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  Who begins too much accomplishes little.  
 -  German proverb
  

  A work ill done must be done twice.  
 -  English proverb
  

  If the wind will not serve, take to the oars.  
 -  Latin Proverb
  

  Worry, not work, kills man.  
 -  Maltese proverb
  

  A good beginning is half the work.  
 -  Irish proverb
  

  All work asks for diligence.  
 -  African proverb, Ovambo
  

  Be sure to send a lazy man for the angel of death.  
 -  Jewish proverb
  

  The safest antidote against sorrow is employment.  
 -  English proverb
  

  Which is man's most desirable occupation? The one for which he is most fit.  
 -  Jewish proverb
  

  If you want a place in the sun, you've got to put up with a few blisters.  
 -  Abigail Van Buren
  

  My father taught me to work; he did not teach me to love it.  
 -  Abraham Lincoln
  

  Free labor has the inspiration of hope; pure slavery has no hope. The power of hope upon human exertion and happiness is wonderful.  
 -  Abraham Lincoln
  

  Half finished work generally proves to be labor lost.  
 -  Abraham Lincoln
  

  It is one thing to conceive a good plan, and another to execute it.  
 -  Aesop
  

  I believe people work for satisfaction. I believe it is a big mistake to think that money is the only way to compensate a person for his work. People need money, but they also want to be happy in their work and proud of it.  
 -  Akio Morita
  

  Sometimes the fool who rushes in gets the job done.  
 -  Al Bernstein
  

  The truth is that as soon as we are no longer obliged to earn our living, we no longer know what to do with our life and recklessly squander it.  
 -  Andre Gide
  

  Do your duty and a little more and the future will take care of itself.  
 -  Andrew Carnegie
  

  We need people who can actually do things. We have too many bosses and too few workers. More college graduates ought to become plumbers or electricians, then go home at night and read Shakespeare.  
 -  Andy Rooney
  

  Nobody ever drowned in his own sweat.  
 -  Ann Landers
  

  Opportunities are usually disguised as hard work, so most people don't recognize them.  
 -  Ann Landers
  

  Laziness may appear attractive, but work gives satisfaction.  
 -  Anne Frank
  

  Always make a total effort, even when the odds are against you.  
 -  Arnold Palmer
  

  Work like you don't need the money, love like your heart has never been broken, and dance like no one is watching.  
 -  Aurora Greenway
  

  If you can't outplay them, outwork them.  
 -  Ben Hogan
  

  This became a credo of mine: Attempt the impossible in order to improve your work.  
 -  Bette Davis
  

  There are no shortcuts to any place worth going.  
 -  Beverly Sills
  

  There's no labor a man can do that's undignified; if he does it right.  
 -  Bill Cosby
  

  The biggest mistake we could ever make in our lives is to think we work for anybody but ourselves.  
 -  Brian Tracy
  

  Before you start some work, always ask yourself three questions - Why am I doing it, What the results might be and Will I be successful. Only when you think deeply and find satisfactory answers to these questions, go ahead.  
 -  Chana
  

  Gentleness doesn't get work done unless you happen to be a hen laying eggs.  
 -  Coco Chanel
  

  Work expands to fill the time available for its completion.  
 -  Cyril Northcote Parkinson
  

  Don't be afraid to give your best to what seemingly are small jobs. Every time you conquer one it makes you that much stronger. If you do the little jobs well, the big ones will tend to take care of themselves.  
 -  Dale Carnegie
  

  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.  
 -  David Allen
  

  In training and coaching thousands of professionals, I have found that lack of time is not the major issue for them (though they themselves may think it is); the real problem is a lack of clarity and definition about what a project really is, and what the associated next-action steps required are.  
 -  David Allen
  

  Happiness, I have discovered, is nearly always a rebound from hard work.  
 -  David Grayson
  

  Everything in the world is purchased by labor.  
 -  David Hume
  

  As you approach your job each day, ask yourself, 'Am I worthy in every respect of being imitated?'  
 -  David J. Schwartz
  

  If you are interested in balancing work and pleasure, stop trying to balance them. Instead make your work more pleasurable.  
 -  Donald Trump
  

