An aphorism is nothing else but the slightest
form of writing raised to the highest level of expressive communication. Carl William Brown





I hold every man a debtor to his profession.


Francis Bacon (1561-1626, British philosopher, essayist, statesman)


Medicine is my lawful wife and literature my mistress; when I get tired of one, I spend the night with the other.


Anton Chekhov (1860-1904, Russian playwright, short story writer)


The best augury of a man's success in his profession is that he thinks it the finest in the world.


George Eliot (1819-1880, British novelist)


We forget that the most successful statesmen have been professionals. Lincoln was a professional politician.


Felix Frankfurter (1882-1965, Austrian-born American law teacher, judge)


Through all the employments of life each neighbor abuses his brother; whore and rogue they call husband and wife: All professions be-rogue one another.


John Gay (1688-1732, British playwright, poet)


All professional men are handicapped by not being allowed to ignore things which are useless.


Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe (1749-1832, German poet, dramatist, novelist)


In all professions each affects a look and an exterior to appear what he wishes the world to believe that he is. Thus we may say that the whole world is made up of appearances.


Francois De La Rochefoucauld (1613-1680, French classical writer)


The bond between a man and his profession is similar to that which ties him to his country; it is just as complex, often ambivalent, and in general it is understood completely only when it is broken: by exile or emigration in the case of one's country, by retirement in the case of a trade or profession.


Primo Levi (1919-1987, Italian chemist, author)


The difference between a professional person and a technician is that a technician knows everything about his job except its ultimate purpose and his place in the scheme of things.


Richard W. Livingston


The trouble with specialists is that they tend to think in grooves.


Elaine Morgan


Professional men, they have no cares; whatever happens, they get theirs.


Ogden Nash (1902-1971, American humorous poet)


All things will be produced in superior quantity and quality, and with greater ease, when each man works at a single occupation, in accordance with his natural gifts, and at the right moment, without meddling with anything else.


Plato (BC 427?-347?, Greek philosopher)


Just as those who practice the same profession recognize each other instinctively, so do those who practice the same vice.


Marcel Proust (1871-1922, French novelist)


All professions are conspiracies against the laity.


George Bernard Shaw (1856-1950, Irish-born British dramatist)


Professors of literature, who for the most part are genteel but mediocre men, can make but a poor defense of their profession, and the professors of science, who are frequently men of great intelligence but of limited interests and education…


Yvor Winters (1900-1968, American literary critic)


Professionalism is knowing how to do it, when to do it, and doing it.


Frank Tyger


Professionalism: It's NOT the job you DO, It's HOW you DO the job.


Author Unknown


Pros are people who do jobs well even when they don't feel like it.


Author Unknown


And there is no trade or employment but the young man following it may become a hero.


Walt Whitman (1819-1892, American poet)


There is something tragic about the enormous number of young men there are in England at the present moment who start life with perfect profiles, and end by adopting some useful profession.


Oscar Wilde (1856-1900, British author, wit)


To depend upon a profession is a less odious form of slavery than to depend upon a father.


Virginia Woolf (1882-1941, British novelist, essayist)


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