholic to bum real easy. 
Author: Matthew Broderick
Nationality: American
b. 21 March 1962
  
 It's also helpful to realize that this very body that we have, that's sitting right here right now with its aches and it pleasures is exactly what we need to be fully human, fully awake, fully alive. 
Author: Pema Chodron
Nationality: American
b. 14 July 1936
  
 Labor disgraces no man, but occasionally men disgrace labor. 
Author: Ulysses S. Grant
Nationality: American
b. 27 April 1822  - d. 23 July 1885
  
 Labor is man's greatest function. He is nothing, he can do nothing, he can achieve nothing, he can fulfill nothing, without working. 
Author: Orville Dewey
Nationality: American
b. 28 March 1794  - d.  December 1882
  
 Mere longevity is a good thing for those who watch life from the side lines. For those who play the game, an hour may be a year, a single day's work an achievement for eternity. 
Author: Gabriel Heatter
Nationality: American
b. 17 September 1890  - d. 30 March 1972
  
 Most people don't know what they are doing, and a lot of them are really good at it. 
Author: George Carlin
Nationality: American
b. 12 May 1937  - d. 22 June 2008
  
 So little done, so much to do. 
Author: Cecil John Rhodes
Nationality: British
b. December 1853  - d.  December 1902
  
 Thank God every day when you get up that you have something to do that day 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 and self-control, diligence and strength of will, cheerfulness and content, and a hundred virtues which the idle will never know. 
Author: Basil Carpenter
Nationality: British   
 The employer generally gets the employees he deserves. 
Author: Sir Walter Gilbey
Nationality: English
b. 02 May 1831  - d. 12 November 1914
  
 Up to a point a man's life is shaped by environment, heredity, and movements and changes in the world about him. Then there comes a time when it lies within his grasp to shape the clay of his life into the sort of thing he wishes to be. Only the weak blame parents, their race, their times, lack of good fortune, or the quirks of fate. Everyone has it within his power to say, 'This I am today; that I will be tomorrow. ' 
Author: Louis L'Amour
Nationality: American
b. 22 March 1908  - d. 10 June 1988
  
 Work expands so as to fill the time available for its completion. Politicians and taxpayers have assumed - with occasional phases of doubt, that a rising total in the number of civil servants must reflect a growing volume of work to be done. Cynics, in questioning this belief, have imagined that the multiplication of officials must have left some of them idle or all of them able to work for shorter hours. But this is a matter in which faith and doubt seem equally misplaced. The fact is that the number of the officials and the quantity of the work are not related to each other at all. The rise in the total of those employed is governed by Parkinson's Law and would be much the same whether the volume of the work were to increase, diminish, or even disappear. The importance of Parkinson's Law lies in the fact that it is a law of growth based upon an analysis of the factors by which that growth is controlled. 
Author: C. Northcote Parkinson
Nationality: English
b. 30 July 1909  - d. 09 March 1993
  
 You may depend upon it that they are as good hearts to serve men in palaces as in cottages. 
Author: Robert Owen
Nationality: Welsh
b. 14 May 1771  - d. 17 November 1858
  
 Everything you want is out there waiting for you to ask. Everything you want also wants you. But you have to take action to get it. 
Author: Jules Renard
Nationality: French
b. 22 February 1864  - d. 22 May 1910
  
 I believe in the dignity of labor, whether with head or hand; that the world owes no man a living but that it owes every man an opportunity to make a living.  
Author: John Davison Rockefeller Sr.
Nationality: American
b. December 1839  - d.  December 1937
  
 Good leadership consists of showing average people how to do the work of superior people.  
Author: John Davison Rockefeller Sr.
Nationality: American
b. December 1839  - d.  December 1937
  
 After endless days of commuting on the freeway to an antiseptic, sealed-window office, there is a great urge to backpack in the woods and build a fire. 
Author: Charles Krauthammer
Nationality: American
b. 13 March 1950
  
