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A bum asked me "Give me $10 till payday." I asked "When's payday?" He said "I don't know, you're the one who is working!"
- Henny Youngman
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A life spent in constant labor is a life wasted, save a man be such a fool as to regard a fulsome obituary notice as ample reward.
- George Jean Nathan
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All paid jobs absorb and degrade the mind.
- Aristotle
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Amateurs hope. Professionals work.
- Garson Kanin
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Ambition is a poor excuse for not having sense enough to be lazy. (Charlie McCarthy)
- Charlie McCarthy
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An ant on the move does more than a dozing ox.
- Lao Tzu
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Basically, I no longer work for anything but the sensation I have while working.
- Albert Giacometti
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Being busy does not always mean real work. The object of all work is production or accomplishment and to either of these ends there must be forethought, system, planning, intelligence, and honest purpose, as well as perspiration. Seeming to do is not doing.
- Thomas A. Edison
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Business conventions are important because they demonstrate how many people a company can operate without.
- Anonymous
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Career is too pompous a word. It was a job, and I have always felt privileged to be paid for what I love doing.
- Barbara Stanwyck
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Conway's Law: In any organization there will always be one person who knows what is going on - This person must be fired.
- Anonymous
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Derive happiness in oneself from a good day's work, from illuminating the fog that surrounds us.
- Henri Matisse
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Don't rule out working with your hands. It does not preclude using your head.
- Andy Rooney
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Early to bed and early to rise probably indicates unskilled labor.
- John Ciardi
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Every day I get up and look through the Forbes list of the richest people in America. If I'm not there, I go to work.
- Robert Orben
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Fear God and work hard.
- David Livingstone
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HAM AND EGGS - A day's work for a chicken; A lifetime commitment for a pig.
- Anonymous
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Hard work is damn near as overrated as monogamy.
- Huey Long
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Hard work never killed anybody, but why take a chance?
- Edgar Bergen
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I always arrive late at the office, but I make up for it by leaving early.
- Charles Lamb
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I am a friend of the workingman, I would rather be his friend than be one.
- Clarence Darrow
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I believe in work, hard work, and long hours of work. Men do not breakdown from overwork, but from worry and dissipation.
- Charles Evans Hughes
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I didn't have to work till I was three. But after that, I never stopped.
- Martha Raye
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I don't know Laura Bush. But she seems to be calm, and she has a sparkle in her eye, which is good. But I don't know that she's ever had a real job - I mean, since she's been grown up.
- Teresa Heinz Kerry
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I don't wait for moods. You accomplish nothing if you do that. Your mind must know it has got to get down to work.
- Pearl S. Buck
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I find that the harder I work, the more luck I seem to have.
- Thomas Jefferson
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I like work; it fascinates me. I can sit and look at it for hours.
- Jerome K. Jerome
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I make a lot of money, but I don't want to talk about that. I work very hard and I'm worth every cent.
- Naomi Campbell
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I mean what good does it do anyone to kill themselves working, because the worms will get you in the end.
- Dorothy Gish
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I wish my brother would learn a trade, so I would know what kind of work he's out of.
- Henny Youngman
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If a man loves the labour of his trade, apart from any question of success or fame, the gods have called him.
- Robert Louis Stevenson
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If hard work is the key to success, most people would rather pick the lock.
- Claude McDonald
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If hard work were such a wonderful thing, surely the rich would have kept it all to themselves.
- Lane Kirkland
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If I have done the hardest possible day's work, and then come to sit down in a corner and eat my supper comfortably --why, then I don't think I deserve any reward for my hard day's work --for am I not now at peace? Is not my supper good?
- Herman Melville
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If the career you have chosen has some unexpected inconvenience, console yourself by reflecting that no career is without them.
- Jane Fonda
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If you cannot work with love but only with distaste, it is better that you should leave your work.
- Kahlil Gibran
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If you tell the boss you were late for work because you had a flat tire, the next morning you will have a flat tire.