  Accomplishing the impossible means only that the boss will add it to your regular duties.  
 -  Doug Larson
  

  It's strange how unimportant your job is when you're asking for a raise, but how important it can be when you want to take a day off.  
 -  Earl A. Mathes
  

  To an active mind, indolence is more painful than labor.  
 -  Edward Gibbon
  

  Much good work is lost for the lack of a little more.  
 -  Edward Harriman
  

  We work to become, not to acquire.  
 -  Elbert Hubbard
  

  Work is always an antidote to depression.  
 -  Eleanor Roosevelt
  

  A person who has not done half his day's work by ten o'clock, runs a chance of leaving the other half undone.  
 -  Emily Bronte
  

  One of the most important factors, not only in military matters but in life as a whole, is the ability to direct one's whole energies towards the fulfillment of a particular task.  
 -  Erwin Rommel
  

  A professional is one who does his best work when he feels the least like working.  
 -  Frank Lloyd Wright
  

  The trouble with being punctual is that nobody's there to appreciate it.  
 -  Franklin P. Jones
  

  Today as always, men fall into two groups: slaves and free men. Whoever does not have two-thirds of his day for himself, is a slave, whatever he may be: a statesman, a businessman, an official, or a scholar.  
 -  Friedrich Nietzsche
  

  Most people work just hard enough not to get fired and get paid just enough money not to quit.  
 -  George Carlin
  

  I am glad that work is not reserved for slaves. Were that the case I would be deprived of my greatest pleasure. Many things do I enjoy but nothing takes the place of work.  
 -  George S. Clason
  

  Work is not man's punishment. It is his reward and his strength and his pleasure.  
 -  George Sand
  

  There are really not many jobs that actually require a penis or a vagina, and all other occupations should be open to everyone.  
 -  Gloria Steinem
  

  Most people only work enough so that it feels like work, whereas successful people work at a pace that gets such satisfying results that work is a reward. Truly successful people don't even call it work; for them, it's a passion. Why? Because they do enough to win!  
 -  Grant Cardone
  

  Do people know you because of your unbelievable work ethic? If you can't answer YES to that, you're not gonna get into that top 10 percent.  
 -  Grant Cardone
  

  The better a work is, the more it attracts criticism; it is like the fleas who rush to jump on white linens.  
 -  Gustave Flaubert
  

  The only thing that separates successful people from the ones who aren't is the willingness to work very, very hard.  
 -  Helen Gurley Brown
  

  When you see some girls marry, you realize how they must hate to work for a living.  
 -  Helen Rowland
  

  There is joy in work. There is no happiness except in the realization that we have accomplished something.  
 -  Henry Ford
  

  When your work speaks for itself, don't interrupt.  
 -  Henry J. Kaiser
  

  Problems are only opportunities in work clothes.  
 -  Henry J. Kaiser
  

  Heights by great men reached and kept were not obtained by sudden flight but, while their companions slept, they were toiling upward in the night.  
 -  Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
  

  It is not work that kills men; it is worry. Work is healthy; you can hardly put more upon a man than he can bear. Worry is the rust upon the blade. It is not the revolution which destroys the machinery but the friction. Fear secretes acids; but love and trust are sweet juices.  
 -  Henry Ward Beecher
  

  Light is the task where many share the toil.  
 -  Homer
  

  Life grants nothing to us mortals without hard work.  
 -  Horace
  

  Most people work just hard enough not to get fired and get paid just enough money not to quit.  
 -  George Carlin
  

  I am glad that work is not reserved for slaves. Were that the case I would be deprived of my greatest pleasure. Many things do I enjoy but nothing takes the place of work.  
 -  George S. Clason
  

  Work is not man's punishment. It is his reward and his strength and his pleasure.  
 -  George Sand
  

  There are really not many jobs that actually require a penis or a vagina, and all other occupations should be open to everyone.  
 -  Gloria Steinem
  

  Most people only work enough so that it feels like work, whereas successful people work at a pace that gets such satisfying results that work is a reward. Truly successful people don't even call it work; for them, it's a passion. Why? Because they do enough to win!  
 -  Grant Cardone
  