 Working has become remarkably easy for me in recent years. I have always been able not to make such a demand on my patients. 
Author: Anna Freud
Nationality: Viennese
b. 03 December 1895  - d. 09 October 1982
  
 Oh Lord, may I be directed what to do and what to leave undone. 
Author: Elizabeth Fry
Nationality: English
b. 21 May 1780  - d. 12 October 1845
  
 Only one thing registers on the subconscious mind: repetitive application - practice. What you practice is what you manifest. 
Author: Fay Weldon
Nationality: English
b. 22 September 1931
  
 Reliable office staff come in the shape of mature married women working from 9.30 to 3.30 - inside school hours - during which they will do more than the 9-5ers. 
Author: Fay Weldon
Nationality: English
b. 22 September 1931
  
 Dusting is a good example of the futility of trying to put things right. As soon as you dust, the fact of your next dusting has already been established. 
Author: George Carlin
Nationality: American
b. 12 May 1937  - d. 22 June 2008
  
 Some people see things that are and ask, Why? Some people dream of things that never were and ask, Why not? Some people have to go to work and don't have time for all that. 
Author: George Carlin
Nationality: American
b. 12 May 1937  - d. 22 June 2008
  
 "Doing your own thing" is a generous act. Being gifted creates obligations, which means you owe the world your best effort at the work you love. You too are a natural resource. 
Author: Barbara Sher
Nationality: American   
 If you've got a case that's due out or you have a trial starting Monday morning, and you haven't read the file, you haven't done the homework and done the research, you ought to be in there Saturday and if necessary Sunday. That goes with the territory. 
Author: Judge Mills Lane
Nationality: American
b. 12 November 1936
  
 That there isn't much difference between slavery, and renting one's self to an owner, or "wage slavery.' It is an attack on personal integrity that destroys and undermines our freedoms. I think that those that work in the mills should run them. 
Author: Noam Chomsky
Nationality: American
b. 7 December 1928
  
 Find something you're passionate about and keep tremendously interested in it. 
Author: Julia Child
Nationality: American
b. 15 August 1912  - d. 13 August 2004
  
 "Even if some details of dogma aren't true - or even all of 'em - think what a consolation religion and the church are to weak humanity!" "Are they? I wonder! Don't cheerful agnostics, who know they are going to die dead, worry much less than good Baptists, who worry lest their sons and cousins and sweethearts fail to get into the Baptist heaven - or what is even worse, who wonder if they may not have guessed wrong - if God may not be a Catholic, maybe, or a Mormon or Seventh-day Adventist instead of a Baptist, and then they'll go to hell themselves. Consolation? No!" 
Author: Sinclair Lewis
Nationality: American
b. 7 February 1885  - d. 10 January 1951
  
 The "liberal media" love to be denounced from the right, and the right loves to denounce them, because that makes them look like courageous defenders of freedom and independence while, in fact, they are imposing all of the presuppositions of the propaganda system. 
Author: Noam Chomsky
Nationality: American
b. 7 December 1928
  
 The best careers advice to give to the young is 'Find out what you like doing best and get someone to pay you for doing it. 
Author: Katharine Elizabeth Whitehorn
Nationality: British
b. December 1928
  
 An office party is not, as is sometimes supposed, the Managing Director's chance to kiss the tea-girl. It is the tea-girl's chance to kiss the Managing Director - however bizarre an ambition this may seem to anyone who has seen the Managing Director face on. 
Author: Katharine Elizabeth Whitehorn
Nationality: British
b. December 1928
  
 Bringing down the mighty from their seats is an agreeable and necessary pastime, but no one supposes that the mighty, having struggled so hard to get seated, will enjoy the dethronement. 
Author: Katharine Elizabeth Whitehorn
Nationality: British
b. December 1928
  
