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





Now I get me up to work; I pray the Lord I may not shirk. And if I die before tonight, I pray my work will be all right.


Thomas Osborne Dams


I am a friend of the working man, and I would rather be his friend, than be one.


Clarence Darrow (1857-1938, American lawyer)


I am doomed to an eternity of compulsive work. No set goal achieved satisfies. Success only breeds a new goal. The golden apple devoured has seeds. It is endless.


Bette Davis (1908-1989, American actress, producer)


To fulfill a dream to be allowed to sweat over lonely labor, to be given a chance to create, is the meat and potatoes of life. The money is the gravy.


Bette Davis (1908-1989, American actress, producer)


Honest labor bears a lovely face.


Thomas Dekker (1572-1632, British playwright)


Do all the work you can; that is the whole philosophy of the good way of life.


Eugene Delacroix (1798-1863, French artist)


We learn best to listen to our own voices if we are listening at the same time to other women -- whose stories, for all our differences, turn out, if we listen well, to be our stories also.


Barbara Deming


A team is a team is a team. Shakespeare said that many times.


Dan Devine


We all have the same dreams.


Joan Didion (1934-, American essayist)


Cleaning your house while your kids are still growing is like shoveling the walk before it stops snowing.


Phyllis Diller (1917-, American author, actor)


No problem is insurmountable. With a little courage, teamwork and determination a person can overcome anything.


B. Dodge


The difference between possible and impossible is hard work and commitment.


Robert Dole


Partnering with executives and companies facing major challenges or significant opportunities to create extraordinary team focus, alignment and commitment.


Jim Donovan (American motivational speaker and business consultant)

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Deprived of meaningful work, men and women lose their reason for existence.  They go stark, raving mad.


Fyodor Dostoevsky (1821-1881, Russian novelist)


Originality and the feeling of one's own dignity are achieved only through work and struggle.


Fyodor Dostoevsky (1821-1881, Russian novelist)


Sir Walter, with his 61 years of life, although he never wrote a novel until he was over 40, had, fortunately for the world, a longer working career than most of his brethren.


Sir Arthur Conan Doyle (1859-1930, British author, "Sherlock Holmes")


Everything must degenerate into work if anything is to happen.


Peter F. Drucker (1909-, American-Austrian management consultant)


The honest work of yesterday has lost its social status, its social esteem.


Peter F. Drucker (1909-, American-Austrian management consultant)


Work means so many things! So many! Among other things, work also means freedom.... Without it even the miracle of love is only a cruel deception.


Eleanora Duse


All the wealth of the world cannot be compared with the happiness of living together happily united.


Margaret D'youville


I don't think anybody yet has invented a pastime that's as much fun, or keeps you as young, as a good job.


Frederick Hudson Ecker (American business executive)


I never did a day's work in my life. It was all fun.


Thomas A. Edison (1847-1931, American inventor, founder of GE)


I never did anything by accident, nor did any of my inventions come by accident; they came by work.


Thomas A. Edison (1847-1931, American inventor, founder of GE)


There is no substitute for hard work.


Thomas A. Edison (1847-1931, American inventor, founder of GE)


Personally, I have nothing against work, particularly when performed, quietly and unobtrusively, by someone else. I just don't happen to think it's an appropriate subject for an "ethic."


Barbara Ehrenreich (1941-, American author, columnist)


The brain is a wonderful organ; it starts working the moment you get up in the morning and does not stop until you get to the office.


Robert Frost (1875-1963, American poet)


Like the bee, we should make our industry our amusement.


Oliver Goldsmith (1728-1774, Anglo-Irish author, poet, playwright)


How do I work? I grope.


Albert Einstein (1879-1955, German-born American physicist)


As for me, prizes are nothing. My prize is my work.


Katharine Hepburn (1907-2003, American actress, writer)


See only that thou work and thou canst not escape the reward.


Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882, American poet, essayist)


We must hold a man amenable to reason for the choice of his daily craft or profession. It is not an excuse any longer for his deeds that they are the custom of his trade. What business has he with an evil trade?


Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882, American poet, essayist)


Work and thou canst escape the reward; whether the work be fine or course, planting corn or writing epics, so only it be honest work, done to thine own approbation, it shall earn a reward to the senses as well as to the thought.


Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882, American poet, essayist)


Work is victory.


Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882, American poet, essayist)


One principal reason why men are so often useless is that they neglect their own profession or calling, and divide and shift their attention among a multitude of objects and pursuits.