  Do people know you because of your unbelievable work ethic? If you can't answer YES to that, you're not gonna get into that top 10 percent.  
 -  Grant Cardone
  

  The better a work is, the more it attracts criticism; it is like the fleas who rush to jump on white linens.  
 -  Gustave Flaubert
  

  The only thing that separates successful people from the ones who aren't is the willingness to work very, very hard.  
 -  Helen Gurley Brown
  

  When you see some girls marry, you realize how they must hate to work for a living.  
 -  Helen Rowland
  

  There is joy in work. There is no happiness except in the realization that we have accomplished something.  
 -  Henry Ford
  

  When your work speaks for itself, don't interrupt.  
 -  Henry J. Kaiser
  

  Problems are only opportunities in work clothes.  
 -  Henry J. Kaiser
  

  Heights by great men reached and kept were not obtained by sudden flight but, while their companions slept, they were toiling upward in the night.  
 -  Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
  

  It is not work that kills men; it is worry. Work is healthy; you can hardly put more upon a man than he can bear. Worry is the rust upon the blade. It is not the revolution which destroys the machinery but the friction. Fear secretes acids; but love and trust are sweet juices.  
 -  Henry Ward Beecher
  

  Light is the task where many share the toil.  
 -  Homer
  

  Life grants nothing to us mortals without hard work.  
 -  Horace
  

  My grandfather once told me that there were two kinds of people; those who do the work and those who take the credit. He told me to try to be in the first group; there was much less competition.  
 -  Indira Gandhi
  

  There is a kind of victory in good work, no matter how humble.  
 -  Jack Kemp
  

  In all human affairs there are efforts, and there are results, and the strength of the effort is the measure of the result. Chance is not.  
 -  James Allen
  

  In everyday things the law of sacrifice takes the form of positive duty.  
 -  James A. Froude
  

  If the power to do hard work is not a skill, it's the best possible substitute for it.  
 -  James Garfield
  

  If you work in a hospital, you cant easily fake call in sick to work. Oh, you're sick? Well why dont you come in to work and we'll have a look at it.  
 -  Jarod Kintz
  

  You must learn to translate wisdom and strong feelings into labor.  
 -  Jim Rohn
  

  Many of the greatest men have owed their success to industry rather than to cleverness.  
 -  John Lubbock
  

  The highest reward for a man's toil is not what he gets for it but what he becomes by it.  
 -  John Ruskin
  

  Never continue in a job you don't enjoy. If you're happy in what you're doing, you'll like yourself, you'll have inner peace. And if you have that, along with physical health, you will have had more success than you could possibly have imagined.  
 -  Johnny Carson
  

  A man is a worker. If he is not that he is nothing.  
 -  Joseph Conrad
  

  A work is perfectly finished only when nothing can be added to it and nothing taken away.  
 -  Joseph Joubert
  

  Work is love made visible. And if you cannot work with love but only with distaste, it is better that you should leave your work and sit at the gate of the temple and take alms of those who work with joy.  
 -  Kahlil Gibran
  

  I don't think that work ever really destroyed anybody. I think that lack of work destroys them a hell of a lot more.  
 -  Katharine Hepburn
  

  To work - to work! It is such infinite delight to know that we still have the best things to do.  
 -  Katherine Mansfield
  

  Actions change things. Nothing else by the way. Actions change things. Wishful thinking is not a strategy for success. Hope is not a strategy for success. Work! Work! You prove to me that you mean it when you change your actions. You prove to yourself that you mean it when you change your actions.  
 -  Larry Winget
  

  My approach is deeply rooted in the most vulgar, obscene, nasty, four-letter word in our vocabulary; W-O-R-K. That is where it falls apart for most people because they don't want to work. They want to think their way to success.  
 -  Larry Winget
  

  I'm lazy. But it's the lazy people who invented the wheel and the bicycle because they didn't like walking or carrying things.  
 -  Lech Walesa
  

  God sells us all things at the price of labor.  
 -  Leonardo da Vinci
  

  Work is and always has been my salvation and I thank the Lord for it.  
 -  Louisa May Alcott
  

  The fruit derived from labor is the sweetest of pleasures.  
 -  Luc de Clapiers
  

  If you don't have a job without any aggravations, you don't have a job.  
 -  Malcolm S. Forbes
  

