Quotations About / On: WORK

  • 1.
    Work, work, work, is the main thing.
    (Abraham Lincoln (1809-1865), U.S. president. letter to John M. Brockman, Sep. 25, 1860. Collected Works of Abraham Lincoln, vol. 4, p. 121, Rutgers University Press (1953, 1990).)
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  • 2.
    I work hard in social work, public relations, and raising the Grimaldi heirs.
    (Princess Grace (1929-1982), Monacan princess; born in America. As quoted in People magazine, p. 97 (July 26, 1993). The former Grace Kelly was explaining that, though in 1956 she had abandoned her American movie career in order to marry Prince Rainier of Monaco, she was still a worker. The couple had three children.)
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  • 3.
    ... no writing is a waste of time,—no creative work where the feelings, the imagination, the intelligence must work.
    (Brenda Ueland (1891-1985), U.S. author and writing teacher. If You Want to Write, 2nd. ed., ch. 2 (1938).)
  • 4.
    Work is a sovereign remedy for all ills, and a man who loves to work will never be unhappy.
    (Ellen Henrietta Swallow Richards (1842-1911), U.S. chemist and educator. As quoted in The Life of Ellen H. Richards, ch. 3, by Caroline L. Hunt (1912). Written in an April 10, 1869, letter to her parents when she was a student at Vassar College.)
  • 5.
    A man willing to work, and unable to find work, is perhaps the saddest sight that fortune's inequality exhibits under this sun.
    (Thomas Carlyle (1795-1881), Scottish essayist and historian. Chartism, ch. 4 (1839).)
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  • 6.
    Far and away the best prize that life offers is the chance to work hard at work worth doing.
    (Theodore Roosevelt (1858-1919), U.S. Republican (later Progressive) politician, president. Labor Day speech, Sept. 7, 1903, Syracuse, New York.)
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  • 7.
    I was always pretending that I was a poor-working-girl, always forgetting that I was really poor M also a working girl.
    (Margaret Anderson (1886-1973), U.S. literary editor and autobiographer. My Thirty Years' War, ch. 1 (1930). On her first full year in Chicago, as a working woman independent of her parents. Raised in affluence, she was now on her own, living hand-to-mouth as a book reviewer and literary editor.)
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  • 8.
    Anyone can do any amount of work, provided it isn't the work he is supposed to be doing.
    (Robert Benchley (1889-1945), U.S. humor writer. Quoted in The Algonquin Wits, ed. Robert E. Drennan (1968). Benchley's own method is also quoted in the book: "I do most of my work sitting down. That's where I shine.")
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  • 9.
    Although Freud said happiness is composed of love and work, reality often forces us to choose love or work.
    (Letty Cottin Pogrebin (20th century), U.S. editor, writer. Family and Politics, ch. 6 (1983).)
  • 10.
    For dawn takes away a third part of your work, and advances a man on his journey, and advances him in his work.
    (Hesiod (c. 8th century B.C.), Greek didactic poet. Works and Days, 578.)
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