Nathaniel Emmons


My work is a game -- a very serious game.


M. C. Escher


Working hard overcomes a whole lot of other obstacles. You can have unbelievable intelligence, you can have connections, and you can have opportunities fall out of the sky. But in the end, hard work is the true, enduring characteristic of successful people.


Marsha Evans


I realized that with hard work, the world was your oyster. You could do anything you wanted to do. I learned that at a young age.


Chris Evert (1954-, American tennis player)


No true work since the world began was ever wasted; no true life since the world began has ever failed. Oh, understand those two perverted words, failure and success and measure them by the eternal, not the earthly standard. When after thirty obscure, toilsome, unrecorded years in the shop of the village carpenter, one came forth to be pre-eminently the man of sorrows, to wander from city to city in homeless labors, and to expire in lonely agony upon the shameful cross -- was that a failure?


Frederick Farrar (1831-1903, British clergyman, author)


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 (1897-1962, American novelist)


Work is the best method devised for killing time.


William Feather (1888-19, American writer, businessman)


There isn't any luck that enters into anything, unless it's poker or shooting dice, maybe. There is no luck to merchandising. There is no luck in going out and working from early in the morning to long after dinner. That is not luck, it's work.


Fred W. Fitch


The idea that to make a man work you've got to hold gold in front of his eyes is a growth, not an axiom. We've done that for so long that we've forgotten there's any other way.


F. Scott Fitzgerald (1896-1940, American writer)

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I learned the value of hard work by working hard.


Margaret M. Fitzpatrick (American educator)


Good work habits help develop an internal toughness and a self-confident attitude that will sustain you through every adversity and temporary discouragement.


Paul J. Fleyer


Imitation is for shirkers, like-mindedness for the comfort lovers, unifying for the creators.


Mary Parker Follett (1868-1933, American author)


Leader and followers are both following the invisible leader -- the common purpose.


Mary Parker Follett (1868-1933, American author)


Leader and followers are both following the invisible leader -- the common purpose.


Mary Parker Follett (1868-1933, American author)


That is always our problem, not how to get control of people, but how all together we can get control of a situation.


Mary Parker Follett (1868-1933, American author)


The unifying of opposites is the eternal process.


Mary Parker Follett (1868-1933, American author)


Unity, not uniformity, must be our aim. We attain unity only through variety. Differences must be integrated, not annihilated, not absorbed.


Mary Parker Follett (1868-1933, American author)


Work is the meat of life, pleasure the dessert.


B.C. Forbes


If you have a job without aggravations, you don't have a job.


Malcolm S. Forbes (1919-1990, American publisher, businessman)


The object of living is work, experience, and happiness. There is joy in work. All that money can do is buy us someone else's work in exchange for our own. There is no happiness except in the realization that we have accomplished something.


Henry Ford (1863-1947, American industrialist, founder of Ford Motor Company)


There is joy in work. There is no happiness except in the realization that we have accomplished something.


Henry Ford (1863-1947, American industrialist, founder of Ford Motor Company)


Thinking is the hardest work there is, which is the probable reason so few engage in it.


Henry Ford (1863-1947, American industrialist, founder of Ford Motor Company)


Housework expands to fill the time you have for it.


Hayley Foster (American motivational trainer, speaker, coach)

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I don't need to be Tom Cruise. I just need to work forever.


Jodie Foster (1962-, American actress, director, producer)


While you don't need a formal written contract before you get married, I think it's important for both partners to spell out what they expect from each other.... There are always plenty of surprises -- and lots of give and take -- once you're married.


Muriel Fox


Laziness may appear attractive but work gives satisfaction.


Anne Frank (1929-1945, German Jewish refugee, diarist)


Our work is to present things that are as they are.


(Frederick II) Frederick The Great (1712-1786, Born in Berlin, King of Prussia (1740-1786),)


The suburban housewife -- she was the dream image of the young American women and the envy, it was said, of women all over the world. The American housewife -- freed by science and labor-saving appliances from the drudgery, the dangers of childbirth, and the illnesses of her grandmother had found true feminine fulfillment.


Betty Friedan (1921-, American feminist writer)


People have been known to achieve more as a result of working with others than against them.


Dr. Allan Fromme (American psychotherapist, author)


A champion of the working man has never yet been known to die of overwork.


Robert Frost (1875-1963, American poet)


Clearly the most unfortunate people are those who must do the same thing over and over again, every minute, or perhaps twenty to the minute. They deserve the shortest hours and the highest pay.


