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work Quotes

100+ of the best book quotes about work
  1. #1
    “‘That’s one of the reasons we run this place all nice and busylike. You get lazy, you get sad. Start givin’ up. Plain and simple’”
  2. #2
    “Esperanza thought of Mama in the hospital and Abuelita in Mexico and how much depended on her being able to work. If she was lucky enough to have a job in the spring, no one was going to get in her way.”
  3. #3
    “She was glad she had kept working and thankful that the camp had voted not to strike, but she knew that under different circumstances, it could have been her on that bus. [...] Some of these people did not deserve their fate today. How was it that the United States could send people to Mexico who had never even lived there?”
  4. #4
    ″‘Señor, does it not bother you that some of your compadres live better than others?’ yelled one of Marta’s friends. ‘We are going to strike in two weeks. At the peak of the cotton. For higher wages and better housing!‘”
  5. #5
    “She wanted to tell them that her mother was sick. That she had to pay the bills. She wanted to explain to them about Abuelita and how she had to find a way to get some money to her so she could travel. Then maybe they’d understand why she needed her job.”
  6. #6
    “I don’t know who hired you or what they told you about the job, but it starts to wear on you. It’s not all changing bedsheets and cleaning plates. You have to look without seeing, hear without listening. We’re objects up there, living statues meant to serve….Especially now, with this Scarlet Guard business. It’s never a good time to be a Red, but this is very bad.”
  7. #7
    “No one plows the field just by thinking about it.”
  8. #8
    “It is not the content of a company’s values that correlates with performance, but the strength of conviction with which it holds those values, whatever they might be. ”
  9. #9
    “My mind,” he said, “rebels at stagnation. Give me problems, give me work, give me the most abstruse cryptogram or the most intricate analysis, and I am in my own proper atmosphere. I can dispense then with artificial stimulants. But I abhor the dull routine of existence. I crave for mental exaltation. That is why I have chosen my own particular profession, or rather created it, for I am the only one in the world.”
  10. #10
    “Throwing yourself into worthwhile, fruitful hard work that you believe in, as much as you can handle and more, is a kind of luxury not everyone gets to experience.”
  11. #11
    “Coach Graham worked in a no-coddling zone. Self-esteem? He knew there was really only one way to teach kids how to develop it: You give them something they can’t do, they work hard until they find they can do it, and you just keep repeating the process.’’
  12. #12
    “Do not work primarily for money; do your duty to patients first and let the money follow; our life is short, we don’t live twice; the whirlwind will pick up the leaves and spin them, but then it will drop them and they will form a pile.”
  13. #13
    “For we pay a price for everything we get or take in this world; and although ambitions are well worth having, they are not to be cheaply won, but exact their dues of work and self-denial, anxiety and discouragement.”
  14. #14
    ″[Katsa] practiced every day. She learned her own speed and her own explosive force. She learned the angle, position, and intensity of a killing blow versus a maiming blow. She learned how to disarm a man and how to break his leg. She learned to fight with a sword and with knives and daggers. She was so fast and focused, so creative, she could find a way to beat a man senseless with both arms tied to her sides.”
  15. #15
    “Coraline shook her head. ‘Why don’t you play with me?’ she asked.
    ‘Busy,’ he said. ‘Working,’ he added. He still hadn’t turned around to look at her.”
  16. #16
    “You don’t know what I have to go through or over or under to do your job for you. I do it my way. I do my best to protect you and I may break a few rules, but I break them in your favor.”
  17. #17
    “When I thought about Jakob, I realized that his cold dedication to Find helped me get over my separation from Ethan—there was no time for grieving. I had too much work to do.”
  18. #18
    “I hope you will go out and let stories, that is life, happen to you, and that you will work with these stories from your life--not someone else’s life--water them with your blood and tears and your laughter till they bloom, till you yourself burst into bloom. That is the work. The only work.”
  1. #19
    “We found that for leaders to make something great, their ambition has to be for the greatness of the work and the company, rather than for themselves.”
