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If you don’t want to work, you have to work to earn enough money so that you won’t have to work.
Frederic Ogden Nash, US humorous writer, poet (1902-1971)
Every day I get up and look through the Forbes list of the richest people in America. If I’m not there, I go to work.
Kenichi Ohmae, Japanese management consultant (b. 1943)
The more I want to get something done, the less I call it work.
Richard Bach, US author (b. 1936)
Find out what you like doing best and get someone to pay you for doing it.
Katherine Whitehorn, British journalist (b. 1928)
Work is not man’s punishment. It is his reward and his strength and his pleasure.
Amantine Lucile Aurore Dupin, known as George Sand, French author (1804-1876)
If you do not feel yourself growing in your work and your life broadening and deepening, if your task is not a perpetual tonic to you, you have not found your place.
Orison Swett Marden, US editor, author (1850-1924)
Being busy does not always mean real work. The object of all work is production or accomplishment and to either of these ends there must be forethought, system, planning, intelligence, and honest purpose, as well as perspiration. Seeming to do is not doing.
Thomas Alva Edison, US inventor (1847-1931)
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 less competition.
Indira Gandhi, Indian Prime Minister (1917-1984)
Good work is always done in defiance of management.
Robert Woodward, US journalist (b. 1943)
It’s not enough to be busy. The question is, what are we busy about?
Henry David Thoreau, US essayist, poet (1817-1862)
No race can prosper till it learns there is as much dignity in tilling a field as in writing a poem.
Booker T Washington, US educator (1856-1915)
By working faithfully eight hours a day you may eventually get to be a boss and work twelve hours a day.
Robert Frost, US poet (1874-1963)
A man who works with his hands is a labourer; a man who works with his hands and his brains is a craftsman; but a man who works with his hands and his brain and his heart is an artist.
Louis Nizer, British lawyer (1902-1994)
There is no easy method of learning difficult things. The method is to close the door, give out that you are not at home, and work.
Joseph Marie De Maistre, French diplomat, author (1753-1821)
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, British author, art critic (1819-1900)
The superstition that all our hours of work are a minus quantity in the happiness of life, and all the hours of idleness are plus ones, is a most ludicrous and pernicious doctrine, and its greatest support comes from our not taking sufficient trouble, not making a real effort, to make work as near pleasure as it can be.
Arthur James Balfour, 1st Earl of Balfour, British Prime Minister (1848-1930)
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.
Samuel Langhorne Clemens, known as Mark Twain, US author (1835-1910)
Work seven days a week and nothing can stop you.
John Moores, British entrepreneur, philanthropist (1896-1993)
The Encyclopaedia of Famous Last Words does not contain the entry, ‘I wish I’d spend more time at the office.’