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Quotes About Employment

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Jarod Kintz
“Not only am I thinking about getting a nose job, but I’m also trying to get employment for the rest of my face.”
Jarod Kintz, Great Listener Series Mute Women

John Kennedy Toole
“...I doubt very seriously whether anyone will hire me.'

What do you mean, babe? You a fine boy with a good education.'

Employers sense in me a denial of their values.' He rolled over onto his back. 'They fear me. I suspect that they can see that I am forced to function in a century I loathe. This was true even when I worked for the New Orleans Public Library.”
John Kennedy Toole, A Confederacy of Dunces

John Kennedy Toole
“Apparently I lack some particular perversion which today's employer is seeking. ”
John Kennedy Toole, A Confederacy of Dunces

Seneca
“It is not that we have so little time but that we lose so much. ... The life we receive is not short but we make it so; we are not ill provided but use what we have wastefully.”
Seneca, On the Shortness of Life

Scott Lynch
“Know something? I'd lay even odds that between the people following us and the people hunting us, we've become this city's principle means of employment. Tal Verrar's entire economy is now based on fucking with us.”
Scott Lynch, Red Seas Under Red Skies

Lena Horne
“Always be smarter than the people who hire you.”
Lena Horne

Seth Godin
“...treasure what it means to do a day's work. It's our one and only chance to do something productive today, and it's certainly not available to someone merely because he is the high bidder. A day's work is your chance to do art, to create a gift, to do something that matters. As your work gets better and your art becomes more important, competition for your gifts will increase and you'll discover that you can be choosier about whom you give them to.”
Seth Godin, Linchpin: Are You Indispensable?

Jarod Kintz
“I work for a mom and pop business. They’re my mom and pop, and by work I mean they give me an allowance. But that’ll end soon. By age 30, in just a few months, they said it’d be time for me to earn a living. I guess that means they’ll want me to start mowing the lawn.
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Jarod Kintz, At even one penny, this book would be overpriced. In fact, free is too expensive, because you'd still waste time by reading it.

Jarod Kintz
“I peed on the floor to get hired. Now I’m the janitor. 
”
Jarod Kintz, The Titanic would never have sunk if it were made out of a sink.

Thomas Sowell
“Unfortunately, the real minimum wage is always zero, regardless of the laws, and that is the wage that many workers receive in the wake of the creation or escalation of a government-mandated minimum wage, because they lose their jobs or fail to find jobs when they enter the labor force. Making it illegal to pay less than a given amount does not make a worker’s productivity worth that amount—and, if it is not, that worker is unlikely to be employed.”
Thomas Sowell, Basic Economics: A Citizen's Guide to the Economy

Jarod Kintz
“The best way to guarantee you have a job tomorrow is to not finish all the work your boss asked of you today. Wait, that’s not right. Sorry, I’m thinking like a government employee again.”
Jarod Kintz, This is the best book I've ever written, and it still sucks

John Kenneth Galbraith
“Economics is extremely useful as a form of employment for economists.”
John Kenneth Galbraith

Alain de Botton
“A 'good job' can be both practically attractive while still not good enough to devote your entire life to.”
Alain de Botton

Jane Austen
“...the pleasantness of an employment does not always evince its propriety.”
Jane Austen, Sense and Sensibility

Stevie Smith
“It is the privilege of the rich
To waste the time of the poor
To water with tears in secret
A tree that grows in secret
That bears fruit in secret
That ripened falls to the ground in secret
And manures the parent tree
Oh the wicked tree of hatred and the secret
The sap rising and the tears falling.”
Stevie Smith, Selected Poems

Naomi Klein
“Drilling without thinking has of course been Republican party policy since May 2008. With gas prices soaring to unprecedented heights, that's when the conservative leader Newt Gingrich unveiled the slogan 'Drill Here, Drill Now, Pay Less'—with an emphasis on the now. The wildly popular campaign was a cry against caution, against study, against measured action. In Gingrich's telling, drilling at home wherever the oil and gas might be—locked in Rocky Mountain shale, in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, and deep offshore—was a surefire way to lower the price at the pump, create jobs, and kick Arab ass all at once. In the face of this triple win, caring about the environment was for sissies: as senator Mitch McConnell put it, 'in Alabama and Mississippi and Louisiana and Texas, they think oil rigs are pretty'. By the time the infamous 'Drill Baby Drill' Republican national convention rolled around, the party base was in such a frenzy for US-made fossil fuels, they would have bored under the convention floor if someone had brought a big enough drill.”
Naomi Klein