  2. #20
    “The purpose of bureaucracy is to compensate for incompetence and lack of discipline–a problem that largely goes away if you have the right people in the first place.”
  3. #21
    “I will continue to work as hard as I can to make this organization proud. Every time I step on the field I will give everything I have and I will leave everything I have on the field every single Sunday.”
  4. #22
    “And this I did for seven long nights—every night just at midnight—but I found the eye always closed; and so it was impossible to do the work; for it was not the old man who vexed me, but his Evil Eye.”
  5. #23
    “If you take a bad boy and make him dig a hole every day in the hot sun, it will turn him into a good boy.
    That was what some people thought.”
    author
    Louis Sachar
    book
    Holes
    concepts
    workchange
  6. #24
    “It was no dream of the gift of idle hours,
    Or easy gold at the hand of fay or elf . . . ”
  7. #25
    “My long scythe whispered and left the hay to make.”
  8. #26
    “Mr. Bucket was the only person in the family with a job. He worked in a toothpaste factory, where he sat all day long at a bench and screwed the little caps onto the tops of the tubes of toothpaste after the tubes had been filled.”
  9. #27
    “There is nothing to writing. All you do is sit down at a typewriter and bleed.”
    author
    Hemingway
    concepts
    writingwork
  10. #28
    “Working dough. Working, working dough. Nothing better than that to start that day’s serious work of beating back the past.”
  11. #29
    “If you start by promising what you don’t even have yet, you’ll lose your desire to work towards getting it.”
  12. #30
    “Work just as hard for fun moments, vacation moments, and pee-your-pants laughing moments as you do for all the other things.”
  13. #31
    “I hustled for joy.”
  14. #32
    “We are always falling in love or quarreling, looking for jobs or fearing to lose them, getting ill and recovering, following public affairs. If we let ourselves, we shall always be waiting for some distraction or other to end before we can really get down to our work.′
  15. #33
    “As it chanced, [Jurgis] had been hurt on a Monday, and had just paid for his last week’s board and his room rent, and spent nearly all the balance of his Saturday’s pay. He had less than seventy-five cents in his pockets, and a dollar and a half due him for the day’s work he had done before he was hurt. He might possibly have sued the company, and got some damages for his injuries, but he did not know this, and it was not the company’s business to tell him.”
  16. #34
    “Better luck than all this could hardly have been hoped for; there was only one of them left to seek a place. Jurgis was determined that Teta Elzbieta should stay at home to keep house, and that Ona should help her. He would not have Ona working – he was not that sort of a man, he said, and she was not that sort of a woman. It would be a strange thing if a man like him could not support the family, with the help of the board of Jonas and Marija. He would not even hear of letting the children go to work – there were schools here in America for children, Jurgis had heard, to which they could go for nothing. […] Jurgis would have it that Stanislovas should learn to speak English, and grow up to be a skilled man.”
  17. #35
    “Work is a blessing. God has so arranged the world that work is necessary, and He gives us hands and strength to do it. The enjoyment of leisure would be nothing if we had only leisure. It is the joy of work well done that enables us to enjoy rest, just as it is the experiences of hunger and thirst that make food and drink such pleasures.”
  18. #36
    “Promptly at seven the next morning Jurgis reported for work. He came to the door that had been pointed out to him, and there he waited for nearly two hours. The boss had meant for him to enter, but had not said this, and so it was only when on his way out to hire another man that he came upon Jurgis. He gave him a good cursing, but as Jurgis did not understand a word of it he did not object.”

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  1. #37
    “Ona might have married and left them, but she would not, for she loved Teta Elzbieta. It was Jonas who suggested that they all go to America, where a friend of his had gotten rich. He would work, for his part, and the women would work, and some of the children, doubtless – they would live somehow. Jurgis, too, had heard of America. That was a country where, they said, a man might earn three rubles a day; and Jurgis figured what three rubles a day would mean, with prices as they were where he lived, and decided forthwith that he would go to America and marry, and be a rich man in the bargain. In that country, rich or poor, a man was free, it was said; he did not have to go into the army, he did not have to pay out his money to rascally officials – he might do as he pleased, and count himself as good as any other man.”
