Work Quotes

Housekeeping ain’t no joke

Tuesday, November 29th, 2011
Louisa May Alcott house

There was plenty of food in the larder, and, while Beth and Amy set the table, Meg and Jo got breakfast; wondering, as they did so, why servants ever talked about hard work…

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It’s only work if you’d rather be doing something else

Saturday, January 9th, 2010
Dear Abby clipping

I have had my finger on the pulse of the nation for more than three decades, and I’ve concluded that people are better than ever.

With all the crime, violence, and rebellion that has surfaced, I’ve seen more compassion, real love, and…

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The desire and will to work is optimism itself

Sunday, December 13th, 2009
work hands

…my optimism is grounded in two worlds, myself and what is about me. I demand that the world be good, and lo, it obeys. I proclaim the world good, and facts range themselves to prove my proclamation overwhelmingly true. To what good I open the doors of my being, and jealously shut them against what is bad. Such is the force of this beautiful and willful conviction, it carries itself in the face of all opposition.

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

Thursday, July 23rd, 2009
two poodles looking out a window

I love to keep it by me: the idea ot getting rid of it nearly breaks my heart.

You cannot give me too much work; to accumulate work has almost become a passion with me: my study is so full of it now, that there is hardly an inch of room for any more. I shall have to throw out a wing soon.

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Her spirit had nothing to do. It became restless, so she gave it work to do, too.

Saturday, July 18th, 2009
shallow water

Nhamo could recognize the footprints of everyone in the village.

Nhamo didn’t know why she had learned this. It was simply a way to calm her spirit. Her body worked all day planting…

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When you try too hard, it doesn’t work

Friday, June 19th, 2009
Balance Work Relax

And when you try too hard, it doesn’t work. Try grabbing something quickly and precisely with a tensed-up arm; then relax and try it again. Try doing something with a tense mind. The surest way to become Tense, Awkward and Confused is to develop a mind that tries too hard – one that thinks too much.

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Hoe while it is spring, and enjoy the best anticipations.

Tuesday, June 2nd, 2009
red flower

Blessed be agriculture! if one does not have too much of it. All literature is fragrant with it, in a gentlemanly way. At the foot of the charming olive-covered hills of Tivoli, Horace (not he of Chappaqua) had a sunny farm: it was in sight of…

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We are so bound together that no man can labour for himself alone

Monday, June 1st, 2009
barn raising 1907

Each blow he strikes in his own behalf helps to mould the Universe. The stream, in struggling onward, turns the mill-wheel; the coral insect, fashioning its tiny cell, joins continents to one another; and the ambitious man, building a pedestal for himself, leaves a monument to…

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Life extracts a high toll, sometimes all at once, and sometimes bit by bit

Friday, May 22nd, 2009
mopped floor

I used to tease LaVerne about how much more of our childhood she remembered than I did. The South. Harlem. Of course, I remember some things perfectly, like one particular woman, a retired teacher, who used to visit our mother. Even her laughter seemed sad. My mother rented…

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The ant is knowing and wise; but he doesn’t know enough to take a vacation.

Saturday, April 4th, 2009
ant at work farming aphids

Ants seem to care even more for property than we do ourselves. We men are inclined to ease up a little when we have all we need. But it is not so with ants: they can’t bear to stop: they keep right on working. This means that ants do…

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There is no fun in doing nothing when you have nothing to do

Tuesday, March 17th, 2009
bored kitty laying on his back

Idling always has been my strong point. I take no credit to myself in the matter – it is a gift. Few possess it. There are plenty of lazy people and plenty of slow-coaches, but a genuine idler is a rarity. He is not a man who slouches about with his hands in his…

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If timesaving devices really saved time, there would be more time available to us now than any other time in history.

Friday, February 20th, 2009
black kitty

Practically speaking, if timesaving devices really saved time, there would be more time available to us now than any other time in history. But, strangely enough, we seem to have less time than even a few years ago. It’s really great fun to go someplace where there are no timesaving…

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