Employment Quotes

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“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.”
Lucius Annaeus Seneca, On the Shortness of Life: Life Is Long if You Know How to Use It

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

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

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

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

“Pick a leader who will keep jobs in your country by offering companies incentives to hire only within their borders, not one who allows corporations to outsource jobs for cheaper labor when there is a national employment crisis. Choose a leader who will invest in building bridges, not walls. Books, not weapons. Morality, not corruption. Intellectualism and wisdom, not ignorance. Stability, not fear and terror. Peace, not chaos. Love, not hate. Convergence, not segregation. Tolerance, not discrimination. Fairness, not hypocrisy. Substance, not superficiality. Character, not immaturity. Transparency, not secrecy. Justice, not lawlessness. Environmental improvement and preservation, not destruction. Truth, not lies.”
Suzy Kassem, Rise Up and Salute the Sun: The Writings of Suzy Kassem

Atul Gawande
“We recruit for attitude and train for skill,”
Atul Gawande

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?

Mokokoma Mokhonoana
“If heaven really exists: then heaven is the job, hell is unemployment, while life is merely an interview.”
Mokokoma Mokhonoana

“Pick a leader who will not only bail out banks and airlines, but also families from losing their homes -- or jobs due to their companies moving to other countries. Pick a leader who will fund schools, not limit spending on education and allow libraries to close. Pick a leader who chooses diplomacy over war. An honest broker in foreign relations. A leader with integrity, one who says what they mean, keeps their word and does not lie to their people. Pick a leader who is strong and confident, yet humble. Intelligent, but not sly. A leader who encourages diversity, not racism. One who understands the needs of the farmer, the teacher, the doctor, and the environmentalist -- not only the banker, the oil tycoon, the weapons developer, or the insurance and pharmaceutical lobbyist.”
Suzy Kassem, Rise Up and Salute the Sun: The Writings of Suzy Kassem

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

Mokokoma Mokhonoana
“An educated woman is seen as a human being with a vagina. An uneducated woman is seen as a vagina with a human being.”
Mokokoma Mokhonoana

“Ninety percent of the people are not happy with their jobs. The remaining ten percent don’t deserve their jobs in the first place.”
Abhaidev, That Thing About You

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

Naomi Alderman
“The thing about the Lexington International Bank ladder was that it was very long, and climbing it was very exhausting, and so Andrew Brown didn't have a lot of time to think about whether he really wanted to get to the top of it—and besides, since so many other people were climbing too, the view from the top must be worth it.

So he kept going. He worked hard. He put his heart and mind and soul into it. There was an opening for a position half a rung higher than he already was. With a promotion, he might get two hours a week of a secretary's time. He'd go to more important meetings, with more senior people, and have the opportunity to impress them, and if he did he might be promoted again and then... well, of course eventually he'd be running the whole office. It's important to have a dream: otherwise you might notice where you really are.”
Naomi Alderman, Doctor Who: Borrowed Time

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

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.
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

Gillian Flynn
“I am, after all, an adult, a grown man, a useful human being, even though I lost the career that made me all these things. I won't make that mistake again.”
Gillian Flynn, Gone Girl

“You attract poverty when you lack value for time”
Sunday Adelaja

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, Modern Classics Selected Poems Of Stevie Smith

Mokokoma Mokhonoana
“The employed are punished by having to do what they do not love. The self-employed are punished by the opposite.”
Mokokoma Mokhonoana

David Foster Wallace
“It's no accident that in a bureaucracy getting fired is called 'termination,' as in ontological erasure.”
David Foster Wallace, Infinite Jest

“You can be your own boss”
Sunday Adelaja

“Life becomes a dilemma when you are living a purposeless and goalless life”
Sunday Adelaja

“You need to assess yourself on a yearly basis and see how far you have gone and what you still need to work on”
Sunday Adelaja

“You must always overcome your comfort zone”
Sunday Adelaja

Mokokoma Mokhonoana
“Some animals would be offended if they were treated like some people.”
Mokokoma Mokhonoana

“Don’t be too comfortable with employment; discover yourself and see what you can achieve for yourself”
Sunday Adelaja

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