  2. #38
    “For every one that Jurgis spoke to assured him that it was a waste of time to seek employment for the old man in Packingtown. Szedvilas told him that the packers did not even keep the men who had grown old in their own service – to say nothing of taking on new ones. And not only was it the rule here, it was the rule everywhere in America, so far as he knew.”
  3. #39
    “In most cases being a good boss means hiring talented people and then getting out of their way.”
  4. #40
    “So my unsolicited advice to women in the workplace is this. When faced with sexism or ageism or lookism or even really aggressive Buddhism, ask yourself the following question: ‘Is this person in between me and what I want to do?’ If the answer is no, ignore it and move on. Your energy is better used doing your work and outpacing people that way. Then, when you’re in charge, don’t hire the people who were jerky to you.”
  5. #41
    “If I have a handful of silver it is because I work and my wife works, and we do not, as some do, sit idling over a gambling table or gossiping on doorsteps never swept, letting the fields grow to weeds and our children go half-fed!”
  6. #42
    “We ought not to be weary of doing little things for the love of God, who regards not the greatness of the work, but the love with which it is performed.”
  7. #43
    “In his work itself, especially in his examinations, he very soon acquired a method of eliminating all considerations irrelevant to the legal aspect of the case, and reducing even the most complicated case to a form in which it would be presented on paper only in its externals, completely excluding his personal opinion of the matter, while above all observing every prescribed formality.”
  8. #44
    “It’s not how much money we make that ultimately makes us happy between nine and five. It’s whether or not our work fulfills us. Being a teacher is meaningful.”
  9. #45
    “It’s folly to measure your success in money or fame. Success is measured only by your ability to say yes to these two questions: Did I do the work I needed to do? Did I give it everything I had?”
  10. #46
    “Those three things - autonomy, complexity, and a connection between effort and reward - are, most people will agree, the three qualities that work has to have if it is to be satisfying.”
  11. #47
    “I will decide how long you must work for each of the items you stole, and it will be up to me to decide when you have earned back your notebook, if it still exists.”
  12. #48
    “Work and I are very good friends; I never was afraid of work yet.”
  13. #49
    ″‘Oh, better I like to work out-of-doors than in a house!’ she used to sing joyfully. ‘I not care that your grandmother say it makes me like a man. I like to be like a man.‘”
  14. #50
    “Work consists of whatever a body is obliged to do, and. Play consists of whatever a body is not obliged to do.”
  15. #51
    “In future feminist movement we need to work harder to show parents the ways ending sexism positively changes family life. Feminist movement is pro-family. ”
  16. #52
    “Start before you’re ready. Don’t prepare. Begin.”
  17. #53
    ″ If you and I want to do great stuff, we can’t let ourselves work small.”
  18. #54
    “It’s natural he should be disappointed at not having any children: every man likes to have somebody to work for and lay by for, and he always counted so on making a fuss with ‘em when they were little.”
  1. #55
    “I bought the toy booth, where I’ve been trapped ever since, listening to the sounds of shoe heels clicking against the floor… the sound of my films disappearing forever in the dust. I was haunted by those ghosts for so many years.”
  2. #56
    “He ought to tell Crowley. No, he didn’t. He wanted to tell Crowley. He ought to tell Heaven.”
  3. #57
    “Every man’s work ... tends ... to become an end in itself ... to bridge over the loveless chasms of his life.”
  4. #58
    “That none may have the impudence to irk
    Or hinder me in Christ’s most holy work.”
  5. #59
    “Don’t be addicted to money. Work to learn, don’t work for money. Work for knowledge.”
  6. #60
    “So now do not worry, take what you have, and do your work and you will have a long life and a very merry one.”
  7. #61
    “Providing for the ones he loves and cares about, whether it’s monetarily or with sweat equity, is a part of a man’s DNA, and if he loves and cares for you, this man will provide for you all these things with no limits.”
