Working Quotes

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Mark Twain
“The secret to getting ahead is getting started.”
Mark Twain

Audre Lorde
“I want to live the rest of my life, however long or short, with as much sweetness as I can decently manage, loving all the people I love, and doing as much as I can of the work I still have to do. I am going to write fire until it comes out of my ears, my eyes, my noseholes--everywhere. Until it's every breath I breathe. I'm going to go out like a fucking meteor!”
Audre Lorde

Jess C. Scott
“If money’s the god people worship, I’d rather go worship the devil instead.”
Jess C Scott, Rockstar

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

Yann Martel
“I have nothing to say of my working life, only that a tie is a noose, and inverted though it is, it will hang a man nonetheless if he's not careful.”
Yann Martel

Elizabeth I
“Life is for living and working at. If you find anything or anybody a bore, the fault is in yourself.”
Queen Elizabeth I of England

Edward Abbey
“Ah yes, the head is full of books. The hard part is to force them down through the bloodstream and out through the fingers.”
Edward Abbey, Postcards from Ed: Dispatches and Salvos from an American Iconoclast

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

محمد حسن علوان
“كم هم محظوظون إذ يحرقون الفائض من أرواحهم في العمل، بدل أن يحترق في داخلهم بدون سبب، و يؤذيهم.”
محمد حسن علوان, طوق الطهارة

Jess C. Scott
“[Poem: Slates of Grey]

Sullen faces like slates of grey—
What I’d seen on a walk today.

Bodies rushing bodies bolting
Time for life a disregarding.

Money to make and to grow old
What about the hands to hold?

Deadlines, projects, people to meet
What about our own two feet.

Sullen faces like slates of grey...
What I’d see most anyday.”
Jess C Scott, Trouble

Criss Jami
“I find it a challenge to cooperate in a society where it's considered moral to critique a résumé yet immoral to critique morality.”
Criss Jami, Killosophy

Candace Bushnell
“It was ironic, but when you scratched the surface, most successful men were working for one thing only--to retire--and the sooner the better. Whereas women were the complete opposite. She had never heard a woman say she was working so she could retire to a desert island or to live on a boat. It was probably, she thought, because most women didn't think they deserved to do nothing.”
Candace Bushnell, Lipstick Jungle

Criss Jami
“If you use a philosophy education well, you can get your foot in the door of any industry you please. Industries are like the blossoms on a tree while philosophy is the trunk - it holds the tree together, but it often goes unnoticed.”
Criss Jami, Killosophy

Steve Pavlina
“If you don’t take the time to get really clear about exactly what it is you’re trying to accomplish, then you’re forever doomed to spend your life achieving the goals of those who do.”
Steve Pavlina

Nick Hornby
“Clockers" asks--almost in passing, and there's a lot more to it than this--a pretty interesting question: if you choose to work for the minimum wage when everyone around you is pocketing thousands from drug deals, then what does that do to you, to your head and to your heart?

(Hornby's thoughts after reading "Clockers" by Richard Price)”
Nick Hornby, The Polysyllabic Spree

Crystal Woods
“I guess I just grew up thinking that when we become adults, we get to do what we love. For work, for fun, forever. I don't know where I got that from. Seems silly now.”
Crystal Woods, Write like no one is reading 2

Henry David Thoreau
“The ways by which you may get money almost without exception lead downward. To have done anything by which you earned money merely is to have been truly idle or worse. If the laborer gets no more than the wages which his employer pays him, he is cheated, he cheats himself. If you would get money as a writer or lecturer, you must be popular, which is to go down perpendicularly. Those services which the community will most readily pay for it is most disagreeable to render. You are paid for being something less than a man. The State does not commonly reward a genius any more wisely. Even the poet laureate would rather not have to celebrate the accidents of royalty. He must be bribed with a pipe of wine; and perhaps another poet is called away from his muse to gauge that very pipe.”
Henry David Thoreau, Life Without Principle

John Derbyshire
“Ninety percent of paid work is time-wasting crap. The world gets by on the other ten.”
John Derbyshire, We Are Doomed: Reclaiming Conservative Pessimism

Henry David Thoreau
“Some of you, we all know, are poor, find it hard to live, are sometimes, as it were, gasping for breath. I have no doubt that some of you who read this book are unable to pay for all the dinners which you have actually eaten, or for the coats and shoes which are fast wearing or are already worn out, and have come to this page to spend borrowed or stolen time, robbing your creditors of an hour. It is very evident what mean and sneaking lives many of you live, for my sight has been whetted by experience; always on the limits, trying to get into business and trying to get out of debt, a very ancient slough, called by the Latins aes alienum, another's brass, for some of their coins were made of brass; still living, and dying, and buried by this other's brass; always promising to pay, promising to pay, tomorrow, and dying today, insolvent; seeking to curry favor, to get custom, by how many modes, only not state-prison offences; lying, flattering, voting, contracting yourselves into a nutshell of civility or dilating into an atmosphere of thin and vaporous generosity, that you may persuade your neighbor to let you make his shoes, or his hat, or his coat, or his carriage, or import his groceries for him; making yourselves sick, that you may lay up something against a sick day, something to be tucked away in an old chest, or in a stocking behind the plastering, or, more safely, in the brick bank; no matter where, no matter how much or how little.”
Henry David Thoreau, Walden

Israelmore Ayivor
“Let your autobiography contain these words; "I was able to think positively, love affectionately and work efficiently". Thinking, loving and working are what make us different from animals and trees.”
Israelmore Ayivor

“Of course it would be hard. But I remembered what my nurseryman grandfather used to say when I didn’t want to go to school: half the work in the world was done by people who didn’t feel so good today.”
Rollo Romig

Joshua Ferris
“If in large part we were concerned only with making it through another day without getting laid off, there was a smaller part just hoping to leave for the night without contributing to someone’s lifetime of hurt.”
Joshua Ferris, Then We Came to the End

Edmondo de Amicis
“What is working stain, does not soil.”
Edmundo de Amicis

“A person’s work allows their character to form and provides a creative outlet for their inner world of imaginative thoughts and creative impulses. A person whom fails to find suitable work that allows their soul room to grow will quickly begin eroding into a withered and desiccated being.”
Kilroy J. Oldster, Dead Toad Scrolls

Michael Bassey Johnson
“Life is too short for one to stay indoors, watch TV, doze off, and snore.”
Michael Bassey Johnson, Song of a Nature Lover

Amit Kalantri
“Praying for what you want works, only when you have worked for what you want.”
Amit Kalantri, Wealth of Words

“العمل ليس رجاؤه بكثرة الأعوان، ولكن بصالحي الأعوان”
ابن المقفغ

Emil M. Cioran
“When I torment myself a little too much for not working, I tell myself that I might just as well be dead and that then I would be working still less...”
Emil M. Cioran, The Trouble with Being Born

Paolo Volponi
“As a matter of fact, the competition for prizes, the desire for promotions, the wish to ingratiate yourself with the foreman, all these things that go on continuously in every department lead you to lay aside your judgment and take on the defense of the factory's interests even though they are to your detriment and to the detriment of the other workers.

At whatever level they may be, how wrong people are if they think that they can ever become part of the factory!”
Paolo Volponi, Memoriale

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