quotations about work
It is necessary to work, if not from inclination, at least from despair. Everything considered, work is less boring than amusing oneself.
CHARLES BAUDELAIRE, attributed, The Biteback Dictionary of Humorous Business Quotations
If you love your work, if you enjoy it, you're already a success.
JACK CANFIELD, The Success Principles
A man willing to work, and unable to find work, is perhaps the saddest sight that fortune's inequality exhibits under this sun.
THOMAS CARLYLE, Chartism
I am no stranger to working hard. I have done it all my life. As a result I have become accustomed to expecting success in everything I do. Some people call me lucky, but I know better.
DONALD TRUMP, Think Big
Fewer people are bent from hard work than are crooked from avoiding it.
ZIG ZIGLAR, See You at the Top
The more I want to get something done, the less I call it work.
RICHARD BACH, Illusions: The Adventures of a Reluctant Messiah
The man who has the largest capacity for work and thought is the man who is bound to succeed.
HENRY FORD, My Life and Work
Honest labour bears a lovely face.
THOMAS DEKKER, Patient Grissell
I do not believe we can repair the basic fabric of society until people who are willing to work have work. Work organizes life. It gives structure and discipline to life.
BILL CLINTON, speech in Memphis, November 13, 1993
Work is sacred. It is not just a way to earn money or gain power, though it may result in both. Work is a vehicle for testing out our gifts and talents and using them to explore their meaning. Work is a process of self-expression, trial and error learning, creativity, and risk taking. No matter what kind of job we have, work always has these potentials. Work is spiritual. It is a place where we have the opportunity for spiritual growth. Often these opportunities come from the "how" of the ways we do our work rather than the "what" of the work itself. Regardless of what our work is, we can enjoy it. And it is most enjoyable when balanced with other aspects of our life and not a tyrant.
ANNE WILSON SCHAEF, attributed, "Thank God It's Monday and the End of Work-Life Balance", Huffington Post, March 21, 2017
How happy he who crowns in shades like these,
A youth of labour with an age of ease.
OLIVER GOLDSMITH, The Deserted Village
Work banishes those three great evils, boredom, vice, and poverty.
There is nothing derogatory in any employment which ministers to the well-being of the race. It is the spirit that is carried into an employment that elevates or degrades it.
HORACE MANN, A Few Thoughts for a Young Man
Each of us, when our day's work is done, must seek our ideal, whether it be love or pinochle or lobster à la Newburg, or the sweet silence of the musty bookshelves.
O. HENRY, "The Social Triangle"
A foreman, if he's got a conscience, and delights in his work, will do his business as well as if he was a partner. I wouldn't give a penny for a man as 'ud drive a nail in slack because he didn't get extra pay for it.
GEORGE ELIOT, Adam Bede
Work is the Rent we pay for our time on Earth.
TUBBY CLAYTON, attributed, Saga Magazine, January 2009
The idea that to make a man work you've got to hold gold in front of his eyes is a growth, not an axiom. We've done that for so long that we've forgotten there's any other way.
F. SCOTT FITZGERALD, This Side of Paradise
No man will labor for himself who can make another labor for him.
THOMAS JEFFERSON, Notes on Virginia
If you don't find a way to do something as work that is fulfilling and enjoyable, then your life is going to be really sad.
RUDOLPH GIULIANI, interview, May 3, 2003
You reach a point where you don't work for money.
WALT DISNEY, attributed, The Quotable Billionaire