Quotations About / On: WORK

  • 71.
    A man is fed, not that he may be fed, but that he may work.
    (Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882), U.S. essayist, poet, philosopher. Nature, ch. 2 (1836, revised and repr. 1849).)
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  • 72.
    So your work and you shall reinforce yourself.
    (Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882), U.S. essayist, poet, philosopher. "Self-Reliance," Essays, First Series (1841, repr. 1847).)
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  • 73.
    I put all my genius into my life; I put only my talent into my works.
    (Oscar Wilde (1854-1900), Anglo-Irish playwright, author. Journal entry, June 29, 1913. Quoted in Journals 1889-1949, André Gide (1951). Also quoted in Gide's Oscar Wilde "In Memoriam" (1910).)
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  • 74.
    Work is the curse of the drinking classes.
    (Oscar Wilde (1854-1900), Anglo-Irish playwright, author. Quoted in Life of Oscar Wilde, ch. 12, Hesketh Pearson (1946).)
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  • 75.
    What you would work me to, I have some aim.
    (William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Brutus, in Julius Caesar, act 1, sc. 2, l. 163. "Aim" means idea.)
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  • 76.
    I am not responsible for the successful working of the machinery of society.
    (Henry David Thoreau (1817-1862), U.S. philosopher, author, naturalist. "Civil Disobedience," originally published as "Resistance to Civil Government" (1849), in The Writings of Henry David Thoreau, vol. 4, p. 376, Houghton Mifflin (1906).)
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  • 77.
    The day is always his, who works in it with serenity and great aims.
    (Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882), U.S. essayist, poet, philosopher. Oration, August 31, 1837, delivered before the Phi Beta Kappa Society, Cambridge, Massachusetts. "The American Scholar," repr. In Emerson: Essays and Lectures, ed. Joel Porte (1983).)
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  • 78.
    I believe a leaf of grass is no less than the journey-work of the stars.
    (Walt Whitman (1819-1892), U.S. poet. "Song of Myself," sct. 31, Leaves of Grass (1855).)
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  • 79.
    Love wrought these miracles.
    (William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Lucentio, in The Taming of the Shrew, act 5, sc. 1, l. 124. Speaking of the devices by which he has deceived Bianca's father and married her.)
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  • 80.
    In the quick forge and working-house of thought.
    (William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Chorus, in Henry V, act 5, prologue, l. 23. A fine image of the working of the imagination.)
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