  8. #62
    “The pleasures connected with his work were pleasures of ambition; his social pleasures were those of vanity; but Ivan Ilych’s greatest pleasure was playing bridge.”
  9. #63
    “Men are driven by who they are, what they do, and how much they make.”
  10. #64
    “So call a big meeting. Get everyone out. Make every *Who* holler! Make every *Who* shout! Make every *Who* scream! If you don’t, every *Who* is going to end up in a Beezle-Nut stew!”
  11. #65
    “Our greatest fear is fear of success.”
  12. #66
    “Research can become resistance. We want to work, not prepare for work.”
  13. #67
    “Do. The. Work. Every day, you have to do something you don’t want to do. Every day.”
  14. #68
    “I’m not telling you to love it. I’m telling you to crave the result so intensely that the work is irrelevant.”
  15. #69
    ″ The only items you get to keep are love for the work, will to finish, and passion to serve the ethical, creative Muse.”
  16. #70
    “I just work. I’m black. I work and I don’t bother nobody.”
  17. #71
    “Guess we better get started, get this over with, so we can go back to work.”
  18. #72
    “Thy husband is thy lord, thy life, thy keeper,
    Thy head, thy sovereign; one that cares for thee,
    And for thy maintenance; commits his body
    To painful labor, both by sea and land;
    To watch the night in storms, the day in cold.”

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  1. #73
    “So, surrender to sleep at last. What a misery, keeping watch through the night, wide awake -- you’ll soon come up from under all your troubles.”
  2. #74
    “Thinking about work as a day job has made a big difference in the way I approach what I do. It also helped me not to confuse who I am with what I do.”
  3. #75
    “So once again I’m Ti Jean the Child, playing, sewing patches, cooking suppers, washing dishes (always kept the kettle boiling on the fire and anytime dishes needed to be washed I just pour hot hot water into pan with Tide soap and soak them good and then wipe them clean after scouring with little 5-&-10 wire scourer).”
  4. #76
    “From then on, I took an even greater pride in my work. I’d bring the most difficult locks home and time myself. Then I’d cut the time in half and practice until I got there. I’d keep at it until I couldn’t feel my fingers.”
  5. #77
    “Much of the work of midlife is to tell the difference between those who are dealing with their issues through you and those who are really dealing with you.”
  6. #78
    “She had a bottomless well of love for me. Her only flaw was that she didn’t make me work for it.”
  7. #79
    “They used to be buddies, I thought, they used to be friends, and now they hate each other because one has to work for a living and the other comes from the West Side.”
  8. #80
    “It was wonderful to walk down the long flights of stairs knowing that I’d had good luck working. I always worked until I had something done and I always stopped when I knew what was going to happen next. That way I could be sure of going on the next day.”
  9. #81
    “Joy is what God gives, not what we work up. Laughter is the delight that things are working together for good to those who love God, not the giggles that betray the nervousness of a precarious defense system.”
  10. #82
    “Our work goes wrong when we lose touch with the God who works “his salvation in the midst of the earth.” It goes wrong both when we work anxiously and when we don’t work at all, when we become frantic and compulsive in our work (Babel) and when we become indolent and lethargic in our work.”
  11. #83
    “The fruit of labours, in the lives to come,
    Is threefold for all men,--Desirable,
    And Undesirable, and mixed of both;
    But no fruit is at all where no work was.”
  12. #84
    “The foundational truth is that work is good. If God does it, it must be all right. Work has dignity: there can be nothing degrading about work if God works. Work has purpose: there can be nothing futile about work if God works.”
  13. #85
    “After all, the best part of a holiday is perhaps not so much to be resting yourself, as to see all the other fellows busy working.”
  14. #86
    “‘I know what it’s like to be distracted. To seek out distractions. To exhaust yourself doing every other little thing rather than face a blank page.’”
  15. #87
    “Working with him was sort of like trying to defuse a bomb with somebody standing behind you and every now and then clashing a pair of cymbals together. In a word, upsetting.”
