Quotations About / On: WORK

  • 11.
    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.)
  • 12.
    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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  • 13.
    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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  • 14.
    I did nothing but work. I made work my hobby. I was lucky that way.
    (Mary Roebling (1905-1994), U.S. banker, businesswoman, and philanthropist. As quoted in Past and Promise, part 4, by Denise V. Lang (1990). Said in an interview with the author on November 17, 1985, referring to her success in building a career in banking after the sudden death of her second husband, Siegfried Roebling (Her first husband had died in 1925); the Trenton Trust, where she assumed the Presidency upon his death, was the Roebling family bank.)
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  • 15.
    Madness is the absolute break with the work of art; it forms the constitutive moment of abolition, which dissolves in time the truth of the work of art.
    (Michel Foucault (1926-1984), French essayist, philosopher. Conclusion, Madness and Civilization (1961, trans. 1965).)
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  • 16.
    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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  • 17.
    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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  • 18.
    The notion of making money by popular work, and then retiring to do good work, is the most familiar of all the devil's traps for artists.
    (Logan Pearsall Smith (1865-1946), U.S. essayist, aphorist. "Art and Letters," Afterthoughts (1931).)
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  • 19.
    One machine can do the work of fifty ordinary men. No machine can do the work of one extraordinary man.
    (Elbert Hubbard (1856-1915), U.S. author. One Thousand and One Epigrams (1911).)
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  • 20.
    The country needs the political work of women to-day as much as it has ever needed woman in any other work at any other time.
    (J. Ellen Foster (1840-1910), U.S. attorney, temperance activist, and suffragist. What America Owes to Women, ch. 33 (1893).)
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