- Cannon's Law
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In fifty years, he never worked a day. To him, nine to five was odds on a horse. - Archie Bunker
- Carroll O'Connor
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In the South of long ago whenever a new man appeared for work in any of the laborers' gangs, he would be asked if he could sing. If he could he got the job. The singing of these working men set the rhythm for the work.
- W. C. Handy
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It's a job that's never started that takes the longest to finish.
- J. R. R. Tolkien
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Labor disgraces no man; unfortunately you occasionally find men disgrace labor.
- Ulysses S. Grant
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Laziness may appear attractive, but work gives satisfaction.
- Anne Frank
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Measure not the work until the day's out and the labor done.
- Elizabeth Barrett Browning
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Much good work is lost for the lack of a little more.
- Edward H. Harriman
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No one's going to be able to operate without a grounding in the basic sciences. Language would be helpful, although English is becoming increasingly international. And travel. You have to have a global attitude.
- Rupert Murdoch
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No project was ever completed on time and within budget.
- Cheops Law
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One of the symptoms of an approaching nervous breakdown is the belief that one's work is terribly important.
- Bertrand Russell
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Our work is the presentation of our capabilities.
- Edward Gibbon
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People are always available for work in the past tense.
- Zymurgy's Law of Volunteer Labour
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People are still willing to do an honest day's work. The trouble is they want a week's pay for it.
- Joey Adams
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People might not get all they work for in this world, but they must certainly work for all they get.
- Frederick Douglass
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Plans are only good intentions unless they immediately degenerate into hard work.
- Peter Drucker
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Pleasure in the job put perfection in the work.
- Aristotle
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Put your trust in the Lord and go ahead. Worry gets you no place.
- Roy Acuff
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Satisfaction Guaranteed or Double Your Garbage Back.
- Garbage Truck
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So I was in my car, and I was driving along, and my boss rang up, and he said 'You've been promoted.' And I swerved. And then he rang up a second time and said "You've been promoted again.' And I swerved again. He rang up a third time and said 'You're managing director.' And I went into a tree. And a policeman came up and said 'What happened to you?' And I said 'I careered off the road.
- Tim Vine
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The artist is nothing without the gift, but the gift is nothing without work.
- Emile Zola
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The average person puts only 25% of his energy and ability into his work. The world takes off its hat to those who put in more than 50% of their capacity, and stands on its head for those few and far between souls who devote 100%.
- Andrew Carnegie
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The harder I work the luckier I get.
- Samuel Goldwyn
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The remaining work to finish in order to reach your goal increases as the deadline approaches.
- Bove's Theorem
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The reward for work well done is the opportunity to do more.
- Jonas Salk
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The secret of joy in work is contained in one word - excellence. To know how to do something well is to enjoy it.
- Pearl S. Buck
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The world is divided into people who do things--and people who get the credit.
- Dwight Morrow
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Thinking is the hardest work there is, which is the probable reason why so few engage in it.
- Henry Ford
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To find joy in work is to discover the fountain of youth.
- Pearl S. Buck
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We're not Prince Charles and Princess Di. We don't think of ourselves as royalty. We happen to be working people.
- Christie Brinkley
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What do hookers do on their nights off—type?
- Elayne Boosler
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When I work, I work very hard. So I look to work with people who have that level of dedication. And I depend on that from everyone. From the director to my crews that I work with.
- Tom Cruise
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When work is a pleasure, life is a joy! When work is a duty, life is slavery.
- Maxim Gorky
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When you play, play hard; when you work, don't play at all.
- Theodore Roosevelt
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Whenever you are asked if you can do a job, tell 'em, "Certainly, I can!" Then get busy and find out how to do it.
- Theodore Roosevelt
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Why is it men are permitted to be obsessed about their work, but women are only permitted to be obsessed about men?
- Barbra Streisand
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Work is the curse of the drinking classes.
- Oscar Wilde
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Work is the curse of the drinking classes.
- William Archibald Spooner
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Working gets in the way of living.
- Omar Sharif
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