Work quotes page 3
Personally, I enjoy working about 18 hours a day. Besides the short catnaps I take each
day, I average about four to five hours of sleep per night.
Thomas A. Edison
There is no substitute for hard work.
Thomas A. Edison
You must learn to translate wisdom and strong feelings into labor.
My approach is deeply rooted in the most vulgar, obscene, nasty, four-letter word in our
vocabulary; W-O-R-K. That is where it falls apart for most people because they don't want
to work. They want to think their way to success.
Laziness may appear attractive, but work gives satisfaction.
Don't be afraid to give your best to what seemingly are small jobs. Every time you conquer
one it makes you that much stronger. If you do the little jobs well, the big ones will tend to
take care of themselves.
Sexual harassment at work... is it a problem for the self-employed?
Accomplishing the impossible means only that the boss will add it to your regular duties.
It is not work that kills men; it is worry. Work is healthy; you can hardly put more upon a man
than he can bear. Worry is the rust upon the blade. It is not the revolution which destroys
the machinery but the friction. Fear secretes acids; but love and trust are sweet juices.
Henry Ward Beecher
People who work sitting down get paid more than people who work standing up.
The better a work is, the more it attracts criticism; it is like the fleas who rush to jump on
The safest antidote against sorrow is employment.
If a man is called to be a street sweeper, he should sweep streets even as a Michelangelo
painted, or Beethoven composed music or Shakespeare wrote poetry. He should sweep
streets so well that all the hosts of heaven and earth will pause to say, "Here lived a great
street sweeper who did his job well."
Martin Luther King Jr.
Which is man's most desirable occupation? The one for which he is most fit.
Half finished work generally proves to be labor lost.
A man is relieved and gay when he has put his heart into his work and done his best; but
what he has said or done otherwise, shall give him no peace. Do your work, and I shall know
you. Do your work, and you shall reinforce yourself. Your genuine action will explain itself, and
will explain your other genuine actions. Your conformity explains nothing.
Ralph Waldo Emerson
The truth is that as soon as we are no longer obliged to earn our living, we no longer know
what to do with our life and recklessly squander it.
Light is the task where many share the toil.
In all human affairs there are efforts, and there are results, and the strength of the effort is
the measure of the result. Chance is not.
They are not only idle who do nothing, but they are idle also who might be better employed.
I am glad that work is not reserved for slaves. Were that the case I would be deprived of my
greatest pleasure. Many things do I enjoy but nothing takes the place of work.
George S. Clason
The more I want to get something done, the less I call it work.
Every morning I get up and look through the Forbes list of the richest people in America.
If I'm not there, I go to work.
Labor is the only prayer that Nature answers. It is the only prayer that deserves an answer,
- good, honest, noble work.
Robert G. Ingersoll
We need people who can actually do things. We have too many bosses and too few workers.
More college graduates ought to become plumbers or electricians, then go home at night and
Make sure you're positive about your choice of careers. All the millionaires I've known - and
I've met quite a few over the years - loved their occupations. For them, working became
almost a leisure activity, as agreeable as a hobby. That's why most rich peole rarely take
To an active mind, indolence is more painful than labor.
When you go to work, if your name is on the building, you're rich. If your name is on your
desk, you're middle class. And if your name is on your shirt, you're poor.
There are no menial jobs, only menial attitudes.
William J. Bennett
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.
Earl A. Mathes
Do the best you can in every task, no matter how unimportant it may seem at the time. No
one learns more about a problem than the person at the bottom.
Sandra Day O'Connor