 The method especially appeals to people handicapped by a ruthless work ethic - Germans, Japanese and Americans. Using a camera appeases the anxiety which the work driven feel about not working when they are on vacation and supposed to be having fun. They have something to do that is like a friendly imitation of work: they can take pictures. 
Author: Susan Sontag
Nationality: American
b. 16 January 1933  - d. 28 December 2004
  
 Don't worry, I'll do more. 
Author: Norman Lindsay
Nationality: Australian
b. 22 February 1879  - d. 21 November 1969
  
 The best love affairs are those we never had. 
Author: Norman Lindsay
Nationality: Australian
b. 22 February 1879  - d. 21 November 1969
  
 I have too much work on my hands and I would not be a dutiful husband. 
Author: Cecil John Rhodes
Nationality: British
b. December 1853  - d.  December 1902
  
 You want to shut up every Negro who has the courage to stand up and fight for the rights of his people, for the rights of workers, and I have been on many a picket line for the steelworkers too. 
Author: Paul Robeson
Nationality: African-American
b. 09 April 1898  - d. 23 January 1976
  
 If my career in show business hadn't panned out I would probably be working today in Hamilton, Ontario at the Dofasco steel mill. 
Author: Jim Carey
Nationality: Canadian
b. 17 January 1962
  
 The working classes may be injuriously degraded and oppressed in three ways: 1st - When they are neglected in infancy 2nd - When they are overworked by their employer, and are thus rendered incompetent from ignorance to make a good use of high wages when they can procure them. 3rd - When they are paid low wages for their labour 
Author: Robert Owen
Nationality: Welsh
b. 14 May 1771  - d. 17 November 1858
  
 Eight hours daily labour is enough for any human being, and under proper arrangements sufficient to afford an ample supply of food, raiment and shelter, or the necessaries and comforts of life, and for the remainder of his time, every person is entitled to education, recreation and sleep. 
Author: Robert Owen
Nationality: Welsh
b. 14 May 1771  - d. 17 November 1858
  
 The lowest stage of humanity is experienced when the individual must labour for a small pittance of wages from others. 
Author: Robert Owen
Nationality: Welsh
b. 14 May 1771  - d. 17 November 1858
  
 It is therefore, the interest of all, that every one, from birth, should be well educated, physically and mentally, that society may be improved in its character, - that everyone should be beneficially employed, physically and mentally, that the greatest amount of wealth may be created, and knowledge attained, - that everyone should be placed in the midst of those external circumstances that will produce the greatest number of pleasurable sensations, through the longest life, that man may be made truly intelligent, moral and happy, and be thus prepared to enter upon the coming Millennium. 
Author: Robert Owen
Nationality: Welsh
b. 14 May 1771  - d. 17 November 1858
  
 My life was not useless; I gave important truths to the world, and it was only for want of understanding that they were disregarded. I have been ahead of my time. 
Author: Robert Owen
Nationality: Welsh
b. 14 May 1771  - d. 17 November 1858
  
 Train any population rationally, and they will be rational. Furnish honest and useful employments to those so trained, and such employments they will greatly prefer to dishonest or injurious occupations. It is beyond all calculation the interest of every government to provide that training and that employment; and to provide both is easily practicable. 
Author: Robert Owen
Nationality: Welsh
b. 14 May 1771  - d. 17 November 1858
  
 There is but one mode by which man can possess in perpetuity all the happiness which his nature is capable of enjoying, ó that is by the union and co-operation of all for the benefit of each. Union and co-operation in war obviously increase the power of the individual a thousand fold. Is there the shadow of a reason why they should not produce equal effects in peace; why the principle of co-operation should not give to men the same superior powers, and advantages, (and much greater) in the creation, preservation, distribution and enjoyment of wealth? 
Author: Robert Owen
Nationality: Welsh
b. 14 May 1771  - d. 17 November 1858
  
 Women will be no longer made the slaves of, or dependent upon men ... They will be equal in education, rights, privileges and personal liberty. 
Author: Robert Owen
Nationality: Welsh
b. 14 May 1771  - d. 17 November 1858
  
