Thursday, February 12, 2009

Favorite Quotes About Work

I read all 1001 of the quotes in the book, 1001 Best Things Ever Said About Work. Here are my 62 favorites arranged by category:

ACT

There is nothing brilliant nor outstanding in my record, except perhaps this one thing: I do the things that I believe ought to be done .... And when I make up my mind to do a thing, I act.— Theodore Roosevelt 

The Way of the sage is to act but not to compete. — Lao Tzu 

The critical ingredient is getting off your butt and doing something. It's as simple as that. A lot of people have ideas, but there are few who decide to do something about them now. Not tomorrow. Not next week. But today. The true entrepreneur is a doer. — Nolan Bushnell 

When you're going through hell, keep going. — Albert Einstein 

APPRECIATING WORK

It is neither wealth nor splendor, but tranquility and occupation, which give happiness. — Thomas Jefferson 

It is God’s gift that all should eat and drink and take pleasure in all their toil. — Ecclesiastes 3:13. 

The best way to appreciate your job is to imagine yourself without one. — Oscar Wilde  

The nearer man comes to his goal to make his life easy and abundant, the more he undermines the foundations of a meaningful existence. — Franz Alexander  

No man needs a vacation so much as the man who has just had one. — Elbert Hubbard  

It is the working man who is the happy man. It is the idle man who is the miserable man. — Benjamin Franklin 

To toil for a hard master is bitter, but to have no master to toil for is more bitter still. — Oscar Wilde 

When some fellers decide to retire nobody knows the difference. — Kin Hubbard

ANTI-DILETTANTISM/GENERALIST

That man who knows too many trades . . . .his family starves. — Chinese proverb 

ARROGANCE

Arrogance is too often the companion of excellence. — Unknown wise person  

ATTITUDE

Little things affect little minds. — Benjamin Disraeli 

It takes a strong fish to swim against the current. Even a dead one can float with it. — John Crowe 

If your daily life seems poor, do not blame it; blame yourself, tell yourself that you are not poet enough to call forth its riches. — Rainer Maria Rilke 

Faced with having to change our views or prove that there is no need to do so, most of us immediately get busy on the proof. — John Kenneth Galbraith 

A professional is a man who can do his job when he doesn't feel like it. An amateur is a man who can't do his job when he does feel like it. — James Agate 

CLOTHING

Being a well-dressed person is a career, and he who goes in for it has no time for anything else. — Heywood Broun 

Fashion is a form of ugliness so intolerable that we have to alter it every six months. — Oscar Wilde 

COMMITTEES/TEAMWORK

A committee of three gets things done if two don't show up. — Unknown wise person  

A committee is a cul-de-sac down which ideas are lured and quietly strangled. — Sir Barnett Cocks 

If you want a track team to win the high jump you must find one person who can jump seven feet, not seven people who can jump one foot. — Unknown wise person  

What the crowd requires is mediocrity of the highest order. — Auguste Préault

 COMMUNICATION

No one ever listened himself out of a job. — Calvin Coolidge

It's not what you say but the way you say it.- — French proverb

Words that do not match deeds are not important. — Ernesto Che Guevara  

When angry, count ten, before you speak; if very angry, a hundred. — Thomas Jefferson  

DELEGATION

I made up my mind long ago that life was too short to do anything for myself that I could pay others to do for me. — W. Somerset Maugham 

Success means only doing what you do well, letting someone else do the rest. — Goldstein S. 

DIPLOMACY

Diplomacy is letting someone else have your way. — Lester Pearson

A diplomat is someone who can tell you to go to hell in such a way that you actually look forward to the trip. — Caskie Stinnett 

EQUALITY

Inferiors revolt in order that they be equal, and equals that they be superior. — Aristotle

Equality is what does not exist among mortals. — e. e. cummings  

That all men are equal is a proposition to which, at ordinary times, no sane individual has ever given his assent. — Aldous Huxley 

ETHICS

The darkest hour in any man's life is when he sits down to plan how to get money without earning it. — Horace Greeley  

FAILURE/MISTAKES

I don't measure a man's success by how high he climbs but how high he bounces when he hits bottom. — George Patton  

More people would learn from their mistakes if they weren't so busy denying them. — Harold J. Smith 

GETTING FIRED

Getting fired is nature's way to telling you that you had the wrong job in the first place. — Hal Lancaster 

GOALS

I always wanted to be a somebody but I should have been more specific. — Lily Tomlin  

Give me a stock clerk with a goal and I will give you a man who will make history. Give me a man without a goal and I will give you a stock clerk. — J. C. Penney 

HURRY

They stumble that run fast. — William Shakespeare  

HIRING WELL

If each of us hires people smaller than we are, we shall become a company of dwarfs. — David Ogilvy 

JOB SECURITY

Perform your job better than anyone else can. That's the best job security I know. — H. Jackson Brown, Jr.  

LUCK

The worst cynicism: a belief in luck. — Joyce Carol Oates 

MANAGEMENT

So much of what we call management consists in making it difficult for people to work. — Peter Drucker 

NEATNESS

If your company has a clean-desk policy, the company is nuts and you're nuts to stay there. — Tom Peters  

PERFECTIONISM

A lot of disappointed people have been left standing on the street corner waiting for the bus marked Perfection. — Donald Kennedy  

The pursuit of perfection often impedes improvement. — George F. Will  

Do the right things instead of trying to do everything right. — Peter Drucker  

PERSISTENCE

Nothing in the world can take the place of persistence. Talent will not; nothing is more common than unsuccessful men with talent. Genius will not; the world is full of educated derelicts. Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent. Calvin Coolidge  

PLANS

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

PLAYING TO YOUR STRENGTHS

Do not let what you cannot do interfere with what you can do. — John Wooden 

Where your talents and the needs of the world cross, there lies your vocation. — Aristotle 

REWARDS

Don't work for recognition, but do work worthy of recognition. — H. Jackson Brown, Jr.  

The highest reward that God gives us for good work is the ability to do better work. — Elbert Hubbard 

RETIREMENT

Retirement is the ugliest word in the language. — Ernest Hemingway  

To retire is the beginning of death. — Pablo Casals  

TALENT

I don't have a lot of respect for talent. Talent is genetic. It's what you do with it that counts. — Martin Ritt  

THRIFT

It is vain to do with more what can be done with less. — William of Occam  

TIME MANAGEMENT

Those who make the worst use of their time most complain of its shortness. — La Bruyère  

Things that matter most must never be at the mercy of things that matter least. — Johann Wolfgang von Goethe  

3 comments:

bob rice said...

YOU CAN SAY THAT YOU CAN AND YOU CAN SAY THAT YOU CAN'T.

IN EITHER CASE, YOU ARE RIGHT.

Grace said...

If you have talent and energy, you're a king. If you have no talent and energy, you're a prince. If you have talent but no energy, you're a pauper.

- Jeffery Archer

Anonymous said...

Great minds talk about ideas, average minds talk about events, and small minds talk about people.
-Eleanor Roosevelt

I aspire to be a great mind.
-Me

 

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