When work is a pleasure, life is a joy. When work is a duty, life is slavery. M Gorky

In long established companies and institutions the important work is accomplished by those employees who have not yet reached their level of incompetence. Jackson Keenly

He who would really benefit mankind must reach them through their work. Henry Ford

An acceptable level of unemployment means that the government economist to whom it is acceptable still has a job. Newlands Truism

The water was not fit to drink. To make it palatable, we had to add whiskey. By diligent effort, I learned to like it. Winston Churchill

To make a man happy, fill his hands with work. Frederick E. Crane

Work and acquire, and thou hast chained the wheel of Chance. Emerson

The first requisite of a good citizen in this republic of ours is that he shall be able and willing to pull his weight. Roosevelt

Pay the laborer his wages before his sweat dries. Mohammed

The really efficient laborer will be found not to crowd his day with work, but will saunter to his task surrounded by a wide halo of ease and leisure. Thoreau

I like work; it fascinates me. I can sit and look at it for hours. Jerome K Jerome

Far and away the best prize that life offers is the chance to work hard at work worth doing. Theodore Roosevelt

Our minds need relaxation, and give way unless we mix with work a little play. Moliere

The hand of little employment hath the daintier sense. Shakespeare

By working faithfully eight hours a day, you may eventually get to be boss and work twelve. Robert Frost

Executive ability is deciding quickly and getting somebody else to do the work. John G Pollard

God’s noblest work. Man who found it out? Man. Mark Twain

Hard work never killed anybody, but why take a chance. Charlie McCarthy

“What makes a man want to work? What makes primitive people on primitive islands build statues 20 or 30 feet high? Isn't this a visual example of the mysterious urge of mankind to do some memorable work? … The urge annoys and upsets you, interferes with the genuine desire to be a perfectly happy bum. I don't like the urge to work because I don't think it’s worth much.” Quote from: My Wicked, Wicked Ways: The Autobiography of Errol Flynn

You may share the labors of the great, but you will not share the spoil. Aesop

Plans get you into things, but you got to work your way out. Will Rogers

I don't want to achieve immortality through my work. I want to achieve immortality through not dying. Woody Allen

The greatness of work is inside man. Pope John Paul II

Despite the success cult, men are most deeply moved not by the reaching of the goal but by the grandness of effort involved in getting there; or failing to get there. Max Lerner

Effort is only effort when it begins to hurt. Jose Ortega Y Gasset 

Nothing will ever be attempted, if all possible objections must be first overcome. Samuel Johnson

According to one social worker: I reckon this is one of the toughest jobs in Britain, if not the toughest.  Many of us crumble, some more quickly than others. Others resort to defense mechanism, a sort of survival where they shut down, numb themselves so they don't see what’s in front of them anymore.  But by doing this, they no longer have the will to act, to bring about change.  Clients stories are minimized or simply not believed, or they ignore them, miss visits and so on.  Some feel secretly glad when a very difficult client is beaten up. From: Baby X: Britain’s child abusers brought to justice by Harry Keble 

The more I want to get something done, the less I call it work. Richard Bach

Hard work pays off in the future. Laziness pays off now. Proverb

Winston Graham, author of forty novels, including the acclaimed Poldark series, recalls: About five years ago I met a well-dressed stranger at the Saville Club who, in the course of conversation, asked me what my profession was. I said I was a novelist. “Really?” he said.  “But what do you do for a living?” From:  Memoirs of a private man by Winston Graham

The reason why worry kills more people than work is that more people worry than work. Proverb

A man builds a fine house, and now he has a master, and a task for life; he is to furnish, watch, show it, and keep it in repair the rest of his days. Emerson

Labor Day symbolizes our determination to achieve an economic freedom for the average man which will give his political freedom realty.  Franklin D. Roosevelt

It is necessary to work, if not from inclination, at least from despair. Everything considered work is less boring than amusing oneself. Charles Baudelaire

What use is our work if we cannot care for the ones we love. Jerome Castlema

Opportunity is missed by most people because it is dressed in overalls and looks like work. Thomas Edison

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 F Kennedy

It is difficult to soar with the eagles when you work with turkeys. Proverb

It is impossible to enjoy idling thoroughly unless one has plenty of work to do. Jerome K Jerome