 Do the day's work. If it be to protect the rights of the weak, whoever objects, do it. If it be to help a powerful corporation better to serve the people, whatever the opposition, do that. Expect to be called a stand-patter, but don't be a stand-patter. Expect to be called a demagogue, but don't be a demagogue. Don't hesitate to be as revolutionary as science. Don't hesitate to be as reactionary as the multiplication table. Don't expect to build up the weak by pulling down the strong. Don't hurry to legislate. Give administration a chance to catch up with legislation. 
Author: Calvin Coolidge
Nationality: American
b. 4 July 1872  - d. 5 January 1933
  
 Tomorrow, the entire ANC leadership and I will be back at our desks. We are rolling up our sleeves to begin tackling the problems our country faces. We ask you all to join us - go back to your jobs in the morning. Let's get South Africa working. For we must, together and without delay, begin to build a better life for all South Africans. This means creating jobs building houses, providing education and bringing peace and security for all. 
Author: Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela
Nationality: South African
b. 18 July 1918
  
 Most people work just hard enough not to get fired and get paid just enough money not to quit. 
Author: George Carlin
Nationality: American
b. 12 May 1937  - d. 22 June 2008
  
 For my part, while I am as convinced a Socialist as the most ardent Marxian, I do not regard Socialism as a gospel of proletarian revenge, nor even, primarily, as a means of securing economic justice. I regard it primarily as an adjustment to machine production demanded by considerations of common sense, and calculated to increase the happiness, not only of proletarians, but of all except a tiny minority of the human race. 
Author: Bertrand Russell
Nationality: British
b. 18 May 1872  - d. 2 February 1970
  
 I class myself as a manual laborer. 
Author: Theodore Harold White
Nationality: American
b. 06 May 1915  - d. 09 May 1986
  
 Take it from me, there's nothing like a job well done. Except the quiet enveloping darkness at the bottom of a bottle of Jim Beam after a job done any way at all. 
Author: Stephen Colbert
Nationality: American
b. 13 May 1964
  
 I had always had two major requirements in any job I wanted, indoor work with no heavy lifting. 
Author: Wil Anderson
Nationality: American
b. 31 January 1974
  
 I now need work. When my phone rings, I think, ĎPlease be Celebrity Survivor 2!í Or maybe I could be the black Wiggle - the one telling kids what lifeís really like. 
Author: Wil Anderson
Nationality: American
b. 31 January 1974
  
 Basically, Iíve been doing the sensible thing and making plans about what Iím going to steal from the ABC. Iíve got my eye on Kerry oíBrienís green pen or one of the Bananas in Pyjamas. 
Author: Wil Anderson
Nationality: American
b. 31 January 1974
  
 There's good news tonight. 
Author: Gabriel Heatter
Nationality: American
b. 17 September 1890  - d. 30 March 1972
  
 The only time some people work like a horse is when the boss rides them. 
Author: Gabriel Heatter
Nationality: American
b. 17 September 1890  - d. 30 March 1972
  
 If you were happy every day of your life you wouldn't be a human being, you'd be a game show host. 
Author: Gabriel Heatter
Nationality: American
b. 17 September 1890  - d. 30 March 1972
  
 More power than all the success slogans ever penned by human hand is the realization for every man that he has but one boss. That boss is the man - he - himself. 
Author: Gabriel Heatter
Nationality: American
b. 17 September 1890  - d. 30 March 1972
  
 It's 4:30 in the morning, it's always 4:30 in the morning. 
Author: Charles Bukowski
Nationality: American
b. 16 August 1920  - d. 09 March 1994
  
 My ambition is handicapped by my laziness. 
Author: Charles Bukowski
Nationality: American
b. 16 August 1920  - d. 09 March 1994
  
 Many a good man has been put under the bridge by a woman. 
Author: Charles Bukowski
Nationality: American
b. 16 August 1920  - d. 09 March 1994
  




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