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George CarlinMost people work just hard enough not to get fired and get paid just enough money not to quit.

—  George Carlin, 1936-2008, American comedian

Wallace StevensI certainly do not exist from nine to six, when I am at the office.

—  Wallace Stevens, 1879-1955, American poet

John WoodenNothing will work unless you do.

—  John Wooden, 1910-2010, American basketball coach

John WoodenDon’t let making a living prevent you from making a life.

—  John Wooden, 1910-2010, American basketball coach

Oscar WildeWork is the curse of the drinking classes.

—  Oscar Wilde, 1854-1900, Irish writer

Ralph Waldo EmersonAs a cure for worrying, work is better than whiskey.

—  Ralph Waldo Emerson, 1803-1884, American philosopher

Ayn RandThe quickest way to kill the human spirit is to ask someone to do mediocre work.

—  Ayn Rand, 1905-1982, American writer & philosopher

Aristotle OnassisAt your work you must be serious but at life you must be crazy.

—  Aristotle Onassis, 1900-1975, Greek tycoon

Samuel JohnsonLabor, if it were not necessary for existence, would be indispensable for the happiness of man.

—  Samuel Johnson, 1709-1784, English writer

Philip SidneyIf you neglect your work, you will dislike it; if you do it well, you will enjoy it

—  Philip Sidney, 1554-1586, English poet & courtier

VoltaireOur labor preserves us from three great evils -- weariness, vice, and want.

—  Voltaire, 1694-1778, French philosopher & writer

Thomas EdisonI owe my success to the fact that I never had a clock in my workroom. Seventy-five of us worked twenty hours every day and slept only four hours — and thrived on it.

—  Thomas Edison, 1847-1934, American inventor

Thomas EdisonWe often miss opportunity because it's dressed in overalls and looks like work.

—  Thomas Edison, 1847-1934, American inventor

Thomas EdisonThe First 40 hours of work per week are for survival. Everything after that is for success.

—  Thomas Edison, 1847-1934, American inventor

H. Jackson Brown, Jr.Work at something you enjoy and that's worthy of your time and talent.

—  H. Jackson Brown, Jr., 1940-, American self-help writer

Frank TygerWhen you like your work every day is a holiday.

—  Frank Tyger, 1929-2011, American cartoonist

Sigmund FreudThree of life's most important areas: work, love, and taking responsibility.

—  Sigmund Freud, 1856-1939, Austrian psychologist, founder of psychoanalysis

Jim RohnThe worst days of those who enjoy what they do are better than the best days of those who don’t.

—  Jim Rohn, 1930-2009, American self-help speker

Peter DruckerProduction is not the application of tools to materials, but logic to work.

—  Peter Drucker, 1909–2005, Austrian management guru

Peter DruckerThe society of organizations is new; only seventy years ago employees were a small minority in every society.

—  Peter Drucker, 1909–2005, Austrian management guru

Elbert HubbardOne machine can do the work of fifty ordinary men. No machine can do the work of one extraordinary man.

—  Elbert Hubbard, 1856-1915, American writer

Elbert HubbardTrue life lies in laughter, love and work.

—  Elbert Hubbard, 1856-1915, American writer

Elbert HubbardWe work to become, not to acquire.

—  Elbert Hubbard, 1856-1915, American writer

Elbert HubbardThe best preparation for good work tomorrow is to do good work today.

—  Elbert Hubbard, 1856-1915, American writer

Karl KrausDemocracy divides people into workers and loafers. It makes no provision for those who have no time to work.

—  Karl Kraus, 1874-1936, Austrian writer

Robert FrostThe reason why worry kills more people than work is that more people worry than work.

—  Robert Frost, 1874-1963, American poet

Theodore RooseveltWhen you play, play hard; when you work, don't play at all.

—  Theodore Roosevelt, 1858-1919, American President [1901-1909]

Vince LombardiThere is no substitute for work.

—  Vince Lombardi, 1913-1970, American football coach

Lou HoltzWinners embrace hard work. They love the discipline of it, the trade-off they're making to win. Losers, on the other hand, see it as punishment. And that's the difference.

—  Lou Holtz, 1937-, American football coach

Personal Stories

Thomas EdisonI never did a day's work in my life, it was all fun.

—  Thomas Edison, 1847-1934, American inventor


Latin Quotes

Pray and Work.

Ora et Labora.

—  Motto of the Benedictine Order

Quotes in Verse

Fernando PessoaGod wills, man dreams, the work is born.

—  Fernando Pessoa, 1888-1935, Portuguese poet & writer

Funny Quotes

Henry YoungmanMy brother was a lifeguard in a car wash.

—  Henry Youngman, 1906-1998, American comedian

Mark TwainI do not like work even when someone else is doing it.

—  Mark Twain, 1835-1910, American writer

Ancient Greek

EpicurusA large fortune is accumulated by extremely hard work, but [thus] life becomes miserable.

Εξ εργασίας θηριώδους ουσίας μεν πλήθος συσσωρεύεται, βίος δε ταλαίπωρος συνίσταται.

—  Epicurus, 341-270 BC, Ancient Greek philosopher



English proverbA woman's work is never done.

—  English proverb

Special Quotes

Work sets you free.

Arbeit macht frei.

—  Inscription on the entrance of various Nazi concentration camps

     (from the title of a novel by Lorenz Diefenbach, 1873)

Movie Quotes

Marry PoppinsIn every job that must be done, there is an element of fun. You find the fun, and - SNAP - the job's a game!

—  from the film Marry Poppins


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