Quotations About / On:
The pleasantest part of work is having done it.
(Mason Cooley (b. 1927), U.S. aphorist. City Aphorisms, Tenth Selection, New York (1992).)
Work is life, you know, and without it, there's nothing but fear and insecurity.
(John Lennon (1940-1980), British rock musician. Twenty-Four Hours, BBC-TV (Dec. 15, 1969).)
The blessing of life as a whole ... can never be found in work.
(Hannah Arendt (1906-1975), U.S. philosopher. The Human Condition, ch. 14 (1958).)
No longer diverted by other emotions, I work the way a cow grazes.
(Käthe Kollwitz (1867-1945), German artist. Diaries and Letters, April 1910 entry, ed. Hans Kollwitz (1955).)
Our work ... is to present things that are as they are.
(Frederick II Hohenstaufen (1194-1250), Italian (Sicilian) Holy Roman Emperor. De Arte Venandi cum Avibus (1244-1250).
Prologue to Frederick's work on falconry.)
Let us work without theorizing, 'tis the only way to make life endurable.
(Voltaire [François Marie Arouet] (1694-1778), French philosopher, author. Martin, in Candide, ch. 30 (1759).)
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).)
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.)
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).)
I am invigorated by work, wasted by pleasure.
(Mason Cooley (b. 1927), U.S. aphorist. City Aphorisms, Eleventh Selection, New York (1993).)