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Quotes About Jobs

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Drew Carey
“Oh, you hate your job? Why didn't you say so?
There's a support group for that. It's called EVERYBODY, and they meet at the bar.”
Drew Carey

Plato
“If women are expected to do the same work as men, we must teach them the same things.”
Plato, The Republic

Steve Jobs
“Details matter, it's worth waiting to get it right.”
Steve Jobs

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

Jeff Lindsay
“Have you noticed how difficult it is just to get along in the world? If you're no good at all in your job, people treat you badly and eventually you will be unemployed. And if you're a little better than competent, everyone expects miracles from you, every single time. Like most of life, it's a no-win situation. And if you dare to mention it, no matter how creatively you phrase your complaints, you are shunned as a whiner.”
Jeff Lindsay, Dexter Is Delicious

Douglas Adams
“So the hours are pretty good then?' he resumed.
The Vogon stared down at him as sluggish thoughts moiled around in the murky depths.
Yeah,' he said, 'but now you come to mention it, most of the actual minutes are pretty lousy.”
Douglas Adams, The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy

John Kennedy Toole
“I dust a bit...in addition, I am at the moment writing a lengthy indictment against our century. When my brain begins to reel from my literary labors, I make an occasional cheese dip.

~Ignatius J. Reilly”
John Kennedy Toole, A Confederacy of Dunces

Hippocrates
“The life so short, the craft so long to learn.

Hippocrates

C. JoyBell C.
“We must not be defined by what we do, but we must be what and who we are, then only happen to do what we do!”
C. JoyBell C.

Maria V. Snyder
“As her newest apprentice, it had been my job to go to the market every morning. I had gotten all the jobs no one else wanted, but I had treated each task as if it had been essential to do well -- a trick I had learned from my father.”
Maria V. Snyder, Touch of Power
tags: jobs, task

Elmore Leonard
“There are cities that get by on their good looks, offer climate and scenery, views of mountains or oceans, rockbound or with palm trees; and there are cities like Detroit that have to work for a living, whose reason for being might be geographical but whose growth is based on industry, jobs. Detroit has its natural attractions: lakes all over the place, an abundance of trees and four distinct seasons for those who like variety in their weather, everything but hurricanes and earth-quakes. But it’s never been the kind of city people visit and fall in love with because of its charm or think, gee, wouldn’t this be a nice place to live.”
Elmore Leonard

Shannon L. Alder
“Personality begins where comparison leaves off. Be unique. Be memorable. Be confident. Be proud.”
Shannon L. Alder

Milton Friedman
“For example, the supporters of tariffs treat it as self-evident that the creation of jobs is a desirable end, in and of itself, regardless of what the persons employed do. That is clearly wrong. If all we want are jobs, we can create any number--for example, have people dig holes and then fill them up again, or perform other useless tasks. Work is sometimes its own reward. Mostly, however, it is the price we pay to get the things we want. Our real objective is not just jobs but productive jobs--jobs that will mean more goods and services to consume.”
Milton Friedman, Free to Choose: A Personal Statement

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.

Alain de Botton
“When does a job feel meaningful? Whenever it allows us to generate delight or reduce suffering in others. Though we are often taught to think of ourselves as inherently selfish, the longing to act meaningfully in our work seems just as stubborn a part of our make-up as our appetite for status or money. It is because we are meaning-focused animals rather than simply materialistic ones that we can reasonably contemplate surrendering security for a career helping to bring drinking water to rural Malawi or might quit a job in consumer goods for one in cardiac nursing, aware that when it comes to improving the human condition a well-controlled defibrillator has the edge over even the finest biscuit.

But we should be wary of restricting the idea of meaningful work too tightly, of focusing only on the doctors, the nuns of Kolkata or the Old Masters. There can be less exalted ways to contribute to the furtherance of the collective good....

....An endeavor endowed with meaning may appear meaningful only when it proceeds briskly in the hands of a restricted number of actors and therefore where particular workers can make an imaginative connection between what they have done with their working days and their impact upon others.”
Alain de Botton, The Pleasures and Sorrows of Work

Dorothy L. Sayers
“Once lay down the rule that the job comes first and you throw that job open to every individual, man or woman, fat or thin, tall or short, ugly or beautiful, who is able to do that job better than the rest of the world.”
Dorothy L. Sayers, Are Women Human? Astute and Witty Essays on the Role of Women in Society

Gustavo Arellano
“Your life depends on a random stranger who could kill you, will probably disrespect you, and will most likely pay you much less than you deserve. But even those prospects are better than the ones you used to have. This is the life of los jornaleros – the day laborers.”
Gustavo Arellano, Ask a Mexican

“Many people have serious academic degrees but cannot find a job, and sadly their degrees are so limited that they cannot even think about how to create a job for themselves.”
Haki R. Madhubuti

Jarod Kintz
“Seeing no better jobs on the horizon than flipping hamburgers with so much grease it would make Portugal, Italy, and Spain jealous, I decided to go back to school. It reminds me of something Zelda’s mom told her in November 2007: “Some people flip condos and make millions. Your boyfriend couldn’t even flip burgers and make minimum wage.”
Jarod Kintz, Gosh, I probably shouldn't publish this.

Carlos Ruiz Zafón
“Making money isn't hard in itself,what's hard is to earn it doing something worth devoting your life to”
Carlos Ruiz Zafón, The Shadow of the Wind

Jodi Picoult
“My high school guidance counselor, Mrs. Inverholl, once had me take an aptitude test to figure out my future. The number one job recommendation for my set of skills was an air traffic accident investigator, of which there are fewer than fifty in the world. The number two job was a museum curator for Chinese-American studies. The number three job was a circus clown.”
Jodi Picoult, House Rules
tags: humor, jobs

Daniel Amory
“One of the professors told me last week that he feels bad teaching with the way the economy is now. ‘What’s the point?’ he said. ‘Kids aren’t getting jobs.’ You never hear faculty talk that way. He did.”
Daniel Amory, Minor Snobs

Kathy Skaggs
“Poets are never unemployed, just unpaid.”
Kathy Skaggs

“If you find what you do each day seems to have no link to any higher purpose, you probably want to rethink what you're doing.”
Ronald A. Heifetz, The Practice of Adaptive Leadership: Tools and Tactics for Changing Your Organization and the World

Barbara Ehrenreich
“This advice comes as a surprise: job searching is not joblessness; it is a job in itself and should be structured to resemble one, right down to the more regrettable features of employment, like having to follow orders--orders which are in this case self-generated.”
Barbara Ehrenreich, Bait and Switch: The (Futile) Pursuit of the American Dream

Núria Añó
“The land of easy mathematics where he who works adds up and he who retires subtracts.”
Núria Añó

“I don't get out of bed for less than $10,000 a day”
― Linda Evangilista

“Nick chided a censor, who wished some books gone, and suggested she scan Fahrenheit 451. For the book-budget cutters, Old Claus had no plan, cause if they could read, they just read Ayn Rand.”
David Davis, Librarian's Night Before Christmas

Gene Edward Veith Jr.
“Luther says that vocations are a “mask from God. That is, God hides Himself in the workplace, the family, the Church, and the seemingly secular society”
Gene Edward Veith Jr., God at Work: Your Christian Vocation in All of Life

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