Work

Florence Nightingale Page

“Nursing is an art: and if it is to be made an art, it requires an exclusive devotion as hard a preparation, as any painter's or sculptor's work; for what is the having to do with dead canvas or dead marble, compared with having to do with the living body, the temple of God's spirit? It is one of the Fine Arts: I had almost said, the finest of Fine Arts.”

- Florence Nightingale

Source/Notes: Una and the Lion (1871), p. 6
Mahatma Gandhi Page

“Seven social sins: politics without principles, wealth without work, pleasure without conscience, knowledge without character, commerce without morality, science without humanity, and worship without sacrifice.”

- Mahatma Gandhi

Source/Notes: A list closing an article in Young India (22 October 1925); Collected Works of Mahatma Gandhi Vol. 33 (PDF) p. 135
Albert Einstein Page

“If I were not a physicist, I would probably be a musician. I often think in music. I live my daydreams in music. I see my life in terms of music.... I cannot tell if I would have done any creative work of importance in music, but I do know that I get most joy in life out of my violin.”

- Albert Einstein

Source/Notes: Viereck interview (1929)
Napoleon Hill Page

“Do not wait; the time will never be just right. Start where you stand, and work with whatever tools you may have at your command, and better tools will be found as you go along.”

- Napoleon Hill

Source/Notes: Think and Grow Rich (1938)
Dorothy Stang Page

“I don't want to flee, nor do I want to abandon the battle of these farmers who live without any protection in the forest. They have the sacrosanct right to aspire to a better life on land where they can live and work with dignity while respecting the environment.”

- Dorothy Stang

Source/Notes: As reported in: The Ecologist, Volume 35 (2005); and also in: Journal of the House of Representatives of the United States, Part 1 (U.S. Government Printing Office, 2005), p. 673

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Indira Gandhi Page

“My grandfather once told me that there were two kinds of people: those who do the work and those who take the credit. He told me to try to be in the first group; there was much less competition.”

- Indira Gandhi

Source/Notes: As quoted in: "The Times of India", 8 February 1959. See also: izquotes.com/331364
Satchel Paige Page

“Work like you don't need the money. Love like you've never been hurt. Dance like nobody's watching.”

- Satchel Paige

Maya Angelou Page

“I don't believe an accident of birth makes people sisters or brothers. It makes them siblings, gives them mutuality of parentage. Sisterhood and brotherhood is a condition people have to work at.”

- Maya Angelou

Jack Handey Page

“Sometimes when I reflect back on all the beer I drink I feel ashamed. Then I look into the glass and think about the workers in the brewery and all of their hopes and dreams. If I didn't drink this beer, they might be out of work and their dreams would be shattered. Then I say to myself, it is better that I drink this beer and let their dreams come true than be selfish and worry about my liver.”

- Jack Handey

Thomas Edison Page

“The reason a lot of people do not recognize opportunity is because it usually goes around wearing overalls looking like hard work.”

- Thomas Edison

Source/Notes: Variant: izquotes.com/quote/226358. As quoted in An Enemy Called Average (1990) by John L. Mason, p. 55

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Henry Ford Page

“I believe God is managing affairs and that He doesn't need any advice from me. With God in charge, I believe everything will work out for the best in the end. So what is there to worry about.”

- Henry Ford

Source/Notes: As quoted in: How to stop worrying and start living by Dale Carnegie, Simon and Schuster, 1948
Steve Jobs Page

“That's been one of my mantras - focus and simplicity. Simple can be harder than complex: You have to work hard to get your thinking clean to make it simple. But it's worth it in the end because once you get there, you can move mountains.”

- Steve Jobs

Source/Notes: Bloomberg Businessweek, May 12, 1998, "Steve Jobs on Apple's Resurgence: 'Not a one-man show' "
Steve Jobs Page

“Your work is going to fill a large part of your life, and the only way to be truly satisfied is to do what you believe is great work. And the only way to do great work is to love what you do. If you haven't found it yet, keep looking. Don't settle. As with all matters of the heart, you'll know when you find it.”

- Steve Jobs

Source/Notes: Address at Stanford University (2005) - youtube.com/watch?v=UF8uR6Z6KLc
Louisa May Alcott Page

“Have regular hours for work and play; make each day both useful and pleasant, and prove that you understand the worth of time by employing it well. Then youth will be delightful, old age will bring few regrets, and life will become a beautiful success.”

- Louisa May Alcott

Source/Notes: Little Women (2013 edition), Simon and Schuster - ISBN: 9781451685978
Franklin D. Roosevelt Page

“Happiness lies not in the mere possession of money; it lies in the joy of achievement, in the thrill of creative effort. The joy and moral stimulation of work no longer must be forgotten in the mad chase of evanescent profits. These dark days will be worth all they cost us if they teach us that our true destiny is not to be ministered unto but to minister to ourselves and to our fellow men.”

- Franklin D. Roosevelt

Source/Notes: First Inaugural Address, Washington, D.C.. March 4, 1933

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Confucius Page

“Choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life.”

- Confucius

Source/Notes: Attributed
Bruce Lee Page

“If you always put limits on what you can do, physical or anything else, it'll spread into your work, into your morality, in your entire being. There are no limits. There are plateaus, but you must not stay there, you must go beyond them.”

- Bruce Lee

Source/Notes: Bruce Lee: The Art of Expressing the Human Body (Tuttle Publishing, 1998), compiled and edited by John Little, p. 23. Also in Bruce Lee: Fighting Spirit: a Biography (Frog Books, 1994), p. 234. Often misquoted as "If you always put limit on everything you do, physical or anything else. It will spread into your work and into your life. There are no limits. There are only plateaus, and you must not stay there, you must go beyond them."