Work quotes page 2
My grandfather once told me that there were two kinds of people; those who do the work
and those who take the credit. He told me to try to be in the first group; there was much
A good beginning is half the work.
A man knows when he has found his vocation when he stops thinking about how to live and
begins to live.
A man is a worker. If he is not that he is nothing.
Before you start some work, always ask yourself three questions - Why am I doing it,
What the results might be and Will I be successful. Only when you think deeply and find
satisfactory answers to these questions, go ahead.
It is one thing to conceive a good plan, and another to execute it.
The trouble with being punctual is that nobody's there to appreciate it.
Franklin P. Jones
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 victory of success is half won when one gains the habit of setting goals and achieving
them. Even the most tedious chore will become endurable as you parade through each day
convinced that every task, no matter how menial or boring, brings you closer to achieving
All work asks for diligence.
African proverb, Ovambo
In training and coaching thousands of professionals, I have found that lack of time is not the
major issue for them (though they themselves may think it is); the real problem is a lack of
clarity and definition about what a project really is, and what the associated next-action
steps required are.
Gentleness doesn't get work done unless you happen to be a hen laying eggs.
The democracy will cease to exist when you take away from those who are willing to work
and give to those who would not.
I don't think that work ever really destroyed anybody. I think that lack of work destroys them
a hell of a lot more.
Free labor has the inspiration of hope; pure slavery has no hope. The power of hope upon
human exertion and happiness is wonderful.
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.
I've never really viewed myself as particularly talented, where I excel is ridiculous, sickening
work ethic. While the other guy is sleeping, I'm working. While the other guy is eating, I'm
Life grants nothing to us mortals without hard work.
Opportunities are usually disguised as hard work, so most people don't recognize them.
The reason why worry kills more people than work is that more people worry than work.
Many of the greatest men have owed their success to industry rather than to cleverness.
Be nice to people on your way up, because you'll meet them on your way down.
Do your duty and a little more and the future will take care of itself.
Most people work just hard enough not to get fired and get paid just enough money not to
Procrastination is attitude's natural assassin. There is nothing is so fatiguing as the eternal
hanging on of an uncompleted task.
You can't get a pay raise when you are angry. People will react to the negative energy and
will resist you. They'll perceive - consciously or subliminally - that you don't love yourself, so
why should they
acknowledge you? They may even try to cut your money because they see
that you are devaluing yourself.
Look at a day when you are supremely satisfied at the end. It's not a day when you lounge
around doing nothing; it's a day you've had everything to do and you've done it.
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.
Do people know you because of your unbelievable work ethic? If you can't answer YES to
that, you're not gonna get into that top 10 percent.
If the power to do hard work is not a skill, it's the best possible substitute for it.