Work Quotes

I love deadlines. I love the whooshing noise they make as they go by.

Deadlines    Humor    Humour    Work    Writing

Be nice to nerds. You may end up working for them. We all could.

Some women choose to follow men, and some women choose to follow their dreams. If you're wondering which way to go, remember that your career will never wake up and tell you that it doesn't love you anymore.

Love    Romance    Work

I like work: it fascinates me. I can sit and look at it for hours.

Humor    Work

I always arrive late at the office, but I make up for it by leaving early.

Humor    Work

All happiness depends on courage and work.

Be steady and well-ordered in your life so that you can be fierce and original in your work.

I am awfully greedy; I want everything from life. I want to be a woman and to be a man, to have many friends and to have loneliness, to work much and write good books, to travel and enjoy myself, to be selfish and to be unselfish… You see, it is difficult to get all which I want. And then when I do not succeed I get mad with anger.

Anger    Books    Friends    Greedy    Life    Loneliness    Man    Myself    Selfish    Travel    Woman    Work    Write

Without ambition one starts nothing. Without work one finishes nothing. The prize will not be sent to you. You have to win it.

In the name of God, stop a moment, cease your work, look around you.

A quiet secluded life in the country, with the possibility of being useful to people to whom it is easy to do good, and who are not accustomed to have it done to them; then work which one hopes may be of some use; then rest, nature, books, music, love for one's neighbor — such is my idea of happiness.

Books    Conduct of life    Contentment    Country    Happiness    Life    Music    Nature    Neighborliness    Rest    Usefulness    Work

If you trust in yourself. . .and believe in your dreams. . .and follow your star. . . you'll still get beaten by people who spent their time working hard and learning things and weren't so lazy.

The Wee Free Men

Terry Pratchett

The Wee Free Men

Out of clutter, find simplicity.

This is the real secret of life -- to be completely engaged with what you are doing in the here and now. And instead of calling it work, realize it is play.

Life    Play    Work

Get going. Move forward. Aim High. Plan a takeoff. Don't just sit on the runway and hope someone will come along and push the airplane. It simply won't happen. Change your attitude and gain some altitude. Believe me, you'll love it up here.

Action may not always bring happiness, but there is no happiness without action.

The human race is a monotonous affair. Most people spend the greatest part of their time working in order to live, and what little freedom remains so fills them with fear that they seek out any and every means to be rid of it.

Die Leiden des jungen Werthers

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Die Leiden des jungen Werthers

When he worked, he really worked. But when he played, he really PLAYED.

Fun    Work

Nothing is really work unless you would rather be doing something else.

Work without love is slavery.

Faith    Love    Work

There is no time for cut-and-dried monotony. There is time for work. And time for love. That leaves no other time.

Art    Creativity    Life    Love    Monotony    Passion    Time    Variety    Work

I’ve come to the conclusion that people who wear headphones while they walk, are much happier, more confident, and more beautiful individuals than someone making the solitary drudge to work without acknowledging their own interests and power.

Confidence    Inspirational    Life    Music    Power    Spiritual    Truth    Work

Witches are naturally nosy, said Miss Tick, standing up. Well, I must go. I hope we shall meet again. I will give you some free advice, though.
Will it cost me anything?
What? I just said it was free! said Miss Tick.
Yes, but my father said that free advice often turns out to be expensive, said Tiffany.
Miss Tick sniffed. You could say this advice is priceless, she said, Are you listening?
Yes, said Tiffany.
Good. Now...if you trust in yourself...
...and believe in your dreams...
...and follow your star... Miss Tick went on.
Yes?’ll still be beaten by people who spent their time working hard and learning things and weren’t so lazy. Goodbye.

The Wee Free Men

Terry Pratchett

The Wee Free Men
Stars    Witches    Work

The caterpillar does all the work, but the butterfly gets all the publicity.

Don't mistake activity with achievement.

Achievement    Acquirement    Act    Action    Activity    Attainment    Completion    Conclusion    Deed    Doing    Energy    Enterprise    Exertion    Feat    Fulfullment    Labor    Occurence    Perfection    Performance    Production    Service    Success    Undertaking    Venture    Work

If people knew how hard I had to work to gain my mastery, it would not seem so wonderful at all.

Pleasure in the job puts perfection in the work.

To pay attention, this is our endless and proper work.

Attention    Life    Poetry    Work

Give a bowl of rice to a man and you will feed him for a day. Teach him how to grow his own rice and you will save his life.

Have regular hours for work and play; make each day both useful and pleasant, and prove that you understand the worth of time by employing it well. Then youth will bring few regrets, and life will become a beautiful success.