  16. #88
    His answer to every problem, every setback was “I will work harder!” —which he had adopted as his personal motto.
    author
    George Orwell
    book
    Animal Farm
    character
    Boxer
    concept
    work
  17. #89
    “For the past few years, all her childhood friends has begun to work in the quarry, and Miri had grown used to solitude in her house and on the hilltop with the goats.”
  18. #90
    “I have a very simple rule when it comes to management: hire the best people from your competitors, pay them more than they were earning, and give them bonuses and incentives based on their performance. That’s how you build a first-class operation.”
  1. #91
    “The way I see it, critics get to say what they want to about my work, so why shouldn’t I be able to say what I want to about theirs?”
  2. #92
    “The old dreams were good dreams; they didn’t work out but I’m glad I had them.”
  3. #93
    “Without the assurance of food, clothing and shelter, unless you’re prepared to die, there’s no other way but to work.”
  4. #94
    “We see this workplace as a community, and every person who works here is part of that community. And to make it all work it requires a certain level of participation.”
  5. #95
    “Stress and anxiety at work have less to do with the work we do and more to do with weak management and leadership.”
  6. #96
    “Do your work, and you shall reinforce yourself.”
  7. #97
    “It’s the job that’s never started as takes longest to finish.”
  8. #98
    “Go on with your work as usual, for work is a blessed solace.”
    author
    Louisa May Alcott
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    Little Women
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    Marmee
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  9. #99
    “Do we settle for the world as it is, or do we work for the world as it should be?”
  10. #100
    “A man is worked upon by what he works on. He may carve out his circumstances, but his circumstances will carve him out as well.”
  11. #101
    “Now I will turn miracle into routine. The amazing will be seen every day. I will put in all the hard work necessary. Yes, so long as God is with me, I will not die. Amen.”
  12. #102
    “Survival had to start with me. In my experience, a castaway’s worst mistake is to hope too much and do too little.”
  13. #103
    “You shouldn’t lie till ten. There’s the very prime of the morning gone long before that time. A person who has not done one-half his day’s work by ten o’clock, runs a chance of leaving the other half undone.”
  14. #104
    If the track is tough and the hill is rough,
    THINKING you can just ain’t enough!
  15. #105
    “The last clear definite function of man—muscles aching to work, minds aching to create . . . ”
  16. #106
    “Even we, who were boys but a short while ago, cannot escape the inexorable progress of time. So the generations pass, and soon it will be our turn to send our children out into the land to do the work that needs to be done.”
  17. #107
    “Western parents try to respect their children’s individuality, encouraging them to pursue their true passions, supporting their choices, and providing positive reinforcement and a nurturing environment. By contrast, the Chinese believe that the best way to protect their children is by preparing them for the future, letting them see what they’re capable of, and arming them with skills, work habits, and inner confidence that no one can ever take away.”
  18. #108
    “I worked out what would make me happy, and I worked out what I wanted to do, and I trained myself to do the job that would make those two things happen.”
  1. #109
    “But just because you love something, I added to myself, doesn’t mean you’ll ever be great. Not if you don’t work. Most people stink at the things they love.”
  2. #110
    “Never complain or make excuses. If something seems unfair, just prove yourself by working twice as hard and being twice as good.”
  3. #111
    “When his Aunt Clara died, Lennie just come along with me out workin’. Got kinda used to each other after a little while.”
  4. #112
    “Our contract is an old one. It was made when we were both poor and content to be so, until, in good season, we could improve our worldly fortune by our patient industry. You are changed. When it was made, you were another man.”
  5. #113
    “I don’t like work--no man does--but I like what is in the work--the chance to find yourself. Your own reality--for yourself not for others--what no other man can ever know. They can only see the mere show, and never can tell what it really means.”
  6. #114
    “Tis a very excellent piece of work, madam lady. Would ‘twere done.”
  7. #115
    “I then told them that God, to compensate for the weakness of man, had bestowed on him reason, invention, and skill in workmanship.”
  8. #116
    “He lay down upon a sumptuous divan, and proceeded to instruct himself with honest zeal.”
