Quotations About / On:
... to work, to work hard, to see work steadily, and see it whole, was the way to be reputable. I think I always respected a good blacksmith more than a lady of leisure.
(Elizabeth Stuart Phelps (1844-1911), U.S. novelist and short story writer. Chapters from a Life, ch. 3 (1897).)
A man's got to work for more than himself and his kids to feel right.
(John Dos Passos (1896-1970), U.S. novelist, poet, playwright, painter. Mac in The Forty-Second Parallel, of the trilogy U.S.A., The Modern Library, Random House, Inc. (1937).)
If you can't distinguish people from lap-dogs, you shouldn't undertake philanthropic work.
(Anton Pavlovich Chekhov (1860-1904), Russian author, playwright. The doctor in The Princess, Works, vol. 7, p. 243, "Nauka" (1976).)
Let's go to work.
(Quentin Tarantino (b. 1963), U.S. filmmaker. Joe Cabot (Lawrence Tierney), in Reservoir Dogs (film) (1992).
The words also appeared as the advertising slogan on original posters of the film on release.)
Evil is something you recognise immediately you see it: it works through charm.
(Brian Masters (b. 1939), British author. Daily Telegraph (London, May 31, 1991).)
Dilettantes appreciate the work, professors the master at the same time.
(Franz Grillparzer (1791-1872), Austrian author. Notebooks and Diaries (1836).)
Working cuts down on both folly and wisdom.
(Mason Cooley (b. 1927), U.S. aphorist. City Aphorisms, Second Selection, New York (1985).)
... whoever believes anything esteems that it is a work of charity to persuade another of it.
(Michel de Montaigne (1533-1592), French essayist and philosopher. "Of Cripples," Complete Essays of Montaigne, trans. by Donald M. Frame (1965).)
I am invigorated by work, wasted by pleasure.
(Mason Cooley (b. 1927), U.S. aphorist. City Aphorisms, Eleventh Selection, New York (1993).)
One cannot become a saint when one works sixteen hours a day.
(Jean-Paul Sartre (1905-1980), French novelist, dramatist, philosopher, political activist. The Devil and the Good Lord, act 5, sc. 2, Gallimard (1951).)