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





You can do anything in this world you want to do if you want to do it badly enough -- and you are willing to pay the price!


Mary Kay Ash (1918-2001, American businesswoman, founder of Mary Kay Cosmetics)


Within our family there was no such thing as a person who did not matter. Second cousins thrice removed mattered.


Shirley Abbott


One man can be a crucial ingredient on a team, but one man cannot make a team.


Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (1947-, American basketball player)


In life as in the dance: Grace glides on blistered feet.


Alice Abrams


The worth of every conviction consists precisely in the steadfastness in which it is held.


Jane Addams (1860-1935, American writer, social reformer)


Whatever the job you are asked to do at whatever level, do a good job because your reputation is your resume.


Madeleine Albright


Housekeeping ain't no joke.


Louisa May Alcott (1832-1888, American author)


Work joyfully and peacefully, knowing that right thoughts and right efforts will inevitably bring about right results.


James Allen (1864-1912, British-born American essayist, author, "As A Man Thinketh")


Something made greater by ourselves and in turn that makes us greater.


Maya Angelou (1928-, African-American poet, writer, performer)

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The working-class is now issuing from its hiding-place to assert an Englishman's heaven-born privilege of doing as he likes, and is beginning to perplex us by marching where it likes, meeting where it likes, bawling what it likes, breaking what it likes.


Matthew Arnold (1822-1888, British poet, critic)


Whatever muscles I have are the product of my own hard work and nothing else.


Evelyn Ashford (1957-, American track athlete)


Don't be condescending to unskilled labor. Try it for a half a day first.


Brooks Atkinson (1894-1984, American  journalist, drama critic)


In the spring, at the end of the day, you should smell like dirt.


Margaret Atwood (1939-, Canadian novelist, poet, critic)


A tremendous number of people in America work very hard at something that bores them. Even a rich man thinks he has to go down to the office everyday. Not because he likes it but because he can't think of anything else to do.


W. H. Auden (1907-1973, Anglo-American poet)


In order that people may be happy in their work, these three things are needed: They must be fit for it: they must not do too much of it: and they must have a sense of success in it -- not a doubtful sense, such as needs some testimony of others for its confirmation, but a sure sense, or rather knowledge, that so much work has been done well, and fruitfully done, whatever the world may say or think about it.


W. H. Auden (1907-1973, Anglo-American poet)


I am afraid that the pleasantness of an employment does not always evince its propriety.


Jane Austen (1775-1817, British novelist)


People should tell their children what life is all about -- it's about work.


Lauren Bacall (1924-, American actress)


With the power of conviction, there is no sacrifice.


Pat Benatar (1953-, American singer)


Anyone can do any amount of work, provided it isn't the work he is supposed to be doing at the moment.


Robert Benchley (1889-1945, American humorist, critic, parodist)


Anyone can do any amount of work, provided it isn't the work he is supposed to be doing at the moment.


Robert Benchley (1889-1945, American humorist, critic, parodist)


After all, it is hard to master both life and work equally well. So if you are bound to fake one of them, it had better be life.


Joseph Brodsky (1940-, Russian-born American poet, critic)


Ease brings sport and sport brings rest; For young and old, of all degrees, The mingled lot is best.


Joanna Baillie (1762-1851, British Romantic writer)


The moment we break faith with one another, the sea engulfs us and the light goes out.


James Baldwin (1924-1987, American author)


What is the good of being a genius if you cannot use it as an excuse for being unemployed?


Gerald Barzan


In the ordinary business of life, industry can do anything which genius can do, and very many things which it cannot.


Henry Ward Beecher (1813-1887, American preacher, orator, writer)


We should so live and labor in our times that what came to us as seed may go to the next generation as blossom, and what came to us as blossom may go to them as fruit. This expresses the true spirit in the love of mankind.


Henry Ward Beecher (1813-1887, American preacher, orator, writer)


Work is not a curse, but drudgery is!


Henry Ward Beecher (1813-1887, American preacher, orator, writer)


Some people are born to lift heavy weights, some are born to juggle golden balls.


Max Beerbohm (1872-1956, British actor)


The happiest excitement in life is to be convinced that one is fighting for all one is worth on behalf of some clearly seen and deeply felt good.


