Quotations About / On:
... to work, to work hard, to see work steadily, and see it whole, was the way to be reputable. I think I always respected a good blacksmith more than a lady of leisure.
(Elizabeth Stuart Phelps (1844-1911), U.S. novelist and short story writer. Chapters from a Life, ch. 3 (1897).)
Let's go to work.
(Quentin Tarantino (b. 1963), U.S. filmmaker. Joe Cabot (Lawrence Tierney), in Reservoir Dogs (film) (1992).
The words also appeared as the advertising slogan on original posters of the film on release.)
Evil is something you recognise immediately you see it: it works through charm.
(Brian Masters (b. 1939), British author. Daily Telegraph (London, May 31, 1991).)
Dilettantes appreciate the work, professors the master at the same time.
(Franz Grillparzer (1791-1872), Austrian author. Notebooks and Diaries (1836).)
Working cuts down on both folly and wisdom.
(Mason Cooley (b. 1927), U.S. aphorist. City Aphorisms, Second Selection, New York (1985).)
... whoever believes anything esteems that it is a work of charity to persuade another of it.
(Michel de Montaigne (1533-1592), French essayist and philosopher. "Of Cripples," Complete Essays of Montaigne, trans. by Donald M. Frame (1965).)
I am invigorated by work, wasted by pleasure.
(Mason Cooley (b. 1927), U.S. aphorist. City Aphorisms, Eleventh Selection, New York (1993).)
One cannot become a saint when one works sixteen hours a day.
(Jean-Paul Sartre (1905-1980), French novelist, dramatist, philosopher, political activist. The Devil and the Good Lord, act 5, sc. 2, Gallimard (1951).)
When I quit working, I lost all sense of identity in about fifteen minutes.
(Paige Rense (b. 1929), U.S. author and editor. As quoted in the New York Times, p. 37 (February 21, 1994).
The writer and Architectural Digest editor was recalling her brief period of being a housewife.)
As information technology restructures the work situation, it abstracts thought from action.
(Shoshana Zuboff (b. 1951), U.S. social scientist. In the Age of the Smart Machine, ch. 2 (1988).)