Men of lofty genius when they are doing the least work are most active. Leonardo da Vinci

Too much work and too much energy kill a man just as effectively as too much assorted vice or too much drink. Rudyard Kipling

Miss Nightingale undoubtedly did wonders for nursing, but not so much for nurses. When she went, she left behind her an image of a winged and haloed angel who could never be tempted by anything as filthy as lucre. Nurses are still fighting to live down that image. Source: A Nurse in Time by Evelyn Prentis

Much effort, much prosperity. Euripides

No fine work can be done without concentration and self sacrifice, and toil and doubt. Max Beerbohm

The hardest work is to go idle. Proverb

With a good conscience our only sure reward, with history the final judge of our deeds, let us go forth to lead the land we love, asking his blessing and his help, but knowing that here on earth God's work must truly be our own. John F. Kennedy

He that can work is a born king of something. Thomas Carlyle

Blessed is he who has found his work; let him ask no other blessedness. Thomas Carlyle

There is no reward so delightful, no pleasure so exquisite, as having one’s work known and acclaimed by those whose applause confers honor. Moliere

We put our love where we have put our labor. Emerson

The bitter and the sweet come from the outside, the hard from within, from one’s own efforts. Einstein

When men are rightly occupied, their amusement grows out of their work. John Ruskin

Human beings are of two classes: those whose work is work and whose pleasure is pleasure; and those whose work and pleasure are one. Winston Churchill

We work to become, not to acquire. Hubbard

All honest labor becomes easy; it only becomes hard when done with unwillingness. Clive James

Where there is no desire, there will be no industry. John Locke

Work saves us from three great evils: boredom, vice and need. Voltaire

I believe each individual is naturally entitled to do as he pleases with himself and the fruit of his labor, as long as it in no way interferes with any other man’s rights. Abraham Lincoln

To work hard, to live hard, to die hard, and then go to hell after all would be too damned hard. Carl Sandburg

Our energy is in proportion to the resistance it meets. We can attempt nothing great, but from a sense of the difficulties we have to encounter. William Hazlitt

The test of a vocation is the love of the drudgery it involves. Logan Pearsall Smith

Anecdote: During a job interview, do not make a conscious effort to smile; it will look artificial. Instead, if you bring the word “smile” to mind and stay focused upon it, your facial muscles will, of their own accord, take on a friendly expression.

A worker for the RSPCA recounts:
“When the call comes, you have to be ready to respond. If England or even the mighty Arsenal is playing and you're called out-hard cheese. If you should be setting out on holiday-set off later and lump it. If you're not prepared to put yourself last, you're in the wrong job. That’s how it is and probably always will be.” Quote from: A Seal Pup in my Bath by Steve Greenhalgh

Horrified by the conditions in factories employing women for a pittance in 19th-century England, Poet Thomas Hood wrote: “O, men with sisters dear! O, men with mothers and wives! It is not linin you’re wearing out, but human creatures’ lives. Work, in poverty hunger and dirt, sewing at once with a double thread a shroud as well as a shirt.”  Quote from: Song of the Shirt by Thomas Hood. 

If you want work well done, select a busy man; the other kind has no time. Elbert Hubbard.

The noblest service comes from nameless hands; and the best servant does his work unseen. Oliver Wendell Holmes

Rest is the source of labor. Jung

Prior to laws restricting child labor, poet Elizabeth Barrett Browning wrote of children devoid of joy: 
”They have never seen the sunshine or that glory that is brighter than the sun. They know the grief of man, but not the wisdom; they sink in man’s despair without its calm. … Let them weep, let them weep. They look up with their pale and sunken faces, and their look is dread to see. … The child’s sob curseth deeper in the silence than the strong man in his wrath.” Quote source: The Cry of the Children by Elizabeth Barrett Browning 

Work tends to be viewed as physical labor  remunerated by an agreed-upon wage.  In truth, it can range from Michelangelo’s painting of the Sistine Chapel to the digger of a ditch in order to enhance irrigation. In addition, to be of assistance to another, when voluntary, can involve a good deal of worthwhile and often difficult effort.  Thus, work can be defined as an endeavor to strive beyond ourselves in some way towards both global economy and harmony. 

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