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.)
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.)
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.)
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.")