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Work quotes and quotations

It has been my experience that one cannot, in any shape or form, depend on human relations for lasting reward. It is only work that truly satisfies.
Bette Davis

One of the symptoms of an approaching nervous breakdown is the belief that one's work is terribly important.
Bertrand Russell

Work while you have the light. You are responsible for the talent that has been entrusted to you.
Henri-Frédéric Amiel

Man is so made that he can only find relaxation from one kind of labor by taking up another.
Anatole France

All paid jobs absorb and degrade the mind.
Aristotle

Do not hire a man who does your work for money, but him who does it for love of it.
Henry David Thoreau

When your work speaks for itself, don't interrupt.
Henry J. Kaiser

Life grants nothing to us mortals without hard work.
Horace

Real success is finding your lifework in the work that you love.
David McCullough

When a man tells you that he got rich through hard work, ask him: 'Whose?'
Don Marquis

A human being must have occupation if he or she is not to become a nuisance to the world.
Dorothy L. Sayers

Hard work never killed anybody, but why take a chance?
Edgar Bergen

Get happiness out of your work or you may never know what happiness is.
Elbert Hubbard

Measure not the work until the day's out and the labor done.
Elizabeth Barrett Browning

Getting fired is nature's way to telling you that you had the wrong job in the first place.
Hal Lancaster

Derive happiness in oneself from a good day's work, from illuminating the fog that surrounds us.
Henri Matisse

People forget how fast you did a job - but they remember how well you did it.
Howard Newton

Nothing is really work unless you would rather be doing something else.
James M. Barrie

By the work one knows the workmen.
Jean De La Fontaine

Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.
Bible

...in order that a man may be happy, it is necessary that he should not only be capable of his work, but a good judge of his work.
John Ruskin

My work is a game, a very serious game.
M. C. Escher

The sweat of hard work is not to be displayed. It is much more graceful to appear favored by the gods.
Maxine Hong Kingston

A warke it ys as easie to be done As tys to saye Jacke! robys on.
James O. Halliwell

When Adam dalfe and Eve spane So spire if thou may spede, Where was then the pride of man, That nowe merres his mede?
Richard Rolle de Hampole

How bething the, gentliman, How Adam dalf, and Eve span.
Author Unknown

When Adam dolve, and Eve span, Who was then the gentleman?
John Ball

All things are full of labour; man cannot utter it: the eye is not satisfied with seeing, nor the ear filled hearing.
Bible

Plans are only good intentions unless they immediately degenerate into hard work.
Peter Drucker

The more I want to get something done, the less I call it work.
Richard Bach

Anyone can do any amount of work provided it isn't the work he is supposed to be doing at the moment.
Robert Benchley

He that well his warke beginneth The rather a good ende he winneth.
John Gower

Properly speaking, such work is never finished; one must declare it so when, according to time and circumstances, one has done one's best.
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

In the sweat of thy face shalt thou eat bread, till thou return unto the ground; for out of it wast thou taken: for dust thou art, and unto dust shalt thou return.
Bible

Get leave to work In this world,--'tis the best you get at all.
Elizabeth Barrett Browning

Tools were made and born with hands, Every farmer understands.
William Blake

Earned with the sweat of my brows.
Cervantes

Better to wear out than to rust out.
Bishop Richard Cumberland (1)

Hasten slowly, and without losing heart, put your work twenty times upon the anvil.
Nicolas Boileau-Despreaux

Now if any man build upon this foundation gold, silver, precious stones, wood, hay, stubble; Every man's work shall be made manifest: for the day shall declare it, because it shall be revealed by fire; and the fire shall try every man's work of what sort it is.
Bible

The dog that trots about finds a bone.
George Henry Borrow

Let no one till his death Be called unhappy. Measure not the work Until the day's out and the labour done.
Elizabeth Barrett Browning

Man goeth forth unto his work and to his labour until the evening.
Bible

Free men freely work: Whoever fears God, fears to sit at ease.
Elizabeth Barrett Browning

And still be doing, never done.
Samuel Butler (1)

Genuine Work alone, what thou workest faithfully, that is eternal, as the Almighty Founder and World-Builder himself.
Thomas Carlyle

The rather since every man is the son of his own works.
Cervantes

It is the first of all problems for a man to find out what kind of work he is to do in this universe.
Thomas Carlyle

Each natural agent works but to this end,-- To render that it works on like itself.
George Chapman

Ther n' is no werkman whatever he be, That may both werken wel and hastily. This wol be done at leisure parfitly.
Geoffrey Chaucer

All work, even cotton-spinning, is noble; work is alone noble.
Thomas Carlyle

Plough deep while sluggards sleep.
Benjamin Franklin

Basically, I no longer work for anything but the sensation I have while working.
John Gay

Too busy with the crowded hour to fear to live or die.
Ralph Waldo Emerson

Handle your tools without mittens.
Benjamin Franklin

Each one to his own trade; then would the cows be well cared for.
J.P. Claris de Florian

In every rank, or great or small, 'Tis industry supports us all.
John Gay

By working faithfully eight hours a day, you may get to be a boss and work twelve hours a day.
Benjamin Franklin

With hand on the spade and heart in the sky Dress the ground and till it; Turn in the little seed, brown and dry, Turn out the golden millet. Work, and your house shall be duly fed: Work, and rest shall be won; I hold that a man had better be dead Than alive when his work is done.
Alice Cary

Nowher so besy a man as he ther was, And yet he semed bisier than he was.
Geoffrey Chaucer

Let us take to our hearts a lesson-- No lesson could braver be-- From the ways of the tapestry weavers On the other side of the sea.
Anson G. Chester

Unraveling the web of Penelope.
Cicero

To find out what one is fitted to do, and to secure an opportunity to do it, is the key to happiness.
Bishop Richard Cumberland (1)

All play and no work makes Jack a mere toy.
Paul Laurence Dunbar

'Tis toil's reward, that sweetens industry, As love inspires with strength the enraptur'd thrush.
Ebenezer Elliott

My work is a game, a very serious game.
Ralph Waldo Emerson

A woman's work, grave sirs, is never done.
Mrs. Eusden

"Men work together," I told him from the heart, "Whether they work together or apart."
Robert Lee Frost