  Work is something you can count on, a trusted, lifelong friend who never deserts you.  
 -  Margaret Bourke-White
  

  Look at a day when you are supremely satisfied at the end. It's not a day when you lounge around doing nothing; it's a day you've had everything to do and you've done it.  
 -  Margaret Thatcher
  

  Make sure you're positive about your choice of careers. All the millionaires I've known - and I've met quite a few over the years - loved their occupations. For them, working became almost a leisure activity, as agreeable as a hobby. That's why most rich peole rarely take vacations.  
 -  Mark Fisher
  

  Make it a point to do something every day that you don't want to do. This is the golden rule for acquiring the habit of doing your duty without pain.  
 -  Mark Twain
  

  No work is insignificant. All labor that uplifts humanity has dignity and importance and should be undertaken with painstaking excellence.  
 -  Martin Luther King Jr.
  

  If a man is called to be a street sweeper, he should sweep streets even as a Michelangelo painted, or Beethoven composed music or Shakespeare wrote poetry. He should sweep streets so well that all the hosts of heaven and earth will pause to say, 'Here lived a great street sweeper who did his job well.'  
 -  Martin Luther King Jr.
  

  It is easier to do a job right than to explain why you didn't.  
 -  Martin Van Buren
  

  Manual labor to my father was not only good and decent for its own sake but, as he was given to saying, it straightened out one's thoughts.  
 -  Mary Ellen Chase
  

  He who labors diligently need never despair; for all things are accomplished by diligence and labor.  
 -  Menander of Athens
  

  If people knew how hard I had to work to gain my mastery, it wouldn't seem wonderful at all.  
 -  Michelangelo
  

  The first sign of a nervous breakdown is when you start thinking your work is terribly important.  
 -  Milo Bloom
  

  Work elevates, idleness degrades.  
 -  Mrs H. O. Ward
  

  Every company has room for the man who has a definite plan of action which is to the advantage of that company.  
 -  Napoleon Hill
  

  The victory of success is half won when one gains the habit of setting goals and achieving them. Even the most tedious chore will become endurable as you parade through each day convinced that every task, no matter how menial or boring, brings you closer to achieving your dreams.  
 -  Og Mandino
  

  People who work sitting down get paid more than people who work standing up.  
 -  Ogden Nash
  

  You know you are on the road to success if you would do your job, and not be paid for it.  
 -  Oprah Winfrey
  

  The beginning is the most important part of the work.  
 -  Plato
  

  We excuse our sloth under the pretext of difficulty.  
 -  Quintilian
  

  A man is relieved and gay when he has put his heart into his work and done his best; but what he has said or done otherwise, shall give him no peace. Do your work, and I shall know you. Do your work, and you shall reinforce yourself. Your genuine action will explain itself, and will explain your other genuine actions. Your conformity explains nothing.  
 -  Ralph Waldo Emerson
  

  Monkeys and apes have the ability to speak but keep silent to avoid being put to work.  
 -  Rene Descartes
  

  When you go to work, if your name is on the building, you're rich. If your name is on your desk, you're middle class. And if your name is on your shirt, you're poor.  
 -  Rich Hall
  

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

  The reason why worry kills more people than work is that more people worry than work.  
 -  Robert Frost
  

  Labor is the only prayer that Nature answers. It is the only prayer that deserves an answer, - good, honest, noble work.  
 -  Robert G. Ingersoll
  

  Every morning 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
  

  The golden rule of work is that the bosses jokes are ALWAYS funny.  
 -  Robert Paul
  

  Keep doing some kind of work, that the devil may always find you employed.  
 -  Saint Jerome
  

  Do the best you can in every task, no matter how unimportant it may seem at the time. No one learns more about a problem than the person at the bottom.  
 -  Sandra Day O'Connor
  

  They are not only idle who do nothing, but they are idle also who might be better employed.  
 -  Socrates
  

  Talent is cheaper than table salt. What separates the talented individual from the successful one is a lot of hard work.  
 -  Stephen King
  

