The best way to enjoy your job is to imagine yourself without one.
— Oscar Wilde
My father taught me to work, but not to love it. I never did like to work,
and I don't deny it. I'd rather read, tell stories, crack jokes, talk, laugh — anything but work.
— Abraham Lincoln
When you are doing something difficult, tedious, or extremely time-consuming,
ask yourself what would happen if you didn't do it. If the answer is nothing, or next to nothing, stop
— From Career
Success WITHOUT a Real Job
If a thing is worth doing, it is worth doing badly.
— G. K. Chesterton
Creativity is taking advantage of the opportunity to read inspirational retirement quotes at work so that I don't
have to contemplate the act of committing suicide.
— Dave Erhard
The really efficient laborer will be found not to crowd his day with work,
but will saunter to his task surrounded by a wide halo of ease and leisure.
— Henry David Thoreau
I say to hell with the work you have to do to earn a living! That kind of work does us no honor; all it
does is fill up the bellies of the pigs who exploit us. But the work you do because you like to do it,
because you've heard the call, you've got a vocation — that's ennobling! We should all be able to work like
that. Look at me, Saturno — I don't work. And I don't care if they hang me, I won't work! Yet I'm alive! I
may live badly, but at least I don't have to work to do it!
— Luis Buñuel
A lot of us are working harder than we want, at things we don't like to
do. Why? It figures! In order to afford the sort of existence we don't care to live.
— Bradford Angier
One of the saddest things is that the only thing that a man can do for eight hours a
day, day after day, is work. You can't eat eight hours a day nor drink for eight hours a day nor make love
for eight hours — all you can do for eight hours is work. Which is the reason why man makes himself and
everybody else so miserable and unhappy.
— William Faulkner
A test of whether you have achieved true fame is when a deranged person believes himself to be you.
— Author Unknown
Perpetual devotion to what a man calls his business, is only to be sustained by
perpetual neglect of many other things.
— Robert Louis Stevenson
If people really liked to work, we'd still be plowing the land with sticks and
transporting goods on our backs.
— William Feather
It is not worth while to go round the world to count the cats in Zanzibar.
— Henry David Thoreau
There are only four types of officer. First, there are the lazy stupid
ones. Leave them alone, they do no harm. Second, there are the hard-working intelligent ones. They make
excellent staff officers, ensuring that every detail is properly considered. Third, there are the
hard-working, stupid ones. These people are a menace and must be fired at once. They create irrelevant work
for everyone. Finally, there are the intelligent lazy ones. They are suited for the highest office."
— General von Manstein about the German Officer Corps