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Wise Quotes about Work

May you find great value in these Work quotes and sayings.

A time for work, a time for play -
balance in all things.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Related topics: Wisdom Life Human-Nature Psychology

When love and skill work together, expect a masterpiece.
- John Ruskin

What work I have done I have done because it has been play.
If it had been work I shouldn't have done it.
- Mark Twain

The choice is to work alone to be a little
more successful than the next person,
or to work together for the great betterment of humanity.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

 

When the best leader's work is done the people say,
"We did it ourselves."
- Lao Tzu

One of the symptoms of an approaching nervous breakdown
is the belief that one's work is terribly important.
- Bertrand Russell

Many hands make light work.
- Proverb

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

Nothing is ever going to work out the way you want,
so you may as well choose to want the way life does work out.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Work Hard. Do your best. Keep your word.
Never get too big for your britches.
Trust in God. Have no fear;
and Never forget a friend.
- Harry S. Truman

The Tao of the sage is work without effort.
Practice non-action. Work without doing.
- Lao Tzu

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

You are never given a wish without also
being given the power to make it true.
You may have to work for it, however.
- Richard Bach

Plans are only good intentions unless they immediately
degenerate into hard work.
- Peter Drucker

Nothing will work unless you do.
- Maya Angelou

When you are in any contest,
you should work as if there were -
to the very last minute - a chance to lose it.
This is battle, this is politics, this is anything.
- Dwight D. Eisenhower

Work expands so as to fill the time available for its completion.
- C. Northcote Parkinson

Going to work for a large company is like getting on a train.
Are you going sixty miles an hour or is the train going
sixty miles an hour and you're just sitting still?
- J. Paul Getty

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

It is your work in life that is the ultimate seduction.
- Pablo Picasso

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

Work, look for peace and calm in work:
you will find it nowhere else.
- Dmitri Mendeleev

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

There are no secrets to success.
It is the result of preparation,
hard work, and learning from failure.
- Colin Powell

Every noble work is at first impossible.
- Thomas Carlyle

The difference between work and play lies 100%
in the attitude of the participant.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

When a man tells you that he got rich through hard work,
ask him: 'Whose?'
- Don Marquis

After two weeks of working on a project,
you know whether it will work or not.
- Bill Budge

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

Nothing is work unless you'd rather be doing something else.
- George Halas

If you want to make peace with your enemy,
you have to work with your enemy.
Then he becomes your partner.
- Nelson Mandela

If it is surely the means to the highest end we know,
can any work be humble or disgusting?
Will it not rather be elevating as a ladder,
the means by which we are translated?
- Henry David Thoreau

There is no substitute for hard work.
- Thomas Edison

If you have built castles in the air,
your work need not be lost;
that is where they should be.
Now put foundations under them.
- Henry David Thoreau

I find that the harder I work,
the more luck I seem to have.
- Thomas Jefferson

The only place success comes before work is in the dictionary.
- Vince Lombardi

Without work, all life goes rotten.
But when work is soulless, life stifles and dies.
- Albert Camus

Some people dream of success
while others wake up and work hard at it.
- Anonymous

We work with the people not out of pity
but out of respect for their potential for growth and development,
both as individuals and as communities.
- Jimmy Yen

A man's work is nothing but this slow trek to rediscover,
through the detours of art, those two or three great
and simple images in whose presence his heart first opened.
- Albert Camus

The harder you work, the harder it is to surrender.
- Vince Lombardi

Work is a necessity for man.
Man invented the alarm clock.
- Pablo Picasso

As we work to create light for others,
we naturally light our own way.
- Mary Anne Radmacher

And to get real work experience, you need a job,
and most jobs will require you to have had either real
work experience or a graduate degree.
- Donald Norman

Football is like life - it requires perseverance,
self-denial, hard work, sacrifice,
dedication and respect for authority.
- Vince Lombardi

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

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

When more and more people are thrown out of work,
unemployment results.
- Calvin Coolidge

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

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

Leaders aren't born they are made.
And they are made just like anything else, through hard work.
And that's the price we'll have to pay
to achieve that goal, or any goal.
- Vince Lombardi

Better learn balance. Balance is key.
Balance good, karate good. Everything good.
Balance bad, better pack up, go home. Understand?
- Miyagi: character in the movie Karate Kid

Dare to dream of your great success.
Become intimate with those things
which deeply motivate you
and regularly work toward
the realization of that mission.
- Mary Anne Radmacher

My experience has been that work is
almost the best way to pull oneself out of the depths.
- Eleanor Roosevelt

Three Rules of Work:
Out of clutter find simplicity;
From discord find harmony;
In the middle of difficulty lies opportunity.
- Albert Einstein

A leader is most effective when people barely know he exists.
When his work is done, his aim fulfilled,
his troops will feel they did it themselves.
- Lao Tzu

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

I am a great believer in luck
and I find that the harder
I work the more I have of it.
- Thomas Jefferson

As I understand it, sport is hard work for which you do not get paid.
- Irvin S. Cobb

Nothing ever comes to one, that is worth having,
except as a result of hard work.
- Booker T. Washington

Problems are only opportunities in work clothes.
- Henry Kaiser

Hard work spotlights the character of people:
some turn up their sleeves,
some turn up their noses, and some don't turn up at all.
- Sam Ewing

The common denominator for success is work.
- John D. Rockefeller

You only live once -
but if you work it right, once is enough.
- Joe E. Lewis

Ya gots to work with what you gots to work with.
- Stevie Wonder

People who work together will win,
whether it be against complex football defenses,
or the problems of modern society.
- Vince Lombardi

It isn't enough to talk about peace.
One must believe in it.
And it isn't enough to believe in it.
One must work at it.
- Eleanor Roosevelt

Confidence is the most important single factor in this game,
and no matter how great your natural talent,
there is only one way to obtain and sustain it: work.
- Jack Nicklaus

Anyone who can walk to the welfare office can walk to work.
- Al Capp

Whatever your life's work is, do it well.
A man should do his job so well that the living,
the dead, and the unborn could do it no better.
- Martin Luther King, Jr.

If you run into a wall, don't turn around and give up.
Figure out how to climb it, go through it, or work around it.
- Michael Jordan


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