Ruth Benedict (1887-1948, American anthropologist)


Yogi saw three of his players in the locker room wearing Cone Head hats. Yogi said, Those guys make a pair.


Yogi Berra (1925-, American baseball player)


Never work before breakfast. If you have to work before breakfast, get your breakfast first.


Josh Billings (1815-1885, American humorist, lecturer)


Ideally, couples need three lives; one for him, one for her, and one for them together.


Jacqueline Bisset (1946-, American screen actor)


Work, alternated with needful rest, is the salvation of man or woman.


Antoinette Brown Blackwell


The sport I love has taken me around the world and shown me many things.


Bonnie Blair (1964-, American speed skater)


The ideas that come out of most brainstorming sessions are usually superficial, trivial, and not very original.  They are rarely useful.  The process, however, seems to make uncreative people feel that they are making innovative contributions and that others are listening to them.


Harvey A. Block (American business executive, CEO of Bokenon Systems Inc.)


The only difference between dreams and achievements is hard work.


Chris Bollwage.


Men take only their needs into consideration, never their abilities.


Napoleon Bonaparte (1769-1821, French general, emperor)


The way to push things through to a finish effectively must be learned.


William Frederick Book


When our eyes see our hands doing the work of our hearts, the circle of Creation is completed inside us, the doors of our souls fly open and love steps forth to heal everything in sight.


Michael Bridge


We have too many people who live without working, and we have altogether too many who work without living.


Charles R. Brown


I care. I care a lot. I think of"Cosmopolitan" all day, and I run scared. So it's a combination of fright, caring, and anxiety.


Helen Gurley Brown (1922-, American businesswoman, founder of Cosmopolitan Magazine)


I believe you are your work. Don't trade the stuff of your life, time, for nothing more than dollars. That's a rotten bargain.


Rita Mae Brown (1944-, American writer)


Let us be content to work, to do the thing we can, and not presume to fret because it is little.


Elizabeth Barrett Browning (1806-1861, British poet)


The works of women are symbolical. We sew, sew, prick our fingers, dull our sight, producing what? A pair of slippers, sir, to put on when you're weary -- or a stool. To stumble over and vex you... "curse that stool!" Or else at best, a cushion, where you lean and sleep, and dream of something we are not, but would be for your sake. Alas, alas! This hurts most, this... that, after all, we are paid the worth of our work, perhaps.


Elizabeth Barrett Browning (1806-1861, British poet)


To bring one's self to a frame of mind and to the proper energy to accomplish things that require plain hard work continuously is the one big battle that everyone has. When this battle is won for all time, then everything is easy.


Thomas A. Buckner


Beauty is also to be found in a day's work.


Mamie Sypert Burns


To do great work, a man must be very idle as well as very industrious.


Samuel Butler (1612-1680, British poet, satirist)


Most people show up for work being physically accoutered but mentally disheveled.


Eric Butterworth


The secret of making something work in your lives is, first of all, the deep desire to make it work: then the faith and belief that it can work: then to hold that clear definite vision in your consciousness and see it working out step by step, without one thought of doubt or disbelief.


Eileen Caddy (American spiritual writer)


We take eagles and teach them to fly in formation.


Wayne Calloway (American businessman, CEO of Pepsico)


Feeding the hungry is a greater work than raising the dead.


St. John Chrysostom (345-407, Patriarch of Constantinople)


There is dignity in work only when it is work freely accepted.


Albert Camus (1913-1960, French existential writer)


Work is nothing but the slow trek to rediscover, through the detours of art, those two or three great images in whose presence [His or Her] heart first opened.


Albert Camus (1913-1960, French existential writer)


A man perfects himself by working. Foul jungles are cleared away, fair seed-fields rise instead, and stately cities; and with the man himself first ceases to be a jungle, and foul unwholesome desert thereby. The man is now a man.


Thomas Carlyle (1795-1881, Scottish philosopher, author)


Give me a man who sings at his work.


Thomas Carlyle (1795-1881, Scottish philosopher, author)


Our works are the mirror wherein the spirit first sees its natural lineaments, Hence, too, the folly of that impossible precept, Know thyself; till it be translated into this partially possible one, know what thou canst work at.


Thomas Carlyle (1795-1881, Scottish philosopher, author)


The average person puts only 25% of his energy and ability into his work. The world takes off its hat to those who put in more than 50% of their capacity, and stands on its head for those few and far between souls who devote 100%.