John Kenneth Galbraith (1908-, American economist)


It is the quality of our work which will please God and not the quantity.


Mahatma Gandhi (1869-1948, Indian political, spiritual leader)


If the power to do hard work is not a skill, it's the best possible substitute for it.


James A. Garfield (1831-1881, American President (20th))


Going to work for a large company is like getting on a train. Are you going sixty miles an hour or is the train going sixty miles an hour and you're just sitting still?


J. Paul Getty (1892-1976, American oil tycoon, arts patron)


Rise early, work hard, strike oil.


J. Paul Getty (1892-1976, American oil tycoon, arts patron)


Work is love made visible. And if you can't work with love but only with distaste, it is better that you should leave your work and sit at the gate of the temple and take alms of the people who work with joy.


Kahlil Gibran (1883-1931, Lebanese poet, novelist)


There is no work of art that is without short cuts.


Andre Gide (1869-1951, French author)


Work is the thing that stays. Work is the thing that sees us through.


Ellen Gilchrist


I don't have anything against work. I just figure, why deprive somebody who really loves it.


Dobie Gillis


Love grows by service.


Charlotte P. Gillman (1860-1935, American feminist and writer)


The labor of women in the house, certainly, enables men to produce more wealth than they otherwise could; and in this way women are economic factors in society. But so are horses.


Charlotte P. Gillman (1860-1935, American feminist and writer)


What chance gathers she easily scatters. A great person attracts great people and knows how to hold them together.


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


When work is a pleasure, life is joy.! When work is a duty, life is slavery.


Maxim Gorky (1868-1936, Russian novelist)


I like to laugh, but on the court, it is my work. I try to smile, but it is so difficult. I concentrate on the ball, not on my face.


Steffi Graf (1969-, German tennis player)


Labor disgraces no man, but occasionally men disgrace labor.


Ulysses S. Grant (1822-1885, American President (18th))


Labor disgraces no man; unfortunately, you occasionally find men who disgrace labor.


Ulysses S. Grant (1822-1885, American President (18th))


Intimate or drastic elements in the work of others are untouchable and should not be commented upon even in their absence. Private conflicts, quarrels, sentiments, animosities are unavoidable in any human group. It is our duty towards creation to keep these in check in so far as they might deform and wreck the work process.


Jerzy Grotowski


Clearly no group can as an entity create ideas.  Only individuals can do this.  A group of individuals may, however, stimulate one another in the creation of ideas.


Estill I. Green (American business executive, VP of Bell Telephone Laboratories)


Energy is the power that drives every human being. It is not lost by exertion but maintained by it, for it is a faculty of the psyche.


Germaine Greer (1939-, Australian feminist writer)


The highest compliment that you can pay me is to say that I work hard every day, that I never dog it.


Wayne Gretzky (1961-, Canadian hockey player)


I have long been of the opinion that if work were such a splendid thing the rich would have kept more of it for themselves.


Bruce Grocott (1940-, British politician)


Nothing is work unless you'd rather be doing something else.


George Halas (1895-1983, American football coach)


Laziness is a secret ingredient that goes into failure. But it's only kept a secret from the person who fails.


Robert Half (American businessman, founder of Robert Half & Associates)


The real nature of an ethic is that it does not become an ethic unless and until it goes into action.


Margaret Halsey (1910-1997, American author)


It is not hard work that is dreary; it is superficial work.


Edith Hamilton (1867-1963, American classical scholar, translator)


My work is magnified by the fact that the streets of heaven are too crowded with angels -- we know their names, they number a thousand for each red ribbon we wear here tonight. [Accepting his Best Actor Oscar for Philadelphia]


Tom Hanks (1956-, American actor, director, screenwriter)


Every man should make up his mind that if he expects to succeed, he must give an honest return for the other man's dollar.


Edward H. Harriman (1848-1909, American financier, railroad executive)


I've had smarter people around me all my life, but I haven't run into one yet that can outwork me. And if they can't outwork you, then smarts aren't going to do them much good. That's just the way it is. And if you believe that and live by it, you'd be surprised at how much fun you can have.


Woody Hayes (1913-1987, American college football coach)


One's lifework, I have learned, grows with the working and the living. Do it as if your life depended on it, and first thing you know, you'll have made a life out of it. A good life, too.


Theresa Helburn


I don't think that work ever really destroyed anybody. I think that lack of work destroys them a hell of a lot more.


Katharine Hepburn (1907-2003, American actress, writer)


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