Quotations About / On: WORK

  • 31.
    The New LogicIt would be nice if it worked. Ergo, it will work.
    (H.L. (Henry Lewis) Mencken (18801956), U.S. journalist, critic. A Mencken Chrestomathy, ch. 30, p. 616, Knopf (1949).)
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  • 32.
    An artist's originality is balanced by a corresponding conservatism, a superstitiousness, about it; which might be boiled down to "What worked before will work again."
    (Nancy Hale (b. 1908), U.S. writer, editor. Mary Cassatt: A Biography of the Great American Painter, pt. 2, ch. 6 (1975).)
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  • 33.
    We believe that if men have the talent to invent new machines that put men out of work, they have the talent to put those men back to work.
    (John Fitzgerald Kennedy (1917-1963), U.S. Democratic politician, president. speech, Sept. 27, 1962, Wheeling, West Virginia.)
  • 34.
    The English public, as a mass, takes no interest in a work of art until it is told that the work in question is immoral.
    (Oscar Wilde (1854-1900), Anglo-Irish playwright, author. St. James's Gazette (London, June 27, 1890). Letter to the editor, answering criticisms leveled at his novel, The Picture of Dorian Gray.)
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  • 35.
    But do your work, and I shall know you. Do your work, and you shall reinforce yourself.
    (Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882), U.S. essayist, poet, philosopher. "Self-Reliance," Essays, First Series (1847).)
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  • 36.
    Morning work! By the blushes of Aurora and the music of Memnon, what should be man's morning work in this world?
    (Henry David Thoreau (1817-1862), U.S. philosopher, author, naturalist. Walden (1854), in The Writings of Henry David Thoreau, vol. 2, p. 40, Houghton Mifflin (1906).)
  • 37.
    To work—to work! It is such infinite delight to know that we still have the best things to do.
    (Katherine Mansfield (1888-1923), New Zealand-born British author. letter, Dec. 7, 1916, to Bertrand Russell. Collected Letters, vol. 1, eds. Vincent O'Sullivan and Margaret Scott (1984).)
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  • 38.
    When a work appears to be ahead of its time, it is only the time that is behind the work.
    (Jean Cocteau (1889-1963), French author, filmmaker. (Originally published 1918). Le Coq et l'Arlequin, Le Rappel à L'Ordre (1926), repr. In Collected Works, vol. 9 (1950).)
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  • 39.
    Work, as we usually think of it, is energy expended for a further end in view; play is energy expended for its own sake, as with children's play, or as manifestation of the end or goal of work, as in "playing" chess or the piano. Play in this sense, then, is the fulfillment of work, the exhibition of what the work has been done for.
    (Northrop Frye (1912-1991), Canadian critic. The Great Code: The Bible in Literature, ch. 5, Harcourt Brace (1983).)
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  • 40.
    Do not put off your work until tomorrow and the day after. For the sluggish worker does not fill his barn, nor the one who puts off his work; industry aids work, but the man who puts off work always wrestles with disaster.
    (Hesiod (c. 8th century B.C.), Greek didactic poet. Works and Days, 410.)
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