Little Women

Louisa May Alcott

Little Women

Every person needs to take one day away.  A day in which one consciously separates the past from the future.  Jobs, family, employers, and friends can exist one day without any one of us, and if our egos permit us to confess, they could exist eternally in our absence.  Each person deserves a day away in which no problems are confronted, no solutions searched for.  Each of us needs to withdraw from the cares which will not withdraw from us.

Absence    Break    Peace    Rest    Vacation    Work

If you care about what you do and work hard at it, there isn't anything you can't do if you want to.

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.

Wuthering Heights

Emily Brontë

Wuthering Heights
Mornings    Sleep    Work

Spending time with God is the key to our strength and success in all areas of life. Be sure that you never try to work God into your schedule, but always work your schedule around Him.

God    Jesus    Joyce meyer    Life    Schedule    Strength    Success    Work

I've learned one thing, and that's to quit worrying about stupid things. You have four years to be irresponsible here, relax. Work is for people with jobs. You'll never remember class time, but you'll remember the time you wasted hanging out with your friends. So stay out late. Go out with your friends on a Tuesday when you have a paper due on Wednesday. Spend money you don't have. Drink 'til sunrise. The work never ends, but college does...

The job is what you do when you are told what to do. The job is showing up at the factory, following instructions, meeting spec, and being managed.
Someone can always do your job a little better or faster or cheaper than you can.
The job might be difficult, it might require skill, but it's a job.
Your art is what you do when no one can tell you exactly how to do it. Your art is the act of taking personal responsibility, challenging the status quo, and changing people.
I call the process of doing your art 'the work.' It's possible to have a job and do the work, too. In fact, that's how you become a linchpin.
The job is not the work.

Art    Artists    Commitment    Conformity    Dedication    Job    Linchpin    Nonconformity    Passion    Work    Workplace

Earning happiness means doing good and working, not speculating and being lazy. Laziness may look inviting, but only work gives you true satisfaction.

It was ironic, really - you want to die because you can't be bothered to go on living - but then you're expected to get all energetic and move furniture and stand on chairs and hoist ropes and do complicated knots and attach things to other things and kick stools from under you and mess around with hot baths and razor blades and extension cords and electrical appliances and weedkiller. Suicide was a complicated, demanding business, often involving visits to hardware shops.
And if you've managed to drag yourself from the bed and go down the road to the garden center or the drug store, by then the worst is over. At that point you might as well just go to work.

Death    Humor    Life    Suicide    Work

In most cases being a good boss means hiring talented people and then getting out of their way.


Tina Fey


I don't want to do anything. I don't even want to start this day because then I'll just be expected to finish it.


Rainbow Rowell


Without hard work, nothing grows but weeds.

In dwelling, live close to the ground. In thinking, keep to the simple. In conflict, be fair and generous. In governing, don't try to control. In work, do what you enjoy. In family life, be completely present.

If you want something new, you have to stop doing something old

Ideas    Innovation    New    Old    Project    Work

The difference between ordinary and extraordinary is that little extra.

It is hard work and great art to make life not so serious.

Art    Life    Work

When you play, play hard; when you work, don't play at all.

Play    Work

I want to live the rest of my life, however long or short, with as much sweetness as I can decently manage, loving all the people I love, and doing as much as I can of the work I still have to do. I am going to write fire until it comes out of my ears, my eyes, my noseholes--everywhere. Until it's every breath I breathe. I'm going to go out like a fucking meteor!

Dying    Life    Living    Love    Loving    Motivation    Motivational quote    Work    Working    Writing

I want to do it because I want to do it. Women must try to do things as men have tried. When they fail, their failure must be but a challenge to others.

Failure    Success    Women    Work

There is no such thing as work-life balance. Everything worth fighting for unbalances your life.

The advice I like to give young artists, or really anybody who'll listen to me, is not to wait around for inspiration. Inspiration is for amateurs; the rest of us just show up and get to work. If you wait around for the clouds to part and a bolt of lightning to strike you in the brain, you are not going to make an awful lot of work. All the best ideas come out of the process; they come out of the work itself. Things occur to you. If you're sitting around trying to dream up a great art idea, you can sit there a long time before anything happens. But if you just get to work, something will occur to you and something else will occur to you and something else that you reject will push you in another direction. Inspiration is absolutely unnecessary and somehow deceptive. You feel like you need this great idea before you can get down to work, and I find that's almost never the case.

Artist    Dream    Inspiration    Process    Work    Work ethic



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