  Your work is going to fill a large part of your life, and the only way to be truly satisfied is to do what you believe is great work. And the only way to do great work is to love what you do. If you haven't found it yet, keep looking. Don't settle.  
 -  Steve Jobs
  

  You can't get a pay raise when you are angry. People will react to the negative energy and will resist you. They'll perceive - consciously or subliminally - that you don't love yourself, so why should they acknowledge you? They may even try to cut your money because they see that you are devaluing yourself.  
 -  Stuart Wilde
  

  I see what keeps people young: work.  
 -  Ted Turner
  

  Let others laugh when you sacrifice desire to duty, if they will. You have time and eternity to rejoice in.  
 -  Theodore Parker
  

  We often miss opportunity because it's dressed in overalls and looks like work.  
 -  Thomas A. Edison
  

  I never did a day's work in my life. It was all fun.  
 -  Thomas A. Edison
  

  Personally, I enjoy working about 18 hours a day. Besides the short catnaps I take each day, I average about four to five hours of sleep per night.  
 -  Thomas A. Edison
  

  There is no substitute for hard work.  
 -  Thomas A. Edison
  

  Every noble work is at first impossible.  
 -  Thomas Carlyle
  

  I'm a great believer in luck, and I find the harder I work the more I have of it.  
 -  Thomas Jefferson
  

  The democracy will cease to exist when you take away from those who are willing to work and give to those who would not.  
 -  Thomas Jefferson
  

  A man knows when he has found his vocation when he stops thinking about how to live and begins to live.  
 -  Thomas Merton
  

  Doing less meaningful work, so that you can focus on things of greater personal importance, is NOT laziness. This is hard for most to accept, because our culture tends to reward personal sacrifice instead of personal productivity.  
 -  Tim Ferriss
  

  Sometimes you earn more doing the jobs that pay nothing.  
 -  Todd Ruthman
  

  I always give 100% at Work: 10% Monday, 23% Tuesday, 40% Wednesday, 22% Thursday, 5% Friday!  
 -  Unknown
  

  If my boss knew how unproductive I am on Fridays, he wouldn't want me here either.  
 -  Unknown
  

  I would tell you to go to hell, but I work there and I don't want to see you everyday.  
 -  Unknown
  

  The best preparation for good work tomorrow is to do good work today.  
 -  Unknown
  

  I never drink coffee at work...mainly because it keeps me awake.  
 -  Unknown
  

  Work sucks but I need the bucks.  
 -  Unknown
  

  Don't bother me at work...unless cake is involved.  
 -  Unknown
  

  Relationships last for a long time because two people make a choice: to keep it, fight for it, and work for it.  
 -  Unknown
  

  Coffee shops should have a separate line for people who are late for work.  
 -  Unknown
  

  Instead of calling in sick today, call in well. Tell them how great you feel not having to go to work today!  
 -  Unknown
  

  I don't have a problem with idiots. I just have a problem working with them.  
 -  Unknown
  

  Work for a cause, not for applause... Live life to express, not to impress.  
 -  Unknown
  

  Sexual harassment at work... is it a problem for the self-employed?  
 -  Victoria Wood
  

  If you're not making mistakes, you're not trying hard enough.  
 -  Vince Lombardi
  

  Work keeps us from three evils: boredom, vice and need.  
 -  Voltaire
  

  Work keeps us from three great evils, boredom, vice, and poverty.  
 -  Voltaire
  

  I used to work at the unemployment office. I hated it, because when they fired me, I had to show up to work anyway.  
 -  Wally Wang
  

  I've never really viewed myself as particularly talented, where I excel is ridiculous, sickening work ethic. While the other guy is sleeping, I'm working. While the other guy is eating, I'm working.  
 -  Will Smith
  

  A life of ease is a difficult pursuit.  
 -  William Cowper
  

  There are no menial jobs, only menial attitudes.  
 -  William J. Bennett
  

  Procrastination is attitude's natural assassin. There is nothing is so fatiguing as the eternal hanging on of an uncompleted task.  
 -  William James
  

  The best preparation for work is not thinking about work, talking about work, or studying for work: It is work.  
 -  William Weld
  

  Be nice to people on your way up, because you'll meet them on your way down.  
 -  Wilson Mizner