  9. #117
    “Is it true, the world works hard and we play? Is that why we’re hated so much?”
  10. #118
    “Well, I guess I learned one thing: if I’m ever feeling down about my work, I can always talk to a neurosurgeon to cheer myself up.”
  11. #119
    “Being with patients in these moments certainly had its emotional cost, but it also had its rewards. I don’t think I ever spent a minute of any day wondering why I did this work, or whether it was worth it.”
  12. #120
    Keep your friends for friendship, but work with the skilled and competent.
  13. #121
    “Man is by instinct a lover, a hunter, a fighter, and none of those instincts are given much play at the warehouse!”
  14. #122
    “So that is how Her Serene and Royal Highness, Amethyst Alexandra Augusta Araminta Adelaide Aurelia Anne, Princess of Phantasmorania, became an ordinary kitchen maid in the royal castle of Amber.
    She was soon to find out that a great deal of work was expected in return for two pfennigs a week and her keep.”
  15. #123
    “Not knowing where such obsessive thoughts were coming from, I simply drowned myself in my work. ”
  16. #124
    “Be careful that your devotion to ME does not become another form of works.”
  17. #125
    “Just now I was looking out the window of the train and thinking. What can be higher than peace in the family and work? The rest isn’t in our power.”
  1. #127
    When Miri was eight years old, all the other children her age had started to work in the quarry - carrying water, fetching tools, and performing other basic tasks. When she had asked her Pa why she could not, he had taken her in his arms, kissed the top of her head ... he had said, ‘You are never to set foot in the quarry, my flower.‘”
  2. #128
    ″‘I try really hard, actually.‘”
  3. #129
    “This change in him as Fred was an economy of the passions. Firemen and doctors and morticians did the same trip in their work.”
  4. #130
    “The truth may be puzzling. It may take some work to grapple with. It may be counterintuitive. It may contradict deeply held prejudices. It may not be consonant with what we desperately want to be true. But our preferences do not determine what’s true.”
  5. #131
    “Remember one rule of thumb: the more scared we are of a work or calling, the more sure we can be that we have to do it.”
  6. #132
    ″‘Why, how now? What next?’ exclaimed I, ‘do no more writing?’
    ‘No more.’
    ‘And what is the reason?’
    ‘Do you not see the reason for yourself?’ he indifferently replied.”
  7. #133
    “Most people feel best about their work the week before their vacation, but it’s not because of the vacation itself. What do you do the last week before you leave on a big trip? You clean up, close up, clarify, and renegotiate all your agreements with yourself and others. I just suggest that you do this weekly instead of yearly.”
  8. #134
    ″‘Did you write today?’
    ‘A little.’
    ‘Was it good?’
    ‘You never know until 18 days later.‘”
  9. #135
    “I don’t want my idea of you. That’s too easy, and it isn’t real. I want you, faults and all. And I want you to want me, faults and all, not any ideas you have about love relationships-love-is not fantasy, it is bricks and mortar.”
  10. #136
    “That’s all I seem to do now. I have to work to keep you alive, to feed you. I haven’t smiled once since you were born. Go to sleep.”
  11. #137
    “Never bring your personal problems to work.... The customers have enough problems of their own without having to worry about yours.”
  12. #138
    “A dictionary is the only place where success comes before work.”
  13. #139
    “The fortunate people in the world--the only real fortunate people in the world, in my mind, -- are those whose work is also their pleasure.”
  14. #140
    “We are uncomfortable because everything in our life keeps changing -- our inner moods, our bodies, our work, the people we love, the world we live in.”
  15. #141
    “I think this is some of my best work.”
  16. #142
    “Let them plant vineyards and eat the fruit of them. Let them enjoy the work of their hands.”
  17. #143
    “He knew, of course, that he would work again: he had to believe it. Every actor did. Acting was a form of grifting, and once you stopped believing you could, so did everyone else.”
  18. #144
    “You can get a lot of work done if you stay with it and are excited and its play instead of work.”
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