Quotations About / On: WORK

  • 71.
    An honest man's the noblest work of God.
    (Alexander Pope (1688-1744), British poet. An Essay on Man (Fr. Epistle IV). SeCePo. Poetical Works [Alexander Pope]. Herbert Davis, ed. (1978; repr. 1990) Oxford University Press.)
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  • 72.
    Art, whose honesty must work through artifice, cannot avoid cheating truth.
    (Laura Riding (1901-1991), U.S. poet. Selected Poems: In Five Sets, preface (1975).)
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  • 73.
    A man thinking or working is always alone, let him be where he will.
    (Henry David Thoreau (1817-1862), U.S. philosopher, author, naturalist. Walden (1854), in The Writings of Henry David Thoreau, vol. 2, p. 150, Houghton Mifflin (1906).)
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  • 74.
    The work of vegetation begins first in the irritability of the bark and leaf-buds.
    (Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882), U.S. essayist, poet, philosopher. "Love," Essays, First Series (1841, repr. 1847). This is reminiscent of the definition of life as the ability to be irritated.)
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  • 75.
    Evil gains work their punishment.
    (Sophocles (497-406/5 B.C.), Greek tragedian. Antigone, l. 326.)
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  • 76.
    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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  • 77.
    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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  • 78.
    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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  • 79.
    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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  • 80.
    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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