Andrew Carnegie (1835-1919, American industrialist, philanthropist)


Do the hard jobs first. The easy jobs will take care of themselves.


Dale Carnegie (1888-1955, American trainer, author, "How to Win Friends and Influence People")


I have worked all my life, wanted to work all my life, needed to work all my life.


Liz Carpenter (American writer)


Marriage ain't easy but nothing that's worth much ever is.


Lillian Carter


There is clearly much left to be done, and whatever else we are going to do, we had better get on with it.


Rosalynn Carter


You must work; we must all work to make the world worthy of its children.


Pablo Casals (1876-1973, Spanish cellist, conductor, composer)


Cessation of work is not accompanied by cessation of expenses.


Cato The Elder (BC 234-149, Roman statesman, orator)


The fun of being alive is realizing that you have a talent and you can use it every day, so it grows stronger.... And if you're in an atmosphere where this talent is appreciated instead of just tolerated, why, it's just as good as sex.


Lou Centlivre


Every man is the son of his own works.


Miguel De Cervantes (1547-1616, Spanish novelist, dramatist, poet)


One swallow alone does not make a summer.


Miguel De Cervantes (1547-1616, Spanish novelist, dramatist, poet)


I believe that good things come to those who work.


Wilt Chamberlain (1936-, American basketball player)


When I can no longer create anything, I'll be done for.


Coco Chanel (1883-1971, French couturier)


Never hire anyone who is going to report directly to you who you do not intuitively just plain like from first impressions. If your instincts tell you you're going to have a hard time working with someone, pass.


Fred Charette


Nowhere so busy a man as he than he, and yet he seemed busier than he was.


Geoffrey Chaucer (1340-1400, British poet)


The more one works, the more willing one is to work.


Philip Dormer Stanhope Chesterfield (1694-1773, British statesman, author)


If you're in a good profession, it's hard to get bored, because you're never finished -- there will always be work you haven't done.


Julia Child (1912-2004, American gourmet cook, author, and television personality)


If you want creative workers, give them enough time to play.


John Cleese (1939-, British comic actor, writer)


If you put me to work for you, I will work to lift people up, not put them down.


Hillary Rodham Clinton (1947-, American First Lady, senator, wife of Bill Clinton)


You've got to be willing to stay committed to someone over the long run, and sometimes it doesn't work out. But often if you become real honest with yourself and honest with each other, and put aside whatever personal hurt and disappointment you have to really understand yourself and your spouse, it can be the most wonderful experience you've ever had.


Hillary Rodham Clinton (1947-, American First Lady, senator, wife of Bill Clinton)


Hard work has made it easy. That is my secret. That is why I win.


Nadia Comaneci (1961-, Romanian gymnast)


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


Confucius (BC 551-479, Chinese ethical teacher, philosopher)


A man is a worker. If he is not that he is nothing.


Joseph Conrad (1857-1924, Polish-born British novelist)


I don't like work, but I like what is in work: the chance to find yourself, your own reality -- for yourself, not for others -- which no other man can ever know.


Joseph Conrad (1857-1924, Polish-born British novelist)


I make no secret of the fact that I would rather lie on a sofa than sweep beneath it. But you have to be efficient if you're going to be lazy.


Shirley Conran (1932-, British designer, journalist)


When more and more people are thrown out of work, unemployment results.


Calvin Coolidge (1872-1933, American President (30th))


There's no labor a man can do that's undignified, if he does it right.


Bill Cosby (1937-, American actor, comedian, producer)


Work is more fun than fun.


Noel Coward (1899-1973, British writer)


You put together the best team that you can with the players you've got, and replace those who aren't good enough.


Robert Crandall (American business executive)


Every once and a while, go away and take a relaxing break, and then when you come back to your work, your judgment will be better because remaining constantly at work will hinder your power of judgment. Move some distance away, because then your work will appear smaller, and more of it can be taken in at a glance, and any lack of harmony or portion... will be more effortlessly seen.


Leonardo Da Vinci (1452-1519, Italian inventor, architect, painter, scientist, sculptor)


Work is a substitute "religious" experience for many workaholics.


Mary Daly (1928-, American feminist and theological writer)


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