Chores Quotes

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Erma Bombeck
“Housework can kill you if done right.”
Erma Bombeck

Erma Bombeck
“Cleanliness is not next to godliness. It isn't even in the same neighborhood. No one has ever gotten a religious experience out of removing burned-on cheese from the grill of the toaster oven.”
Erma Bombeck

Bette Midler
“My idea of superwoman is someone who scrubs her own floors.”
Bette Midler

Jerome K. Jerome
“It always does seem to me that I am doing more work than I should do. It is not that I object to the work, mind you; I like work: it fascinates me. I can sit and look at it for hours. I love to keep it by me: the idea of getting rid of it nearly breaks my heart.

You cannot give me too much work; to accumulate work has almost become a passion with me: my study is so full of it now, that there is hardly an inch of room for any more. I shall have to throw out a wing soon.

And I am careful of my work, too. Why, some of the work that I have by me now has been in my possession for years and years, and there isn’t a finger-mark on it. I take a great pride in my work; I take it down now and then and dust it. No man keeps his work in a better state of preservation than I do.

But, though I crave for work, I still like to be fair. I do not ask for more than my proper share.”
Jerome K. Jerome, Three Men in a Boat

Erma Bombeck
“Housework is a treadmill from futility to oblivion with stop-offs at tedium and counter productivity.”
Erma Bombeck

Dave Barry
“normal person's weekly chore list:
1. clean kitchen.
2. clean bathroom.
3. clean entire rest of domicile.
cleaning impaired person's weekly chore list:
1. don't get peanut butter on sheets.”
Dave Barry

Roseanne Barr
“I'm not going to vacuum 'til Sears makes one you can ride on.”
Roseanne Barr

Shirley Conran
“I make no secret of the fact that I would rather lie on a sofa than sweep beneath it.”
Shirley Conran

Bill Konigsberg
“Do you know how you get the urge to clean your room, and it’s no big deal? But when your mom tells you that you have to clean your room, you don't want to? That's me, anyway.”
Bill Konigsberg, Openly Straight

Mildred Armstrong Kalish
“Without knowing it, the adults in our lives practiced a most productive kind of behavior modification. After our chores and household duties were done we were give "permission" to read. In other words, our elders positioned reading as a privilege - a much sought-after prize, granted only to those goodhardworkers who earned it. How clever of them.”
Mildred Armstrong Kalish, Little Heathens: Hard Times and High Spirits on an Iowa Farm During the Great Depression

Simone de Beauvoir
“Few tasks are more like the torture of Sisyphus than housework, with its endless repetition: the clean becomes soiled, the soiled is made clean, over and over, day after day. The housewife wears herself out marking time: she makes nothing, simply perpetuates the present … Eating, sleeping, cleaning – the years no longer rise up towards heaven, they lie spread out ahead, gray and identical. The battle against dust and dirt is never won.”
Simone de Beauvoir, The Second Sex

James  Jones
“There is, in the Army, a little known but very important activity appropriately called Fatigue. Fatigue, in the Army, is the very necessary cleaning and repairing of the aftermath of living. Any man who has ever owned a gun has known Fatigue, when, after fifteen minutes in the woods and perhaps three shots at an elusive squirrel, he has gone home to spend three-quarters of an hour cleaning up his piece so that it will be ready next time he goes to the woods. Any woman who has ever cooked a luscious meal and ladled it out in plates upon the table has known Fatigue, when, after the glorious meal is eaten, she repairs to the kitchen to wash the congealed gravy from the plates and the slick grease from the cooking pots so they will be ready to be used this evening, dirtied, and so washed again. It is the knowledge of the unendingness and of the repetitious uselessness, the do it up so it can be done again, that makes Fatigue fatigue.”
James Jones, From Here to Eternity

Earl Hamner Jr.
“Every child must have chores to do. It gives them dignity in work and the joy of labor.”
Earl Hamner Jr.

