Quotations About / On: WORK
O how full of briers is this working-day world!
(William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Rosalind, in As You Like It, act 1, sc. 3, l. 11-2.
Sighing for love, she finds the everyday world thorny.)
Perpetual modernness is the measure of merit in every work of art.
(Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882), U.S. essayist, poet, philosopher. Representative Men, "Plato," (1850).)
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.)
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).)
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).)
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.)
Evil gains work their punishment.
(Sophocles (497-406/5 B.C.), Greek tragedian. Antigone, l. 326.)
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).)
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).)
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).)