Douglas Adams
“He was a man who was charged with the work he did in life because he was not one to ask questions - not so much on account of any natural quality of discretion as because he simply could never think of any questions to ask.
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On the strength of which he had guaranteed himself regular employment for as long as he cared to live.”
Douglas Adams, The Long Dark Tea-Time of the Soul

Jarod Kintz
“The cool thing about unemployment is every day is Saturday.”
Jarod Kintz, This Book Has No Title

Mokokoma Mokhonoana
“The reason that man is seldom satisfied with his salary is that when it increases, he increases his expenses.”
Mokokoma Mokhonoana

Kim Stanley Robinson
“In a capitalist world, the word capital has taken on more and more uses. . . . human capital, for instance, which is what labor accumulates through education and work experience. Human capital differs from the classic kind in that you can't inherit it, and it can only be rented, not bought or sold.”
Kim Stanley Robinson, Green Mars

N.K. Jemisin
“Funny thing, employment. If you keep doing it, you keep getting paid.”
N.K. Jemisin, The Kingdom of Gods

Jarod Kintz
“I had a hand in getting my clone employment. I gave him a handjob.”
Jarod Kintz, 99 Cents For Some Nonsense

Jarod Kintz
“Oh, look, there are jobs available in Jacksonville! Today there are two jobs for me and 1.2 million other people in this city to choose from. I can either go into the advertising industry by being a sign spinner, which sounds perfect for me because I really enjoy standing in the heat and getting honked at by drivers, or I can go into public relations by being a part time host/hostess at the Applebees on Old. St. Augustine Rd. Both of these jobs sound great, but since the competition for them is so stiff, I’m really regretting not having taken on another $50,000 dollars of debt and getting a master’s degree. I’m not feeling confident that I’m qualified for either of them.”
Jarod Kintz, Gosh, I probably shouldn't publish this.

Jarod Kintz
“Employment: I’ll trade my time and labor for your money. So time is not money, because money is time plus labor. I spend my time saving money, I spend my money saving time, and I labor hard to not labor hard.”
Jarod Kintz, This Book is Not FOR SALE

Jarod Kintz
“I decide to scope out craigslist to see all the vibrant economic employment opportunities available to me in this depression. Oh, I’m sorry, I mean “recession.” No matter how many millions of jobs are lost, how much debt our country accrues, or how many years the stagnation drags on, it’s not a depression until the dogmatic media officially declares it to be a depression. It’s as if they believe by repeatedly printing or saying economists are afraid the economy will slip back into a recession, they’ll fool the masses of unemployed or underemployed into believing that not only are we not in a depression, but we aren’t even in a recession. I’m sure the millions of unemployed, freshly graduated college kids who have thousands of dollars of unshakable debt to pay off feel comforted by the empty repetition.”
Jarod Kintz, Gosh, I probably shouldn't publish this.

Jarod Kintz
“The best way to get America back to work, and reduce our deficit, is hire all the photographers in the country, position them on street corners, and have them take pictures of all the license plates of red-light runners, who will then receive a fine and all will be fine. But wait! Nobody will run red lights, because not only are gas prices too high, but with no jobs to be late to, nobody has anywhere to go.”
Jarod Kintz, At even one penny, this book would be overpriced. In fact, free is too expensive, because you'd still waste time by reading it.

Linda Mickey
“Work is tough for everyone but for Kyle Shannon, it's just murder.”
Linda Mickey

Jarod Kintz
“A good server knows how to be seen, yet remain invisible. I was a great server, and I achieved invisibility by never showing up for work. My boss ended up firing me, probably over petty jealousy.”
Jarod Kintz, This Book is Not FOR SALE

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