M.C. Humphreys
“If you ask me what remains to be known in the future, I’ll say, ‘Memorize all the world’s encyclopedias.’ Once you do that, forget all that fancy junk and rake the leaves – else I’m gonna take a stick to you, boy.”
M.C. Humphreys

Agnostic Zetetic
“I was not merely cleaning an oven; I was improving the world.”
Agnostic Zetetic

Gretchen Rubin
“Nothing is more exhausting than the task that’s never started.”
Gretchen Rubin, Outer Order, Inner Calm: Declutter & Organize to Make More Room for Happiness

“She liked to be in the thick of things and did not delegate easily, except where domestic chores were concerned.”
Mary Allsebrook, Born to Rebel: The Life of Harriet Boyd Hawes

Barbara Brown Taylor
“I no longer call such tasks "housework". I call them the "domestic arts," paying attention to all the ways they return me to my senses.”
Barbara Brown Taylor, An Altar in the World: A Geography of Faith

Kamand Kojouri
“I remember our childhood days
when life was easy
and math problems hard.
Mom would help us with our homework
and dad was not at home
but at work.
After our chores,
we’d go to the old fort museum
with clips in our hair and pure joy in our hearts.
You, sister, wore the bangles
you, brother, got as a prize from the Dentist.
“Why the bangles?” the Dentist asked,
for boys picked the stickers of cars instead.
“They’re for my sisters,” you said.
Mom would treat us to a bottle of Coke,
a few sips each. Then,
we’d buy the sweet smelling bread
from the same white van
and hand-in-hand,
we’d walk to our small flat
above the restaurant.
I remember our childhood days.
Do you remember them too?”
Kamand Kojouri

Stewart Stafford
“Multitasking is overrated - I'd rather do one thing well than many things badly. Quality supersedes quantity every time.”
Stewart Stafford

Stephen King
“During the morning chores, you look forward with love, during the evening ones, you look back with nostalgia."

-Roland of Gilead, Wolves of the Calla, Chapter 6, Part One, Verse One”
Stephen King, Wolves of the Calla

“I keep a list as close as my phone, and draw a deep sense of satisfaction each time I strike a task from it. In such erasure lies joy. No matter how much I give of myself to household chores, each of the rooms under my control swiftly unravels itself again in my aftermath, as though a shadow hand were already beginning the unwritten lists of my tomorrows…”
Doireann Ní Ghríofa, A Ghost in the Throat

Gena Showalter
“My momma says we don’t need a man to do our chores for us, ’cause we are smart and capable and I believe her even though Sara’s mom says men were born to be our slaves, we just have to know how to manage them.”
Gena Showalter, The One You Want

Gena Showalter
“He was here! And he was performing live and in-person girl porn—household tasks!”
Gena Showalter, The One You Want

Mark Twain
“Life to him seemed hollow, and existence but a burden.”
Mark Twain, The Adventures of Tom Sawyer

Marguerite Patten
“The survey of the time spent in the home by most housewives established that, on average, they worked 75 hours a week, with overtime on Saturdays and Sundays. This did not take into account that a number of women were also doing part or full-time work outside the home.”
Marguerite Patten, Post War Kitchen

Susanna Kearsley
“She'd been sent up to the field to fetch the mare, although perhaps "sent" was too strong a word. Her father had done nothing more than ask her if she'd go, because the mare would not come willingly to any of the men but led them all a tiring chase, whereas for Lydia she came directly, took the halter quietly, and let herself be led downhill as meekly as a lamb.
To Lydia, it was a welcome chore. These first days of October had been busy ones that kept her in the garden cutting squash to dry and harvesting the beans for seed and digging her potatoes. There'd been pies to bake and pickles to be scalded- she had left the last to Violet, who made pickles best of any she had tasted- but the garden on its own had wanted more hours in the day than she could give it, and the digging left her shoulders sore, so it had been a great relief to start this day by simply walking up along the orchard wall into the upper field to find the mare.
Her father had a mind to go to Hempstead to Aunt Hannah's, and the mare would take him there and back more swiftly than the wagon team. She was a gray, a four-year-old with something of a filly's mischief glinting in her eyes as she stopped grazing, raising her fine head, and watched Lydia approach.
"There'd be no point," was Lydia's advice. "I've neither will nor energy to chase you so you'd have to play the game alone, which would be little fun."
The mare flicked one ear in acknowledgement of this and gave in gracefully, and although she did not step forward, she at least stood still and did not run. Lydia wasn't entirely sure herself why the mare favored her, but they had shared this rapport from the very first day that her father had brought the mare home as a yearling. Just as a horse could sense a nervous rider or a cruel one, it appeared that the mare could sense Lydia already carried a full share of troubles and did not need more. Whatever the reason, the mare bent her head to the halter and made no complaint and submitted herself to be led.”
Susanna Kearsley, Bellewether

Jerome K. Jerome
“We worked steadily for five-and-twenty minutes, and did four potatoes.”
Jerome K Jerome, Three Men In A Boat
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Gillian Flynn
“Wear this, don't wear that. Do this chore now and do this chore when you get a chance and by that I mean now. And definitely, definitely, give up the things you love for me, so I will have proof that you love me best.”
Gillian Flynn, Gone Girl

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